A Summer Full of Community Outreach!

Reflections on a Season’s Worth of Social Fabric by Áine Schryer-O’Gorman At the end of June, I joined the Thinking Rock team as Programming and Outreach Assistant. We quickly started our summer of outreach with a day in Sault Ste. Marie at the yarn shop/café Shabby Motley for the opening of Tour de Fleece, a month-long fibre spinning event. Along with welcoming people to use our embroidery supplies, fill out our Social Fabric prompt...

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YSI Algoma – Let’s Tend the Fire Gathering

Moving Forward, Stronger and Brighter By: Jon Cada The YSI Algoma Nest hosted a gathering at Searchmont Resort in August, featuring a mixture of young community change-makers, adult allies and decision makers to develop meaningful conversations and relationships around several key challenges and barriers that young people face in Northern Ontario communities. The gathering used the theme ‘Let’s Tend the Fire’ to focus on how the YSI Algoma...

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Community Arts in Canada

Reflecting on an Inspirational Journey By: Jon Cada To me, community arts has the the feeling of being a different form of conversation.  The connection between community conversation and art is as follows: conversation leads to ideas, ideas lead to plans and plans lead to leadership and development. Community Arts takes this prototype by hosting conversations in the community so that the community can have a chance to explore who they are and...

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Summer Students, Community Outreach and Updates

By: Jackson Reed – Community Liaison – Summer Student   Hello dearest blog readers! Things have been pretty busy over here at Thinking Rock HQ. I’d like to update you on Thinking Rock’s summer and the work we have been been doing throughout. First, we moved our office to Queen Street at The Downtown Association and are very excited that we are sharing this space with two other awesome organizations – The...

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Stilts and Masks Workshop in Blind River

Hello again! We have been busy over the last several weeks with the Rivers Speak project and our skill-building workshops. In late March we held our Puppet Making workshop at Serpent River First Nation. Then, on April 18 & 19, we visited Blind River to host our next skill-building workshop, focussing on Stilt Walking and Mask Making.     We brought two talented artist-facilitators to Blind River with us. Sarah King-Gold, the...

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Stilts and Mask Making Workshop

WALK ON STILTS AND MAKE MASKS: A RIVERS SPEAK SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOP Join Thinking Rock artists and our visiting artists Sean Frey (Jumblies Theatre) and Sarah King-Gold (Myths and Mirrors Community Arts) on April 18 & 19 from 1-5pm at Ecole Secondaire Catholique Jeunesse-Nord in Bind River for a super fun hands-and-legs-on workshop for people of all ages and artistic abilities.     Learn how to walk on stilts and (or!) create...

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