Big news! We’re thrilled to announce that Myths and Mirrors was awarded the Northern Lights Festival Boréal‘s 2016 Jackie Washington Award. Named for famed Canadian blues musician, Jackie Washington, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Northern Ontario. Jackie Robinson performed at 25 incarnations of Northern Lights Festival Boréal between the festival’s beginning in 1972 and his death in 2009.
Myths and Mirrors began in 1996 and here we are still going strong in 2016! Over the past twenty years M&M has worked with over 10 000 participants in the creation of huge body of collective art work from theatre pieces to public art works to celebrations.
We will be celebrating all this year with memories of past projects, dreaming up new work and celebrations throughout the year!
We are deeply grateful to all of you Sudburians for your continued love and support for Myths and Mirrors. Myths and Mirrors is co created by the people for the people and we look forward to many more years of co creating beauty, meaning and sharing our stories.
All of us M&M folk!
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.
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!
… And the Stilt Walking Season Begins | Published March 5th, 2014
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 email@example.com or at (705) 507-2340 for more information!
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!
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
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:
(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.
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
– 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
Participants Wanted!! Ryan Heights Youth Center Mural | Published January 5th, 2012
Calling Youth of Ryan Heights!!!!!! If you are or someone you know lives in the Ryan Heights area of Sudbury you are invited to participate in a Mural Project at the Ryan Heights Youth Center.
We will be starting our project on January 14th at 10am and working until 2 or 3pm. We will continue with our project on the following 4 or 5 Saturdays until we complete our project. As all of our art projects, this is a collaborative project. We will work collectively to plan our mural, create our design and paint the mural.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating please contact our Artistic Director, Sarah King Gold at (705) 507-2340 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts Fundraiser, Saturday, Jan. 21st @ The Townehouse | Published January 21st, 2012
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is holding a fundraiser at the Townehouse on January 21st. The evening will begin at 11pm with the beautifully seductive sounds of Laura Willett followed by a little bit roots rock and little funky rock and roll from Digital Bender. The evening will conclude with the newly formed multi-instrumental band, Spine Candy, which plays a wide variety of groovy, dancing tunes, some covers and some original. $5 at the door!
There will be Myths and Mirrors’ merchandise available for purchase; t-shirts, cards, buttons, calendars and raffle draws!! Come have a wonderfully rockin’ time while showing your support for a vitally valuable non-profit multi-media arts organization. Myths and Mirrors has been working to build a united community within Sudbury by infusing artistic empowerment into the fabric of our northern culture since 1996.
For more information about this event or our up coming projects please contact Sarah King Gold, Artistic Director @ email@example.com or (705) 507-2340.
Call for Participants: Mayworks Festival | Published February 2nd, 2012
First Meeting: Sudbury February 26th from 3-5pm, 139 Durham Street. Across from the YMCA and above Village International.
Myths and Mirrors is partnering with local community members, workers, unions and artists to help bring to Sudbury the very first annual May Works. May Works, founded in 1986 and held in many cities across Canada, is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture.
This is an official call out to ANYONE who is interested in working on a community visual art project dealing with the issues of work. What does your work mean to you? What are your hopes and desires for your work? What struggles does your work, or lack there of, present you?
Mayworks’ artistic vision is specifically guided by our equity policy that recognizes the systemic discrimination and injustices faced by equity-seeking groups, and designates women, First Nations people, people of colour and queer-identified people as being disadvantaged in our society. (Mayworks website)
We encourage those of you in Sudbury who have faced discrimination in the work sphere to come and share your story through art. Please contact us if you are interested in participating. Artists and non artists are welcome to participate. Email, facebook or call firstname.lastname@example.org or (705) 507-2340.
Check out May Works official website for more info on what other cities are doing – www.mayworks.ca.
It is time we brought this labour focused festival to SUDBURY!!!!! Join us to make it happen!
