Close Out The Summer With A Bang At Bloomfield House

By Jessica Faught

(WINDSOR, ON) – Well, Bloomfield House is sure to wrap-up their summertime events with a bang, and a talent-filled line-up including Kayyce Closed, Amira, Brigham Bartol, the Bloomfield House Choir, the Bloomfield House Drummers, Spoken Word Poetry, Belly Dancing, visual arts, yours truly, and more on August 23 at Mackenzie Hall, starting at 1:00 pm.

Kayyce Closed released his first ever solo mix CD, This Is What I Do, in 2010 and then his first solo album, Because I Can, in 2015. Kayyce is looked up to by many artists in the local scene and has been awarded Best Lyricist by the Windsor Hip Hop awards.

Brigham Bartol is a songwriter, performer, and music instructor, who has been playing and teaching in Windsor for the past six years. He’s primarily a guitarist and singer spanning a range of styles from jazz and blues to folk and pop.

As a spoken word artist, Teajai Travis has travelled across the country performing and facilitating poetry workshops. He is the chair of the Windsor Youth Centre and the founder of the arts-based community centre, the Bloomfield House.

Currently, Teajai is the residents spoken word facilitator at the Windsor Youth Centre and the drum circle facilitator at the Bloomfield House.

“Art is a form of expression that grows inside and around every living being,” Travis said. “Our task, as human beings, is to discover this form of expression and to utilize it for the greatest good of the environment and all that are one with it.”

Also this coming Sunday, Bloomfield House will be concluding the monthly Art Explosion for the season, however their many regularly scheduled programming will continue, such as guitar lessons for every learning level, the Bloomfield House Choir on Sundays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and the new youth choir scheduled to start September 6. As well, art classes will be held every Friday at 6:00 pm.

All of the programs take place in Sandwich Teen Action Centre, located at 3735 King.

Art Explosion has been a joint venture between Mackenzie Hall and the Bloomfield House directed by Sherry Campeau.

Sherry Campeau has a passion for merging Art, mental health and wellness. She is a Featured Artist on Glossom.com and has exhibited her photography locally and internationally.

As an OCT certified art teacher for the past four years, she collaborates with teachers and staff to educate students, in her position as Artist Educator in the Learning and Living Through the Arts Program, connecting with troubled youth and developmentally delayed adults in community organizations across the region.

Recently Sherry has partnered with UNIFOR’s Windsor Regional Environment Council on the Ontario Arts Council’s Artist in the Community Workplace Grant for a project entitled Walpole to Windsor to Pelee; Watershed Narratives. She has also partnered with, and has become an executive member of, the Bloomfield House as part of an OAC Arts Education Project Grant.

Under her direction, Living Through the Arts Windsor, in collaboration with the Bloomfield House, has been the recipient of a 2014 and 2015 Arts Heritage and Culture Grant used to help to revitalize marginalized areas in Windsor as well as a Pat on the Back Award from Windsor Essex Regional Environment Council.

Sherry is also a program coordinator with the Living Through the Arts’ Arts-Rehab Program, and entertains large projects, such as Spirit Panels for the Pan Am Games and The Tale of a Town, through her Walkerville-based studio.

Bloomfield House is thanking all the sponsors who helped to make Art Explosion very successful; Windsor Arts Council, The Royal Conservatory of Music, Ron Story, and Sandwich Teen Action Group, who provided space for the various programs.

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