Located at the 220 Oak Street residential site, Cota’s Health, Home, and Community Program have been working in collaboration with local artists Bruce, Naomi, and Masha to foster a sense of community with the residents through art.
The impact of this program extends past the 220 Oak Street residents, and has garnered donation support from the community. Maureen and her husband are one such example.
They heard about the Acorn Arts project through CBC Radio around the same time that their close friend Carole passed away. Carole was a local artist with a vast collection of brand new art supplies and Maureen had just found a home for them: the Acorn Arts Project! Maureen contacted Naomi and made the arrangements. She drove from the Durham Region area with her husband and friend Linda to downtown Toronto to drop off brand new art supplies to 220 Oak Street.
Another impact is the positive media attention from CBC. The Acorn Arts Project was nominated and subsequently selected as one of five winners for the CBC Toronto Champions project. Click the photo to listen to their radio interview on Here and Now Toronto:
Furthermore, Marivel Taruc from CBC Our Toronto visited the site and was in awe of the program and its impact on the lives of residents. The CBC Our Toronto segment was broadcast on TV April 27/28 at noon.
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