And We Have a Winner | Published February 21st, 2012
We have now come to the close of our first ever painting raffle. The painting, entitled “Converging Storms,” was donated by our Artistic Director, Sarah King Gold. Thank you to all you bought tickets for helping to make this a very successful debut painting raffle! We raised just under $400! All the proceeds of this raffle go towards community arts projects of Myths and Mirrors. So with no further delay we announce the winner… drum roll please… the winner is: RICHARD NOWAK!!!!!!
Snow Sculptures at Winterfest | Published February 21st, 2012
This past weekend Myths and Mirrors Community Arts created and worked with festival goers to create snow sculptures for Winterfest! Our lead artist, James Cook, created a snow sculpture of Sudbury’s first car, a 1911 Packard Model 30 Phaeton.
Amanda, Mitchell and Parker Corrigan, Ada and Sarah King Gold worked on a collaborative sculpture of a sea monster, a frog head and a human head. Spider Alan Asher worked diligently on our Myths and Mirrors’ logo! Snow was flying! Looking forward to expanding this project next year!
The True Cost of Coal and the Economics of Happiness @ The Rainbow Cinemas | Published March 30th, 2012
Join us at the Rainbow Cinemas Friday March 30th at 7 pm for a double presentation of “The True Cost of Coal,” an illustrated banner presentation from the Bee Hive Collective and “The Economics of Happiness,” a documentary by The International Society for Ecology and Culture. $5 at the door.
7pm: The True Cost of Coal
8:15pm: The Economics of Happiness
See you there!! Presented by Sudbury Food Connections and Myths and Mirrors Community Arts.
Mayworks Metal Work/Shop Sun. April 1st | Published March 30th, 2012
Mayworks Metal Work/Shop
Sunday April 1st, 10am-4pm
Victory Park, 496 Frood Road
Join our collective community art project for MAYWORKS FESTIVAL: Celebrating Working Class Culture Through the Arts. Work through your thoughts and feelings about work through the art/work of metal stamping. Workshop open to ages 12 and up. Bring the kids to play in the park while you play! For more information call Sarah King Gold, Artistic Director at (705) 507-2340.
Grand Opening: Metal Works Unveiling and 2012-2015 Theme Artistic Visioning | Published May 25th, 2012
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts and Village International Sudbury are joining forces and sharing space at VIS’s Durham St. location. You are invited to celebrate this partnership and the Grand Opening of Myths and Mirrors’ Downtown Space.
When: Saturday May 26th, 1-4 pm
Where: 139 Durham Street, Sudbury
1 pm: Announcement of Partnership between VIS and M&M.
2 pm: Metal Works Project Public Unveiling: Come celebrate the amazing collaborative art work our community created to explore issues around our work and what it means to us!
3 pm: Public Announcement of Myths and Mirrors’ new 3 year theme: The Art of Survival/The Survival of Art.
Please join us to explore this new theme through a community art visioning process open to participants of all ages. Refreshments will be served! Fair trade smoothies for sale!
We will also be participating in Sudbury’s down town yard sale! Look for both VIS and M&M!!!!
Ryan Heights Youth Centre Mural | Published May 25th, 2012
At the end of March we wrapped up our 2 and half month project with the youth of Ryan Heights. Over January, February and March of this year we engaged the youth in a mural which helped them connect personally and collectively to the new space, offered to them by the City of Greater Sudbury. The city runs an after school program for the youth and the desire for the mural was to help the youth and the workers make the space theirs while building their small community’s relationships. All of those who passed through the walls were invited to offer their silhouette to be traced on the wall. Then they were invited to paint their personal touch on their shape. The youth and workers of this place became part of the space and a special part of them was reflected through the images and words they chose to describe themselves. To see the process and outcome of this wonderfully vibrant mural click here.
“We Are Here” Mural Planning for June and July | Published June 23rd, 2012
Myths and Mirrors is currently working on developing a collaborative Mural in the Sudbury area with community artists Katie Fenerty and Melanie St-Pierre. Right now you can drop in at the Durham Village International location across the street from the YMCA and create a stencil work for the Mural. The stencils will be placed to create scenes in the Mural and work around the theme of We Are Here!
