Story Planet is Going Mobile

Friends of Story Planet, we have exciting news! Our cosmic prayers have been answered and Story Planet has received a much needed grant! However, as of Saturday, April 30th we are closing our physical space and going mobile. From June on we’ll be taking our Storymaker workshops to schools all over the GTA. Stay tuned for more developments. In the meantime, check out how you can get involved with our move!

Help Us Clean Our Space!

cleanupWe’re looking for volunteers to help us organize, package, and deliver items from Story Planet on Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st. If you can’t come in to help us physically clean and organize our space, we are also looking for people who have access to a vehicle who can transport our treasures to other charities and communities. Times are flexible. Contact volunteer@storyplanet.ca for more information and to arrange a time to come in. Also, if you know of any organizations who could benefit from art supplies and other space matter, please let us know.

Shop Our Space Debris Sale!
Story Planet is hosting a one-of-a-kind space debris sale from April 20-30! We’ve got desks and chairs used by some of the most creative minds to have ever graced our world, cabinets to hold all those colouring books you purchased from our Adult Colouring and Wine Night, and more! Pictures and details coming soon. Email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca for specific inquiries.

Come to Our Intergalactic Space Party!
We’re hosting the space party of the millennium in our space on Thursday, April 28 from 7-11 to celebrate all our wonderful friends, volunteers, and people of our beloved community and thank you for all you have done to support us in our space. From all the mentors in the Lift Off After School Program, to the hustling life forms that frequented our Story Planet Intergalactic Cafe, you are the reason why our mission is able to keep on going. Weather permitting, we plan to open up our space deck to enjoy a beautiful night under the stars for our brightest stars…YOU!

More details to follow. All are welcomed!

Our Upcoming ’80s-Themed Adult Colouring and Wine Night and a Call Out for Volunteers during Authorfest

Crafty space explorers! There are still a few spaces available for the ’80s Night edition of our Adult Colouring and Wine this Thursday. Follow this link to get your tickets before they sell out!

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Authorfest
Volunteers! Over the next three days, we’re hosting 10 Storymaker Workshops at schools around Toronto. With the guidance of a facilitator, we will work with kids to brainstorm and write original stories, all while an artist brings their creations to life on paper. Here is the list of all locations and times of our Storymaker Workshops. Email us to sign up for one, two, or all!

 

Tuesday, April 12th: Perth Avenue Junior Public School from 9:45am-10:45am and 10:45am-11:45am

 

Wednesday, April 13th: Keele Street Junior Public School from 9:45am-10:45am and 10:45am-11:45am ; Fern Avenue Junior and Senior Public School from 12:45pm-1:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm

 

Thursday, April 14th: Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School from 9:45am-10:45am and 10:45am-11:45am ; Brock Public School from 12:45pm-1:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm

Our Upcoming SP Afterlight Book Club Meeting and 80’s-Themed Adult Colouring and Wine Event

Hey space explorers, we’ve got lots of fun workshops coming up. If you’d like to help out during one or all of our upcoming events, email Michelle at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to find out how you can get involved!

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club

katie_reviewThis Wednesday night, our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A thrilling tale about a one-night-only circus performance with a whole lot of mystery behind it, this is sure to be a fun book club meeting.

Can’t make it to this one? Check out our Meetup page to find out what we’ll be reading next. Everyone’s welcome to join us. We just ask that you pay what you can to help cover the Meetup costs. Happy reading!

Adult Colouring and Wine: 80’s Night!
Are you nostalgic for the days of The Breakfast Club? Feel like reminiscing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while rocking out to Michael Jackson? We have a fun night of colouring for you! For all creative fun-seekers or anyone looking for a different night out, we are going to play and let loose using some art and colour therapy!

We’ll have wine, beer, coffee and snacks, and crayons available. Click here to find out more and buy tickets to this totally righteous event!

The Toronto Storytelling Festival and Our Upcoming Story Planet Storymaker Workshop

As you may have heard, we’ve had to scale back operations a little bit due to lack of funding, but we’ve still got lots of fun events coming up in the next few weeks!

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The Toronto Storytelling Festival
Story Planet will be hosting two workshops at The Toronto Storytelling Festival happening on April 9 and 10! During the first storytelling workshop happening both days from 1:30-2:15pm at the Marilyn Brewer Community Space, participants will learn, develop, and perform an oral storytelling piece.

During the second Storymaker Remix workshop (on both days from 2:30-3:30pm, also at the Marilyn Brewer Community Space), kids will create one super unique story along with an artist who will be drawing along with them.

