Standing In Jackson Creek, in Rubber Boots

Esther Vincent's “Going Down to Jackson” project, for Artsweek, celebrates community, arts and the soul of place

Jocasta Boone

Where does the Place and Creativity circle of Peterborough Dialogues meet? Last week the answer was: in the middle of Jackson Creek, in rubber boots, with local artist Esther Vincent.

Esther photographed a playful and reflective circle of us for her upcoming Artsweek Peterborough exhibition “Going Down to Jackson,” a celebration of the place of the creek in the life of the community. She was in the midst of about 40 photo shoots of groups and individuals, who all picked favourite spots in the creek — from places they played as children and families, to meditation spots, to the area of Jackson Park threatened by The Parkway, to natural spaces in the heart of downtown.

The project has turned out to be a beautiful example of arts expressing longings and intentions that are too multi-layered to put into words — at the convergence of community, creativity and connection to place. Response to the invitation to be photographed in the creek was so enthusiastic that bookings had to be closed after just a few days. Esther’s completed photo exhibit will be projected on the exterior walls of downtown buildings throughout Artsweek, from September 18 to 27.

Peterborough Dialogues interviewed Esther about the project, in the middle of the creek. See the short video below:

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Jackson Creek is one of the themes that runs through this year’s Artsweek. Other events on the creek include an experiential creative workshop, Weaving Our Stories on the Water’s Edge, led by artists and Peterborough Dialoguers Deb Reynolds, Jovanna Soligo and Luke LeeBurton from 1-3 pm on Saturday, September 19; a related community ceremony on Sunday, September 20; and a walking tour, also on Sunday.

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  1. HI Ben. You may already know about The Great Lakes Protection Act, passed last fall, but just in case you aren’t, here is a summary. It is designed to protect the entire Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River Basin. This includes the Kawartha and Otonabe systems all the way to their headwaters. If Jackson Creek is connected to the Otonabee River, it should fall under provincial protection which guarantees the quality and quantity of the water. It also protects the aquatic and shore life. If you want to know more, I may be able to help, but CELA and Environmental Defense were the lead organizations in the consortium that helped to frame it. The Guardians Council has been appointed, but I don’t know who they are. The minister has been very parsimonious in his answers to my follow up questions. The act may support you in protecting Jackson Creek
    Frank Smith
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