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Making Our Way Through May – An Online Making Session

Making Our Way Through May title page

Join us for Making Our Way Through May, an online making workshop designed so we can each create our own way! Using your preferred medium, we will be designing our own notebooks while we chat and learn more about Myths and Mirrors. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19 @ 7PM 
Online event on Zoom / Email registration / No cost
Notebook provided through contactless delivery and pickup in the Sudbury area

Email mythsandmirrors@gmail.com to register and claim your notebook today. If you require any materials to create with, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you with supplies. Deadline to register is Friday, May 14 @ 5PM.


Check out our event page on Facebook here!
For more information contact us at mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

We’re Hiring: Deadline to Apply May 31

JOB POSTING – Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is hiring three community artists this summer. Under the guidance and supervision of the Artistic Director, the community artists will work with a team to develop projects and create art that engages with members of the community. This contract is for 35hrs/week for 8 weeks, starting Monday, July 5, 2021. The rate of pay is $14.75/hr.

Duties include:
– Assist in the development of community art projects and activities
– Assist in organizing and facilitating community meetings and workshops
– Assist in the organizing and facilitating of community art activities
– Assist in organizing unveilings, celebrations and other public events
– Participate in project evaluation
– Attend staff meetings as required
– Other related tasks and duties

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. Between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at time of employment
2. Legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations

Applicants must be highly motivated, have a background in the arts or strong interest in social issues, and be able to work as a team member with minimal supervision. Folks identifying as Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and LGBTQ2S+ are encouraged to apply.

Apply for this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to mythsandmirrors@gmail.com by MIDNIGHT on MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021. Please include “summer job application” in the subject line. For additional information, please contact (249) 360-6535.

Please note, Myths and Mirrors is committed to providing a workplace that maintains physical distancing and takes preventive measures against Covid-19. Funded through the Canada Summer Jobs program.

25 Years

This year, we celebrate 25 years of building community through art. We’ve certainly come a long way since our humble beginnings as a three-year project sponsored by Better Beginnings, Better Futures, making us one of the longest-running community arts organizations in the country. Since 1996, we’ve been providing unique opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience and take part in the arts outside of mainstream settings, engaging thousands of residents in the creation of everything from murals and giant puppets, to multi-media theatre and collaborative soundscapes.

Throughout this year, we’ll be looking back and sharing some of our favourite past projects on Facebook and Instagramand we want to hear from you too! Join the celebration by sharing your Myths and Mirrors stories, memories, photos, and artwork using the hashtag #myths25 or by emailing us at mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

You can learn more about our history here or by browsing our past projects and photos. This work would not be possible without the hard work, dedication, and vision of previous Artistic Directors, staff, and artists, or without the support and love of our community. Miigwetch, merci, thank you!

ABOVE PHOTO: Lead artist Lori ‘Missy’ Bergh poses with neighbourhood kids and our project A Show of Hands, now permanently installed at the Greater Sudbury Public Library’s Mackenzie Branch. Learn more about this project here.

Plalk Around the Block

Let’s get plalking! Join us and Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury this April (for Earth Month!) as we show some love to Mother Earth by picking up litter as we explore our neighbourhoods! Then, unleash your creativity and turn that trash into art and share it online via social media using the hashtags #PlalkArt and #NeighbourhoodsTogether (and don’t forget to tag us @mythsandmirrors).

Need some inspiration? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we’ll be sharing some ‘Plalk Art’ ideas over the coming weeks. And for folks that don’t have social media, you can also submit your up-cycled creations via email to mythsandmirrors@gmail.com and we’ll share it for you!

Mino-bimaadiziwin – Mural w/ Better Beginnings, Better Futures

On Tuesday, October 13th (11:30AM), Myths and Mirrors Community Arts and Better Beginnings, Better Futures invite the public to the unveiling of a new mural at Better Beginnings’ main site, located at 450 Morin Ave.

The mural is titled ‘Mino-bimaadiziwin – The Good Life’ and was a collaborative effort by local artists Adrienne Assinewai and Raven Debassige, with additional support and assistance from Wallace Gillard. Inspired by traditional Woodland art, the mural depicts seven animals representing the Seven Grandfather Teachings, while other elements symbolize Better Beginnings programming and connections within the community.

Better Beginnings Program Manager, Jim Eshkawkogan, says, “We’re honoured to work in partnership with Myths and Mirrors to create this beautiful fence mural. The trees, plants and animals depicted in the mural signify our connection with nature… and will be helpful in the work we do through programs to promote land-based learning and outdoor play to families and children.”

