Thinking Rock Community Arts is Cultivating Joy and Harvesting Beauty


Thinking Rock Community Arts is an emerging social enterprise that is supporting communities along the North Shore of the Algoma District to build and engage to co-create artistic projects. Thinking Rock uses oral history, storytelling, theatre and visual art to unearth and celebrate stories of the North.

Thinking Rock is the brainchild of Northern Ontarian, Robin Sutherland, who has spent the past few years in Toronto perfecting her skills in community mobilization through the arts. She brings back with her knowledge and connections to movers and shakers such as the Centre for Social InnovationYouth Social Infrastructure Collaborative, Arts Network for Children and Youth and Jumblies Theatre.

Recent projects that Thinking Rock has undertaken in Algoma include the Rivers Speak Oral History Project (in partnership with the Mississauga First Nation) and the Faces of the Soup Kitchen event held in Sault Ste. Marie, where Thinking Rock facilitated programming and participated as a member of the project team. Currently, Robin is leading the development of a Youth Social Infrastructure Collaborative right here in our backyard, with support from local change-makers including Ears and Eyes' very own Captain and First Mate.

In March, Robin has invited her old friends from Jumblies Theatre to co-facilitate a three day workshop that explores the principles and teaches the practices used to engage communities through the arts. Sign up now so you can personally high-five Robin for being so damn awesome.

Thinking Rock, Ears and Eyes salutes you!

The Art of Community is a three day workshop held at 180 Projects from March 28th - 30th. For more information contact Robin at