Overview

A new addition to TBA’s Tools for Learning Program, the Mobile Arts Curriculum (MAC) is a collection of resources co-created with artists and collaborators that supports and expands learning curricula while building upon ideas explored in the 2022 Biennial, What Water Knows, The Land Remembers. MAC tools are accessible as digital kits created in collaboration with artists, contributors, and graphic designers for curious participants to engage with – by learning or unlearning – independently and collectively in the classroom, within TBA’s spaces, or at home. They invite intergenerational arts educators, community members, families, and individuals to actively participate in process-based learning methods. Through proposed activities, playlists, conversation starters, and games, participants are invited to take a walk, learn from the land and water, and connect with the less visible contexts of our city as they consider our relations with each other and our surroundings.    

MAC tools are Ontario-curriculum supportive, and provide guided questions and activities for inter-contextual dialogue grounded in ecological justice and the arts. 

Mobile Arts Curriculum is made possible with generous support from Canada Health Communities Initiative, The Rossy Foundation, Ron Kimel and Family, and FK Morrow Foundation.

MOBILE ARTS CURRICULUM TOOLKIT
Image of the MAC introduction sheet graphic

Introduction
“What is the Toronto Biennial of Art?”, “Where are we?”, “Why “tools”?” Exploration of these questions helps provide a context for the artist-led Mobile Arts Curriculum within What Water Knows, The Land Remembers exhibition and the many approaches that have informed the second iteration of the Biennial.

Web Version
Printable: Low-Colour Simplified Version | Full-Colour Version

Black History Navigational Toolkit
Written by Camille Turner and Yaniya Lee as the Context Brief for the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art, the Black History Navigational Toolkit presents as a deck of cards, guiding readers through Toronto’s Black histories and personal narratives. Each card explores a neighbourhood, theme, or history —and simply ways in which Black people have existed in the city and beyond.
Designed by Archive Books.

Editorial Sheet | Web Version
Printable: Full-Colour Booklet Version | Plain Text Version

True & Functional: DARE (The Shimmering Mixtape)
Engineered by Timothy Yanick Hunter in collaboration with Chiedza Pasipandya, this Mixtape takes form as a vinyl record at 72 Perth Avenue and Small Arms Inspection Building. DARE joins Hunter’s ongoing project “True & Functional”, which explores “shimmerings” and how we may look and listen for them. Hunter uses archival sound from Black diasporic and African artists, novelists, and collectives to tell a story of Black culture, resilience, and art.
Vinyl and design of online version by Timothy Yanick Hunter.

Editorial Sheet
Listen to the Mixtape Online

Your Tkaronto Companion Guide
In collaboration with the Talking Treaties Collective and their introductory text “Treaty Guide for Torontonians”, Your Tkaronto Companion Guide is a series of three booklets exploring place- and arts- based explorations of the complex and contested ways the city of Toronto was established. Each Companion Guide is a passport of compiled activities that takes you from the Mississauga Waterfront to the stretch of Humber River to High Park, allowing you to become an investigator and researcher into Indigenous geographies and how colonialism has impacted both human and non-human connection to the land.

Editorial Sheet
Printable: Booklet 1: Day Trip to Humber River | Booklet 2: Day Trip to High Park | Booklet 3: Day Trip: The Waterfront Boundaries of the 1787 Toronto Purchase (Treaty 13)

Whose Land?: A Moccasin Identifier Activity
In collaboration with Moccasin Identifier, Whose Land? asks visitors the question “How will you know who was here before us?” through a two part activity: stencilling a moccasin onsite at 72 Perth Ave or Small Arms Inspection Building (or at home!) and a cue card activity that takes the time to explore the actions of land kinship through the original caretakers of this land. Share your answers to “Does the land have spirit? Is the land alive?” through drawn or written responses, take them home or leave them in the spaces, and reflect on what it means to Cover Canada in Moccasins.

Editorial Sheet | Web Version
Printable: One-page Version

A Hand Full of Wheat Seeds
Derya Akay invites guests to their installation, a celebration of ancestral, queer, and matriarchal forms. In this booklet—a colouring book, a treasure hunt, and a recipe from the artist’s own grandmother—visitors will experience the preparation for the celebration, encountering artefacts and iconography associated with the artist’s own relations to their communities through the use of textiles, flowers, ceramics, cookies, preserves and other materials.
Drawings by Derya Akay & Digital illustrations by Salem Sharp.

Editorial Sheet | Web Version
Printable: Booklet Version

How to Take A Walk
How do you “walk”? At a pace? With wheels? With purpose? Are you a runner? Take a walk with the Toronto Landscape Observatory, as they invite you to re-examine your perspectives and your relationship with the land. All you need is a paper frame and a tennis ball! Starting on May 1, 2022, the Toronto Landscape Observatory began their residency and collaboration in the Public Programming and Learning at Space. In addition to workshops, walks, talks, learning and observation tools, instruments, and samples, Jane Wolff and Susan Schwartzenberg have created this guide for how to learn more about the surrounding landscape (and more specifically, the Junction Triangle). 

Editorial Sheet
Printable: Booklet and Framing Tool | Framing Tool (Single)

Art Chats with the Textiles Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada (TMC), curated by Candice Hopkins, presents ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᒃ Double Vision: Jessie Oonark, Janet Kigusiuq and Victoria Mamnguqsualuk. Exhibiting from March 9, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Art Chats is an invitation for you to think critically and engage in informal discussions around artworks in Double Vision. A key goal in the TMC’s presentation of Double Vision is to foreground Inuit knowledge and encourage cultural exchange through artistic and educational activities. Art Chats asks you to consider women & mentorship and embracing the inbetween with Inuit Nunavut artists Jessie Oonark (1906–1985) and her daughters, Janet Kigusiuq (1926–2005) and Victoria Mamnguqsualuk (1930–2016)—through four works which highlight a highly distinctive art form called nivingajuliaat that developed out of government-sponsored craft programs in the Arctic, beginning with the sewing program in Qamani`tuaq (Baker Lake) established in the 1960s. 

Editorial Sheet
Printable: Prompt Sheets & Images

You can find all of our MAC tools readily accessible above, with printable PDF versions available. View the Printing Guide & Tips for information on how to print and bind specific tools and toolkits.

Introductory Text, all Editorial Sheets and select tools designed by Tetyana Herych.

TOOLS FOR LEARNING

Tools for Learning is a growing toolbox of resources, references and activities that celebrate and complicate the many learnings from Biennial contributors and their projects. Each iteration of the Biennial will feature a new framework for making, repairing, undoing, and reimagining.