GNSC - Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition


Creative Collective

Who are we?

We are a committee of folks representing the various neighbourhood groups of the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition (GNSC). Our goal is to cultivate supportive, welcoming and safe spaces where neighbours can connect, creatively express themselves and share their stories through art media.

What do we do?

We work together as a team to run storytelling workshops and special projects with the community, using creative and/or media arts.

Our Projects (thus far)

We are Our Values: Digital storytelling series

We are our Values is a digital storytelling series that shares the significance of the GNSC’s values in centering the work we do and reaching towards our vision to create “a healthy, safe community where everyone feels at home.” 

This project is a partnership between the GNSC’s Values Team and Creative Collective. The intention of the project is to more broadly and creatively share the values with our board, staff, volunteers as well as with the community. It is with this intention that we share the history of our values, how the values look like in action and our process of becoming a values-driven organization.

Special thanks to EdVideo for training and providing equipment to the Creative Collective, in support of the production of the digital storytelling series, We are our Values.

Art in a Just Recovery Mural

Art in a Just Recovery (AIJR) is a local community arts project that explores community care in the context of our ongoing pandemic recovery in Guelph. We explored these ideas together through art and story-telling. Through a series of online and in-person workshops facilitated by Art Not Shame and the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition’s newly formed Creative Collective, over 75 participants created individual art pieces that were digitally formed into a large-scale digital mural. 

Art in a Just Recovery is a collaborative project between Art Not Shame, the Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition, University of Guelph researcher, Amy Kipp, social artist lead, Melanie Schambach, and several community Art Buddies. The project will also consist of two mental health workers who will provide support throughout the project. The following neighbourhood groups participated in the project: (1) Brant Avenue, (2) Grange Hill East, (3) Kortright Hills, (4) North Riverside, (5) Onward Willow, (6) Parkwood Gardens, (7) Two Rivers and (8) Your Downtown Neighbourhood Friends/Art Etc.