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Thinking Rock Community Arts

Based in Thessalon, Algoma District, Northern Ontario, Thinking Rock Community Arts co-creates art with and for the people living along the North Shore of Lake Huron, from Genaabaajing (Serpent River First Nation) to Baawaating (Sault Ste. Marie) and all points in between. We’re a team of artists, cultural workers and community members of Indigenous, settler and Newcomer descent who co-create spaces for dialogue, mutual understanding and artful social change through multidisciplinary, multi-generational, cross-cultural community arts projects.

  • Status:
    Non-profit 
  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages 
  • Main Catchment Area:
    Ontario, Algoma District, Northern Ontario 
  • Languages:
    English 
  • Arts Focus:
    Community Arts 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    We collaborate with rural and First Nation communities and organizational partners across the Algoma District (and beyond!) to create inclusive, multidisciplinary community arts projects and bring folk together to surface and celebrate local stories and histories, seasonal cycles, ways of making and more.

    Our current multi-year project, Social Fabric engages a variety of fabric, fibre and textile-based making practices – some unique and others common to Indigenous, Newcomer and settler traditions in Central Algoma. Many of these handwork practices are deeply embedded in our rural communities, handed down over generations. We’re learning together about how things have been made here across time, and sparking cross-cultural, intergenerational conversations about the people, cultures, traditions and territories in this place.

    Slowing down with textile-based practice instills a reflective pace in the maker, and creates a connection with the handwork that develops and evolves over time. This echoes the interweaving of our lives and relationships to each other, which similarly require care, mindfulness, reflection, practice, and a commitment to ongoing learning. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Through our free and inclusive artistic programming, we invite people of all Nations, ages, abilities, backgrounds and identities to join us in playing, making and dreaming about this special place we call home – as it was, as it is, and as it might yet be. We learn more everyday about what that invitation, the spaces we hold together, and the ways we show up for each other can and must look like, and we bring this growing understanding to our work.

    We believe that if Central Algomans of Indigenous, Newcomer and settler descent co-create community arts projects and presentations, then we’ll build relationships across cultures and communities, and that opportunities to live, work and play in the arts will increase across the region. Ultimately, this will lead to more inclusive, vibrant and resilient Algoma communities. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    Miranda Bouchard, Artistic Director 
  • Phone:
    7055421100 
  • Main Contact Email:
    info@thinkingrock.ca 
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  • Address:
    199 Main Street, P.O. Box 29
    Thessalon, ON  P0R 1L0 

Last updated on 2022-03-15 13:01:57. Submitted by: Miranda Bouchard, Thinking Rock Community Arts