Sneaking around the forest again! This time at Bere Point Park! First show was sold out! Two more Sunday folks! . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged
Magical, mysterious Malcolm Island. We appreciate the kindness and the tests. We are growing and greeting each day here with gratitude. . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged #malcolmisland #sointula
If you are interested in being a community participant in Sointula you can join us this Saturday August 4th at 10:30 at the Athletic Hall. We are performing as part of the Salmon Day’s Festival August 10&12 . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged #chloeelizabethimagery #sointula #sointulabc #malcolmisland
“She’s not in the big top, she is the big top!” We are taking this show on the road! On our way to Malcolm Island. . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged
Thank you Sunshine Coast for all the support! We had such a wonderful experience collaborating to create and perform Rainforest Circus: Submerged! . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged
Thank you to everyone who has played with us along the way! First day of Submerged Circus is here and we are thrilled to say, all shows are sold out! . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged
These cute ladies swinging in the tree canopy. . . . #rainforestcircussubmerged #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircustour
Fishies and plastic! Oh my! . . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforesrcircustour #rainforestcircussubmerged
Lovely Nadine working on s costume piece!
We love this creature @cocotoasty added to our Submerged mural during our 2016 Submerged themed workshop. . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged
A circus coming to a forest near you! We are so excited to share our 2018 production : Submerged. This shot is from our 2014 show titled The Underworld . . . #outdoortheatre #rainfoestcircus #rainforestcircussubmerged #sunshinrcoastbc #chloeelizabethimagery #theunderworld #performanceart #liveperfprmanceart #artsbc
Thanks for playing with us at Dougal Park today! We are so grateful to do the work we do AND live in Canada! Thanks all for a great day! . . . #rainforestxircus #rainforestcircussubmerged
If you haven’t had a chance to visit our current show at @gpagart , come check it out this week! Show ends July 7th. What an experience it has been working with Joah Lui, Digi Majou, to put this on. Trickster spirit was high for our Artist talk this Friday and the power went out! We huddled around and discussed art and technology and the divine by candlelight, which seemed all perfectly meant to be. A Beckoning runs one more week! Come see!
Tickets are officially on sale for Rainforest Circus: Submerged!! Link in bio! . . . . #rainforestcircusreturns #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircustour #rainforestcircussubmerged
Sandy and Joah are doing an Artist Talk at GPAG 1-2pm today discussing their current show. If you haven’t had a chance today check it out make sure you get in before July 7th to experience A Beckoning!
A Beckoning 招手 coming to @gpagart - Art Opening June 8th 7pm! Show runs June 8 - July 8. We have collaborated with @digimajou in this sensory-filled and participatory experience of media and artistic works from four recently completed or ongoing projects of Deer Crossing The Art Farm. Hope to see you there!
We had a blast at Roberts Creek Earth Day Festival promoting our upcoming production Rainforest Circus: Submerged! Any excuse to bust out the tickle trunk right????
Repost @nsmec check out our installations at the Marine Education Center at the Gibsons Public Market. Make a pledge to our oceans and take a closer look at the wildlife that is at risk locally.
If you are interested in being involved in the 2018 Rainforest Circus Submerged, production or performer, join us today at the Art Farm 1-3pm . . . #rainforestcircus #participate
Presenting..... 2018’s Rainforest Circus Production Submerged! July 27-29 on the Sunshine Coast & August 10-12 in Sointula! CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS- This is an exciting opportunity for children and adults who are interested in performing or pricing production assistance. For more information visit our website or contact email@example.com
Love and warmth to all our relations. We all have (almost) made it through another winter on the Sunshine Coast. We look forward to seeing you all in the social half of the year! It is near!
“I feel as if I came down off a ladder here” “Since the diagnosis my social life has pretty much dropped” “Sometimes I get stuck, but that is just me” “I hear from others that I’m crazy” Since embarking on the incredible journey that is Raising The Curtain: on the lived experience of Dementia, we have heard some pretty illuminating, heartrenching, and insightful quotes from our participants. Today the last day of January (Alzheimer’s Awareness Month) coincides with #bellletstalk about mental health and we want to acknowledge all the incredible people and organizations working towards a more compassionate world for those who deal with mental health at any point in their lives.
