the Love Lettering Project

Write love to what you love.

April 15, 2014
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It’s official: DreamCatcher Mentoring partners with The Love Lettering Project

Hooray! It’s press release release day! The countdown to heading up north starts NOW!!

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Toronto – April 15, 2014 – DreamCatcher Mentoring (DCM), an e-mentorship program that pairs Canadian high school students with mentors working in their chosen career fields, in partnership with Lindsay Zier-Vogel’s The Love Lettering Project, launch the 2014 DCM Mentor Tour May 4-9 2014. Students will participate in a workshop in art- and entertainment-related career pathways, and also be invited to write love letters to their communities and distribute them anonymously to their neighbours. Since 2010, Zier-Vogel has mentored six DCM students in the fields of writing and dance.

Since 2005, DreamCatcher Mentoring has provided high quality one-to-one online matches designed to empower students to realize the rewards of staying in school. Having mentored six students over the past several years, the tour provides a unique opportunity for Zier-Vogel to connect with her current mentees face-to-face.

Together, DCM and The Love Lettering Project will each celebrate their respective ten year program anniversaries via an exciting partnership reaching Canada’s North. With funding and operational support from DCM and travel funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Zier-Vogel will share her career experience as a community engagement artist and writer and bring her internationally-renowned The Love Lettering Project to three different northern cities – Yellowknife, NT; Whitehorse, YT, and Fort Smith, NT.

“I am thrilled to be celebrating ten years of The Love Lettering Project in the north and look forward to meeting my current student mentees and seeing first-hand what they love about where they live,” says Zier-Vogel.

“By providing a combination of hands-on programming from mentor tours and online mentoring northern students can better discover their interests and abilities and be supported in pursuing these interests and abilities throughout their secondary schooling and beyond,” says Josh Silvertown, President, Executive Director and Co-Founder, DreamCatcher Mentoring. “The Love Lettering Project fits well with DCM’s mandate to help youth to share with other Canadians what is special about their home communities in the North and build hope for their futures.”

2014 DCM Mentor + Love Lettering Project tour

  • May 5-6, 2014: Whitehorse, YK: Vanier Catholic Secondary and Porter Creek Secondary.
  • May 8, 2014: Fort Smith, NWT: Paul William Kaeser High School
  • May 9, 2014: Yellowknife, NWT: Ecole St. Patrick’s High School

 

Photo by Joseph Michael Photography

Photo by Joseph Michael Photography

About DreamCatcher Mentoring:

DreamCatcher Mentoring is an e-mentoring program that connects northern Canadian high school students with Canadian mentors around the world. Students engage in a one-to-one online mentorship with a Canadian mentor working in their aspired career field. DreamCatcher Mentoring was developed in response to the declining number of students that enter and graduate high school in northern Canada compared to the rest of the country. Since 2005, DreamCatcher Mentoring has matched over 1,500 Grade 9-12 Yukon, NWT and Nunavut high school students representing 26 schools (24 communities) one-on-one with mentors working in their aspired ‘dream careers.’ www.dreamcatchermentoring.ca

About The Love Lettering Project:

The Love Lettering Project is a community arts engagement project that get people writing anonymous love letters to the places they live. It has the capacity to transform individual’s relationship to public space and their communities through social engagement. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Zier-Vogel’s internationally renowned The Love Lettering Project, a community art project that reinvents the ritual of receiving love letters, transforming the physical space of our city, while highlighting the transformative capacity of even the smallest gesture of love. In the last ten years, thousands of people have participated in over 25 events in Toronto and the UK. loveletteringproject.com

About Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a writer, bookmaker and arts educator based in Toronto. She is the creator of The Love Lettering Project, a community arts engagement project bringing love letters to strangers since 2004. In 2013, Lindsay received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to take the project on a 5-city tour of the UK and in 2014, she received support from the Canada Council to take The Love Lettering Project up to Canada’s Far North. Lindsay has been a mentor for DCM since 2010 and is currently working on a novel. www.loveletteringproject.com

For more information contact:

Claire SmithProgram Manager, Dream Catcher Mentoring –1-888-806-0447 x102 or claire@dreamcatchermentoring.ca

Lindsay Zier-Vogel, The Love Lettering Project – 416-432-2275 or loveletteringproject@gmail.com

April 7, 2014
by Lindsay
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Countdown to Yukon+NWT love

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I am counting down the days until I head up north for the 2014 DreamCatcher Mentoring Mentor Tour from May 4-9 2014!

I’ve been e-mentoring youth since 2010 with DCM and it’s always so amazing to hear about their lives up in the north. I can’t wait to meet my mentees in person.

Thanks to funding and operational support from DCM and travel funding from the Canada Council for the Arts!

  • May 5-6, 2014: Whitehorse, YK: Vanier Catholic Secondary and Porter Creek Secondary.
  • May 8, 2014: Fort Smith, NWT: Paul William Kaeser High School
  • May 9, 2014: Yellowknife, NWT: Ecole St. Patrick’s High School

April 1, 2014
by Lindsay
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Love lettering Toronto: The Grade 2 edition

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I had the absolute pleasure of working with the incredible Grade 2 students and teachers at West Prep Junior Public School. We wrote letters to the things we love about where we live and, as always, it was so very inspiring.

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And after we had written our love letters to movie theatres and the LEGO store, and the Maple Leafs and Toronto FC, we wrote a poem together about how much we love the four seasons we have here:

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And I’m so thrilled that the next school visit I do will be up in the Yukon for my DreamCatcher Mentor tour! More info here!

