Today was another avalanche of people into Jugglers Art Space – this time at The Shed. All day long the hum of happiness in making stuff and having hands in paint and not on tablets floated in the air. Under Jess Row’s talented arts administration skills, workshop coordinators facilitated sand blasting glasses and coasters, built paint rolling robots and made fly-able kites. A clown made balloon dogs, his partner painted faces, CIRCA led the hoop tricks and Char and Lois helped a whole host of people make little coasters which will find their way into boxes under beds for the next 20 years. As I walked around today the thing that struck me was the wonder of all this concentrated making. Someone said recently that creativity is a given for humans, we just need to let it out in our making. Here it was in community, an engaging joy unaware of wars or war rumours, of climate change and all the impending doom that some of us serious types get edgy about. The sense of sheer goodness and fun in a kind of day long meditation was a spirit lifter.
The contrast with the theatrical over running of 103 Brunswick Street on Monday and Tuesday this week is a dark and light one but both fulfilled the mission of Jugglers to “facilitate the healthy growth of the core creative human spirit. ” Noisy or quiet, disruptive or gentle, self-determined or other- directed – Jugglers very simple big picture is still alive and the returns to my soul via a few reflective filters are uplifting and full of hope.