Surrey Muse At Large is commencing it’s first session in January, with regular programming from February to June 2017, in partnership with Virginia Gillespie’s VG Playroom at Alexandra Neighbourhood House.
Surrey Muse At Large is an attempt to take a shorter form of Surrey Muse programming out of libraries and into communities that may not be able to otherwise access it. The concept is two-fold: to provide an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation stage with a discussion component to the local community of writers, readers and performers; and, to provide it long enough so that the possibility of emerging localized presentation groups becomes stronger. As well, the concept benefits presenting poets, authors, artists and performers by opening new audiences and communities to their work.
SMAL at Camp Alexandra will be of two hour duration, with shorter presentation and discussion time slots but ample Open Mic. We’ll be engaged at the location from November, and before beginning regular SMAL programming in February, we’ll launch a couple of poetry books by local authors in January, introduce SMAL, and get input from the participants. At the end of the June gathering, the local group may decide to continue in their favored ways.
We are privileged to be working with Virginia Gillespie, who, among other things, is passionate about combining word, sound and image- she had been working on different projects to bring various forms and expressions together, and having SMAL at Camp A is a step in her continuing journey. Through VG PlayRoom, Virginia offers a larger vision in community building and organizing, of which, this year, SMAL is a part. Surrey Muse has supported VG PlayRoom to apply for a cultural grant from City of Surrey to help engage Surrey’s diverse arts communities. As well, we share Virginia’s desire to re-vitalize the Camp A community by generating regular art and literary activities at that historic location.
SMAL is one of the two projects that Surrey Muse had initiated in 2016 to celebrate our Fifth Anniversary this month. The other project was the July-October trial run of Surrey Muse Writers to determine if there was need for a drop-in critique group for writers in Surrey. Surrey Muse Writers will continue once-a-month on regular basis from Spring 2017.
Details will be posted here
Coordinator, Surrey Muse