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Poetry inPrint: Mackenzie House Officially Launched! See Press Release below:
Saturday, October 22nd, 2022
Poetry inPrint Returns with Mackenzie House Collaboration
The inPrint Collective is excited to share our latest edition of our residency series Poetry inPrint!
Poetry inPrint: Mackenzie House is a collaboration between the inPrint Collective and local Toronto history museum Mackenzie House, as well as returning poet mentor Jacqueline Valencia. For this program, we invite youth participants, aged 17 to 29, to explore the histories of Mackenzie House in downtown Toronto from an anti-oppressive framework. Mackenzie House tells the story of rebel mayor and journalist William Lyon Mackenzie, a settler/colonialist from Scotland, and more recently also the story of activist and journalist Mary Ann Shadd, the first Black woman publisher in North America.
In the vein of Mary Ann Shadd, we invite poets to explore and offer critical thought on these histories of Mackenzie House, learning to letterpress on the types of presses that both Mackenzie and Shadd would have used, and to write and print poems inspired both by the space and their own presence in the here and now of Toronto.
Participating poets are:
Natalie "Rare" Chattargoon, Furqan Mohamed, Tia Julien, Noor Gouda, Carvela Lee, Nataly Zebian, Alexis Mael Miller, Jimena Yengle, Jerushah Wright, Daej Hamilton.
The residency will take place over 4 days in a hybrid form, beginning October 23rd, 2022, with parts of the project happening at Mackenzie House, inPrint's Studio and online.
Members of inPrint will support the project with technical assistance as well as bind all the poems together into an anthology of over 100 books. inPrint will also document the project on the Poetry inPrint blog, as well create an online exhibition. Celebrations and dissemination of the books will be planned with Mackenzie House for early 2023.
Follow the documentation of this project at https://poetryinprintcommunity.wordpress.com/ and inPrint's Instagram @inprintca.
This project is graciously supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.
The inPrint Collective is a Toronto-based not-for profit group of artists dedicated to fostering a love of printmaking in our communities. Founded in 2008, inPrint has organized a number of exhibitions, workshops, installations and community programs, now working from a studio in the Bloor/Lansdowne area.
Jacqueline Valencia (she/they) is a Toronto-based writer, essayist, and activist. Jacqueline is the organizer of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Talks: Racism and Sexism in the Craft. She is a project partner at Poetry inPrint and editor of Watch Your Head, and manygenderedmothers.
Mackenzie House is an historic museum that looks to explore Victorian Toronto and the contrary and controversial man (William Lyon Mackenzie) who had such an impact on our city – from journalist to mayor, mayor to exile, exile to politician.
inPrint's Official Statement in regards to COVID-19 Outbreak
March 6, 2023 UPDATE:
A brief update: inPrint has decided to lift one of our COVID protocols in the studio. We will no longer be requiring proof of vaccination in our studio space. However, we are still maintaining mask-wearing when more than 2 people are in the studio.
March 30, 2022 UPDATE:
A brief update: Due to rising numbers, we will be maintaining a proof of vaccination policy in the studio for both renters and workshop attendees for the foreseeable future. Keep making art, but stay safe, everyone!
March 21, 2022 UPDATE:
Today mask mandates have been lifted in most public spaces in the province, so we wanted to make sure we updated everyone with our own policies.
The inPrint Collective will be maintaining a mask policy in our studio for the indefinite future. Any members, renters, guests or visitors will be required to have a mask on in our space if two or more folks are inside.
As well, for now, renters will need to provide proof of vaccination for the time being. We are also requiring this for workshop attendees for the month of March. We are hosting no workshops in April, and will be watching Public Health and adapt this policy as needed for May and June.
It is our wish to maintain as safe a space as we can, as the world continues to navigate COVID - we just need to go a little bit slower than Ontario is for peace of mind and concern for each other's health in our well-loved space. Extra masks are available in our studio as needed. as well we have set up a Corsi-Rosenthal box to help support air quality. We'll continue to monitor Public Health as we adapt our policies.
Thank you so much for your support on this as we continue to slowly welcome back folks in our space! We hope to see you soon!
January 4, 2022 UPDATE:
With Omicron spreading rapidly, we have adjusted protocols so that members will spend solo time in the studio. The exception will be for orientation for new renters, for which masking will be required. Renters and members must be fully vaccinated. Curb-side pick ups and services available upon request. No gallery hours at this time.
We will continue to monitor the situation and cancel or reschedule workshops as needed.
Please see our home page for different ways to support inPrint!
October 21, 2021 UPDATE:
With new protocols in place, inPrint will be slowing inching towards in-studio programming.
Starting with our group show, Spectre of Print, folks can book a 30 minute Gallery Visit with a maximum of four people per group at a time. Guests over the age of two *must* be masked for the visit, no exceptions.
Book with us at email@example.com, for a slot on the following times;
Wednesdays, 4pm to 8pm
Fridays, 2:30pm to 5pm
Saturdays, 1pm to 5pm
We will shortly be opening up to renters, as well as workshops. Renters and workshop attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination with valid id, as well as remain masked in the studio.
Details on renters and workshops will be announced soon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
The inPrint Collective