Why we do it:
Because we care about everyone connected to The Esplanade community: From the young ones who are looking for opportunities to engage and create,
to the seniors who face isolation and invisibility.
We believe that our programming makes a difference in our neighbours' lives; enhance social cohesion within the community, and contributes to a sense of pride, identity and belonging. That's why we offer inter-generational programming that is free and accessible by all, along with an inclusive, accepting and welcoming environment where all people can connect, gather and create together.
We believe that offering both access and engagement opportunities in the arts contributes to a more cohesive, united and supportive community.
Jamii serves The Esplanade neighbourhood.
A unique community!
The pioneering vision of diversity this community was built on encompasses cultural, multigenerational, socio-economical diversity while also embracing universal design for accessibility. It is one of the most unique community.
The Covid-19 pandemic
After two weeks of social, programming, and economic chaos, on March 30th, we decided to produce what would be the first of a series of 20 performances in the streets and courtyards of the Esplanade community for neighbours to watch from their balconies, porches, and home windows.
Jamii's programming is free and accessible.
Why is it vital?
By removing ticketing, we are removing barriers of accessibility that would otherwise limit the ability of our diverse audiences to enjoy quality arts. Providing free events removes that financial burden so often associated with quality arts experiences.
How it all started...
"When I decided to organize a small one–day arts gathering for my neighbours back in 2009, I witness a drastic impact: from one day to the next, we (neighbours) started living with each other rather than living next to one another: we had created a shared memory. " - By Isorine Marc, Jamii's founder.
Laini: programming for young women
What's the inspiration?
In 2011, we partnered with theatre company CORPUS, and invited a 13-yrs old to accompany CORPUS on a theatre tour through Cambodia. This was the seeds to Laini, our intentional programming for girls and young women in our community.
Why we continue doing it?
Things have changed since the first years of Jamii, but the work is not done yet. From the new generation of young women who are looking for opportunities to grow as tomorrow's creative leaders, to our seniors who are facing isolation and invisibility, the need to be there for our community is constant. It is not "something you can fix" - it is a decade-long journey for lasting impact.