The Watah School is supported by and in collaboration with the community. This year, through d’bi.young’s placement at Oakwood Library, The Watah School is offering a Youth Arts Mentorship program in collaboration with Artists in The Library, a Joint Program of Toronto Public Library and Toronto Arts Council, for youth between the ages of 13-17, who have a strong interest in performing arts.
We are also conducting the Black Women’s Sacred Health Project, in collaboration with Women’s Health In Women’s Hands Community Health Centre, through a grant of $15K from Women’s College Hospital. The project explores the impact of art creation on the lives and experiences of Black women and Women of Colour in Toronto who are between the ages of 18-26. The Artist Shaman Project, another community-based intervention, is an on-going exploration of our sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the life, art, ritual, healing and magic primarily in the lives of continental and diasporic African womben. d’bi. conceptualized this project as an extension of research around the developing Sorplusi Methodology. Run by a collective womben artists and community workers, Artist Shaman Project engages Black and radicalized wimmin through ritual gatherings that explore our processes of (w)holistic self-actualization and art creation.
The Watah School is also running 3 consecutive 10 week theatre intensives at Sketch Working Arts as part of Sketch’s ongoing programming for 2014-2015.
Some of our supporters and collaborators include: R.I.S.E Edutainment | Piece of Mine Festival | Sketch | Toronto Public Library – Oakwood | Women’s Health in Women’s Hands | Women’s College Hospital – Women Xchange | Stephen Lewis Foundation – Arts Activism & AIDS Academy | Artscape | MaRS – Studio Y