Every four years, grown-up Torontonians get to vote for the kind of city they’d like to live in. We’re joining forces with East End Arts and The Children’s Book Bank to give citizens aged 6-12 a chance to not only register their civic priorities but bring them to life at Mouse City Votes!, an election-themed edition of our popular model city-building workshop, on Saturday, October 20, 9am-1pm, at St Matthews Clubhouse (450 Broadview Ave). FREE with RSVP. To sign-up, click here.
There’ll be a voting booth with ballots that list perennial urban priorities such as arts and culture, affordable housing, and transportation. When they arrive, kids can choose the real-life issue that the make-believe residents of Mouse City need most to live happy lives. The outcome of this vote will shape the direction of the model city-building workshop.
Young urban planners can construct buildings and urban landmarks out of recycled materials and craft supplies. Small Print Toronto’s Urban Planning Education Directors, Alexander Furneaux and Marcia Garnes, will guide kids through the steps of finding the most appropriate spot for their creations on a giant city grid, in terms of the ongoing development of Mouse City as a whole.
To ensure that Mouse City’s election is not hijacked by fat cats, at the end kids will also be invited to act as media observers. Aspiring reporters can write and draw mini-articles for the newspaper of record, The Mouse City Times. Copies of The Times will be distributed after the event at The Children’s Book Bank.
Space is limited. Be sure to sign up early, here.
ADVANCE POLL: To get public input outside of the workshop, The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkley St, Toronto) will host an Advance Poll on Saturday, October 13, from 10am-5pm. Young citizens who cannot attend the model city building workshop are invited to fill out a ballot and create a piece for The Mouse City Times.