Over 2010, we will be exploring the theme ‘Transitions’ and continue to work with our community to create collective artworks that reflect the current economic, environmental and social changes that are moving the ground from under our feet. We will also continue establishing projects throughout the community, as well as our site as a laboratory for excellence in community arts practice, experimental collective artworks; and to build on Sudbury’s capacity to engage in collectivity and creativity through community arts projects. We look forward to the next year and hope you will join us in creating collective art works that reflect our lives, our hopes and our dreams.

Families Supporting the Strike
A year-long strike at Vale Inco left many families in Sudbury in need of support and Myths and Mirrors worked with children of striking workers to develop a family section in the Steelworkers’ Hall. After a consultation with the youth from the Hall, as well as youth from the Donovan area who had worked on the Heritage Park mural, panels from the Heritage Park mural, which had been dismantled in the fall of 2009, were brought to the Hall to create a family section and our former artistic director Tanya Ball worked with children and youth to create a welcoming atmosphere where children and youth could come and enjoy artistic activities. Myths and Mirrors also worked with the Steelworkers to create giant puppets which were used in a number of demonstrations and events held during the strike.

Check out a video of this project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kIMneEWyIs

7161409837_18b05feee4_zKeepers of the Water: A Celebration of our Environmental Stewards
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This summer-long project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Greater Sudbury, Service Canada and the Summer Experience Program, and was done in partnership with the Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury and the Sudbury Downtown Village Development Corporation. After 10 years of extensive revitalization work, thousands of community volunteers have contributed to making Junction Creek a livable waterway once again, and Keepers of the Water honoured the environmental stewards that brought the creek back to life. This integrated arts project brought together an eclectic team of artists and combined music, painting, video, mask-making and performance.

Watch two videos about Keepers of the Water here:

Victory Park Summer Programming and Leadership Parade
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In partnership with the Donovan Elm West Community Action Network, Better Beginnings Better Futures and the City of Greater Sudbury, Myths and Mirrors staff and volunteers worked with over 200 children and youth from the Donovan Flour Mill areas over the course of the summer to develop a series of parade props, costumes and decorations which were used in the Leadership Parade, one of the activities that took place during Donovan Days. The Victory Park summer programming also included the completion of the Mosaics on the Mountain project and of the Victory Park revitalization project, both of which had been started in the summer of 2009. Extensive support from the Donovan Elm West Community Action Network made these projects possible and we thank them for their generosity and commitment to the neighbourhood.

Watch a video about some of our 2010 summer programming here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGjaPfYx82M

Watch a video about our Leadership parade here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfWE219nATI

4612631647_cb1e0f5d3b_zSmall Potatoes: Meaningful Things
Throughout the winter and spring of 2009-10, a small group of dedicated young people in our community came together in the creation of their new project, ‘Small Potatoes: Meaningful Things.’ The project highlights the group’s collective ideas, experiences together, decisions and outcomes.

The group’s project features:
– A 48-page poetry collage, writing, photography and illustration group bookwork
– Installation artworks explore and offer a reflection of our conversations and learning experiences together, including adventurous, explorative and daring expressive collage, writing, photography and illustration artworks, housed in a northern ice fishing hut

As well, the installation includes some of the other published group writing projects we have done together. Some of the highlights leading the adventurous project through its months of dynamic inspirational growth, process and organic development are included in a month to month group log journal that can be seen in our newly published ‘Small Potatoes: Meaningful Things’ artistically expressive group bookwork (ISBN: 978-0-9813175-1-9).

Watch a video of the Small Potatoes project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmmTe73Hhqw

Please feel free to view the group’s expressive photographs here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mythsandmirrors/sets/72157623512479127/

For more information about, and/or to contact ‘Small Potatoes: Meaningful Things,’ please feel free to email tanyaanneball@hotmail.com.

 All Ages Concerts
Throughout the years, Myths and Mirrors has played host to all-ages concerts for bands of all kinds of different genres. Myths is a safe, drug and alcohol-free space for youth to enjoy live music from a diverse array of talented musicians.

Check out this performance from Montreal’s the Gospel in March of 2010: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQPvyviSgo