What do you love about your city?

May 1, 2016
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Broadacres Public School: Maps and community love letters

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Thursday was my second (of five!) days at Broadacres P.S. as the tsdbCREATES Artist Mentor and it was somehow even more awesome than my first day.

One Day 1, we wrote love letters to our school (and I can say “our” because it was also my school from Grades 3-5!), and then Day 2, we wrote love letters to our communities. We drew maps of what we loved about our neighhourhoods…

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And then joined together and drew a collective map on  huge roll of Kraft paper of everything we love about where we live. It was such a large, varied map. It’s such a fascinating thing to uncover the parts of a neighbourhood that collectively fill us to the brim (and hear the stories of why we love these things so much).

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We then wrote love letters to the things we loved most. First rough copies:

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Then good copies:

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Then we made envelopes:

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(And on my way home, I spotted this gem by the gym!)

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I can’t wait for NEXT Thursday!

April 27, 2016
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April 24, 2016
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Earth Day love lettering with the David Suzuki Foundation

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I had the great privilege of spending Earth Day writing love letters to nature with the David Suzuki Foundation in the heart of Toronto’s financial district.

It was so wonderful to reflect on the benefits of spending time in nature (from elaborate hiking trips to urban parks) and to hear what people love about our natural world.

We were also letting people know about May’s 30×30 Challenge: spending 30 minutes in nature for the 30 days in May (and if you write and share a love letter with the hashtag #lovenature, there are some amazing prizes to be had!)

Some of the day’s wonderful, thoughtful letters:

 

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April 20, 2016
by Lindsay
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LISTEN: Love lettering + JazzFM 91.1

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What a delightful thing it is to wake up on a Wednesday morning* and sip coffee listening to the delightful voice of Garvia Bailey, and listen to a lovely spot on The Love Lettering Project. I had such an inspiring interview with Jazz FM’s arts reporter, Shirley Camia.

We may not think our city as a muse – in the same way Paris or New York have been for countless artists – but one woman has had a serious love-in with Toronto for years.

The result? Thousands of letters sharing what Lindsay Zier-Vogel appreciates about the city, hidden all over for strangers to find.

~ Community Arts Reporter Shirley Camia

In case you missed it, you can listen to it here!

 

 

*Truth be told, my morning had a few more moving parts, including a pre-8am dentist appointment and a 13-month-old running cars up my legs while trying to get his hands on my coffee mug, but it was still a delightful listen!

April 15, 2016
by Lindsay
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April 22, 2016: Celebrate Earth Day with love letters + The David Suzuki Foundation

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Join me and the David Suzuki Foundation on Earth Day and write love letters to nature!

April 22, 2016: 11am-2pm at Brookfield Place on the concourse level (across from Freshly Squeezed Juice Bar!)

And while you’re writing your love letter to nature,  sign up for May’s 30×30 Challenge where The David Suzuki Foundation asks people to spend 30 minutes in nature for the 30 days in May.

Add your love letter to nature to twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #lovenature and you’ll be entered to win weekly prizes!!

Love nature and nature will love you back:

After a day, you’ll feel calmer: Spending quiet time in nature lowers your heart rate and reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that makes you feel irritable. A 15-minute walk in the woods can decrease cortisol levels by 16 per cent.

After a week, you’ll feel more productive and creative: Time in nature is like meditating. Nature allows the prefrontal cortex — the brain’s command centre — to rest like an overused muscle. It offers inspiring environments that restore our minds, improving productivity and creativity.

After a month, you’ll feel happier and more alive: Research shows that people who take the 30×30 challenge experience an increase in positive emotion and vitality over the course of the month. Negative emotions decline and feelings of awe, fascination and curiosity grow.

#lovenature

March 22, 2016
by Lindsay
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The David Suzuki Foundation’s 30×30 Challenge

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It’s time to fall (back) in love with nature! And I am thrilled to be partnering with the David Suzuki Foundation for their 5th annual 30×30 Challenge.

 

This May, the David Suzuki Foundation is challenging you and people around the world to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. Our goal is simple: to reconnect human beings with nature for the sake of their health and mental well-being.

Register in April and then join in!

Write a love letter to something you love about the natural world, take a pic and add it to Twitter/Instagram with #lovenature.

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There are amazing toolkits available for the workplace and for schools – I highly recommend downloading them and inspiring those around you to get outside, too! Picnics! Pre-dinner bike rides! Weekend lake-side hangs.

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Busy, high-tech lifestyles take a toll on the staff: reduced productivity, lower job satisfaction and higher rates of absenteeism. But there’s an easy prescription for healthier, more creative workplaces: a regular dose of nature.

We want to feel happy and productive at work, not stressed and irritable. The 30×30 Nature Challenge for Workplaces is a simple and positive way to support health and mental well-being in your organization.

Register your workplace and get the official 30×30 Workplace Toolkit for tips, resources and fun workplace activities to engage your colleagues.

 

March 13, 2016
by Lindsay
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Love letters to Riverside, California

 

The Love Lettering Project took a trip to sunny California this past weekend, joining the Riverside Art Museum for Smithsonian Institution Museum Day Live programming. Free museum fun AND love letters to a lovely Californian town? Amazing!

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March 10, 2016
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Love lettering in California: The Smithsonian Institution Museum Day Live + the Riverside Art Museum

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I am so thrilled that The Love Lettering Project will be heading to Riverside, California this weekend for the Smithsonian Institution Museum Day Live! If you happen to find yourself in Cali sun, on Saturday March 12 from 10-4, join Lisa Henry st the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, CA and write a letter to what you love about your community!

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In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.

New for March 2016 is a special edition of Museum Day Live!, providing an opportunity to the public, especially women and girls throughout the U.S. to enjoy and share in our nation’s dynamic heritage and cultural life.

Come shake hands with women’s history! Girls will present their heroines from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Join Lisa Henry for The Love Lettering Project and listen to local diverse women leaders as they describe their obstacles and triumphs. Nicolette Rohr from UCR’s public history program will present the histories of Mine Okubo and Julia Morgan from 12 noon – 4 p.m. Nick Bahula will be leading a wood transfer art workshop from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tour our guest-curated exhibition by Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja that celebrates the diversity of women. This mini exhibit includes her selections from our Permanent Collection and will be on view in the atrium. Join RAM for this fun-filled educational day where we ask you why women are amazing and why girls matter.

March 7, 2016
by Lindsay
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Toronto Symphony love!

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This is such an amazing project! So much love for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra!

How would you start your love letter to the TSO? Share your answer below then watch as it is integrated into a live, collaborative painting by award-winning artist Aquil Virani at the final New Creations Festival concert on March 12 (http://ow.ly/YX3Rt) at Roy Thomson Hall.