Dedicated to building community through music, dance, art and heritage craft traditions
Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the celebration, sharing, and learning of traditional music, dance, arts, and heritage craft. Since 2004, AlgomaTrad has produced over 300 programs and events, including community dances, concerts, workshops, festivals, and its annual Family Camp, while hosting over 200 nationally and internationally renowned performers, artists, and mentors. We are currently developing the year-round, environmentally sustainable AlgomaTrad Centre on St. Joseph Island.
AlgomaTrad Community Colours Table Runner Project
AlgomaTrad is calling for participants of all ages and experience levels to help co-create table runners. We provide the kits and each participant creates one square which will then be collected and sewn into giant, unique, and beautiful table runners for AlgomaTrad’s culminating “Community Colours Dye Garden Project” Celebration on Saturday, October 30th. AlgomaTrad acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for this project.
Since Summer 2019, we’ve been working with artists Miranda Bouchard, Tuija Hansen, and community volunteers, including the St. Joseph Island Horticultural Society, to establish a natural dye garden at the AlgomaTrad site. We’ve also been dyeing fabrics and fibres using plants from the garden itself, the land around the Centre and the kitchens. Making and sharing meals together is one big part of how we create community and belonging at AlgomaTrad. Our shared lunches and dinners are a place where we come together over food, talk about our days and lives, and get to know each other. These giant table runners with handmade samplers will decorate our dining hall with the creativity and care of many hearts and hands, and bring the colours of the land in.
In the kit you’ll find: embroidery floss, bits of naturally-dyed fabric and yarns, an embroidery needle, a wool square, a pencil and a square of paper, a stitch guide (with a picture of a sampler on the other side), and instructions!