One of the most successful arts engagement models that Arts Etobicoke has piloted and is thrilled to see being replicated is the Park Party in Bell Manor Park. This was a three year outreach and programming initiative with partner Stonegate Community Health Centre to turn Bell Manor Park into an outdoor community hub. This model addresses the issue of space as well as existing barriers constructed in a community around culture and language. The Park Party Model sees organizations engaging in deep level outreach to bring multiple community groups together to create art. Each year includes a series of summer programs in addition to a piece of public art. All the activities culminate in a giant free community celebration featuring live performances, arts activities, family activities, and free food. Our partner Stonegate Community Health Centre has been working with us for three years in increasing leadership capacity and will be running the 4th annual Park Party event on their own while Arts Etobicoke moves to a new NIA community and launches our Park Parties & Summer Series in Wincott Park.
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