Arts4All has a long-standing 17 year history of artistic excellence and inclusion Davenport West. Many hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds , be they residents, artists, volunteers and partner staff, have participated in large scale, multi-year projects that bring local narratives to life through theatre and art in our neighbourhood's spaces, and beyond. We strive to support our neighbourhood’s audibility and visibility in Toronto’s larger cultural landscape through ensuring access to the arts for the incredible, beautiful and often overlooked people who live here.
Arts4All is very grateful for the privilege and opportunity to be working on the land in Davenport West, and with the people and partners who live here.
Davenport’s characteristic slope is a strong reminder of the past, being the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois that then bore Ontario’s oldest footpath, Gete-Onigaming, that connected First Nation travel routes between the Don and Humber Rivers. Pre-colonial habitation of this land is recognized to go as far back as 11,000 years. Presently, our neighbourhood is culturally diverse, with many immigrants residing. Some are established, some more recently arrived. Weston Pelham Park, a recently designated City of Toronto Neighbourhood Improvement Area within Davenport West, is where Arts4All and our partners live meet, work and collaborate. There are many organizations and community groups working for change in our neighbourhood who we are proud to partner with: the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre, Pelham Park Gardens TCH residents and staff, the Davenport Perth Community Ministry and The Stop Community Food Centre, Pelham Going Green, and Bread and Bricks to name a few. We are all presently aware that there is additional pressure and urgency to our activities as Davenport is facing an unpredictable future in face of city wide rapid and significant change. As one of the few remaining un-gentrified Toronto neighbourhoods, we are vulnerable to proposed building developments that threaten to overtake public space and displace low-income residents whose continued presence, agency and security are essential to the healthy social fabric of our community.