When most people think of Artscape, they picture Artscape Wychwood Barns: the former streetcar repair facility turned award-winning cultural hub near St. Clair Avenue West and Christie Street. Much of the public programming enjoyed at the Barns is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the volunteer-run Wychwood Barns Community Association (WBCA).
The WCBA has played a key role in the Barns since the site was under development and opened in 2008. In addition to managing the Community Gallery, the association plans events, organizes volunteers and publishes a monthly email newsletter about what’s going on in and around the building.
We met with Ruth Baumann, President of the Wychwood Barns Community Association and a familiar face at the The Stop’s Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, to talk about how community advocacy and participation has enriched the neighbourhood.
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