Care in Community: Zines in the time of COVID-19

April 30, 2020 by School of Cities Staff

Art can be an effective tool to initiate constructive dialogue during challenging circumstances, a lesson applied by former Student Fellow Niyosha Keyzad, who co-founded the Scarborough Studies Collective (SSC) and convened a series of zine-making workshops to reclaim the narrative of Scarborough through the unique experiences of the local residents.

Recently, in order to increase awareness about the importance of staying at home during the lockdown, the SSC launched a call for submission of e-zines, #Stayathomezinessc, to capture the physical-distancing narratives of Scarborians

We asked Niyosha what inspired this initiative and her findings from it. Here's what she had to say.

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The School of Cities' 'Care in Community' strives to design and support interventions that promote community engagement and provide avenues for people to come together and connect through various activities. Led by Prof. Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education, at SofC, the initiative involves students, faculty and staff across the three campuses of University of Toronto, creating interdisciplinary touch points for the various stakeholders.