Past, present, future, all simultaneously and chaotically exploding silently in the recesses of thought where life has been automated into arbitrary and dissociated projections of life experiences. Using improv techniques, together we can harness the power of communal play into concentrated and sustained effort towards shared goals and intentional experiences for character development, skill-building, and alternative economies to emerge. The opportunity for real change is always there, we must learn to say “yes,” to them.
The idea around which the project revolves is the building in open settings of flush toilets and/or toilets other than non-flush toilets that release the solid and liquid waste for the growth of plants and fish within an enclosed environment. The project will lead to many benefits for Guelph and eventually for the entire universe through increased revenue, businesses and jobs, as well as a healthy environment.
Food insecurity is a serious problem affecting over 1 in 6 households in Guelph. The Guelph Food Bank’s role in fighting this problem is critical. However, a lack of funding strongly limits its impact in our community. Feed it Forward's aim is to provide those funds by creating a fundraising and educational system involving high school students. We will form specialized high school clubs in Centennial College and Ross Vocational Institute. Its members will then design and carry out fundraising campaigns with the Food Bank, allowing them to gain leadership skills and required volunteer hours.
Guelph Youth Farm project will be run by and for youth. The Farm will: - be located near downtown Guelph, and modeled after several successful youth farm projects in cities around North America. - operate as a social enterprise growing fresh food for the community; - provide training and employment for youth; - offer solutions to systemic community challenges in lower income and more vulnerable neighborhoods in Guelph, such as the Onward Willow neighbourhood west of the Farm; and, - serve as an outdoor "farm park" space for public events and workshops.
The Royal City Roller Girl are seeking collaborators to locate, finance and run a 10,000 square foot self-sustained multi-use space in the City of Guelph to hold practices and games. This space could also be used by other groups limited by the dearth of recreation space in Guelph. Established in 2010 our skater-run league is led by a skilled and passionate board of directors and now includes five teams made up of 70 skaters, 25 officials and a new youth program. In 2017 our five teams will participate in 22 games and 4 tournaments from Guelph to Chicago.
“I am awed by the power of dance to transform and alleviate pain.” Park’n Dance has established weekly dance classes for people with Parkinson’s in Guelph. Research demonstrates that these dance sequences help boost quality of life as well as provide opportunity to improve balance, gait, memory, coordination, cognition, self-expression and confidence. Frequency of practice provides residual benefits. We plan to develop a video/DVD with a choice of dance exercises and sequences guided by instructors of Park’n Dance and enhanced by live music, in order to provide people with Parkinson’s an opportunity for pleasurable and health-enhancing home practice.
“EZ Health” is a project focusing on promoting personal and community wellbeing. We are a group of medical professionals in Arkell Medical Centre. In response to the high risk of chronic problems such as diabetes in 6000 -8000 Chinese in Guelph, we regularly organize health education events and free health assessment to help Chinese access the health care resources. Our activities have had encouragement from all aspects. In order to support our community on a daily basis, we will promote more services on line and in person. We need your support. Together, let's make our community healthier and stronger!
Mental Health support is a basic human right that needs to be accessible, affordable, effective, and flexible. A Guelph Wellington-based virtual Mental Health For All system will solve issues such as increased suicide rates, hospital admissions and employee sick time. Services need to be given as long as the person wants them and senses a need for support. The provider needs to be consistent, caring, solution focused and well supervised.
The Golden Bus is a mobile collaborative arts space built out of an ex-transit bus. We can be a recording studio, small concert venue, and/or host zine fairs, small-scale publication and album manufacturing, film screenings, traveling thrift store, and so many other amazing things! Portable and affordable, we will work with Guelph artists and organizations to co-present awesome events...anywhere! Already we have partnered with the Guelph Film Festival, Ed Video, Kazoo Fest, The Guelph Comedy Festival, and MADE: Urban Arts. We are looking for funding to support a concert series that will promote local, emerging, and youth artists, as well as long and short-term parking options.
Ed Video is embarking on an adventure to create an arts hub at 404 York Road. The first step is to create an appropriate sound proof space for our organization that includes a larger teaching space and a multi-purpose bookable sound proof room that can be used for shooting video and for community events and workshops. We are looking for funds to pay a consultant to help us make these changes consistently with the future purpose of the building in mind, and to support the purchase of materials.
Up and Running Guelph is a new, non-competitive, beginner running program that harnesses the power of outdoor exercise and peer support to provide a boost for women managing their mental health. Led by a team of volunteer coaches and running mentors, with guidance from a community advisory board, the program was launched in September 2016, and recently expanded to meet a growing demand. We’re looking for support to build our capacity and broaden our reach so we can give more people in Guelph the chance to discover the mental health benefits of outdoor activity.
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The purpose of this project is to promote the understanding of our diverse cultures, diversity and equity, and diversity and inclusiveness through media arts. We would like to achieve this purpose by producing a video documentary based on the interviews with our diverse community members. It is our belief that when people are informed of the differences among different cultural groups, it will help reduce the cultural misunderstandings. For this reason, we believe this project and your support has the potential to help enable the equal participation of all members of the society and, therefore, to benefit the whole community.
Sidewalk Talk. You talk, I listen! The intention is to create the psychological space inside the urban space for talking and listening to one another, to heal whatever it is that divides us…be it race, economics, gender, sexuality, vocation, religion, ability etc. etc. Listening without judgment and 'fix it' mentality. Volunteers are recruited and trained to listen, identify need and provide connections to services available in the community. Two chairs, a sign and resource materials in hand will help connect people to their community.
The idea is to create a delivery system for the public of guelph, to access good, healthy, food, while avoiding the stigma of going to the food bank, when 75% don’t access it already. To do it would be to get food as cheaply possible, scaled to needs of the population according to a food security index. Providing healthy food at discounted rates to different levels of food security. Lastly, making it a sustainable system that serves all people.