The mural unveiling takes place TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13th at 11:30AM at Better Beginnings, Better Futures’ main site (450 Morin Ave.). Physical distancing measures to be in place. Masks required. For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

She is Awakening – PART 2

Myths and Mirrors is proud to present She is Awakening – PART 2, a 10 track collaborative album featuring compositions by Emilio Portal with contributions from 7 local artists, musicians, and poets.

She is Awakening is a community art and sound project by Myths and Mirrors and Coalition for a Livable Sudbury in Atikameksheng Anishnaabek territory. Using 60+ field recordings submitted by folks from all over, artist Emilio Portal created the almost 30 minute soundscape, She is Awakening; as well as the additional compositions Gatineau Owls, Vancouver Island Grouse, and Vancouver Island Grouse 2. She is Awakening – PART 2 is an extensive collaboration based on that work.


ARTISTS

EMILIO PORTAL
emilioportal.com
Emilio Portal makes intense, vulnerable, meditative and quirky interdisciplinary work that focuses our attention on the foundations of our accepted ways of living. His work focuses on ethics and the nature of reality itself: his conviction is that all entities – human, nonhuman, animate, inanimate – inherently and innately are valuable. His art reveres objects that are seen as trash (in all its various meanings); through craft, he honours tree’s flesh (wood) with a meticulous and ritual approach; in design, he seeks solutions to the built environment that plague the world with pollution and suffocating emissions; in music, he plays intuitively, allowing sound and rhythm to breathe. Growing up in northern Ontario, and experiencing the continuous and ongoing destruction of countless ecosystems, has impressed onto him a sobering and grievous tone. Emilio’s own complex mixed heritage seem to echo the current ecological epoch; this manifold reality has imbued him with a deep sense of awe, concern and responsibility, which is apparent in all his work.


KIYAN PEPPER (World Peace Jesus)
instagram.com/WORLDPEACEJESUS
Kiyan Pepper is a Canadian World Peace promoter, performer, and a spiritual guide from Sudbury, Ontario. He frequently collaborates with local artists from Sudbury. He has given out 60 000 world peace cards and now has World Peace Hoodies and T-Shirts available as a reminder to breathe deeply and to be present. To be aware of the mind and not to take it personally. That the mind is just a tool and it no longer has power over your consciousness!


DARLENE
Darlene (aka darlenYa)’s musical influences reflect the 25years she traveled absorbing cultural influences. Founding member of the Road Dog Divas and Sweetwater Women, she has 6 solo albums (and 1 cassette). Her AIM is to offer thoughtful and uplifting earworms that are worth repeating.


POLLY KULTUR
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Influenced by changing times, shifts in consciousness, and really good beats, Polly Kultur emerged in 2018 as a project sparked by Fionna Tough, formerly of Toronto-based bands Mango Angle and Beetzzwaxx. With soul, R&B, punk rock and indie rock driving & influencing musical creations, Polly Kultur is in the midst of recording a debut E.P., being warmly housed at Sudbury’s Deadpan Studios and is set to be released in 2020.


EMILIE CARREY (SPARX)
sparxbeatbox.com
Emilie Carrey AKA Sparx is a beatboxer from Sudbury, Ontario who has made waves in the female hip-hop community worldwide, putting Canada on the map. Holding the title of the first Canadian female to compete in the Beatbox World Championship and placing 2nd in the world, Emilie is currently establishing a female base in a genre dominated by males. In 2015, she became the first and only female to have ever competed in the National Canadian Beatbox Competition and placed fourth. Aside from competition, she travels across Canada to empower youth and women through her work, teaching beatboxing as a form of mental stress expression with non-profit community organizations like Unity Charity. Emilie is an artist, beatboxer, creator and event host, having toured with artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace, Kardinal Official and many more, she uses the power of her voice, mouth and contagious enthusiasm to captivate and excite every crowd.


