We staged Mouse City Chronicles, a series of 5 model city-building workshops for urban planners aged 2-8, inspired by the past 150 years of Toronto development, at City Hall on May 27-28, as part of Doors Open.
Each session covered 30 years of local history, starting with 1867-1897 (Mouse City #1) and extending to 1987-2017 (Mouse City #5). Leading urban affairs authors – Adil Dhalla (right, top), Matt Blackett and Rani Sanderson (right, middle), Jane Farrow (left bottom), Jay Pitter (bottom, seated), and Stephen Shapiro (left, middle) – conducted the sessions and served as Mayor of one of the five incarnations of Mouse City.
Our amazing team of craft artists – Tim Walker, Sarah Ramsey (bottom right), Tiana Roebuck and Rani Sanderson – and Board President Shana Hillman (middle, centre, with the CN Tower taller than its builder) provided craft materials appropriate to each era and guidance to literally thousands of wee urban planners and families over the weekend. We also had indispensable and inspired support from an amazing group of volunteers.
For more photos of Mouse City Chronicles, visit our Facebook Page (here).