Both workshops are open to all ages of students. Click here to find out more about the Toronto Storytelling Festival!

Story Planet Storymaker Workshop
On Thursday, April 7th from 10am-12pm Story Planet will be hosting a Storymaker Workshop for participants in grade 5. With the guidance of a facilitator, participants will create a story as a group and then independently write their own ending. Children can also see their story come to life through the illustrations of one of our artists!

A Special Announcement from our Alien Chieftess

Dear friends of Story Planet,

As we navigate the ups and downs of the funding landscape we have decided to look at the model we currently have and adapt it. While our social enterprise (formerly known as the ITA) has been an amazing community hub, it has not been financially viable. We have let the espresso machine go and are operating it, for the next little while, as a pay-what-you-can, serve-yourself community lounge. We’ve been surprised by the incredibly warm reception to this slightly kooky idea!

Lift Off, our after school program, continues through to the end of this term, April 14th. Storymakers will continue as funding allows. We will decide at the end of April whether to keep the doors to the space open, or move to a more nimble operation where we continue to do workshops in schools and community centres but not in our own space.

If you have any questions, please send an email to me, Liz, at liz@storyplanet.ca

The winds of Jupiter are blowing in an interesting way!

Yours in story,
Liz

March Break Madness at Story Planet

We’ve raised almost $4,000 on GoFundMe! Thanks for your help, Story Planet supporters. We’re well on our way to reaching our goal of $10,000 to keep programs like our Lift Off After School Program free to our students.

Follow this link to donate to our literacy programming. No amount is too small!

March Break at Story Planet

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Hey space explorers, we still have space in our March Break programs!

On Tuesday, March 15th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., kids aged 10-13 are invited to try their hand at stop-motion animation! We’ll teach participants the basics of stop motion animation, and then they’ll gather their own materials to make a short animation of their own. At the end of the day, they’ll get to take home a USB key with their original video.

Next, on Wednesday, March 16th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., we’re hosting a Storymaker Remix for participants in grades 2-7. With the guidance of a facilitator, participants will create a story as a group and then independently write their own ending. Children can also see their story come to life through the illustrations of one of our artists!

Contact noorin@storyplanet.ca to sign up for either day!

Fundraising for Story Planet, and our Upcoming Afterlight Book Club, Latte Art Workshop and March Break Sessions

Space explorers, thanks to you, we’ve raised over $3500 with our GoFundMe campaign!

With your help, we’re hoping to reach our goal of $10, 000 to keep programs like our Lift Off After School Program free to our students. Follow this link to make a donation on our GoFundMe page. Every little bit helps and no amount is too small!

Afterlight Book Club

Our Afterlight Book Club is meeting up this Wednesday, March 2, to discuss the novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

An exciting novel set right at the beginning of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the transience of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

All are welcome to join the discussion (even if you haven’t had time to finish the book). We just ask that you pay what you can to help cover the Meetup costs. See you there!

Latte Art Workshop
Ever wanted to perfect the fine art of latte design? Sign up for our Latte Art Workshop! We’ll teach you how to make perfect milk foam, and latte designs such as rosettas and hearts.

Talented latte artists, Soula and Naomi, lead our Latte Art Workshop. The fee for the workshop is $50 (which goes toward our programs like our Lift Off After School program).

Follow this link to find out more and sign up for this exciting opportunity!

March Break at Story Planet
We’re hosting two installments of our March Break program!

First, on Tuesday, March 15th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., children between the ages of 10 and 13 are invited to participate in a 1-day stop motion workshop. Participants will learn the basics of stop motion animation, and gather their own materials to make a short animation of their own and bring home a USB key with their original video.

Next, on Wednesday, March 16th from 10am-12pm Story Planet will be hosting a Storymaker Remix for participants in grades 2-7. With the guidance of a facilitator, participants will create a story as a group and then independently write their own ending. Children can also see their story come to life through the illustrations of one of our artists!

Contact liz@storyplanet.ca to sign up for either day!

Fundraising on GoFundMe, March Break, and Barista Training at the Story Planet Cafe

Story Planet supporters, we’re over-the-moon delighted by how supportive you’ve been over the past few years, but we need your help to keep our free kids programming in orbit!

Help us keep Story Planet in full rotation by continuing to support us in our quest to reach $10,000 and by volunteering for the many programs we have below. We so appreciate everything you do to help us help our young stars shine!

If you haven’t volunteered with us yet, contact Michelle and Katie at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to get started with the application process!