DANIEL AUBIN 


ANTOINE TREMBLAY BEAULIEU
antoinetremblaybeaulieu.bandcamp.com


WILLIAM MORIN 


Thanks to the following people who submitted sound and/or video recordings:
Bennett Malcomson, Naomi Grant, Polly Kultur, Jenny Martindale, Lola Thyme, Luciano Porto Goncalves, Dylan Shigwadja, Katie Fenerty, Dr. Jiselle Griffith, Melanie Hunt, Evelyn Eekels, Brenda Petays, Lilly Noble, Josee Joliat, Joycelyne Serrano, Derrick Pilon, Rebecca Coughlin, Alex Michelle Philip, Adam Knauff, Hugh Kruzel, Sharon Roy, Stephanie Fournier, Christine Charette, Mackenzie Parr, Taiaiake Alfred, Staci Duhaime, Katherine Blaire, Brydon King, Maude Bourassa, Patricia Delyea, and Tamara Gagnon.


 

The Circling Project is funded by the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

Program Update

April 7th, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all regular IN PERSON programming has been cancelled until further notice. We believe that community connection and solidarity is needed now more than ever and are working to create opportunities for connection in an online/virtual space, and with the knowledge that these opportunities are not accessible to all. Please stay tuned to our social media accounts for updates or reach out via email at mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

Facebook: @mythsandmirrors
Instagram: @mythsandmirrors

NEWS: 2015

2014: Year in Review | Posted February 5th, 2015

2014… What a wonderful year it was!  We have now been able to catch our breath after such a busy year and have had a chance to reflect, remember and tell the story of our busiest year ever.

Some highlights were the amazing public art works Louis Street Community created for their outdoor spaces, establishing our Artist in Residence program at Victory Park and another spectacular year for our KAZZZAM! Performers and the beautiful story boxes created by the women of SWANS.

Click here for the details on all our 2014 projects.  We are working on a notice of our 2015 projects and activities!  It is shaping up to be as exciting as the last.  Watch out for updates on projects and ways to get involved.

Thank you to all our dynamic and engaged participants and volunteers who made 2014 a memorable and meaningful year.

With gratitude,
Sarah, Blaire and Dani


KAZZZAM! Stilt-Walking and Circus Arts Workshop | Posted May 6th, 2015

Myths and Mirrors is gearing up for another KAZZZAM training season! Training in stilt walking and circus arts will run for 8 weeks starting May 14th with sessions happening Thursdays from 6-8 PM at Better Beginnings Better Futures, 450 Morin Avenue in Sudbury ON. Training is open to youth and young adults.

Contact us to learn more or sign up!

NEWS: 2014

… And the Stilt Walking Season Begins | Published March 5th, 2014

FAT SATURDAY!!!

Myths and Mirrors’ KAZZZAM Performers and Sudbury Burlesque partnered up to deliver some dynamic and definitely sassy entertainment Saturday night for Ristorante Verdicchio’s classy event, New Orlean’s Mardi Gras.  The stilt walkers and dancers were amazing and joined a great line up of performers; contortionists, a fire breather, human statues and the wonderful band, Hugh Jazz.  It was a great start to what promises to be a great season!

We are now taking new registrations for this year’s workshops.  Join our troupe!  Learn to walk and perform on stilts, create dramatic characters and costumes and have a wonderful summer of festival performing!  Workshops to be help Sundays from April 13th to June 29th.  Contact us at sarahkg@mac.com or at (705) 507-2340 for more information!

KAZZZAM!


Introducing… Myths and Mirrors’ Newsletter | Published March 10th, 2014

We, the board and staff of Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, are very excited to share with you the highlights of 2013 and give you a heads up about whats coming in 2014 with our first newsletter!! This will be a quarterly newsletter to keep you updated and informed on what we are up to and how you can join in. Enjoy!

M&M Winter Newsletter!


March Break Drop-in @ Victory Park | Published March 11th, 2014

All are welcome to join us for visual art and story telling activities this week from 10am-4pm at Victory Park, 496 Frood Road.


Park Art | Published March 12th, 2014

Some amazing art being created at Victory Park of Victory Park!!!

Everyone is welcome to add their creative touch to our miniature model of Victory Park.  Fantastic play structures, public artwork, dreams… a little version of you!  Join us this week as we play and dream. 10-4 each day!

All work created will be exhibited at the downtown Sudbury Art Crawl on the 20th of March and the park celebration of International Story Telling Day on the 22nd of March!

For more images of this project click here.


Storytime | Published March 12th, 2014

During our March Break Drop-In we are creating story dice to share and from which create unique stories. Listen to Justin’s story created from four symbols.

