A Survival Guide to the City
A Survival Guide to the City is a neighbourhood intervention and integration project created in collaboration with youth from Sojourn House, home to young people who are seeking protection in Canada, many of whom have arrived alone without family or social supports. Over the course of six months, Sojourn’s youth, Mammalian, the Young Mammals and friends toured GTA neighbourhoods together to get to know the lay of the land, the inhabitants, cuisine, and cultural institutions, documenting our experiences along the way.
The project creatively concludes in an exhibition reception at YYZ Artist's Outlet on July 26, 2018 from 6-8pm; on until July 29th.
Mammalian reached out to arts organizations across the GTA, asking them to offer an experience to welcome the Sojourn youth to Toronto. So many responded generously, and we would like to thank: Aga Khan Museum, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Art Gallery of Ontario, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Jumblies, Mabelle Arts, Making Room, North York Arts, SKETCH Working Arts, Theatre Centre and The Power Plant. We’d also like to thank the Young Mammals and friends of Mammalian who joined us on this adventure. This project would not have been possible without the support of the dedicated staff of Sojourn House, Stephen Conroy and Jinow Dualeh; as well as York University intern Olga Kolotylo and Ryerson University intern Mohit Rai; and the rest of the Mammalian team: Tina Fance, Annalise Prodor, Tijana Spasic, Eva Verity and Wendell Williams. A Survival Guide to the City is funded by the Toronto Arts Council, with support from the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance program.