Poetry inPrint: In the Streets Official Press Release!

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Poetry and Printmaking Come Together in Public Art Project

June 2021, Toronto, ON

The inPrint Collective is excited to announce the summer return of Poetry inPrint (PiP), the artist program that pairs poets with printmakers!

PiP: In the Streets is a five week public art series, happening in August and September, and in collaboration with local author Jacqueline Valencia as our Poet Mentor, and Arts Etobicoke.

From May through December 2021, Arts & Culture shines a spotlight on arts, culture and communities outside the core, inspiring a new vision about where culture thrives in Toronto. The City of Toronto has partnered with us to create our SPARK project entitled Poetry inPrint: In the Streets. Other virtual and in- person projects include visual arts, music, dance, film, youth mentorship and employment, public art animations and installations and more.

We will have a roster of Toronto-based youth poets, who will workshop together to create five succinct short poems that reflect critically on the concept of safety and community. With the help of Arts Etobicoke, inPrint members and poets will then take to the streets at night, once a week, to silkscreen the poems on the sidewalks of Dundas and Islington using glow-in-the-dark or reflective ink.

 

Youth poets will workshop with Valencia online, on July 17th, with our COVID-safe printmaking sessions to happen on Saturdays from August 14 to September 11th.

Keep an eye out on our instagram @inprintca for these printing dates which we will broadcast live, as well as our online celebratory exhibition of the project hosted on our Art Kunstmatrix from September 18th to October 9th!

 

With this project, we bring poetry and printmaking together as a public art piece to engage Torontonians with ideas of more intersectional and safer public spaces. These printed poems not only light up Toronto’s nighttime but offer a vehicle for community conversation around safer spaces!

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The inPrint Collective is a Toronto-based non-profit group of artists dedicated to fostering the love of printmaking in their community. Currently made up of four artists, inPrint was founded in 2008 and recently opened up their first permanent studio, located at 58 Wade Ave, Unit 8A.

Jacqueline Valencia is a writer and critic. She is the author of There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and is the founding editor of These Girls On Film, a literary editor at The Rusty Toque, and staff film critic at Next Projection. Jacqueline is a board member of CWILA (Canadian Women In Literary Arts). jacquelinevalencia.wordpress.com

Arts Etobicoke is a not-for-profit charitable organization that focuses on improving people’s lives through the arts. We have developed an inclusive and creative community hub that is open to all people in West Toronto. We believe in providing equitable access to the arts and we are a place where everyone can freely express their art and culture through our programs, exhibitions, workshops, events, classes, and professional development.

Poetry inPrint: In the Streets is a City of Toronto Arts & Culture SPARK Project.

Media Contact

Maureen Da Silva
Studio Manager

inprint.collective@gmail.com
 

Website

www.inprintcollective.com

Instagram

@inprintca

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inPrint's Official Statement in regards to COVID-19 Outbreak

June 14, 2021 UPDATE:

While Ontario has officially entered phase one, inPrint is still working out what that will mean for the studio, and inviting the public back in. We are a part-time endeavour, and so coming back will take a bit longer for us as we begin to think about what we can and can't offer. 

For now, we have our hands full with our online programming and upcoming SPARK project, and will release details on returns to rentals, workshops and private lessons in later July, when we know what our capacities to return, safely, are. 

We hope to see you then!

November 25, 2020 UPDATE:

As many of you would have already seen from other organizations, we are clarifying our COVID-19 provisions that are in keeping with the new lockdown measures.


We had actually never officially re-opened to the public since March, with the exception of hosting a few COVID-19 safe workshops in the early summer. We remain closed to the public, and will not offer any group workshops in the space until it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we will also be suspending our one-on-one lessons for the current period, and will not be taking any new renters in the space. We don't have the capacity to run online workshops at the moment, either.


We will remain closed to the public for the time being. We can offer curbside exchanges for those that wish to use our screen exposure services, and are keeping active on our Etsy. If you wish to purchase something from our Etsy but would prefer to avoid shipping fees and do curbside pickup, please feel free to send us an email to arrange payments and pick up at inprint.collective@gmail.com.


Since inPrint is relying on Etsy sales, members are still in the space working on artworks and packaging, with a severe limit of people in the studio at one time, and masks and distant working spaces are a requirement if more than one member is working there at a time. Guests are limited to curbside exchanges, though we will continue to  seek members to join our community when it is safe. 