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Story Planet is opening its portal doors to the citizens of Earth during March Break! First, on Tuesday, March 15th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., children between the ages of 10 and 13 are invited to participate in a 1-day stop motion workshop.

Participants will learn the basics of stop motion animation, and gather their own materials to make a short animation of their own and bring home a USB key with their original video.

Next, on Wednesday, March 16th from 10am-12pm Story Planet will be hosting a Storymaker Remix for participants in grades 2-7. With the guidance of a facilitator, participants will create a story as a group and then independently write their own ending. Children can also see their story come to life through the illustrations of one of our artists!

Contact liz@storyplanet.ca to sign up for either day!

Barista Training
We are offering barista training for anyone interested in learning about all things caffeine! Mentored by our cafe manager, Naomi, volunteers will help to create drinks to quench the thirst of all long distance space travellers. We are looking for people who can commit for 3 months. For more information contact Naomi at naomi@storyplanet.ca.

Three Ways to Support Story Planet’s Awesome Programming and an Omega Access Scr

Good news, space explorers! We now have enough children on our waitlist to offer another full day of programming, but we need your help to make that happen…

Story Planet is a charity that brings artists, writers, and volunteers together to help children nurture their voice and build communication and literacy skills. Our workshops integrate art, digital media and writing to inspire and spark creativity. Every child gets to experience the thrill of creating something original, whether it’s a book, a film, or a digital story!

Our programs are offered free of charge in order to minimize the barriers to participation, but we need donations to make that happen. Please consider donating on our GoFundMe page to help us help more kids. There’s no minimum on the amount you can give. Every little bit helps!

Intro to Latte Art Workshop
Another way to help support Story Planet’s awesome programming is to sign up for our workshops!
Do you want to impress the coffee lovers in your life? Sign up for our Latte Art Workshop! We’ll teach you how to make perfect milk foam, and latte designs such as rosettas and hearts.

Talented latte artists, Soula and Naomi, lead our Latte Art Workshop. The fee for the workshop is $50 (which goes toward our programs like our Lift Off After School program).

Follow this link to find out more and sign up for this exciting opportunity!

Adult Colouring and Wine
If latte art isn’t really your thing, join us for our next Adult Colouring and Wine event on Friday, February 26. We’ll have lots of supplies for you to use, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you’d prefer.

This event starts at 7:30 p.m.. Click here to get your tickets before they sell out. Proceeds from our Adult Colouring and Wine events help fund our free after school programming for kids.

Omega Access Screening
Story Planet is hosting a screening and discussion of 3 short films centred around powerful stories of alternate men in the community. The event will be on Tuesday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m.. Here is some information on the group running this initiative:

Omega Access (OA) is one of Movember Canada’s newest Men’s Health Partners. We are a non-profit media group dedicated to the idea that outstanding, real-world men can inspire a new generation to see masculinity as a spectrum and not a binary.

Our goal is to engage our audience in debunking outdated notions of masculinity by celebrating men with healthy lifestyles, alternative identities and productive passion. Please email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca for more information.

PD Day Storymaker Remix Edition, FUNraising February, SP Afterlight’s Yummy Frog Legs

Are you looking for an activity for your budding space explorer to do during this Friday’s PD day? Sign them up for our out-of-this-world PD Day drop in!

On Friday, February 12 we’ll be hosting a PD Day, Storymaker Remix Edition from 10am-12pm. Students will be working on developing a story together as a shared challenge. The children will work on different characters in dynamic settings, and then they will work together to move the characters through different plot twists.

The event runs form 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Email Noorin at
noorin@storyplanet.ca to find out more and sign up!

It’s FUNraising February!
Once upon a time there a place called Story Planet. It was a place full of imagination, laughter, and creativity. Both the tall people of the planet and the shorter people of Story Planet worked together to create wondrous stories that became legends in the universe! But there was an evil force that lurked in the shadows, threatening all that Story Planet was. That force was the Monster Of Nasty Evil Yearning, also known as M.O.N.E.Y! 
Please help us keep our story in the present tense with a donation, whatever you can do, big or small, we thank you!

We’ve started a GoFundMe campaign with a target of $10,000. Please send to your contacts and networks letting them know that even a small gift makes a big difference. Thank you!

 

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club Treats
Last week, our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club discussed the book Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. So, naturally, one of our readers prepared yummy book-themed frog leg snacks for everyone.

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If you missed our last meeting, click here to find out about the our next Meetup event on Wednesday, March 2. Everyone is welcome. We just ask that you contribute on a PWYC basis to help cover the Meetup costs.