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We manifest your vision through design.

Send the Right Message

We worked with a youth design team to develop a website and campaign that encourages straight and cisgender high school youth to challenge everyday instances of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.

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We build capacity through collaborative skill-sharing.

Un(Knotted): Co-creating safer spaces at OCAD U

Through workshops, an interactive show and zine, community engagement, and a book for Sexual Assault: The Roadshow we collectively explored the nuances of sexual violence on campus.

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We inspire possibilities through accessible resources.

Do It Yourself Our Creative Resistance Zine Library

Our free and downloadable how-to series is designed to make our skill sets accessible to the communities with whom we work.

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The Public Studio

In the gallery

Weaving Home is a community arts installation exploring the meaning of home through collective journeys and adventures: what we find along the way, what we leave behind, and our ability to create home wherever we end up. Created by Parkdale community members, in collaboration with artists through Making Room Community Arts, the installation presents a variety of cardboard way stations and bridges that tell stories of the choices, support, and memories of home that we carry within us. Check it out for yourself from the corner of Lansdowne and Seaforth, and stay tuned for another Weaving Home community arts event here at the studio on July 4th from 6pm to 8pm!

In the studio

We also held our first “repair café” at the studio this spring! Repair Café Toronto aims to build a more sustainable society and counter the throwaway mindset. Last month, the volunteer “fixers” from Repair Café and our neighbours at Bike Pirates set up for the day to help anyone who needed items repaired. It was a day of infusing new life into beloved objects that just needed a little love, and sharing skills and knowledge as a community. If you weren’t able to make it, or are in need of more repairs, don’t worry, we’ll be hosting another repair café in September!

In the blog

In this edition, we’re speaking with Kaya Joan, who worked at The Public during their high school co-op, making them the youngest person to have worked at The Public! Since then, they have continued to share their talents as a community arts worker, interdisciplinary artist, and facilitator. They are currently completing a BFA through the Indigenous Visual Cultural Program at OCAD U, and showing their work this summer at their solo show, opening on June 7th at the Soso Food Club for Dundas West Fest x The Rude Collective, and group exhibition, opening on June 20th at Gallery 1313.

Who is The Public?

We are a group of activists and creatives invested in making a more beautiful and just world. We work collaboratively to deliver work that is creatively, emotionally, and intellectually uplifting, that challenges oppressive ideas, and that empowers people to pursue real change.

Who is The Public?

We are a group of activists and creatives invested in making a more beautiful and just world. We work collaboratively to deliver work that is creatively, emotionally, and intellectually uplifting, that challenges oppressive ideas, and that empowers people to pursue real change.

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The Public Studio
58 Lansdowne Ave.
Toronto, Ontario
M6K 2V9

people@thepublicstudio.ca

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