Botanicus Art Ensemble is a non-profit community arts group based out of MacGregor Playground, an urban park in Toronto, Canada. As Artistic Director, Kristen brings artists, artisans, actors, dancers, musicians, fashionistas, storytellers and gardeners together to create nature-inspired art with our neighbours. 


In 2003, when Kristen began an artist residency in the park, MacGregor Playground had a reputation as a deserted ‘crack park’. The idea was to reestablish the park as a safe space for all by animating it through art. With support from the Arts Councils, Toronto Parks Forestry & Recreation, the City Councilor’s office and multiple community partners, inch by inch over the years a significant metamorphosis has happened in this once-orphaned space. It has now become a thriving community hub.