Register: Weaving Our Roots Workshop

Join STEPS and Land-based Artist and avid gardener, Joaquin Varela for two seniors focused sessions to design and create unique and individual artworks exploring our connections to the land, culminating in a Placemaking Flag Garden in the Rexdale Community!

This workshop series is hosted by STEPS Public Art and the Rexdale Community Hub. It is open to seniors in North Etobicoke & anyone interested in deepening their connections to the land and each other through creative arts activities. All materials and light refreshments provided!

Theme Selection Survey:

Help us choose a theme for the Flag Garden! Submit your feedback by Tuesday, November 22, 2022!

Click here to share your thoughts!


This series of workshops will begin with a Brainstorm and Design Session to root our creatively in local themes, followed by a Drawing & Design session, where Joaquin will lead us through some basic techniques to help create individual and unique flag designs rooted in the local community.

Each workshop session is 3 hours in length, with materials and snacks provided.

  • Tuesday, November 29, 3-6 PM: Brainstorm and Design Session – CANCELLED (a new rescheduled date will be announced)
  • Saturday, December 3, 1-4 PM: Drawing and Design Session

You will find us at Rexdale Community Hub, first-floor lounge.

Accessibility Notice

The From Weeds We Grow team is committed to the community’s full participation for this program. Please contact Ima at for support.

COVID Safety Considerations

Let’s work together to keep everyone safe! Please remember to wear your mask and maintain a safe distance during this event.

Image Credit: Mila Bright

About the Artist

Joaquín Varela

Joaquín Varela


Joaquin Varela is a Latinx Visual artist, educator, placemaker and nature interpreter. Joaquin has been leading classes all over Toronto with several years of experience with a focus on access to creative expression and resources. Passionate about nature and eco-conscious practices in public engagement, Joaquín leads hikes and workshops as a nature interpreter in many of the city’s green spaces. Joaquin is also the co-founder of Roots To Bloom, a collective that aims to cultivate crucial relationships to the land and collective stewardship through placed-based community art-making. When not making art you can often find Joaquin outside tending to his native plant garden.


Project Partners and Funders

From Weeds We Grow: Weaving Our Roots has been made possible through generous support from:

Logos for Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts and Rexdale Community Hub
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