Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc.
Contact Name: Crystal McCollom, Chair
CCE SIAAI concerns itself with the development of an environment conducive to: promoting traditional Irish music and arts in all forms; promoting, in particular, the playing of the harp and uilleann pipes locally; promoting Irish traditional dancing and singing with the traditional music; fostering and promoting the use of the Irish language; creating a closer bond among all lovers of Irish music and culture.
Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Irish Arts Association Inc. (a non-profit, charitable organization) was originally formed on March 17, 1996 under the name Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Sudbury Branch. Our finances are reviewed and we carry on a number of fundrasing activities during the year, including membership fees, events and ticket sales. We have a Board of Directors and a Constitution and Bi-Laws (March 2009). Since the begining, we have produced 14 Irish Celtic fairs (attendance from 600 – 1200), and ran a variety of weekly programs, large community shows (e.g. Echoes of Erin) and preformed in countless venues. At the last Echos of Erin Irish show hosted in the community, there were 700-800 attendees and 45 volunteer participants. We also train local adult singers, dancers and speakers of Irish, and also children to dance, sing, speak Irish, Irish crafts, do plays, and play fiddles and tin whistles. Our programs are provided on a weekly basis to children, youth and adults. We also run a week long Irish Summer school which is attended by (average) 10 – 30 children. Our activities in public are usually directed towards all ages including seniors of any ethnicity. We regularly perform for the residents of Long-Term Care facilities. More recently we have organized a number of ceili dances (80 – 100 attendance). Our dancers and Irish speakers attend events and competitions across the province. We have now been funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to provide set dancing (similar to square dancing) lessons in the community. This is all been possible because of a core group od dedicated community volunteers.
The objectives/activities for which the corporation is incorporated are:
-To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places, senior citizens homes, churches, community centres and educational institutions and by providing seminars on topics relating to such performances.
-To provide instructional seminars on topics related to the performing and visual arts.
-To produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciating of Irish culture.
Greater Sudbury Public Library (GSPL)
Contact Name: Jessica Watts
The Greater Sudbury Public Library promotes literacy, preserves the past, and explores new ideas in Greater Sudbury. There are many ways the public libraries support arts and culture in the community including: providing art spaces to display visual art, offering spaces for groups to gather and perform, hosting special events and regular library programs, and promoting online through our website and social media. GSPL aims to support local writers by promoting local talent and highlighting works written by local authors. The Main Library also houses a Makerspace open to makers of all ages and we run a regular Maker-in-Residence program that is open to makers who want to share their skills and vision with the community of Greater Sudbury. Through this program we are open to all forms of making and invite applicants from all traditional areas of art, technology and electronics. With 13 locations in the Greater Sudbury area, opportunities to further promote arts and culture to the wider community are possible though the public libraries.
Myth and Mirrors Community Arts
Contact Name: Blaire Flynn
“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.”
Art in Action
Playfully and actively, we dream and create together, in order to infuse art into the everyday. In this way, we work toward social change and all people identifying as creative beings who take part in creatively evolving their communities.
There is more to the story……
Stories are transformative. They offer multiple perspectives and promote flexibility of thinking. They form the realities they describe. People and communities are created and recreated through stories. They, and the worlds they live in, are imagined into being, renewed again and again through the sharing of stories, both real and not yet real.
Colouring outside the lines…..
We work to blur the lines between artist and audience and push boundaries around places of artistic creation and experience. We use methods of artistic subversion to question who is artist, who is audience, where and when art is made and experienced. As community and environmental connections become increasingly electronic and virtual, Myths and Mirrors seeks ways to reconnect. We believe it is necessary to find opportunities for first hand connections. By sharing our stories in meaningful and tangible ways we humanize and learn to be a community.
While M&M continues to create collaborative visual art such as murals, we are also directing our energies toward performance, puppetry and circus arts.