Art for Social Change: Weaving Together Just Livelihoods | Ecology Action Centre

Art for Social Change: Weaving Together Just Livelihoods

What does it mean to make a good life?

What does a just livelihood look like? 

How did we get here, and where are we going?


Join FUTURES/forward artist Yasmine Hassen for a facilitated art-making workshop series to explore these questions through the practices of collaging, paper weaving, and storytelling. We will engage with themes such as just futures, deep time, decolonization, climate justice, and practices of reclamation. Over the course of the sessions, hosts + participants will share tools and practices that can be used as a powerful way to engage, reflect and mobilize around just livelihoods. 

On a practical level, we'll be playing with paper! Cutting, weaving, and gluing to create our own expressions of a good life, a just livelihood, and our place in the fabric of time. You'll also have the chance to talk about the art you've made, and if you choose, you can include your creations and your voice in a collective installation at the Ecology Action Centre on Fern Lane.

March 17 - 3:30-5:00pm
March 24 - 6:30-8:00pm
March 31 - 3:30-5:00pm

Join for one session, or attend all three. 
Participate via Zoom (online) or in person at 2482 Maynard Street.

All ages and abilities welcome!
BIPOC, Queer, and Trans folks welcome!



Materials needed: paper (any kind): newsprint/magazines, construction, etc., glue, scissors
Facilitation: Yasmine Hassen, Art for Social Change practitioner
Cost: Free!
Hosted by: Ecology Action Centre + Wonder'neath Art Society + International Centre of Art for Social Change FUTURES/forward

For in-person participants, we will follow all current public health protocols. Masks, sanitization, and contact-tracing sign-in will be mandatory, and we may need to adjust gathering numbers as public health protocols are updated. The in-person sessions will take place at 2482 Maynard, a dedicated, accessible visual arts facility. For more information on the facility, visit

Accessibility Notes:
Washrooms in the building are all single stall and gender neutral. There is an accessible washroom available and a baby change table available on the first-floor at the back of the building.

The building is close to bus routes. 2482 Maynard is one block from bus routes #2 and #3 on North Street and three blocks from bus routes on Gottingen Street including #7.

There is a bike rack at the front of the building, as well as a parking lot with spaces as available.

Directly in front of the building is a large parking lot which can be used by visitors, with an accessible parking spot on either side of the lot closest to the building. There is an accessibility lift to the second floor which can be accessed through the entrance on the right as you face the building. The main door is automated and equipped with an exterior button, which leads to an interior vestibule, followed by a second automated door to the main Wonder’neath studio space. While Wonder’neath is often a busy, bustling environment, all studio facilitators and staff will ensure that passages through the space are maintained and kept clear to the accessibility lift at the end of the main floor hallway.

Questions? Contact Joanna Bull at Ecology Action Centre -


Yasmine Hassen’s artist-in-residency with the Ecology Action Centre is part of FUTURES/forward, a mentorship program that embeds community-engaged artists in organizations to enhance and empower social change agendas. FUTURES/forward is generously funded by the McConnell Foundation, the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and Community Foundations of Canada. FUTURES/forward is an initiative of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC) and Judith Marcuse Projects (JMP), an arts organization with a 40-year history in Canada and abroad and a pioneer in the field of community-engaged art for social change (ASC).