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The fire that devastated the 112-year-old barn at ClearWater Reed Farm. October 2016.

 

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Translating dreams into design

The 112-year-old barn that burned to the ground last October at ClearWater at the Reed Farm will be rebuilt starting in Fall 2017. The Town of Georgina’s insurance will provide base funding and we are currently seeking funding from people who want to help bring a better future to Georgina. Naming rights are part of the campaign—either for the whole barn or sections of it and the gardens that will surround it.

Youth participation is our model for developing community “ownership” of ClearWater Farm. Upcoming are two three-day sessions creative design sessions for young people to be held in early July. They are free of charge and both promise to be once-in- a lifetime opportunities for young people with imaginations.

The rebuilt barn has exciting potential as a multi-functional place for events and programming, a touchstone for school groups and camp activities for kids, and a gathering space that will bring joy to the community.

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On Saturday November 26, a hundred people gathered at the Georgina Art Centre and Gallery in Sutton to hear kids’ preliminary ideas about the ClearWater Barn artfully expressed in barn-shaped memory boxes. Panelists were (l to r)  Greer Atkinson, Chippewas of Georgina Island; Crystal Bossio, Willowbank School of Restoration Arts; Georgina Mayor Margaret Quirk; Madison Hamblin, Prince’s Charities of Canada;  Ewa Chwojko-Srawley, Georgina Art Gallery.

 

For more about the Clearwater Farm, please click here.