 

March 20, 2014
by Lindsay
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May 2014: Mentoring + 16h of SUNLIGHT

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I have had some pret-ty incredible mentors along the way, including Lynn Crosbie, Anne Michaels, and I’m currently writing a grant for a much larger mentorship-based project.

And since 2010, I’ve had the privilege of being a mentor for youth up in the north through DreamCatcher Mentoring. DCM is an e-mentoring and leadership program that connects high school students in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut with Canadian mentors who work in the students’ aspired career-of-choice.  I’ve chatted with students about my time as a contemporary dancer, about writing, about community arts work. It’s so much fun (and so awesome to learn about the experience of growing up in the far north!)

The idea behind DCM was to address declining number of students that enter and graduate from high school in northern Canada. The DCM founders believe that an empowering and high-quality one-to-one mentorship will give students the confidence, leadership, and skills they need to create attainable goals, complete their education, and work towards their dreams and aspirations. (More on DCM here!)

AND, I’ve been asked to head up to Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Fort Smith (NWT) for their annual mentor tour (funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts!).

In addition to chatting about my professional work with students at five different high schools, I’ll be bringing The Love Lettering Project and asking students and teachers to write love letters to their communities. I can’t wait to go!

And according to this handy chart, there will be 16 (!!) hours of sunlight in May! Bring it!!

2014 DCM Mentor + Love Lettering Project tour

May 5-6, 2014: Whitehorse, YK: Vanier Catholic Secondary and Porter Creek Secondary.

May 8, 2014: Yellowknife, NWT: Ecole St. Patrick’s High School

May 9, 2014: Fort Smith, NWT: Paul William Kaeser High School

 

 

March 6, 2014
by Lindsay
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Happy 180th birthday, Toronto!!

Happy happy birthday to my very favourite city!

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My heart is full to the brim in this incredible city. Some of the extra special things that have my heart:

Food: MAN ALIVE T.O. FOOD IS AMAZING!

Street festivals: SO much love for summer street fests!

Parks: Picnics, naps, frisbee-ing.

Swimming: I do love all the pools in Toronto, but Sunnyside has a special place in my aquatic heart!

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March 3, 2014
by Lindsay
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Love Lettering in the North!

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I’m not sure I could be any more excited…The Love Lettering Project is partnering with DreamCatcher Mentoring, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, for a three-city tour of the North in May! Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Fort Smith, here I come!

 

February 28, 2014
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More Toronto love in The PATH

 

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I couldn’t let this bitterly cold month slip past without heading back down to The PATH to see some more Toronto love letters! (More info here). The Toronto Love Lettering Project, a collaboration with Art in Transit, is on till the end of the month (Gah! That’s today!)

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Please note: Joseph Michael took incredible photos of the original love letters, though I snapped these pics of the letters in the digital frames!

February 11, 2014
by Lindsay
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Toronto love fills The PATH

Are February’s grey and slushy curbs getting you down? Head underground for Toronto love letters that I promise will help you remember what is so amazing about this city!

The Toronto Love Lettering Project hits The PATH

The Toronto Love Lettering Project hits The PATH

So, so, so thrilled to see Toronto love letters filling The PATH! (More info here). The Toronto Love Lettering Project, in collaboration with Art in Transit will be up in The PATH until the end of the month.

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Don’t they look amazing on the digital screens? These ones are just under the Drake 150 at York and Adelaide.

Love letter written by a stranger smitten with Toronto / Photo by Joseph Michael, love lettering project

Love letter written by a stranger smitten with Toronto

My heart was full to the brim when these folks stopped to read this gem!

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Spreading Toronto love in The PATH

 Please note: Joseph Michael took incredible photos of the original love letters, though I snapped these pics of the letters in the digital frames!

February 3, 2014
by Lindsay
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Feb 3-28, 2014: The Toronto Love Lettering Project enters The PATH

Photo by Joseph Michael

Photo by Joseph Michael

2014 marks the 10th (!!) year of The Love Lettering Project and I’m kicking it off in the dreariest of months: February!

I’ve partnered with Art In Transit and city-based love letters will be filling digital screens along the Toronto’s downtown underground pedestrian walkway  from February 3-28, 2014.

The Toronto Love Lettering Project is part of Pattison’s ongoing Art in Transit programme which will present 21 new arts and culture projects on Pattison screens in 2014. (More info here!)

Torontonians created the handmade missives in response to a public call for love-letters, Joseph Michael took photographs of each and 30 of them are being shared with the public throughout February on screens at the Dynamic Funds Tower and Richmond Adelaide Center along the PATH.

Photo by Joseph Michael

Photo by Joseph Michael

Huge thank yous to everyone who sent in a letter, to Joseph Michael Photography and Sharon Switzer, National Arts Programmer and Curator of Pattison Onestop.

Dive underground and check ‘em out!

Photo by Joseph Michael

Photo by Joseph Michael

January 22, 2014
by Lindsay
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So much love!

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Wow! Such a response to last week’s call for submissions! I’ve received heaps of thoughtful, wonderful love letters to Toronto! Thank you to everyone who spread the word and mailed ‘em in.

More info soon, but for now, mark February 3rd on your calendar when the collaboration between The Love Lettering Project and Pattison OneStop’s Art In Transit program fills The PATH with city-love!

Stay cozy!

xx