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Empowering people to make real, positive change in their lives, their communities, and their cities.
Diasporic Genius strives to be a catalyst for a creativity-powered, citizen-centred renaissance of civic engagement, joining people across cultures to drive community- and city-building. Our mission is to empower people to make real, positive change in their lives, their communities, and their cities by activating the power of the creative imagination and the still-untapped resource of diversity. Our work is centered on the power of stories—personal histories, cultural memories, and the creation of new stories—that bring people together in a spirit of creativity, exploration, and change.
Since October 2011, we have been working in the Toronto community of Thorncliffe Park, where we have held over 100 Story Circles; hosted arts-based classes; presented celebrations of food, art, and music called 7-Minute Feasts; produced and co-produced six community-wide festivals; and run a part-time Creativity Centre.
Read about what people experience with Diasporic Genius
After the trauma I’ve been carrying, this Story Circle and related programs have helped me to start to see in colour again!