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"Really having the opportunity to work with my own community has been really fulfilling and I’ve been really able to see my art have a positive impact."
Camila Salcedo (they/them) is a Venezuelan-born interdisciplinary artist working primarily in textiles, digital art and community arts. Their recent work is centered on sustainable textiles and interview-responsive community projects, such as the Clothing Clinic at the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre through which members of the community got their clothes mended in exchange for a conversation. They also have eight years of experience as an art educator to diverse individuals and have taught workshops and courses at Lakeshore Arts, Workman Arts, Xpace Cultural Centre, OCAD University, NSCAD University, and more.
Type of art you create: Textiles, Community Art, Zines, and Digital Art
When you got started: I have been making art since I was a kid. As a teen, I was fortunate to attend Earl Haig Secondary School’s Claude Watson Arts Program as a Visual Arts Major. I graduated in 2018 from NSCAD University with a BFA Interdisciplinary and have made art professionally ever since.
Favourite thing about your community: My favourite thing about fostering and cultivating a community is the growing feeling of mutual support and encouragement.
Favourite local artists: I am loving Creato, a creative community supporting Latin American artists in Toronto.
“When something goes wrong, we all come together as one community in order to solve that problem”
As a resident of the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood, Trevaun (he/him) has always been an advocate for his community. He started writing poetry in Grade 5 as a way to process the change and challenges he witnessed in Lawrence Heights.
During high school Trevaun worked at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre and eventually he got a job with Toronto Community Housing to help youth gain employable skills and experience.
More recently, he has discovered his passion for film-making. In 2020 he put out his first documentary: Lawrence Heights Covid-19 Experience and has released a few others around important social issues.
Type of art you create: Music production, film-making, and rap and poetry
When you got started: Started with music & poetry in Grade 5, music production in 2018, and film-making in 2020
Favourite thing about your community: When something goes wrong, we all come together as one community to solve that problem.