Community Expression Through Art

Margaret’s Expressive Arts program is not only a client favourite, it offers an outlet for our clients to express their emotions in a healthy and productive manner. To learn more about the types of art projects that our clients participate in, watch the videos presented below. With the support of other community members, Margaret's clients have created these beautiful works of art! Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Margarets proudly supports local production and independent voices from the communities we serve. The viewpoints expressed in the following independently produced videos from the community access program do not necessarily reflect those of Margarets, the Toronto Animated Image Society or the Toronto Arts Council.

Paper-House : Public Housing Failures, Needs and Wishes

This video was a collaboration between Margarets and the Toronto Animated Image Society in 2016. This was a 10 week project funded by the Toronto Arts Council.

The initial content was gathered by Expressive Arts students in the main space of the Drop-In over a 3 hour period of interviews with over 30 participants. The content was then developed into stills, characters, props and backgrounds as needed. This project was very successful in generating a sense of community among clients.

From this experience, we started the Margarets Walking Film Collective. This video was premiered at the Margarets 2017 AGM and had it's first public screening at the Canadian Homelessness Film Festival in Hamilton, 2018.

Where do we go from here? Anti-Gun Violence Perspectives 

This video was created by the Margarets Walking Film Collective in the fall of 2018. The ongoing Scadding Court Community Centre - #ToCares project put out a call for Art projects based on the theme of Anti-Gun Violence in response to the ongoing gun violence in Toronto. One participant of the Expressive Arts group had already been working on a woodland background and several carvings of small animals to populate it. He agreed that the theme of Anti-Gun Violence would be a good fit for the artwork. We borrowed a camera, shot the movie and edited on iMovie. It was screened at #ToCares in September, 2018.

Finding Ourselves: A short documentary about the arts and mental health

In spring (2015) Terri Roberton and students Marina Mikhail, Virginia Tran, and Priscila Diaz collaborated on an animation film project in two locations with the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) and Margarets. TAIS has Trillium Funding for mobile animation units to go out to marginalized populations to create pilot films that could be further funded later. Now, the goal is to secure funding to do a longer formal version of the experiment.

One client wrote and sang a song about their experience with the difficulties of finding appropriate housing and living outside. Three other participants wrote poems about their housing experiences. The whole process took 4 hours. What a great adventure for the people to view their art work in motion on Youtube.

Thank you for watching!