At Dawn by Justin Boivin


KAZZZAM Registration Now Open for the 2014 Season | Published March 20th, 2014

Learn to stilt walk, develop performances with the troupe and design and create costumes!
Workshops will be Sundays from April 13th-June 29th from 2–6pm. Spots on the troupe are open to youth from ages 14-18!  (If you are older and interested in joining just contact us!)

We have limited spaces so register early. Registration deadline is April 4th.

Cost is $45 and includes your own pair of stilts! However, please contact us if you are interested in participating and this cost is a barrier to you. Looking forward to this year’s Kazzzam season!!!

Sarah King Gold, Artistic Director
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts
mythsandmirrors@gmail.com
(705) 507-2340


WANTED: Dreamers… The stuff of dreams… Dream weavers | Published May 6th, 2014

Myths and Mirrors invites you to participate in dream sharing, borrowing and materializing. We will be at the Rainbow Centre this week for FAAS4, from Wednesday to Saturday (between 10ish and 6ish), making dreams real… And we need your help to make our dream of dream collecting and realizing… well… realized.

This is an official call out for:
1. Dreams.
(waking or otherwise)
2. The material to make dreams tangible.
(string, fabric, buttons, branches, leaves, feathers, etc… you know, the usual stuff dreams are made of)
3. Creative beings to materialize these dreams.
(the dream weavers).

You can participate in our dream by: sharing your written dream(s), offering a piece of material (natural or man made) and/or borrowing someone else’s dream to materialize with the material offered.

This project is in partnership with the beautiful dreamers of the Corner Clinic and La galerie du nouvel ontario.


FAAS 4: Foire d’Art Alternatif de Sudbury | Published May 17th, 2014

From May 7-10 M&M joined roughly 30 artists onsite at the Rainbow Centre Shopping mall to create new and experimental art.

Every two years the Galerie du Nouvel Ontario organizes the Foire d’Art Alternatif de Sudbury, which pushes the boundaries in contemporary art and brings art making into the public sphere attracting regional, national and international artists.

We incorporated the artwork and ideas emerging from its outreach art workshops in the Corner Clinic of the Samaritan Centre into our installation, Share a Dream/Borrow a Dream. Watch for an upcomming exhibit of the works created.

A huge thank you to the organizers, volunteers, participating artists all those who contributed to this inspiring body of work!


Myths and Mirrors’ 2nd Annual 12-hour Dance-A-Thon | Published May 23, 2014

Register to dance or make a donation at http://raiseathon.ca/mythsdance/


Myths and Mirrors Community Arts Hosts 2nd 12-hour Dance-A-Thon | Published May 23rd, 2014

Myths and Mirrors invites you to support the arts by dancing!!! [Cue jazz hands]

The Dance-A-Thon is a fundraiser with no shortage of fun. Participants register online, collect pledges and proceed to dance all night long… or at least a portion of it! Non-stop music will be curated by DJ Christian Pelletier and guests. Dancers can resister as a team or individually and are encouraged to dress up as there will be a prize for the most styling group! There are many amazing prizes to be won through the night with special prizes reserved for the top pledge earners.

The event takes place on May 31 from 8PM on Saturday to 8AM Sunday at Fromagerie Elgin. The maximum team size is 4 and if dancing isn’t your thing you can be a sponsor by making a donation or supporting a dancer. To register or make a donation visit our site http://raiseathon.ca/mythsdance.

This event is about “stepping” up, and down and around, to a fun challenge and supporting artistic programming that makes a big difference in our community. 100% of the proceeds of this event go to support outreach programming at Myths and Mirrors which give opportunities for personal and collective expression to those in our community who rarely get the chance.

Myths and Mirrorshelps to build community and gives people a voice through collaborative art making, story sharing and infusing art into our everyday lives. Everyone is welcome. To learn more visit http://www.mythsandmirrors.wordpress.com, or call us at (705) 222-1305.

“Everybody dance now!”


The 2014 DANCE-A-THON was Another Huge Success! | Published June 7th, 2014

Beginning at 8pm sharp on Saturday May 31st, the dance floor was shaking until 8am Sunday, June 1st. The amount of DancE-A-THON survivors doubled from last year with 20 participants remaining until 8am, topping of the evening with a celebratory dance in the street in front of the Fromagerie Elgin to the sounds of “Dancing in the street” by Martha and the Vandellas!!! Yet again we exceeded our fundraising goal of $5,000 thanks to so many: first of all our participants and sponsors, our wonderful prize donors, our volunteers, OUR DJS – DJ’s Trainwreck (Christian Pelletier), Paul Lowenburg, Max Silvertongue, Brendan and Eileen Roth of Dronesteady, it would not have been possible for our participants to survive and thrive as they did without their relentless, brilliant sound selections and mixes!!

