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You Are the Commons – Gifts to the Earth

Myths and Mirrors in partnership with Coalition for a Livable Sudbury and artist ELYSE PORTAL invite you to take part in a virtual visualization workshop and eco art-making activity in celebration of Earth Day.

Living beings do not “use” the commons provided by nature. Instead, they are physically and relationally a part of it.
~ Andreas Weber

During this time of human physical distancing, along with the closure of playgrounds and familiar outdoor spaces, many of us are isolated both from each other and nature. In virtual space, we will dissolve some of our feelings of isolation with an imaginative journey to nature. Together, we will reflect on our individual and collective commons. Following, for those who feel called, your reflections can be shared creatively with the group and as a Gift to the Earth on Earth Day, April 22nd. 

The workshop will take place SATURDAY, APRIL 18th @1PM on Zoom.
Feel free to keep your video off, if you prefer. You can also join by phone.
Email mythsandmirrors@gmail.com for the LINK or number to dial in.
Participants are asked be somewhere quiet and comfortable, and to bring paper and something to write or draw with. 

Then this Earth Day, let us give back. We invite participants and community to give a Gift to the Earth – we welcome your art, notes, poetry, and other offerings, as we celebrate Mother Earth and The Commons this April 22nd. Visit the Facebook event page for resources and ideas for ecological actions you can take this Earth Day and share your pictures on social media using #YouAretheCommons #GiftstotheEarth. 


Eco Art Resources

Ecological art is an art genre and artistic practice that seeks to preserve, remediate and/or vitalize the life forms, resources and ecology of Earth, by applying the principles of ecosystems to living species and their habitats throughout the lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere, including wilderness, rural, suburban and urban locations.[1][2] It is a distinct genre from Environmental art in that it involves functional ecological systems-restoration, as well as socially engaged, activist, community-based interventions.[3] Ecological art also addresses politics, culture, economics, ethics and aesthetics as they impact the conditions of ecosystems.[4] Ecological art practitioners include artists, scientists, philosophers and activists who often collaborate on restoration, remediation and public awareness projects.
~ Shared by Beth Carruthers, drafted by the International Ecoart Network on Wikipedia

Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde

Uts’am Witness Project

Eileen Hutton

Brenda Petays

The Harrison Studio

Intro to Ecological Art in Canada by Beth Carruthers

Wolfgang Laib

Ecoart Network – Artist listings and portfolios

 

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

July Calendar

Art in the Park w/ Aboriginal EarlyON Centre
Every Wednesday from 10am-1pm. Children and families can connect with art and the outdoors through nature-inspired crafts and land-based activities. No cost. Snacks provided.

Date(s): July 10, 17, 24 & 31
Location: Victory Park (Frood Rd., across from St. David School)


The Circling Project: Linocut Workshops
Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. Weekly workshops for youth and adults to explore art, activism, and community solidarity through linocut print-making. No cost.

Date(s): July 20 & 27
Location: 139 Durham St. – Upstairs


Youth Arts Project
Drop-in for youth and young adults to create art, music, and poetry for our Art + Poetry zine and upcoming Open Mic Night in August. No cost. Snacks provided.

Date(s): July 23 @ 6-8pm (Next date Aug. 2)
Location: 139 Durham St. – Upstairs


For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com.

The Circling Project: April Linocut Workshops

Join us for a series of free linocut workshops this month at Victory Park, part of The Circling Project. The Circling Project is a new initiative from Myths and Mirrors to bring people together to connect over ART + ACTIVISM + COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY. For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 @ 1-4PM
Victory Park (Frood and Shevchenko)
No cost / All materials provided / Snacks

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 @ 1-4PM
Victory Park (Frood and Shevchenko)
No cost / All materials provided / Snacks

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 @ 1-4PM
Victory Park (Frood and Shevchenko)
No cost / All materials provided / Snacks

The Circling Project: Teddy Syrette

Myths and Mirrors Community Arts, in partnership with Sudbury Community Legal Clinic and NISA (Northern Initiative for Social Action), welcomes 2-Spirit advocate and storyteller TEDDY SYRETTE for the launch of The Circling Project.

The Circling Project is a new initiative from Myths and Mirrors to bring people together to connect over ART + ACTIVISM + COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY. For more information, contact mythsandmirrors@gmail.com or visit the Facebook event page.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 @ 5PM
NISA @ 36 Elgin St., 2nd Floor / Wheelchair accessible
No cost / Dinner provided / Everyone welcome
* Please note, NISA is a scent-free space

TEDDY SYRETTE (Ozhawa Anung Kwe/Yellow Star Woman) is a 2-Spirit, queer Indigenous advocate and storyteller of Baawaating First Nation. Teddy has a diploma in social service work – Indigenous specialization from Sault College. Their background also includes theatre, community development and bingo. Teddy currently works as a facilitator advocating on issues relating to 2-Spirit/QTIP (Queer-Trans Indigenous People). They currently live, laugh and love in Toronto.

6th Annual Dance-A-Thon: May 26

Bust a move for community arts! Myths and Mirrors is thrilled to announce the 6th edition of the much-anticipated Dance-A-Thon fundraiser. The event will take place from 3pm to 3am on Saturday May 26th at La Fromagerie (80 Elgin St.). Non-stop music will be curated by amazing local DJs and guests. Myths and Mirrors invites the public to make dance teams of up to 4 people, getting friends, family, and co-workers together for super-fun evening.

Those who just aren’t really dancers, or who can’t make it, can still make a contribution at raiseathon.ca/mythsdance. Dancers are welcome to join at the door, as long as there’s room on the floor!

Does dancing for 12 hours sound a little daunting? No problem, just come and dance and have a good time. Stay as long as you like.

The Dance-A-Thon is an important fundraiser with no shortage of fun. Participants register online at raiseathon.ca/mythsdance, collect pledges and proceed to dance the night away. Dancers can register as a team of 4 or strut their stuff individually. The theme for this year’s event is the ’70s so participants are encouraged to dress up as their favourite ’70s icons. The night will include great prizes for participants in a number of categories, including top pledge earners.

The event is about “stepping up” to a fun challenge, while supporting community arts projects that make a real difference in our community. 100% of the proceeds will go towards outreach and youth programs at Myths and Mirrors, giving opportunities for personal and collective creative expression to those rarely get the chance.

WHEN: Saturday, May 26th, 3PM-3AM
WHERE: La Fromagerie (80 Elgin St.)
$20 at the door or FREE for registered dancers
Kids Under 10 FREE or by DONATION

Download a printable pdf pledge sheet HERE.

Visit the Facebook event page HERE.

Waking Light: Spring Equinox Celebration

On March 20th, almost 30 people gathered at gallery and print shop Nishiin Print to say good-bye to Waking Light and welcome the Spring with a community celebration and parade. The puppet created during Waking Light workshops lead the parade and the group followed with masks and paper lanterns created by youth participants.

The evening also included a screening of the animations created at our introduction to stop-motion animation workshop with Holly from Near North Mobile Media Lab.

See more photos from Waking Light workshops on Facebook.

Thanks to: Cora, Staci, Tammi, Spider, Holly at Near North Mobile Media Lab, Isaac at Nishiin Print, Max at Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and all our youth participants

Funding for this project provided by the
Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program