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The Public is an activist design studio specializing in changing the world.
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The Public Nov 15
In our latest edition of A Labour of Love we're speaking with Rinchen Dolma, Artistic Director of Made in Exile, a youth-led community arts initiative run by and for Tibetan youth Read it here:
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Harsha Walia Nov 9
Hey women of CBSA- How many women did you detain today How many women fleeing gender violence did you deport today How many mothers did you seperate from their children today
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The Public Nov 2
We were graced by such a relaxing fall evening workshop at the studio last week, learning and painting these beautiful fans with kakishibu, facilitated by Ko Hosoya!
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The Public Nov 2
In this month's 10th anniversary interview, we speak with The Public's first studio manager, Rocio Velasquez Guzman, about the ways we have and continue to commit to working with our communities in transformative ways!
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The Public Oct 19
We're so excited to be hosting this free kakishibu workshop facilitated by Koh, next Friday, October 26, at 5:30-7:30pm at the studio! Come learn and create with sustainable, natural dyes from fruits! Contact kaki.shibuya@hotmail.com to sign up, spots are limited!
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The Public Oct 5
Happy autumn! Here at the studio, we're harvesting beautiful lessons and embracing the season by focusing on the transformative social change we get to create with our clients and community. Read our latest newsletter for all the details!
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The Public Oct 4
Our first edition of "A Labour of Love: 10 years of creativity, community, and care", features our very first client, Answer at Rutgers University, an organization that is revolutionizing sex education for teens and young adults.
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The Public Sep 20
Come join us to celebrate and close off Gloria Swain's exhibit, Black Women's Lives Matter, next Friday! Gloria will be present for an artist talk and conversation at 5:30pm about the violence Black women face.
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The Public Aug 17
We are so excited to launch our ✨brand NEW website✨ this month! For now, here's an outtake from our website photoshoot just loving each other and living our best lives! We'll also be closed for the next two weeks, but we'll be back in the studio on Tuesday, September 4th!
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The Public Aug 17
We are honored to be featuring Gloria Swain’s exhibit, Black Women’s Lives Matter which connects past traumas of slavery to ongoing colonial violence against Black women. Check it out now, anytime on the corner of Lansdowne and Seaforth Ave!
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The Public Aug 2
We're commemorating a decade of The Public this year by reflecting on all the love and care that has grown our studio over the years 💖 starting with this special anniversary greeting!
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The Public Jul 9
We're 10 YEARS OLD today! Thanks to everyone who made the flourishing ecosystem of political possibility and community resilience at The Public possible! We can’t wait to keep growing and changing the world with you! Stay tuned for a special newsletter w/ more anniversary news!
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The Public Jun 20
Looking for teens for a photoshoot ASAP (no experience required) for Sex, Etc. magazine, esp. teens who self-identify as queer, trans, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender variant from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and of diverse body types and shapes.
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The Public Jun 20
In times when it feels like the violence of colonial borders is relentless, it's beautiful to see creative work like these zines on borders and boundaries made by the awesome youth on the Youth Advisory Board this past weekend at the studio 💗
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The Public Jun 13
Our latest newsletter is fresh off the electronic press! Check it out here: and subscribe at !
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The Public Jun 1
Our newest window gallery exhibit is up! "Gentrification Tax" by GTA aims to build a campaign for a Gentrification Tax in Toronto a tax to be used to support local community-controlled housing initiatives such as land trusts and cooperatives. Stay tuned for more updates soon!
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The Public Jun 1
It was delightful to see so many folks come through last night for Taking Care by Ewa Konart, an interactive community-based art installation to re-imagine our healthcare system!
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The Public May 30
The Spring 2018 issue of Sex, etc. magazine is here! Written as usual by and for teens, this issue features pieces on speaking up about sex ed, sexual harassment, and gender identity!
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The Public May 25
Our Parkdale Leadership training series in collaboration with Parkdale People's Economy for women of colour wrapped up with guest speakers Bhutila Karpoche and Alejandra Bravo. We can’t wait for the brilliant neighbourhood initiatives our participants will be launching soon!
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The Public May 24
We love hosting the Youth Advisory Board meetings! Check out their awesome buttons responding to the prompts: "what messages do you want to wear shamelessly", "what messages do you wish others would wear shamelessly?"
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