PROJECT TEAM


CORA-RAE SILK, MYTHS AND MIRRORS COMMUNITY ARTS – Cora-Rae Silk was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and is Anishinaabe with mixed European ancestry. She studied at Algonquin College in Ottawa before moving to Vancouver where she worked in commercial artist representation for several years. In 2011, Cora-Rae re-located to Toronto and began a career in community arts at ArtBridges, a nation-wide network for community-engaged arts and arts for social change initiatives. As the Indigenous Community Arts Coordinator, Cora-Rae’s focus was on community-engaged arts initiatives working in northern and Indigenous communities in Canada. Cora-Rae currently resides in Sudbury and is the Artistic Director at Myths and Mirrors Community Arts and co-founder of the Northern Indigenous Artist Alliance (NIAA), an emerging arts service organization for Indigenous artists living and working in northern Ontario.


CASSIDY HOUSTON, MYTHS AND MIRRORS COMMUNITY ARTS – Cassidy Houston was born and raised in a small town in northwestern Ontario relocating to Sudbury to pursue a University degree in Health Promotion. An emerging musician and lover of community arts, Cassidy has began her post-graduation journey diving into the areas of work she is passionate about pursuing. With experiences on the Folk Music Ontario Board of Directors to her involvement in the Laurentian University community Cassidy is greatly looking forward to the future and the ways she will be able to better the future of community arts.


Photo Credit: Chandra Barnett

MIRANDA BOUCHARD, THINKING ROCK COMMUNITY ARTS – Miranda Bouchard (she/her) is a community artist, curator and arts manager. Her roots and residence in the rural Algoma District, Northern Ontario inform her multifaceted work as a project collaborator, contributor and interpreter. Miranda has studied studio art, art history and nonprofit management at the White Mountain Academy of the Arts (Elliot Lake, ON), the University of Guelph (Guelph, ON), the Institute of Fine Arts, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Lahti, Finland) and Ryerson University (Toronto, ON).


CASSANDRA SPADE, THINKING ROCK COMMUNITY ARTS – Cassandra Spade is a grassroots, human rights activist from the Mishkeegogamang First Nation, located in Northwestern Ontario. She is the founder of Gaa-Minwaajindizowaaj, a grassroots organization that works to provide Youth programming. Her work is community-driven, and focuses on relationship-building, (re)localization, Youth leadership, community healing and accessibility. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba with a Major in History, a certificate in Community Economic and Social Development (CESD) from Algoma University and is a graduate from Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang (OOG) Ojibwe language immersion academy.

ARTIST MENTORS


BETTY CARPICK – Betty Carpick an interdisciplinary land-based artist and educator. Her work looks at social, cultural, and environmental issues in both serious and playful ways by creating art that exists in the space between process and performance as well as the missing portions between the real and the imagined. She also engages in creativity with community of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds as a metaphor to speak to the fragility, strengths, and transitory state of our lives and surroundings. Betty’s practice includes ink making, textile arts, writing, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, performance, and installation. Many times, there’s not a distinct line between disciplines. Betty is Cree and European from Northern Manitoba.

Facebook: @bettycarpick
Instagram: @bettycarpick
Twitter: @bettycarpick


SARAH GARTSHORE – Sarah Gartshore (wiin) is a part-Anishinaabe, part-settler educator and theatre creator who works in solidarity with voices from the margins as a Story Teller and champion of Radical Self Love. With ancestors from the Crane Clan of Batchewana First Nation and Clan Gartshore of Scotland, Gartshore is at home in leadership and in love with collaboration. Gartshore’s work highlights this Debwewin; the experts, on the homeless community, people in active addiction community and sex working communities needs, are those with lived experience. Gartshore believes in the magic of theatre as a sacred space that welcomes transformation and the honouring of our stories.

YouTube: Zaagi’idiwin


JERMAINE HENRY – I’m an author, emcee, and facilitator. I help create ​​B.R.A.V.E.R (Bold Real Accountable Vulnerable Expressive Relations) cultures for creatives who want to make change happen in their lives and in the world. Creator of IBLV DREAMERS, a cross-cultural collective of Black & Indigenous creatives and community leaders make change across Turtle Island!

