At our launch, we will have the opportunity to hear different speakers talk about their visions for the future of Riversdale. But we are also very eager to here from YOU--the audience and heart of Riversdale Love. So we've invited Jeff Nachtigall to lead an interactive art project that will give our audience the opportunity to tell us what their visions for the future of this community are.
At the Riversdale Love Launch, the audience will be given sticky notes and pens to write down their visions for the future of Riversdale. The sticky notes will be added to an 8 x 12 wall of ideas and opinions. At the end of the night, these multi-colored notes will reveal a pattern or image--a unique composition and community art project!
JEFF NACHTIGALL--the Founder and Director of Open Studio Projects and the Museum of Temporary Art--is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, speaker, and social entrepreneur. His work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and China, and is represented in numerous public and private collections. He is the co-founder of Make Work Projects, a 2000-square foot storefront studio and sometimes art project space, located in Riversdale.
He has led dozens of residencies across Canada, and regularly lectures and facilitates workshops in communities and institutions across Canada and the USA. Through working as a full-time artist-in-residence at an assisted living facility for eight years, he developed the Open Studio, a model that he has successfully replicated throughout Canada and the United States. This inclusive, non-hierarchical, client-centred strategy challenges traditional clinical approaches and pushes the boundaries of the arts in health care. This model has evolved and grown into a community-based practice, engaging marginalized groups across North America in art interventions that act as a catalyst for social change.
He is the founder and director of the Museum of Temporary Art, a roaming multi-city collaborative initiative that engages communities in creative activism, installing large artworks in under-utilized urban spaces, organizing alley walks, and reframing the concept of gentrification in neighbourhoods in transition.
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