Black Street and Northwood Terrace Neighbourhood Party

Wonder'neath artists Melissa and Heather were invited to help animate the annual Black Street Party so they designed interactive kiosks using reclaimed materials.  

The Little Village: Kiosks for the Black Street Party consisted of:

- a Post Office, 

- an Exchange Pavilion,

- Gaming Centre  

- Who's Your Neighbour? - a booth designed to help get to know your neighbours.

Huge support in designing, building, sourcing materials, and set up by Jessica Winton (artist and society president).  

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Our Post Office kiosk was inspired by former Fuller Terrace resident: artist Alison Creba, and her project called City Mail. An exchange of post cards, letters, and messages to Northwood residents, the intersection repair team, volunteers and neighbours delighted the crowd.   

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The Exchange Pavilion - using Jessica Winton's repurposed half-pyramids, we added shelves to this kiosk and filled it with treasures and trinkets. 

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We heard this was really a great addition to the party that was a highlight for some of the kids! 

Questions in the box allowed folks to get to know each other better! Throughout the day questions such as:  what makes you happy?  do you prefer cats or dogs?   were added to the box.  

Questions in the box allowed folks to get to know each other better! Throughout the day questions such as: 

what makes you happy? 

do you prefer cats or dogs?  

were added to the box.  

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Current secretary, Cecilia Greyson and former Member at Large/current studio artist, Renée Forrestall chatting with Melissa. 

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Setting up the Gaming Centre! Setting up kiosks that use reclaimed materials can be a challenge. Luckily we had great support! Thanks to Art Biker/Open Studio facilitator/artist/musician Eric and friends for their great energy after we worked through the night! 

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Simple games gave Street Party Folks a chance to sit down and connect with one another.  

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The curious Pine Cone Toss (designed in the wee hours) was fun for all ages!  

Great celebration! Many thanks to the Black Street Party volunteers and to Northwood Staff, residents, volunteers and to Dramatic Changes for the opportunity!