Art in the Park – 2018

As we’re slowly pulling ourselves out of winter maybe you’ve wondered to yourself what’s the status of this year’s Art in the Park…
The PCA applied to the Toronto Arts Council in January 2018 for funding to run our much-loved Art in the Park program this summer.

We’ll let you know their decision as soon we hear.


2017 – Art in The Park Poster

Art in Phin Park - 2017 small send


2017 – Art in The Park Continues!

Art in the Park continues in 2017.

Our generous community members matched the PCA’s $2000 contribution to keep it running — thanks to everyone who donated!

See The Mirror article below, ‘Signature’ Pocket park program saved as well as the preceding article, Free community art program in The Pocket needs your help.

The first day is Monday, July 31st from 11am to 3pm, at Phin Park. Enjoy!

The East York Mirror, July 13th, 2017

Inside Toronto, June 22nd, 2017


Art in the Park needs your help!

The Pocket Community Association (PCA) and resident artist Jerry Silverberg, put a lot of work into applying for Toronto Art Council grants each year so that we can run the beloved Art in the Park during the summer months in Phin Avenue Parkette.

For the past 3 years we have successfully received enough money to run the program for either July, August or both. Sadly, this year we were not so lucky and did not receive any funding!
It is an expensive project to run, costing approximately $1,000 per week. Our hope is that with generous community donations, paired with a lump sum from the PCA, we can run the project for at least 4 weeks this summer. Maybe longer, depending on the funds we can raise.

We can’t do this without your help, so please consider giving whatever you can so that our community’s kids (and adults alike) can benefit from this wonderful, inclusive, free neighborhood program.

To donate click over to the gofundme page >> here


2017 – Volunteers Needed!


Volunteer opportunity this summer for students looking for community hours

The Art in the Park project in Phin Park is looking for student volunteers in need of their community hours. The volunteers will work with the Artist in Residence Jerry Silverberg to facilitate art activities in the park.

Over July and August there are 4 different arts disciplines offered. These include printmaking, collage, bookmaking and puppetry. You can volunteer for any length of time but a one week commitment would be wonderful. The art making begins each day, Monday to Thursday from 11am to 3pm.

The volunteer will assist in setting up, working with participants ranging from 5 years old to adults in making art. This is a wonderful opportunity to get your volunteer
hours in a creative environment.

For information or to reserve your dates please call Jerry Silverberg or email:

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See the Art in Phin Park photo albums on the Pocket Community Association Flickr account here

Jerry Silverberg

Artist in Residence – Jerry Silverberg

Jerry Silverberg, lead artist for this project, brings a wealth of arts experience. His experience as a visual artist, theatre artist, illustrator and arts educator spans over 30 years. He has worked with some of the best art and theatre practitioners in the city.

As an illustrator he has produced posters for Theatre companies, storytelling festivals and illustrations for several books of poetry. His work has appeared in The Walrus Magazine, This Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Washington Post and The New York Times.


2016 – Art in The Park Poster



2015 – Art in The Park Poster

Art in the Park 2015 for web


2015 – Art in Phin Park – In the news

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 2014 – Art in Phin Park – In the news

Microsoft Word - Art in the Park East York Article Aug 7 2014


Art in Phin Park photos

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