A great deal of time has passed since we held Jordan Mechano’s memorial. The planning committee, Clinton Walker, Joanne Williams, and Jessie Fraser, wishes to thank everyone who sent messages, shared memories, paid for refreshments, set up and tore down, and attended the event. We are so grateful that we were able to gather and grieve the loss of a beloved friend and gifted member of our artistic community. Jordan's memorial was one of the very last public events held in Toronto before the lockdown began in March 2020. In retrospect, the gathering feels like no small miracle.
On March 4th, 2020 during the memorial, we announced the creation of a bursary with Generator in order to keep Jordan’s memory alive. The Jordan Mechano Bursary for Financial Literacy, will support independent artists as they seek support and guidance to continue making art while managing their finances with greater efficiency.
Thanks to the generosity of Jordan’s community, we raised an initial sum of $1090. Since the memorial we have raised an additional $545,bringing our current total to $1635. Thank you to everyone who has supported this bursary with their donations.
We are thrilled to be able to award a full bursary to two recipients for the 2021 winter financial literacy program. Please help us spread the word, especially to anyone who might be interested in taking Generator’s Financial Literacy Course and for whom monetary assistance would help them be able to participate.
Entering the bursary is very simple: performing artist applicants who indicate the registration fee is a considerable financial decision will be entered into a lottery and this year, two winners will be picked at random on December 16.
It is important to the committee to remember our dear friend and beloved collaborator Jordan Mechano. His work as an actor, playwright, and live performance artist will continue to live on in part due to this impactful partnership with Generator.
Please stay tuned for further fundraising initiatives as we continue to celebrate Jordan’s work as a theatre artist, and to ensure this bursary will continue to be able to support the growth of independent artists within the Canadian theatre and live arts communities.