From Weeds We Grow

The From Weeds We Grow project in Rowntree Mills Park was an exploration of public space connecting community members to each other, to the arts, and to the park.

From Weeds We Grow is an interdisciplinary public art project led by the STEPS Initiative that explores Rowntree Mills Park through artistic, Indigenous, and community-based approaches.

From Weeds We Grow was cultivated from conversations during a series of intergenerational workshops led by STEPS entitled, Under/Current, that explored Rexdale’s connections to land, the Humber River, and the resilience of nature and community. Under/Current culminated in a co-created mural on Finch Ave West produced in July 2019 by lead artist, Mique Michelle.

From Weeds We Grow seeks to deepen the learnings from Under/Current and respond directly to community feedback to strengthen the important connections between nature, accessible public space, art and wellness.

We have learned from local residents that Rowntree Mills Park is a community asset that has been underutilized for over a decade. From Weeds We Grow aims to celebrate the park’s impact on community wellbeing, and encourages the enjoyment of the park as an inclusive and engaged public space to learn, create, and reconnect.

This project will also be featured as part of Myseum of Toronto INTERSECTIONS Festival in 2021.

STEPS

The STEPS Initiative (STEPS) is a Canadian-based public art organization that develops one-of-a-kind art initiatives and engagement strategies that transform public spaces. We are responsible for Canada’s largest and most community-engaged public art initiatives.

Together with our partners, we transform urban areas into vibrant public spaces, helping artists, community organizations, BIAs, and developers push creative and technical boundaries – breathing new artistic energy into our public spaces.

For more information on STEPS or to get in touch, visit stepspublicart.org and follow @STEPSpublicart.