Research project Design ManifesT.O. 2020 (DM2020) teams up with Rexdale Youth Mentorship (RXYM) to share stories of placemaking, youth initiatives and leadership in the Queensplate community, North West Toronto. The series of events will include a joint survey about placemaking in neighbourhoods, an online youth forum in February, and a virtual artist talk and exploration of education pathways in art & design led by OCAD U students and recent grads. RXYM's stated mission is to "create safe spaces for racialized youth by providing them with tangible personal and professional tools to positively support their development into young adulthood.” See more at https://www.facebook.com/rxym.mentors/.
DM2020 is a two-year narrative inquiry project compiling stories of grassroots placemaking through creative practices as a way to support and learn from community actions. As a follow up to the project’s ‘Creative Practice as Protest’ (CPP) workshop under a SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant that was held last year, Associate Professor Cheryl Giraudy, Assistant Professor, Saskia van Kampen, and Urban Planner, Lena Phillips will engage with RXYM to co-design a report of findings and recommendations aimed to benefit the community and research. RXYM identified the need for youth to flourish, not only through recreational programming, but through programs that build professional skills and social awareness. These goals are aligned with DM2020’s aim to foster youth and other community participation in research that explores inclusive creative practices for equitable city making.
If you live in the Rexdale / Queens Plate neighbourhood, you are invited to take part in the following survey: https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eWJMzebEfocA0Dz
This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.