Website: jermainehenry.ca
Instagram: @jermainehenry.ca


RIHKEE STRAPP – Rihkee Strapp entered the world from a sea of blood, fully grown wearing a gold set of armour. They are an Ayakwew Metis multi-disciplinary artist raised in Northern Ontario by nohkum’s dial-up internet and its dark vistas. Rihkee is an alumni of the Studio [Y] systems leadership fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District. Their highly collaborative work re-appropriates pop-culture, myth and nostalgia, playing with concepts of time and technology often using humour and character to animate their ideas.

Website: rihkeestrapp.ca

ARTIST MENTEES


JAY BUSWA – Jay is an Anishinaabe and Filipina self-taught artist of various mediums, though beadwork is her primary medium. In November 2020 she started her own business selling beadwork called Diving Loon Beads. Jay finds inspiration and colour palettes from nature, as well as utilizes natural materials in her works such as dentallium shells, quills, antler and home tanned smoked hides.

Instagram: @divingloonbeads


RAVEN DEBASSIGE – My name is Raven Debassige. I am an emerging artist, art instructor, and project coordinator. Growing up in Sudbury Ontario, I was inspired by my aboriginal heritage and found comfort expressing this passion through art. Using vibrant colours, my art reflects storytelling, expression of personal feelings, and connections I’ve made.

Instagram: @ravend.arts


JASMINE MANNING – Jasmine Manning (she/her) is Ojibway and band member of Cape Croker First Nations (Neyaashiingmiing) with paternal roots to Stony Point (Aazhoodena). A jingle dress dancer with Medicine Warrior Dance Troupe in California, she has trained at Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto and worked in community arts organizations such as Red Pepper Spectacle Arts in Toronto and Myths and Mirrors in Sudbury. Jasmine incorporates puppetry, clown and pow wow into the land based homeschooling of her 9 year old daughter.


RESHMA SATHESH KUMAR NAIR – My art always has something to talk about my thoughts, my surroundings and my memories. I am fascinated by the beauty of Canada so, that I love to depict the landscape beauty in my painting. I am working on landscape paintings and concept artworks and some of the places that I have been to. I like to work on a traditional medium such as acrylic and watercolour. I am passionate about digital paintings most of the concept art that I am working with which done in digital.

Instagram: @resh.arts


ISAK VAILLANCOURT – Isak Vaillancourt is photographer, multimedia artist, activist, and filmmaker based in Sudbury/N’Swakamok. In 2019, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Laurentian University. Recently, he has started his Masters of Arts in Media Production at X (Ryerson) University where he plans to further explore research-creation methods centralized around the theme of Black and Indigenous solidarity. His personal interests in relation to social justice led him to become a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Sudbury.

Over the past years, Isak has worked on a handful of dynamic multimedia installations and zines. Most notably, Isak directed and produced the short documentary, amplify, in 2020, which was selected by three film festivals and won Best Northern Ontario Film. In the future, he plans to continue the development of knowledge through artistic expression, scholarly investigation, and experimentation, with the goal of providing visibility for marginalized communities while educating diverse audiences.

Website: isakvail.ca
Facebook: @isakvail
Instagram: @isakvail
Twitter: @isakvail


MANIDOO BINESHIIHN QUAY (Spirit Bird Woman) – Manidoo Bineshii Dreams, Founder, Manidoo Bineshiinh Quay ndizhnikaaz. Atikameksheng Anishnawbek ndoonjibaa, Maang dodem. Baangii eta ndo Anishnabem. Zhaaganaashii Noozwin, English name Vanessa Young from Whitefish Lake First Nation, Loon Clan. I Speak a little Ojibwe language. Descendant of the confederacy of three fires’ – Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi. I am learning about food sovereignty, language, cultural teachings, and traditional history. Raised my whole life, hunting, fishing, and gathering. Life on the land has shown me how to get through difficult times, with this gift, reclaiming identity and healing from the intergenerational trauma.

Instagram: @manidoobineshii