During COVID, inPrint has also been unable to access any project grants or rent relief support and has stayed afloat by the continued generosity of our community. We continue to offer thank-you prints in exchange for donations, and we have been moved by the uptick in sales in our online shop! Thank you for shopping local, thank you for supporting local artists and businesses. And thank you so much for your understanding as we navigate this pandemic along with you. We will see you on the other side of this!

October 6, 2020 UPDATE:

With the second wave underway in Ontario, inPrint has updated our COVID-19 policies. inPrint continues to not host any workshops at this time, and maintains a 3-person limit in the studio. Members are using the space in solo bookings, and we are still maintaining private bookings with the three person capacity. We will also make exceptions for private sessions for those who are in the same household. Guests are required to sign in and provide contact info for contract tracing purposes, and this information will not be used for anything but this purpose. Mask use in the studio is required, as is hand washing upon entering. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

July 8, 2020 UPDATE:

With Phase 2 in Toronto underway, inPrint has rescheduled its previously booked workshops, but has decided not to host any more new ones until September. We will also remain closed to the public but guests are welcome to book an appointment for a studio visit. We will host private silkscreen, relief or beginner bookbinding sessions, as well, experienced printmakers can contact us for day rates on solo studio time. We will be strictly enforcing mask use in the studio, and hand sanitizer is available. All people entering the space must wash hands upon arrival. inPrint keeps a small stock of cloth masks available for use in the studio if needed, which are washed with hypoallergenic, unscented detergent after each use.

If you would like to support inPrint but don't want to come into the studio, please consider a donation in exchange for a small thank you print. We accept etransfers at inprint.collective@gmail.com. We will also be announcing some online ventures shortly.

April 14, 2020 UPDATE:

With the extension of the Ontario state of emergency, inPrint is keeping its doors locked until May 16th (Victoria Day Long Weekend). We will continue to monitor the situation from here. Early May workshops are in the process of being canceled or rebooked. 

March 28, 2020 UPDATE:

April workshops are being rescheduled, and we're keeping an eye on the situation for May workshops. The studio will remain closed to the public until April 30th.

March 17, 2020 UPDATE:

In light of the declaration of a state of emergency in Ontario, inPrint will be closing its studio doors to the public until April 5th. We have rescheduled our Cyanotypes workshop for May 28th, and will pay close attention to how COVID-19 containment progresses before we make a decision on April workshops, which are on the later end of the month. 

March 14, 2020.

Hello there, fellow printmakers and art supporters!

Like everyone else out there, inPrint has been closely monitoring the announcements and guidelines released by The Public Health Agency of Canada (locally), as well as the WHO & CDC.

We are a small collective that will be impacted by the important measures to contain the outbreak, but we also take our community’s health very seriously in our space.

To that note, we are opting to not host any large receptions or community-based events in our space while schools are shut down. We will still however maintain our Saturday hours, and will still be hosting our small workshops, should registration hold, as the virus is not being spread locally in Toronto. This may change as we see how the virus containment works out.

These are the precautions inPrint is taking in our studio for workshops:

1. Registration is capped at 6 people. This will allow for registrants to maintain healthy distances during the workshops while in the space. InPrint also only runs a max of two workshops a month in the space at the moment.


2. The studio has always been stocked with soap and hand sanitizer and we will remain stocked with these supplies. We will advise participants to wash their hands carefully before and after workshops.


3. All tools and surfaces including tables, door knobs and handles will be carefully cleaned before and after workshops. We already maintain a clean studio, and we will be consulting the appropriate agencies on guidelines for best products to use and will switch accordingly.


4. No collective members are currently set to travel out of the country in the near future.

As we continue to monitor the situation, we will consider rebooking our workshops and inform registrants of the measure asap but for now, due to the importance of workshops to our sustainability, we will continue to host them.

Here are some safety protocols to help keep yourself and our community safe:

1. If you have symptoms or feeling ill, PLEASE stay home! If you have registered for a workshop, we will be happy to refund you.


2. If your immune system is compromised, please don’t feel compelled to come over for a visit, we understand.


3. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.


4. Please avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


5. Refrain from close contact if possible: maybe swap out a Hug for an air high-five for now.

This has been and will continue to be a difficult time for a number of people, and it’s important that we remain kind during times of social distancing. Please ensure you're staying up to date on the facts from The Government of Canada and Health Canada and please visit here.

 

xoxo


The inPrint Collective

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