The drop in dates are:
We are also going to be holding workshops at the Victory park location on July 5th and 12th!! Happy painting!
Myths and Mirrors is at Northern Lights | Published July 7th, 2012
Myths and Mirrors will be at Northern Lights Festival Boreal again this year in the Arts Village. We will be selling a lot of our Myths and Mirrors merchandise such as buttons, shirts, cards and zines!! Also, we will be holding the stage painting at the main stage where you can watch artists create works of art you can even come and get involved! There is even an option to buy the pieces created they will start the bidding at 50 dollars and anyone can bid as much as they please!
Come on out this 6-8 weekend and join in on the fun!
Myths is Hiring a New Artistic Director | Published May 5th, 2011
UPDATE: Myths and Mirrors would like to welcome our new Artistic Director, Sarah King Gold!
Myths and Mirrors is currently seeking an Artistic Director for our organization. This position is a one year contract (renewable on a yearly basis contingent upon funding) at 21 hour per week (minimum, more hours might be available). A four month probation period will apply to this position.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Artistic Coordinator is responsible for:
– concept and design of community art projects
– management and facilitation of community art projects
– promotion of organization and projects
– management of Myths and Mirrors site
– developing and maintaining project and site partnership
– maintaining Myths and Mirrors’ web presence
Candidates should have demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of
community based art projects; in group facilitation; and in staff supervision. Interested
candidates should submit their cover letter, resume, and three references via email no later than May 10th at 4pm to:
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts
We thank you for your application, but we will contact only those candidates who will be
interviewed. Myths and Mirrors is an organization that works with marginalized communities and that is committed to equal opportunity for individuals from these communities.
Myths and Mirrors is Hiring Summer Students | Published May 25th, 2011
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is currently seeking summer students for two positions starting June 27th, 2011 and ending August 27th, 2011. Reporting to the Artistic Director, the Community Artists (CA) will be responsible for the development and facilitation of community art projects and summer programming for youth and adults in the Donovan Flour Mill area. The Community Artists will be paid an hourly rate of $10.25 per hour for 35hrs of work per week. Please submit your cover letter, résumé and three references via email, no later than Friday June 3rd, 2011 at the following address:
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts
Myths and Mirrors Community Arts is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all who apply, but will contact only those selected for an interview.
Project Meeting Wednesday June 29th, 6-8… Everyone welcome | Published June 28th, 2011
CONTINUING THE CONVERSATIONS: 15 Years of Reflecting and Creating with Myths and Mirrors
MYTHS AND MIRRORS IS 15 YEARS OLD!! Are you a past participant of Myths and Mirrors Community Arts? Are you interested in getting involved?
Join us this summer as we pull together a multi-media, multi venue city-wide retrospective art exhibit from August 26-28th!! Everyone is welcome to come together to work with the ideas, materials and spaces of M&M’s past projects. In the tradition and process of community arts, we intend to work collaboratively and creatively to revisit, explore and present the projects of the past.
Dancers, writers, thespians, theatre folk, film makers, poets, musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers and absolutely ANYONE who would like to explore their creative side, are invited to join us.
Come to the first meeting of this project:
Wednesday June 29th, 6-8 pm
Victory Park, 496 Frood Road
Email email@example.com or call Sarah @ 705-507-2340 for more info! Refreshments will be provided!!
p.s. If you can’t make it on Wednesday and still want to be involved, contact us and we will keep you updated about the project plans. You can be a participant with a large or small commitment of time!
We have chosen our projects for our FESTIVAL! We need participants to make it all happen! | Published July 12th, 2011
We invite you to come to our Tuesday evening Potluck M&M festival planning meeting from 5:30-8pm at 496 Frood Road, Victory Park. If you need transportation please call Sarah at (705) 507-2340. Here is a short agenda for this week’s meeting: (Minutes from the last 2 meetings are attached)
– Circle in
– Explanation of Festival concept for those who are new!
