Myths and Mirrors Community Arts began in 1996 as a three-year project sponsored by Sudbury’s Better Beginnings, Better Futures. With funding from the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation, Myths and Mirrors’ founder, Laurie McGauley, launched community-based arts programming in the two downtown neighbourhoods that make up the Better Beginnings’ community – the Donovan and the Flour Mill.
Myths and Mirrors’ goals were to engage residents in the creation of artworks that explored modern myths and reflected their own perceptions and experiences. The vision was to create innovative art, to engender a sense of community identity, to challenge the culture industry’s preexisting ideas about art and culture, and most importantly, to provide a forum for the marginalized to develop a voice. Over the years, Myths and Mirrors has continued to engage Sudbury’s diverse communities in collaborative art-making activities. Over 8,000 people have participated with approximately 125 professional artists in the creation of everything from quilts and murals to theatre and stilt-walking.
As one of Canada’s longest-running community arts organizations, Myths and Mirrors’ work has received national recognition. We have been invited to share our work throughout Canada (Halifax, Toronto, Montréal, Winnipeg, Victoria, and Vancouver) and honoured with numerous awards, including: the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Caring Community Award (1998), Community Arts Ontario’s Best Practices Award (2002), the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Great Grant Award (2004 and 2007), Northern Lights Festival Boréal’s Jackie Washington Award (2016), and shortlisted for the Jack Layton Social Justice Award (2012).
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