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[The Public News] April 2017

Posted April 5, 2017

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Happy Spring! Through the ups and downs of this transitional time, we’re moving from sowing our visions and ideas to getting ready to sprout many exciting events and programming that we’re thrilled to share with you this month. Here are just a few of our upcoming events:

Writing While Black: Exploring Urgency Access and Intersectionality

As part of this year’s Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, we’re looking forward to co-presenting Writing While Black with Whitney French, a workshop that will take a look at zines written by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people. Part group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, the workshop will explore the strength within alternative print media that grants unlimited potential for activists of colour to push their movement(s) forward. Stop by the studio on Saturday, May 6th for one of two workshop sessions being offered at 11am and 2pm. You can register for Writing While Black here, and check out the full Mayworks festival program here!

SEW IT! Pop-up Shop

The women from SEW IT! (Sewing Entrepreneurship for Women in Toronto) are holding a one-day pop-up shop at The Public next month, where they’ll be sharing and selling their personal and collective creations made throughout their program. The SEW IT! program at Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto helps newcomer women develop their fashion and beauty business ideas, while connecting them with community supports. Stop by the studio on Saturday May 27, anytime from noon to 5pm and find out more about the SEW IT! program here!

Mayworks Festival presents: Art and Tomatoes

This April and May, The Public Gallery will feature Art and Tomatoes, a visual exhibition and public installation that highlights and reflects on the Justice For Migrant Workers’ Harvesting Freedom campaign. It was organized to mark the 50th year in which migrant farmworkers have come to Canada to feed our families yet have no access to citizenship, marking one of the most important workers’ rights, anti-racist, migrant justice mobilizations of 2016. Art and Tomatoes also serves as a conduit for the unapologetic demand of its organizers – young, queer, gender nonconforming, Indigenous and people of colour – to be recognized as artists and leaders in their communities. Check it out from April 8 to May 30 at the corner of Lansdowne Avenue and Seaforth Avenue, and find out more about Art and Tomatoes in the Mayworks festival program here!

Read on for more in the full newsletter!

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