ArtBridges recently connected the Textile Museum of Canada with a number of community-engaged arts initiatives that work with women in Toronto including ArtHeart.
Creative Expression and Skill-Building Through Rug Hooking
ArtHeart had a tour of the Textile Museum of Canada (TMC) to view the exhibit of rug hooking through the 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs. We are currently hosting introductory workshops at our studio on Monday mornings during our Seniors’ Arts Program until February 8th. This is a wonderful example of ‘ArtBridging’ and more importantly, how more and more Museums and Galleries are engaging diverse communities beyond their walls.
Presented in conjunction with the TMC’s current exhibition Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs, this important community-engaged initiative highlights the longstanding connections between craft, social enterprise and community development. Encouraging creative expression and skill-building for individuals from at-risk and underserved communities, participants in this series of workshops will learn and adapt the techniques of rug hooking under the mentorship of contemporary artists Hannah Epstein, Heather Goodchild and Jen Manuell.
This winter program is part of the Textile Museum of Canada’s ongoing focus on real-world impact, addressing community needs and social issues. “The inspiration for this partnership is a vision of public engagement that creates cultural and civic value beyond our walls,” says TMC Executive Director Shauna McCabe. “This project extends the Museum in ways that are of direct relevance to the community, working with each of our partners to offer their clients meaningful and transformative opportunities for creative participation — a process that inevitably transforms the institution as well.”
The program is presented by the Textile Museum of Canada through the generous support of Ruth Mandel — WHO GIVES Fund complemented by the Private Giving Foundation, TD Wealth. Partnerships with local agencies were facilitated by ArtBridges.