Placemaking Week 2024
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Wednesday, June 5 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
PANEL: Building Toronto Together: Co-Creating Equitable Social Infrastructure in the Inner Suburbs

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Co-moderated by Placemaking Canada and Park People, This session will convene four innovative placemaking projects from Toronto, Canada, to discuss how grassroots placemaking and community-centred arts projects can build social capital, deepen community connections, and activate public space in urban and suburban spaces.

Explore how these four Toronto projects showcase how equitable, collaborative and community-led co-creation empowers communities to build their own spaces that support the development of social infrastructure through learning, playing and gathering. Discover best practices from PlazaPOPS, The Oculus Project, STEPS Public Art: From Weeds We Grow, and  The Toronto Arts Foundation's Arts In the Parks Program The Toronto Arts Foundation's Arts In the Parks Program and learn how these programs actively decenter the urban core of their city in favour of the periphery and connect underserved communities to accessible and joyful public spaces.

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Wes Reibeling

Co-Chair/ Manager of Toronto Networks, Janes Walk/ Park People/ Independent
Wesley Lincoln Reibeling (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist, public speaker, and urban professional with a passion for community building, collaborative design, parks, public space, and queer cities. Wesley Reibeling is co-chair of the Jane’s Walk Global Steering Committee... Read More →
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Cara Chellew

PhD Student, McGill University
is a public space researcher and activist. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Urban Planning, Policy & Design at McGill University and is the founder of DefensiveTO, a multimedia project that documents defensive or hostile urbanism in Toronto and beyond. She is an organizer with the Toronto Public Space Committee and a member of Placemaking Canada. Her work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Azure, and Spacing Magazine... Read More →
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Ima Esin

Cultural Planner, STEPS Public Art
Cultural Planner at STEPS Public Art & Co-Founder of Marleeville Collective. Ima (she/her) is an urban wanderer and collector of stories. She leads the development and delivery of STEPS’ community-engaged cultural planning services and supports community consultation across the... Read More →
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Jaclyn Rodrigues

Senior Manager, Events & Initiatives, Toronto Arts Foundation
Currently working with Toronto Arts Foundation, Jaclyn is an events specialist. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University, she has worked with The Banff Centre for the Arts, The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, and Canada's National Ballet School. Jaclyn believes... Read More →
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Naziha Nasrin

Program Director, plazaPOPS
Naziha (she/her) is the Program Director of plazaPOPS. She supports plazaPOPS community programming by fostering meaningful relationships with local organizations and developing community partnerships. She is a recent graduate from the Masters of Science in Planning at the University... Read More →
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Stephanie Mah

Creative Director, Giaimo
Stephanie is passionate about advocating for more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable cities. She is the Creative Director at Giaimo, a Toronto-based architecture and heritage conservation firm, as well as President of the Toronto Branch of the non-profit charitable organization Architectural... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2024 3:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
MICA - Fox Building, Room 320 (3rd Floor)