Spring Arts Workshops
Myths and Mirrors hosted a series of four free workshops throughout March and April, to encourage the community to “live like it’s spring.” Facilitated by Stephanie Brown, our placement student from Laurentian University, participants created felt flowers, sun catchers, and bird feeders. The series wrapped up with a sidewalk painting party outside the YMCA on Durham St..
Artists: Stephanie Brown, Alexandra Dean, Cora-Rae Silk
5th Annual Dance-A-Thon
Myths and Mirrors’ 5th Annual Dance-a-thon was held Saturday, May 27th at Fromagerie Elgin. More than $4,500 was raised to support free, inclusive arts programming in Sudbury.
Big thanks to la Fromagerie Elgin for hosting, our DJs (Max Merrifield, Matjik, Uncle Stu, and Felix & Maty), Curtis Kagige for the mind-blowing breakdancing demos, and our amazing dancers who kept it moving until 3AM! An extra special shout out to Team Dazzlecats who raised a jaw-dropping $1200, the most ever raised by a single team!
We’d also like to thank our wonderful sponsors: Frubar Juicery, The Motley Kitchen, Northern Lights Festival Boréal, River & Sky, Sudbury Downtown Indie Cinema Co-op, Tucos Taco Lounge, Up Here Festival, The Candy Store, Xcaliber Trophies, Heal Sudbury, Imagine Cinemas Downtown Movie Lounge Sudbury, and Sudbury Theatre Centre.
Artistes Trans Artistry (ATA)
Thanks to the support of Ontario 150, ATA began weekly workshops in April as participants started creating works for an art exhibition at Cambrian College’s Open Studio in November. Planned to coincide with the Transgender Day of Remembrance, the exhibition highlighted the advancement of transgender rights in Ontario. ATA also exhibited work at the Sudbury Theatre Centre as part of Fierté Sudbury Pride festivities this summer.
Artists: Aédan Charest, Alexandra Dean, Joelle Circe, Dylan St. George, Kathleen Ransom
Artist Wallace R. Gillard worked with the Louis Street Community Association and more than 15 kids (ages 5-12) to create a nature-themed mural, now permanently installed at the corner of Louis St. and Notre Dame.
Artists: Wallace R. Gillard
Bwaajigiwin (formerly Kazzzam)
With funding from Ontario 150, Kazzzam launched into the 2017 season as Bwaajigiwin (Boo-wa-jig-i-win or “the process of dreaming”). Inspired by nature, magic, and legends, participants explored performing arts, story-telling, puppetry, and costume design. Bwaajigiwin was presented at Earth Day Festival, National Aboriginal Day at O’Connor Park, Canada Day at Science North, Northern Lights Festival Boréal, and the Sudbury Farmer’s Market. The project wrapped up with a final performance and celebration at Victory Park.
Artists & Participants: Nani Bell, Lilac Grove, Cora-Rae Silk, Staci Duhaime, Kathleen Ransom, Astrid Fournier, Reagan Soucy, Chase Scully, Tobie, Sadie, Dylan, Maya, and Lacey
Arts In the Park
Throughout July and August, community artist, Staci Duhaime, lead a series of summer arts workshops for children and youth in the Donovan neighbourhood. Over the summer, participants took part in a variety of arts and crafts activities and collaborated on a community mural highlighting local landmarks, including one of our favourites – the You Are Beautiful mural.
Artists: Staci Duhaime, Astrid Fournier, Reagan Soucy, Chase Scully
Bancroft Dr. Community Mural
Myths and Mirrors was contacted by Jason Gagne, acting sergeant with the Greater Sudbury Police, about painting a mural outside Sue’s Bancroft Confectionary, a frequent target for graffiti and tagging. Throughout September, residents of Minnow Lake were invited to come lend a hand and share what community means to them. The mural was unveiled on October 17th, 2017, and was featured in the Sudbury Star.
This project was made possible thanks to the support of: Second Ave. Home Hardware, Crimestoppers, Sgt. Rick MacDonald Committee, Wolves United (Sudbury Wolves), Councillor Lynne Reynolds and Sherri Moroso (City of Greater Sudbury)
Artists: Alexandra Dean, Cora-Rae Silk, Kathleen Ransom, Spider Allen, Aédan Charest, volunteers, and community members
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Earth Day Festival, story-telling with Isaac Murdoch, National Aboriginal Day at O’Connor Park, Canada Day at Science North, Northern Lights Festival Boréal, felt-flower making at N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre, Fierté Sudbury Pride, Sudbury Farmer’s Market, New Sudbury Days, Family Fun Day at Elm West Playground, Sudbury Children’s Water Festival, Espanola Fibre Arts Festival, and Art Against Hate poster-making