One of our favourite moments from the Underworld Circus. . . . . #rainforestcircus #rainforestcircustheunderworld
Engaging the children in art and magic ✨
The audience descends into the Rainforest Circus experience! This year there will be a Rainforest Circus Production! We have taken a couple years off to reimagine a circus that involves more of YOU! As well as a local production we will be collaborating with some fine folks in Sointula BC to bring you 2018’s Rainforest Circus Tour: Submerged . . . . #outdoorperformanceart #outdoortheatre #rainforestcircus
Thank you @vancouverfoundation for featuring Raising The Curtain in their quarterly magazine. View full article https://www.vancouverfoundation.ca/about-us/publications/vancouver-foundation-magazine/vancouver-foundation-magazine-fall-2017
Join our mailing list now and see Our Year In Review! What an honour and privilege to share so many special moments of creativity and connection with you all! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #communitybuilding #communityengagedartspractise #sunshinecoastartcrawl #resurgence #2017
Join us tomorrow 4-6pm for a festive drink and social at Persephone!
With every project we learn more and more about what it takes to collaborate. This project has pushed us further than ever. We have spent the past three months collaborating with a group of researchers, learning to speak each other’s languages & with a group of people living with the experience of dementia, something so outside of our realm of understanding. Everything from concept design and execution involved all three parties, and that is no simple task. We can feel the resistance , the force required to break new ground. It has made for an incredibly meaningful project, and this is just the beginning! Laid out in this image are quotes from participants discussing the experience of receiving the diagnosis. Later these words were used to guide us in our mark making activity.
Welcome to the Art Farm! Costumes, sculptures, puppets oh my!
Creative community building ... building a creative community ... building community creatively? This photo is from Art Crawl 2014 when we featured our property and three local up and coming artists. We love creating opportunities for youth to explore their creativity and share their work with the community. I’m our nine years operating we have seen children in our summer camps become engaged youth, passionate summer students, and active adults in the community. It is a blessing to witness these people unfold. It is in our programming to inspire and empower the soon to be’s in our community. This is, in part, what we mean when we say ‘building a creative community.’ Thanks for listening! . . . . #creativecommunitybuilding #buildingcreativecommunity #youthempowerment #sunshinecoastartcrawl
What a gorgeous Fall it has been on the Sunshine Coast!
We like to hide unexpected items (and people?), bring you into the forest, and let you explore with heightened senses... this has been the basis of a lot of our projects. As we grow older our thoughts and endless lists of tasks blind us from experiencing the full magnitude of what surrounds us. There is much to be awe struck by but we are too busy. . . . . #natureart #salmon #submerged #rainforestcircus #lookaroundyou #looktothechildren
We are well into our weekly Monday workshops with community members living with the early stages of dementia. The work that we do is not so simply quantifiable and it has been a challenge navigating the sensitive nature of the subject whilst collecting useful data. Everyone involved from researcher, participants with the lived experience of dementia, therapeutic rec managers, artists and staff have opened up their hearts and souls in the pursuit of success in this project. It is not an easy research subject, but that is why it is so rarely studied, and why we do not see enough of it in the health care system. We are forging a path of meaningful collaboration which we hope will improve many individuals end of life experience. The woman working on this piece said it was about her dying body which now contained only love and light. The selected title was ‘I’m almost happier now than I used to be.’ . . . . . #thelivedexperienceofdementia #raisingthecurtain #endoflifecare #artinrecreationtherapy #collaboration #communityengagedartspractise #ceap #artbasedparticipatoryresearch
Adding layers as we shed them. We are learning a lot about ourselves in this journey, and about you also. Thanks for everyone’s bravery.
