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.
La Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury
Contact Name: Jessica Watts
La Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury encourage la littératie, conserve la mémoire du passé et explore de nouvelles idées dans la ville du Grand Sudbury. Les bibliothèques publiques soutiennent les arts et la culture dans la communauté de maintes façons, que ce soit en fournissant des lieux où exposer l’art visuel et des locaux où les groupes peuvent tenir des rencontres ou présenter des spectacles, en accueillant des événements spéciaux, en présentant les programmes réguliers de la bibliothèque et en assurant la promotion de ces activités en ligne sur le site Web de la bibliothèque et dans les médias sociaux. La BPGS soutient aussi les écrivains locaux en faisant la promotion des talents locaux et en présentant des œuvres écrites par des auteurs locaux. La Bibliothèque principale comprend aussi un Makerspace qui peut servir aux fabricants de tout âge et nous avons un programme de maker en résidence qui s’adresse aux personnes qui souhaitent mettre leurs compétences et leur vision au service de la communauté du Grand Sudbury. Grâce à ce programme, nous accueillons tous les genres de fabrication et nous invitons les adeptes de tous les domaines traditionnels des arts, de la technologie et de l’électronique à soumettre une demande. Avec ses treize succursales dans le Grand Sudbury, la Bibliothèque publique du Grand Sudbury offre maintes occasions de promouvoir les arts et la culture auprès de l’ensemble de la communauté.
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.