Creating Memories Together:
A dive into Jamii past programming
We have been committed to The Esplanade community for 10 years now, offering free artistic experiences to everyone, with the hope to enhance social cohesion in our neighbourhood. A connected community is a stronger, healthier, more resilient and more vibrant community. By creating opportunities to "do something together" (attend a show, help us run an event, participate into workshops...) we hope to create lifelong shared memories that connect us all.
Here is a snapshot of the last few years of Jamii's magic in The Esplanade community and beyond.
“Water is Memory” was the theme of 2022. While we explored what this theme meant to us, to the artists we collaborated with and community members who participated in programming, memories, like bubbles of water, popped through the months and floated down the river of new connections.
In 2022, we produced 60 live performances inthe park, attended by over 4700 Esplanadians. We organized 4 photo exhibitions viewed by 4,000+ people. We held 84 LAINI workshops participated by 69 girls and young women of The Esplanade. We worked with 118 artists. We organized 203 workshops attended by 194 participants with over 500 participations.
Reflecting on 2019 is inspiring: it has been a beautiful year for Jamii; one of growth, enriching partnerships, exciting projects in our community, and throughout the Province. A year during which one of our dreams came true: the creation of a mobile theatre for our community, the Kisanii Hub. Last but not least, in 2019, Jamii refined its goal of both building community through multiple artistic initiatives, and nurturing young women in leadership.
Our 2021 theme was “Looks Like Us” and was an invitation to explore one of the foundational values of the Esplanade neighbourhood: the concept of “mix”. We wanted to ask if, white we celebrate each other’s cultural heritage, we also celebrate intercultural mixing, and if so, how?
Jamii produced 3 photo exhibits, to the delight of 4000 viewers; Directed 13 short films which accumulated over 16,000 views; Organized 13 online events, with approx. 18,000 views.
We produced 39 live events with over 2700 audience members;
And, organized 95 workshops, which welcomed over 270 participants. Last but not least, through 2021, Jamii worked with over 120 artists!
At Jamii, we define our success by the legacy of qualitative memories we ignite for all “Esplanadians” - people of all ages who have taken part in the Jamii’s journey. By creating shared memories, we are creating stronger connections and bonds between people. In doing so, we create a sense of belonging, ownership and identity for the people engaged in the work we do in the community. This circles back to our mandate of enhancing social cohesion through the arts.
In 2020, we worked with 91 artists;
We organized 101 workshops;
We hosted 166 workshop participants;
We counted 2300 audience members;
We produced 34 public events,
And all of this, during a pandemic.