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SAWITRI Theatre Group Receives $62,100 OTF Seed Grant for Stitch In Time Project

SAWITRI Theatre Group was recently awarded a coveted Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Seed grant for the Stitch In Time Project.  The program aims at providing participants access to learn anew, or renew sewing and/or embroidery skills to artistically express themselves through fabric-art, making wearable/useable items that connect them to their culture. This program will run from January to October 2020.

The objective of this project is to help break down barriers: socio-economic; language; technology; etc. and make participants feel more connected to their community.

“The Stitch in Time by SAWITRI Theatre aims to provide women with a sense of empowerment,” said Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton.  “It will help them to learn and re-discover their creative skills through sewing and creating art. This Seed Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) will help our women gain the resources they need to cultivate friendships, sisterhood, and courage. It is my sincere wish that this program will help women gain their financial freedom which will lead to empowerment and independence for their future. I would like to congratulate SAWITRI Theatre on successfully receiving the grant and initiating this project.”

The Stitch In Time project is a weekly program that will run for a period of approximately 10 months providing women who feel disenfranchised a safe environment to enhance their fabric art skills. SAWITRI Theatre Group will be partnering with Fashion Designers, Haute Couture Creators and other experts in the industry to impart relevant technical skill to the participants.

“I’m grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the Stitch In Time project. I’m very excited and hope that this pilot is the start of a much larger movement to help women come together and build community through the art of sewing and embroidery. Fabrics are our second skin that not only protects but also provides us our cultural identity. Functional or fashionable, they have been a part of the development of the human race and in these difficult times where more barriers and borders are being put up, we hope that the ‘Stitch-In-Time’ Project will help take down some of these barriers and erase some of these borders.”, Jasmine Sawant, Artistic Director, SAWITRI Theatre Group.

Here’s what Tanya Theberge, Sustainable Fashion Designer / Master Tailor says about being part of this project as an instructor, “I’m thrilled to partner with SAWITRI Theatre Group in the Stitch-In-Time program. It’s a great opportunity for me to pass on what I’ve learned and the skills that I’ve acquired as a sustainable fashion designer and social entrepreneur to the community.”

In order to help facilitate this project, SAWITRI Theatre Group has appointed Asha Ponnachan, a performance artist who is also skilled in sewing and jewelry making, as the Project Co-ordinator.

Technology has made us globally connected but locally isolated. People struggle to build and sustain in-person relationships. The stresses of our day-to-day lives do not provide too many opportunities to meet new people and build strong friendships. SAWITRI’s ‘Stitch in Time’ will bring the women, the cultural connections, the sharing of stories and experiences, together, helping participants experience art making, stimulating their imagination and creativity, building confidence, connecting to culture and enriching their lives.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations.  OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

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