A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Jake and the staff of Fromagerie Elgin. This event would not be possible without their generosity and all around amazing-ness.

Thank you to our supporters and funders: Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Human Resources Development Corporation, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the City of Greater Sudbury, River and Sky Festival, Copy Copy, Northern Lights Festival Boreal, All About Massage, Frank’s Delicatessen, Frenchy’s Pizza, Verdicchio’s Ristorante, Bee Hive Collective, Arts North, Eat Local Sudbury, Andy, Knapp, Iron Pan Bakery, Liz O’Hara, Petit Gateau, YMCA.

See you on the dance floor next year!


Artist in Residence Intern Position | Published June 10th, 2014

Artist in Residence Intern Position
Location: Sudbury, On

Myths and Mirrors Mandate:
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts (M&M) promotes public participation in the arts by developing and providing the tools, resources and support for communities to express themselves.

Objective:
The purpose of this internship is to assist in the development of an Artist in Residence program at our Victory Park Playground site where our workshop/studio is located. The objective is to nurture emerging artists and establish a creative hub in the park for the exploration of community engaged art-making.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Artistic Director and Administrative Coordinator the intern will undertake the following:
– Research models of artist residencies appropriate to our mandate, location and the community we serve
– Lead community consultation
– Develop a proposal for an artist in residency program to Myths and Mirrors and the community we serve
– Implement a pilot residency program
– Develop and lead workshops and programs
– Work with volunteers and summer students to deliver residency program
– Adhere at all times to safety and health regulations in respect to the use of materials and the well-being of participants

Key Qualifications:
– Practicing artist from any discipline
– Post Graduate experience in the arts, education, arts education, community arts, social work or related fields
– Excellent facilitation skills
– Experience planning, coordinating and evaluating work
– Ability to document work using written and media tools
– Experience in budget management
– Excellent Public relations, communication and partnership development skills
– Ability to work as part of a team

Anticipated Start Date: September 2014
Application Deadline: June 30, 2014

This opportunity is open to recent graduates from an accredited college or university holding a diploma or degree seeking experience in their field of study. This opportunity is proudly supported by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.


M&M AGM Announced for November 1st, 2014 | Published October 3rd, 2014

Myths and Mirrors Community Arts’ Board of Directors and staff cordially invite you to our Annual General Meeting!

Where: Victory Park, 490 Frood Road
When: Saturday November 1, 2014
1:00 PM AGM Meeting
2:30 PM Community Celebration

Join us as we celebrate our activities of the past year and extend our appreciation to our membership, sponsors, funders, community partners and participants. Please join us for the exciting Community Celebration that will follow the AGM meeting; more information to be revealed soon. RSVP your attendance today with Blaire Flynn at (705) 222-1305 or by
emailing us at mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

Renew your membership or become a member!

The AGM is open to all, with voting privileges enjoyed by adult members. The membership fee of $10.00/year is due by the AGM. Memberships can be purchased via our website, at an event or from our office at 139 Durham Street during business hours.

Interested in joining the Board or in nominating a candidate?

Submit a resume or CV to mythsandmirrors@gmail.com by October 24, 2014. Nominees will be asked to share a few words outlining their experience and interest in the governance of Myths and Mirrors at the AGM.

Thank you for your continued support!


Celebrating the Return of the Light | Published December 17th, 2014

Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, Better Beginnings Better Futures and The SPOT Youth Centre is finding light in dark times and welcoming the return of the sun. A community solstice celebration will take place on Thursday December 18th 6PM at O’Conor Park, 140 St. George Street.This family friendly evening will feature art-making, lantern lighting and a dessert social.

Throughout December Myths and Mirrors has been working with community groups hosting workshops to create lanterns. There will be a lantern making station set up at the event and everyone is welcome to attend this celebration marking the change of the season and of the returning light.

NEWS: 2013

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 sarahkg@mac.com. 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 blaireflynn@gmail.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:
http://www.cbc.ca/pointsnorth/episodes/2013/03/14/new-sudbury-mural-to-include-stories-of-seniors


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:
Sarah King-Gold
Artistic Director, M&M
sarahkg@mac.com, 705-507-2340


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.