As an artist who reflects a great deal on community development, one of my own concerns is how to collaborate with people who don’t normally engage in the arts and work together to make art that reflects the whole community’s common interests. Living in Mill Woods also demands addressing issues of cultural diversity and how we bring artists from different ethnic backgrounds together to collaborate on common issues that we all face as human beings.
If you are a creative person that wants to help encourage others to participate in sharing the beauty of our community and have interesting ideas for how to bring neighbours together to celebrate our rich ethnic and cultural diversity, then please come to the first meeting of Mill Woods artists. This meeting will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM in the Program Room of the Mill Woods Branch of the Edmonton Public Library. If you would like more information regarding this exciting new initiative please call me, Rod Loyola, at 780-293-8496.
One last thought I would like to share is that when people think of an artist they often think of someone who is professionally trained; however, I can say that after having completed an album and having preformed across the province and the country, I have never been formally trained. Music and writing come from my soul and I know that there are many out in the Mill Woods community who share the same passion as me and have never been formally trained. Anyone who is creative and and interested in contributing to their community is welcomed to join this initiative, let’s come together as people who are expressive in all media – words, visual images, music, and dance and let’s continue building the wonderful community that Mill Woods always strives to be.