Kingston’s highly anticipated brand new Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning officially opened its doors with an open house on January 31st 2015. The centre houses 9 Kingston arts organizations: Joe’s MILL; Kingston Handloom Spinners and Weavers; Kingston Lapidary and Mineral Club; The Kingston Potters’ Guild; Kingston Arts Council; Kingston School of Dance; Creativity Studios; Modern Fuel and Theatre Kingston, and is quickly becoming an arts hub in ygk.
To celebrate this coming together of diverse cultural and artistic organizations, The City of Kingston initiated The Whole Shebang – a multidisciplinary art project led by Andrea Nann, Artistic Director of Dreamwalker Dance Company in Toronto. Nann’s process, which has been replicated in various cities including Burlington, St. Catharines and Guelph, encourages artist and non-artist communities to foster their multidisciplinary talents through collaborative and participatory artistic events. She began working with Kingston Shebang artists in the spring of 2013 with movement and dance-based exercises, and vocalization work. Public workshops were also run throughout the process, all resulting in a fabulous, lively, multisensory experience at the Tett’s Open House.
Local filmmakers Josh Lyon and Brent Nurse recently released a video documenting that inspiring day. It is thrilling to re-visit the energetic community experience that the opening of our news arts hub created. Take a few minutes to watch, and enjoy the creativity and excitement of that day.