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You are invited to the first Artscape Youngplace Community Potluck, hosted by SKETCH. Drop by, share delicious food, and participate in an Artist Talk with Natalie Wood, and Circle Sing with Ella Cooper.

 
6:00PM: Potluck begins at the AYP's Coffee Pub. Eat, meet, mingle.

6:45PM-7:15PM:  Artist Talk with Natalie Wood.


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SKETCH has invited multi-media artist Natalie Wood to speak on the development of her practice, particularly around her projects using deconstructed cardboard to create historical narratives and her recent mural on Church Street. See Natalie's bio below.

7:30PM-8:00PM: CIrcle Singing with Ella Cooper.

Circle Singing is one of the most joyful, community-centred and uplifting ways to sing in community. Made popular by Bobby McFerrin, whom Ella Cooper trained with in 2013, Circle Singing classes explore rhythm, harmony, melody, body percussion and circle songs in a dynamic community-vocal improv workshop that is accessible to all. (No previous singing experience required!)  See Ella's bio below.

Have any questions on this fun evening? Contact info@sketch.ca.
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Artists' Bios

Natalie Wood is a contemporary multimedia artist and curator who creates and exhibits art work that cohabits the areas of art and historical research. She is particularly interested in the counter-narratives, experiences and forms of resistance that marginalized peoples convey through media and other forms of popular culture.
 
Born and raised in Trinidad, Natalie obtained her studio training at Ontario College of Art and Design and went on to complete an MA in Art Education from the University of Toronto in 2000. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in several group exhibitions.  A recipient of numerous awards from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Council for the Arts, she received the 2006 New Pioneers Award for contribution to the Arts in Toronto, and was nominated for the 2006 K. M Hunter Interdisciplinary Arts Award for her web-based project Kinlinks which can be viewed at www.kinlinks.net.

Ella Cooper is an award winning multidisciplinary artist, creative facilitator, emerging filmmaker, arts educator and consultant. Ella has received continued project support from both the Canada and Ontario Arts Councils and has been presented in galleries, subways, gardens and the streets of Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary as well as on the CBC. Ella is completing a Masters of Arts Education and has extensive training in creative facilitation. She has created a multitude of empowering community-centred arts, and media and outreach programs for at-risk youth, women's groups, not for profits, community centres/assistance programs, seniors and local school districts in Toronto, Vancouver, Surrey, Williams Lake and Montreal. 

Ella is dedicated to community building through the arts and has a strong background in community outreach, arts marketing, strategic planning, events management, volunteer development and social media/web services. She currently works as the Senior Coordinator of the Neighbourhood Arts Network and is excited to play an active role in helping to co-facilitate and disseminate PYE's facilitator trainings in Toronto. She is also leading the Body Land Identity Project (a national photo-based project celebrating Black female identity across Canada) and has conducted a number of film projects and youth media arts empowerment workshops for the Luminato FestivalReel Youth and the Regent Park Film Festival.
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