Meet Hazel Bell-Koski aka Nanookasi (Hummingbird woman from the Loon Clan) is a meeting place of bloodlines (Anishinaabe, Finnish, Irish, English, and Dutch Pennsylvanian). She is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and weaver of intergenerational community. She believes that the imagination and a sense of humour are our greatest tools and the doorways to our authentic selves. Hazel draws great pleasure from creating collaboratively with intergenerational communities and loves daring people to activate their imaginations through collective creation.
Since 2006 Hazel has been weaving her artistic practice with intergenerational community building, transformative education, and nature connection. She has worked and partnered with the Toronto District School Board, the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE University of Toronto, Sketch Working Arts for Street Youth, the Storytelling Community of Toronto, and the Toronto Public Libraries.
She has received two generous grants from the Canada Council for The Arts one was in support of the, A Spoonful of Honey Intergenerational Storytelling Circles. From September 2008 to July 2010 Hazel facilitated 32 storytelling and art making circles. These circles have been instrumental in nourishing the intergenerational community in Toronto. She is currently funded to research and write a script for a multimedia film about belonging and listening to the stories of the planet.
Hazel is a founding member of the Wildflower Collective, an intergenerational arts and action group. The Wildflowers are an eclectic group of humans who make art, build things, and hold events like Award Ceremony and A Spoonful of Honey storytelling circles. The Wildflowers were a large part of the 3rd Spirit Matters in 2010. The Collective was formed through a shared vision of peace, sustainability, artful inquiry, community building, and levity.
Hazel was the event coordinator for the 3rd Spirit Matters. This opportunity allowed Hazel to step into her roll as a bridge between youth and elders. She loves this role. She loves being a part of this evolutionary visionary earth connected heart open spirit awake intergenerational community.
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