Vision and Mission- The North Star
Empowering people to make real, positive change in their lives, their communities, and their cities.
Our mission is to empower the residents of Toronto to make real, positive changes in their lives, their communities and their city, by teaching and applying the power of the creative imagination and activating the hidden resource of diversity.
After our last field trip to Artscape Youngspace, I followed Ella’s suggestion and dropped by Diasporic Genius’s office in 401 Richmond building. Unfortunately it was Monday and a lot of their offices weren’t open, which I ended up paying a second visit by attending one of their event on Thursday. The workshop was called “Circles Not Walls- Creating Connections Across Boundaries”, which was a multicultural dialogue that’s meant to reconnect communities in the city. The two visits prior to me coming on board with DG gave me an insight of the work environment and a sense of organization culture, and last but not lease, it allows me to actually put a face to my name and build real connection with the future team that I’d be working with.
“After the trauma I’ve been carrying, this Story Circle and related programs have helped me to start to see in colour again!”
Testimonial from Anonymous Attendee of the Story Circle
The organizational structure at DG is fairly organic. The founding artistic/project director, David Buchbinder is a JUNO award-wining trumpeter and bandleader. Roula Said stepped up last year from workshop facilitator to office administrator, who is also the director of her own mindful body movement studio called Om Laila. DG also has a steering committee and an advisory group that sit on top of the structure that oversee the overall operation and governance of the organization.
David was selected by Toronto Arts Foundation as the finalist of William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s cultural life. Learn more about his career by clicking on-
[DG is not a registered charity, donation toward them will go through their umbrella organization called Tides Canada, which has a charitable status with CRA.]
Tides Canada is a parenting organization that provides a shared platform that accelerates change and impact. It empowers grass-root organizations and smaller social initiatives by helping them solicit fundings and collaborative opportunities.
Tides Canada Initiatives Society solicited $17,000 from the Metcalf Foundation to support the core operations of Diasporic Genius; Shadowland Theatre also raised $10,000 for DG.
Biennial Report 2012–2013. Retrieved February 10, 2017, from http://metcalffoundation.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/biennial-report-12-131.pdf
Fundraising is one of the main goal and challenge especially for the year of 2017. Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded them a multi-year operating grant, which they are currently in the final year. DG was also granted a one year project funding for drum and singing workshop. Besides from known granting shown on the website, there is no annual report online anywhere for external researching purposes as they weren’t obligated or legally bounded to do so.
DG shares office space with Park People in 401 Richmond City-Builder’s Lab(Centre for City Ecology).
Read more on Canadian music ecology-
Bliss, Karen. “The Whole World in our land: Thanks to Canada’s multicultural mix, the global music scene here is flourishing,” Words & Music, vol 15, Spring 2008
Please RSVP to Roula Said at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend!
Location: The Tell (formerly Musideum), on the main floor of 401 Richmond
Time: Thursdays February 16, 7 to 9 pm