We are going full force right now. Raising The Curtain has been such learning experience thus far as we navigate working together with a research team and individual experiencing early stages of dementia. Tomorrow we are back into creation mode for Resugence Project, our Art Crawl piece. Thankful for the solace of @fuseworkhub #coworkingspace
Last winter we started on a journey exploring the theme Resurgence with the participation of indigenous and non indigenous local artists, youth, and elders. The process has reiterated for us the importance of our mandates to make art that goes back to earth, tell our personal stories, and empower others to engage in creative acts. We participated in powerful workshops led by the organization Indigeneyez and Ecko Aleck, ran youth-facilitated outdoor art classes, and the final exploration of Resurgence will be revealed during the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
This time last year we were being cheeky along the foreshore. Stay tuned for more info on our 2017 Art Crawl happenings! . . . . . #natureart #installationart #forshoreforsale #theforeshoreproject
Working with youth is so inspiring! Their creative minds and drive to learn reminds us why we do what we do. These children go on to be creative youth and then creative adults in our community. . . . #creativecommunitybuilding #buildingthecrestivecommunity #communityengagedartspractise #foreshoreproject #dcafsummercamp
We had our first week with all our participants of Raising The Curtain, including the artist and research teams. We are feeling an overwhelming sense of purpose as we so clearly see the need for this project in our communities. As one of our participants put it, there is a demographic tsunami on its way. The sooner we learn to accept, integrate and connect with our elders the better off we all will be. Follow along for more pearls of wisdom from #raisingthecurtain⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #raisingthecurtainonthelivedexperienceofdementia #dementiaresearch #communityengagedartspractise #artbasedresearch #participatoryresearch
Thanks to everyone who has been working so hard to make this project come to fruition. It's already been such a rewarding process. #raisingthecurtain
Rainforest Circus audience 2015. Luring the community into the woods for theatre, acrobatics, social commentary, and other peculiar happenings. . . . . #rainforestcircus
What a year it has been! This photo is from one snowy day this winter when we partnered up with @indigeneyez for a workshop on the art farm. We had such a beautifully grounding day. Our ongoing project Resurgance is focusing on our relationship with the land and the indigenous people of Sechelt and Squamish nations. We are bringing together local aboriginal and non aboriginal artists for a collaboration in the week leading up to the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl.
Love a Soames hike on a beautiful clear day in Gibsons.
Soon we will be in action mode on the project Raising The Curtain. The language surrounding this project is a bit of a mouth full so expect some lengthy captions! We call this project arts based participatory research on the lived experience of dementia. It is a collaboration between a research team at Douglas Collage, deer crossing the art farm, and Christiansen Village. Some of the reasons behind doing this work include decreasing stigma of dementia so individuals and families can be more comfortable in the community, learning from and sharing the voice of individuals with the lived experience of dementia, and influencing policy in regards to end of life care. Follow our journey #raisingthecurtain
Acro with Pan during our Circus Camp! Such fun!
Classic art farm masks! Masks have an incredible ability to alter our way of being in the world and give us the freedom to express our many characters.
Join Sandy at @artsbuilding Friday 9:30 - 11am for Little Hands drop in program. Creative play, chats, coffee and snacks. $5 drop in fee.
A highlight of The Foreshore Project was this guerilla art piece made one evening in lower Gibsons. After one of our large scale sculptures was crushed in transit, we had to accept the theme of impermanence. From devastated to determined, we created this piece along the shore and proceeded to watch a single tide return each shell to it's perfect chaos.
One of our all time favourite circus photos from Rainforest Circus: Game of Chance shot by the talented Grant Simmons. We are curious ... which was your favourite Rainforest Circus?
Throw back to last year's Rainforest Circus flash mob in Lower Gibsons. We have had quite a journey working on this Submerged theme and cannot wait to share with you next year!
It is important to us that our projects are intergenerational. It is becoming a normal process to create with children, but stay tuned as we integrate more work with local elders of the community.
Submerged... we had such a great time exploring this theme with our community and communities over seas.
Enjoy the (hazey) long weekend! Thinking of all affected by the BC wildfires.
We are back from an incredible whirlwind of an adventure! Thank you to all who contributed to and participated in the 2017 Rainforest Circus Collaborative Tour.
The Rainforest Circus is spreading!
The Rainforest Circus is off on another adventure! This week Sointula!
Still enjoying the left over art around the farm from our summer solstice party.
All set up at @gpagart for the Gibsons Pavillion show.
Yesterday was magical ✨
Thanks for all the help to make yesterday happen! Happy solstice!
Enjoy the farm tomorrow. You are given permission to slow down and enjoy