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Sport and Art bring people together


At the end of our first quarter (January to March) a number of projects have been completed and started.

The Family Day Abstract Bocce Ball project was held Monday, February 13, In the Thompson Community Centre lobby. It demonstrated what happens when you add a little “art” to some of our favorite sports? You get SpArt!. Participants of all ages combined art making with the sport of bocce. Some of the works went then on display in the gymnasium.


Gaga ball is a game played by the children in the volleyball class. We painted the soles of their feet and they played the game on a large piece of paper. The large painting will be on display in the gym.


Electric fence is game that the children in the basketball class play. They also participated in sound recordings dribbling the basketballs. The two were combined in two videotapes that will play at the center.


Finally the participants in the in the adult fitness classes Ease into Fitness and the Ball Workout with their instructors agreed to work on a video of their class. Only those who agreeing to be video taped were filmed after obtaining waivers. The two videos were edited.
Photographs showing the motion of the participants were also taken.


Two interactive boards were put up. They asked about people’s favourite sport and players and what they liked most about them.


The Sporting Memories project has also started with a workshop at the Activate +55 Fair and a graphic recording was made for display.


Finally, an artist talk the Audience Participatory Theater play maladjusted was held at the Thompson Center


In closing here is a quote from a famous dancer and teacher Martha Graham that applies to both art and sport.

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist (or athlete) is (totally) pleased... There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." Martha Graham
(My additions)

Also if you ask yourself the question “Why look at ART?”
Here is site that gives you some ideas.