THE CANADIAN POSTCARD PROJECT
On daily 10-5pm to Sept 2018
CWSE Hallway Gallery, 2nd floor 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
The Canadian Postcard Project is a nationwide community initiative which connects young individuals (ages 12-20) with Canadian artists. Emerging and established professional artists from across the country participate in a postcard exchange. The project begins with each student choosing an artist/artwork s/he admires and then creating a postcard in reaction to that chosen piece. Once the student artwork is made and mailed, the Canadian artist sends a new artwork, in the form of a postcard, back in response.
Through a variety of classroom lessons that teach the act of looking, describing, analyzing, interpreting, and critiquing, students engage in cooperative learning and collaboration that results in an authentic visual dialogue between young and practicing artists. The Canadian Postcard Project brings Canadian artwork into the public school realm, and helps educate youth on different styles, mediums, and themes countrywide.
Mallory Diaczun is an artist working mostly in sculpture, installation, and community art. Her artwork flows from her love of basketball, as she hand-makes and installs basketball nets on abandoned hoops in various neighbourhoods. As an arts educator, Diaczun uses her love of sports and athletics to engage students who are at-risk. Her focus is to empower youth to build strong relationships with their communities, both locally and nationwide, and to develop a lifelong passion for the arts. Diaczun is currently facilitating a community art project in rural Palmerston, where her students with special needs will be painting murals directly onto the basketball courts and backboards in town.