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Artist in Residence Program

City of Waterloo

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2017 Artist in Residence Program

The City of Waterloo is pleased to announce Barbara Hobot as the 2017 Artist in Residence. The Artist in Residence program animates public spaces and explores community stories by providing opportunities for the public to work with local artists in the creation of a community art project.

Hobot will work with citizens of all ages and abilities on a collaborative community art initiative called Growing Together: A Neighbourhood Cookbook Project. Through storytelling and visual arts, the project will record the unique stories, journeys, and histories we all bring to our neighbourhoods and city.

Community members can contribute to the project during free workshops throughout the summer by sharing prized recipes, creating food-inspired images, helping build or install a Little Free Library, and getting to know their neighbours. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. There will also be an opportunity to share recipes by email or scanning at designated city facilities.

Growing Together aims to explore neighbourhood identity and foster inclusivity by encouraging discussion among neighbours from diverse backgrounds. The project also supports the development of Waterloo's neighbourhood strategy.

The project will launch with a meet-the-artist and intro activity at the City of Waterloo Service Centre Open House on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hands-on workshops will be held in community gardens and parks from June to September with the residency finale on Culture Days weekend at the end of September.  Finished cookbooks will be available at Little Libraries throughout the city.

For a full program schedule, see below.

About the artist:

Barbara Hobot is a visual artist who makes drawings, collages, and sculptures. She also works with the public to make collaborative art based on themes of environmental sustainability, DIY preparedness, and skill-sharing. She recently participated in local exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Cambridge Galleries, and the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA).

Schedule of activities

No experience necessary, and all tools will be provided. Free to attend, all are welcome! Most events will take place rain or shine. Please check this page for annoucements about rain plans. 

August 19 will be the last day to submit recipes and stories for inclusion in the cookbook.

Program launch:

Visit the city's annual Service Centre Open House to meet the artist and take part in an intro activity.

 Date Time Location
Sat Jun 1010 a.m. - 3 p.m.Service Centre Open House, 265 Lexington Ct

Drawing from the garden and recipe sharing:

Help create a community art cookbook by creating striking images of what's growing in the garden and sharing your favourite recipes. Bring a copy of your recipe(s) that can be left with the artist, or scanned/photographed. 

Date   TimeLocationRegistration 
Wed Jun 146 - 9 p.m. L'Harmonie / Vermont Park Neighbourhood Garden
158 Bridgeport Road East
 Register
Fri Jun 167 - 9 p.m.Old Oak Park, enter at St Nicholas school 525 Laurelwood Dr. Register
Sat Jun 179 a.m. - 5 p.m.Alfred Brunger Community Garden
29 Westmount Rd S
 Register
Sat Jun 24Noon - 5 p.m.Westvale Fun Fair, Red River Park, Red River Rd. Register
Sun Jun 25Noon - 5 p.m.L'Harmonie / Vermont Park Neighbourhood Garden
158 Bridgeport Road East
 Register
Tue Jun 279 a.m. - noonChrist Lutheran Community Garden
445 Anndale Rd
 Register
Sun Jul 169 a.m. - noonThe Patchwork Community Gardens Northdale Site
66 Hickory St West
 Register
Wed Jul 196 - 9 p.m.The Patchwork Community Gardens Northdale Site
66 Hickory St West
 Register
Sat Jul 22 9 a.m. - noonThe Patchwork Community Gardens - EMS Site, 90 Westmount Rd N Register
Tue Jul 25 6 - 9 p.m.The Patchwork Community Gardens - EMS Site, 90 Westmount Rd N Register
Wed Jul 26 6 - 9 p.m.Sunset Community Garden, Eastbridge Blvd Register
Sat Jul 299 a.m. - noonRed River Park, Red River Dr Register
Sun Jul 30 Noon - 5 p.m. St. Moritz Park, St. Mortiz Ave Register
Tue Aug 8 6 - 9 p.m. Lakeshore Optimist Park, Northlake Dr between Mayview and Coghill Register
Wed Aug 96 - 9 p.m.Heasley Park Healthy Harvest Community Garden, 203 Cedarvale Crescent Register
Tue Aug 15 6 - 9 p.m. Dunvegan Park, 362 Dunvegan Dr Register

 

Little free library making and recipe sharing:

Help build creative little libraries and share your favourite recipes. Until August 19, bring a copy of your recipe(s) that can be left with the artist, or scanned/photographed. 

Date

 

TimeLocationRegistration 
Wed Aug 166 - 9 p.m.Sunset Community Garden, Eastbridge BlvdRegister
Sat Aug 19  (Last day to submit recipes and stories)9 a.m. - noonAnndale ParkRegister
Sun Aug 27  9 a.m. - noon Old Oak Park, Old Oak PlRegister
Thu Sep 7 6 - 9 p.m.Alfred Brunger Community Garden
29 Westmount Rd S
Register

 

Little free library installation days:

DateTime LocationRegistration
Wed Sep 136 - 8 p.m. Alfred Brunger Community Garden
29 Westmount Rd S
 Register
Sat Sep 169 - 11 a.m.TBC 
Other dates TBA   

 

Finale:

DateTime LocationRegistration
Sat Sep 3011 a.m. - 2 p.m.Program Showcase (Culture Days) Waterloo Park harvest tables 

If you would like to submit your recipes and stories between workshops, you may drop in during open hours to scan at Visitor and Heritage Information Centre, or City Hall, community services desk, main floor. Recipes and stories may also be emailed to waterlooair2017@gmail.com.

Questions? Contact katie.wilde@waterloo.ca.