Community Consultation this Saturday | Published February 21st, 2013
Community Consultation for this year’s Donovan Elm West mural this Saturday 3-6pm at Better Beginnings Better Futures, 450 Morin Street. All are welcome to contribute to the dreaming process for this collaborative work of art!
Stilt Walking Training | Published February 28th, 2013
Amazing opportunity for youth wanting to get into circus arts!! Starting March 15th the YMCA and Myths and Mirrors are partnering to train 14-18 year olds to stilt, develop dramatic characters, build costumes and perform (and get paid!) at local festivals.
Workshops will be held on Fridays at 3:30-5:30pm at the YMCA on Durham Street from March 15th-July 4th. First gig: Northern Lights Festival Boreal!
Total workshop fee: $25 due the 3rd week so you can try it out!!!!!!!
If you or someone you know is interested in this fabulous project email Sarah King Gold at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have limited spots available so get in touch as soon as possible!!!
Donovan Elm West Mural Update: Story Collection Volunteers Needed | Published March 22, 2013
We have our design! We have our action plan! Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is facilitating the creation of a mural which will reflect the oral history of the Donovan Elm West neighbourhoods. We plan to hold story circles and individual interviews with the seniors of this culturally and historically rich neighbourhood. The stories, once collected, will be offered to the community at large, especially the youth, to visually interpret on panels which will, like a mosaic, fill a sillhouette of the Donovan Elm West city scape.
What we need now are volunteers to make up our team of story collectors! If you are interested in working with us on this fascinating project please get in touch with us as soon as possible as we intend on beginning our story collection process soon. Prior to our first session with the community, we will be holding a volunteer story circle to gather stories and practice how to collect the stories effectively.
Who can be a volunteer? We are looking for volunteers who are 16 years of age and up. People who can listen.
Please contact Blaire Flynn, Community Artist at email@example.com or call her at (705) 662-0779 to register as a story collector. Please indicate your availability. We will be holding our first session in the next week or so and will be in touch with information about the time and the place. We are looking forward to working with you and the community on this extraordinary art making experience!
Here is a link to a CBC interview with Blaire about the project:
Giving Voice to the Creek | Published April 30th, 2013
Spring bloom wash away the gloom. Junction Creek Annual Spring Cleanup! It’s springtime and the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee are teaming up with Planet Earth Organic Landscaping to help spring clean Junction Creek. You supply the muscle and we’ll supply the gear. Cleanup will take place behind the Great Canadian Superstore on Lasalle between 10am and 1pm. We’ll have gloves, garbage bags and waders for the
adventurous adults. As well, drinks and Topper’s pizza after we’re done. This year, thanks to Myths and Mirrors, there will be a new spin on this cleanup.
Giving Voice to the Creek; A Myths and Mirrors’ Spontaneous Social Scène. We invite the participants of Junction Creek Annual Spring Cleanup to listen to, imagine and animate the voices of the creek. Together we will infuse art making into our day of reclaiming the creek from the assaults of our commercial and consumer practices. Through a series of short games we will create spontaneous theatre for and in the presence of Junction Creek.
Myths & Mirrors’ First Dance-A-Thon a Huge Success | Published May 8th, 2013
(May 7th 2013, Sudbury ON) Fromagerie Elgin’s floor was shaking till 8 am Sunday morning, making Myths & Mirrors’ first Dance-A-Thon a huge success! Not only was the fundraising goal of $5,000 reached and surpassed, the event, which opened at 8 pm Saturday night, was a full house with enthusiastic dancers long into the night, many in great costumes, each sponsored by friends and colleagues. DJ Christian Pelletier and his colleagues, Paul Loewenberg, Jeff (Yerf) Houle and Max Merrifield, kept them going strong as the 12-hour feat unfolded.
“It’s wonderful to feel the support of so many people, and I can’t say how grateful we all are, at Myths & Mirrors, to know that we can now move ahead with all of our summer projects!” declared Sarah King-Gold, Artistic Director of the organization. The funds raised will go towards the Donovan/Elm West mural, a project also supported by Councilor Evelyne Dutrisac, as well as the recently undertaken Kazzzam Performers Project, a circus arts troupe of young performers trained by M&M who will perform this summer at several local festivals. Myths and Mirrors Community Artists will also be appearing in unexpected places with our new Kazzzam Social Scènes, events that are aimed at playfully fusing art into the everyday in order to explore the meaning of common cultural practices. Look out for what’s coming up! All are welcome to participate!
Many people and businesses came together to make this event such a success and Myths & Mirrors wishes to thank each and everyone of them: Fromagerie Elgin and it’s generous staff who participated in the Dance-A-Thon (they were amazing on and off the dance floor!), Christian Pelletier, Paul Loewenberg and Jeff Houle for their great music, Auberge Inn, Frenchy’s Pizza and Lori Bergh for their wonderful gifts and prizes, “We Live Up Here” for offering all proceeds of magnets sales during the event to Myths & Mirrors, raising an additional $800 and generously donating $2000 from the proceeds of their collaborative photo book published in 2012, as well as Carrie Regenstreif who coordinated the event with gusto and all the dancers who stepped up to the challenge. And as always, Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is very grateful for the continued support of The City of Greater Sudbury, The Ontario Arts Council and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The Vision of Myths and Mirrors:
Through the process of multi disciplinary artistic practices and public art interventions, Myths and Mirrors collaborates with community to weave art and story into the landscape and practices of our daily lives. We actively seek unexpected connections, openings, opportunities and possibilities of collectively being in the world. We push boundaries and create openings for public participation in social transformation. Everyone is welcome to imagine and create community with us.
For more information, please contact:
Artistic Director, M&M
Exploring Relationships: Land, water, culture and the places in between | Published July 4th, 2013
Near the end of June 2013 we began an open arts based discussion focused on our relationship with the body of water and territory of Bitimagamasing (AKA Ramsey Lake). The overall goals of this project are to explore our relationship with water, land and each other as Indigenous and Non-Indigenous (settler, immigrant) people.
This project with the moniker of “the water that lies beside the hill” (the English translation of the Anishinaabemowin name of the lake) was launched at the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Bell Park’s Grace Amphitheatre on the Summer Solstice and continued at a location in the park near the water’s edge for the remainder of the summer. These “picnic in the park” art workshops were open to the public.
Through this broad exploration which explored our varying relationships with water over 100 people collectively created a stunning body of artwork which will be included in a late spring celebration. The work includes paintings and drawings, songs and dances, poetry and prose all which express our relationships with water, masks which symbolically represent water stories of our places of origin and the development of a mythology of a creature named Frozen Being for whom we created a body map that embodies our thoughts and feelings about the state of water in our lives and our world.
Now at the beginning of 2014 we have developed a group of committed community members who meet regularly to practice experimental theatre, movement, visual art and creative writing to explore the interpersonal relationships between the members of this cross cultural group. Our goal at this stage is to better understand each other as individuals who are part of a complex history of colonization and participants in the complex social context of co-existing in this place at this time in history.
Together we will develop the next stages of this powerful and poignant project. Watch out for open workshops to get involved!
To look at photographs that document the process of this project click here.