thinking rock is the organization behind the rivers speak community play & Evolving Gallery. 

Based in Thessalon, we create art with and for the people living along the North Shore of Lake Huron, from Genaabaajing (Serpent River First Nation) to Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie) and all points in between.

Through our free, multidisciplinary artistic programming we invite people of all Nations, ages, abilities and backgrounds to join us in playing, making and dreaming about this special place we call home – as it was, as it is, and as it might be.

Our artistic team represents professional established and emerging rural artists of Indigenous, Metis and Settler descent who share a burning desire to explore how we can together begin to create spaces for dialogue and mutual understanding through multidisciplinary, multi-generational, cross-cultural community-engaged art projects.

what we believe for our communities.

We believe that if Central Algomans of Indigenous and Settler descent co-create community arts projects and presentations, then we will build relationships across cultures and communities and opportunities to live, work and play in the arts will increase across the region.  Ultimately this will lead to more inclusive, vibrant and resilient communities across Algoma.

about community arts

Community Arts activities involve professional artists and community members working together to develop and design a creative experience.

This practice is an established, socially-minded approach to art-making that puts as much focus on the creative process as the end product. 

It provides new ways for people to come together across perceived barriers and social divisions; allows communities to tell their own stories in their own voices; and offers access to creative expression and artmaking for all.

everyone is welcome!