– Review of chosen Festival projects
– Plan of attack: Dates for project workshops, identifying additional people to work on them, list of needed resources to get going
– Brain storming for the Name of Festival: In order to promote the festival properly we need a proper name. “Myths and Mirrors’ 15th Anniversary Restrospective Arts Exhibit and Festival” is just too cumbersome. If you cannot make the meeting please send in ideas beforehand so we can add them to the list!
– Circle out
Please review the list of chosen projects to see if there is any one (or two) you would love to participate in! Looking forward to seeing you and getting these wonderful projects going!! Please note any level of commitment is welcome!!! We will be updating and you can jump in at anytime!
IDEAS FOR FESTIVAL REVISED
sticking it to the bad man, fire sculpture (YES)
lake lanterns launched on junction creek (YES)
revive the f-word (YES)
spirit masks (YES)
video teepee (MAYBE)
redoing mural underpass (MAYBE)
graffiti boards in underpass (MAYBE)
flash mob choir (YES)
belonging art display and gallery (YES)
poverty game booth (YES)
M &M storytelling/ theatre@ library (YES)
using puppets in parada (YES)
scavenger hunt (YES)
theatrical flash theater (MAYBE)
bumper stickers/flags for cars and bikes (YES)
origami workshops (YES)
full moon dance (YES)
lantern workshops (YES)
tie in four elements as theme (MAYBE)
Looking forward to it all!!
KAZZZAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Published July 13th, 2011
We have the name for our festival! KAZZZAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Celebrating 15 years of Myths and Mirrors Community Art! Watch out for events and workshops leading up to the big weekend on the 26th and 27th of August! If you are interested in participating in any of the following projects please contact Sarah @ (705) 507-2340 or @ firstname.lastname@example.org:
-Flash Mob Choir
-Flash Mob Theatre
-Flash Mob Dance
-Lantern making workshop
-Readings of past Myths and Mirrors’ poetry during festival
Also Shailagh has offered to teach a fire poi workshop and Heather has offered to teach stilting!!!! Again, call or email Sarah to let her know if you are interested in either of these and she will advise about timing! Happy Tuesday Everyone!!
Festival Prep Drop in at Victory! Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-8pm | Published July 22nd, 2011
Join us as we prepare for our August 26th and 27th festival KAZZZAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Myths and Mirrors: Celebrating 15 years of Community Arts. Each Tuesday and Thursday from 4-8pm we will be opening the Victory Park workshop for working meetings to get ready. Stilting, singing, acting, dancing, button making, flag making, t-shirt, parade prop making etc… Look for updates for each meetings focus.
This Thursday July 21st: Parade Retrospective Tour Mapping and Parade Prop Making. See you there!
KAZZZAM! Upcoming Workshops | Published July 27th, 2011
Thursday, July 28th
4-6pm: Lantern Making Workshop
6-8pm: Poi with Shailagh! Poi is a performance art in which a ball or balls suspended from a length of flexible material, usually a plaited cord, are held in the hand and swung in circular patterns. Poi is one of the traditional performing arts of the Moari people of New Zealand and has developed many forms used worldwide as a hobby, exercise, or performance art. (Wikipedia)
What you need to get started: a pair of knee high stockings and a pair of tennis balls.
Tuesday August 2nd:
4-6pm: Button and flag making. For promotional material we will be making hand-painted bike flags and buttons. Join us and add your “flair”!!!
6-8pm: 2nd flash mob meeting
Theatre: We will be creating an original theatre piece drawing inspiration from the puppets of M&M’s past.
Show of Hands Song: Come and learn the song inspired by M&M’s first project, “Show of Hands” by Debbie Robertson. We intend to perform this during our festival. We need you voice and creative input about how to put this beautiful work of art to song.
Tentative: 6-8pm: Stilting workshop with Heather Smith!! Call Spider for stilt building details: (705) 507-2340 and Sarah for general info. Those under interested 18 years of age who are interested must have a parent or guardian to understand the risks and sign our waiver.
