UPwithART was the natural outcome of Unity Project’s embrace of arts and culture and our experience of residents arriving at our door with almost nothing but art supplies tucked under their arms. UPwithART was mounted in 2005 and again in 2007 as a grassroots gala to showcase the many artists among Unity Project residents, staff, volunteers and founding members. It was organized by UP frontline staff Rachel Ayres, Matti Paquiz and the late Linda Moore. It has remained an old east village event, first hosted by Tamara Moro at the so charming Guildhouse Gallery 2005 and by Wendy Saby at the Self-Employment Centre in 2007. Both were fun events while also being Unity Project’s coming out party’s after emerging from its controversial roots as a tent city protest.