While Camp Reset was on hiatus due to the pandemic, we began exploring how we could pla[y]cemake in city and created 3 projects between 2020-2022 to help address social isolation in Toronto.
The Pop-up Playground
Reset hosted over 50 pop-up playgrounds in the summer of 2021 at different parks and public spaces across the city to help people adjust to life out of isolation. The playgrounds were created by 84 artists, community organizers and volunteers from Toronto who shared a desire to reconnect other Torontonians through play. Tickets were free for Black and Indigenous communities and otherwise available on a sliding scale.
One Big Hug
Reset hosted One Big Hug in October 2022 in Little Jamaica to break the world record for the most nationalities in a group hug and to create a powerful symbol of both racial and pandemic-era unity. In total, Torontontians representing 82 nationalities participated in the hug and Reset collaborated with several local organizations to create a free day-long festival for families.
Pandemic Recovery Centre
Reset piloted a Pandemic Recovery Centre in Little Jamaica from Jan 2022 - December 2022. The goal of the pilot was to create an indoor community space that could safely facilitate Torontonians' reintroduction to each other through play. The centre was a phone-free facility - the first of its kind - in order to facilitate better digital wellness and provided free all-ages programming such as dance, laughter practice and dominoes. In total, the centre was visited by +1000 Torontonians and the learnings from it inspired Reset Coworking.