Thursday August 4th:
4-6pm: Puppet body building!! Once we have our puppet theatre piece in the works we will need to recreate the bodies of our puppets… they now only have heads. Work with us to repair their heads and make their bodies come to life once more!
6-8pm: Repeat Poi Workshop!!! Again with Shailagh!!!
MORE TO COME!!!
Call Sarah for transportation or more info: (705) 507-2340. ALL OUR MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS ARE POTLUCK… Bring a snack to share if you can! See you soon!
KAZZZAM! Celebrating 15 years of Myths and Mirrors Community Arts | Published August 7th, 2011
On August 26th and 27th we are holding a festival which will take place in downtown Sudbury and the Donovan. We will be taking a walk down memory lane with performances and exhibits illuminating the projects of Myths and Mirrors’ past.
List of Events:
Friday August 26th:
6:30pm: Meet at GNO for pre-party face painting and costuming!
7pm: Opening Ceremonies
7:30pm: Commencement of our Moving Street Party!!! Come out to participate in flash mob dancing, singing and poetry, circus arts, dancing, drumming through the streets as we visit the sites of Myths and Mirrors’ past projects.
9pm: KAZZZAM Party!!!! Viarail Train Station, Elgin Street… Follow the procession on to the party. This event is a fundraiser for Myths and Mirrors: $5 at the door, cash bar and food and fanciful goodies for sale!
11am: Storytime at the MacKenzie Street Library.
12-9pm: In conjunction with Picnicfest we will be holding the following workshops:
– lantern making
– and showcasing some circus arts!!
9pm: Lantern Launch down Nolan Creek: Join us as we send our lanterns and dreams down Nolan Creek in a glowing dance of water and fire, paper and wood!
10pm–1am: Closing Party and Jam Session at the Moose Lodge. We have invited a slew of musical artists to perform. $5 at the door, cash bar.
If you are interested in being part of the festivities please contact Sarah at (705) 507-2340, email at email@example.com or show up to Victory Park between 4 and 8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays leading up to the event… OR JUST COME ON OUT ON THE 26th!!!!!!
We thank our funders: The Ontario Arts Council, The City of Greater Sudbury and Human Resources Development Canada!!!!
2011 Annual General Meeting | Published October 4th, 2011
You are cordially invited to Myths and Mirrors Community Arts 2010-11 Annual General Meeting Celebration Potluck and Jam Session.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2011
5:30pm: Potluck Dinner
WHERE: 19 Frood Road (Parking behind the building, at the corners of Beech and Frood)
Please RSVP no later than October 17th, 2011
For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact:
Monique Beaudoin, Administrative Coordinator
Occupy Sudbury Workshops | Published November 23rd, 2011
Sunday, November 27th 11am–4pm
Victory Park, 496 Frood Road
11am-1pm: Join us as we learn about the Seven Grandfather Teachings through the guidance of Winnie Pitawanakwat, Aboriginal Elder. This workshop will also include the Medicine Wheel Teachings. Suggested donation: $5.
1pm-2pm: Pot Luck Lunch, please bring a dish to share for lunch
2pm–4pm: “OCCUPY” LAWN (or window) SIGN WORKSHOP
Led by Myths and Mirrors Community Arts we will make signs in the tradition of political lawn or window signs, however, our signs will be personalized, artistic and have messages which best suit our particular interests in this occupy movement.
We will have a list of options for messages as well as brainstorm possible messages for our signs. With paint and found materials we will create our signs to place around our homes in solidarity with those who desire and are working toward a different world.
Please bring donations of exterior and interior paint, exterior varnish, scrap wood or metal and anything else you or others might like to add to the signs. We have the tools to cut, paint and build our signs. If you don’t have any supplies that is fine, we will provide what we can. In the spirit of the occupy movement, we will make due with what is at hand! Monetary donations are welcome as well.
For more info please call Sarah @ 705-507-2340
Videos from 2009/2010 | Published April 2nd, 2011
Here are some videos that were produced using photos from our 2009 and 2010 projects, featuring music from Sudbury musicians: