26 Feb

R2R24 Preliminary Information

At this year’s biennial conference, we have an opportunity to explore our differences together, engage in methods of participatory leadership to support our dialogue AND use our collective wisdom towards collective action whether as an organization, community, or individual.

More to come on the concept of The Rural Assembly – a powerful platform to truly welcome all voices.

We are excited to share that R2R24 is returning to the Blyth Memorial Community Hall from October 16 – 18, 2024. Tickets will be available in early spring.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for R2R24, reach out to Peter Smith at peter@ruralcreativity.org.

15 Jun

Support the Spirit of CCRC

THE SPIRIT OF THE CCRC is an energy that brings people together who mightn’t ever come together. It is about sharing an idea – something that is working in one rural community that could also work in another rural community. It is an energy inside a gathering place, where dialogue can develop into a path forward, where meaningful participation can wind up with us working together to leave the campsite better than we found it.

In supporting the CCRC you are supporting an organization that explores where rural is at today and, as importantly, where rural will be tomorrow.

Please visit: https://www.ruralcreativity.org/donate-today/

05 Jun

Welcome Summer Students Shree & Meagan!

A big welcome to summer students Shreeansha Bhattarai and Meagan Downes!

Shree joins us as our Marketing Assistant this summer. We look forward to having Shree share online what’s been happening at the CCRC – what’s in the works and to highlight some of the incredible content and people from past conferences. Shree shares with us:

“I am a third-year student at UofT. I am excited to be part of this team as I really resonate with CCRC’s objective in giving voices to great minds. A small fun fact about me is that I am the color pink.”

Meagan joins us as our Creative Assistant to support the development of the Grand River Community Play Project. Meagan will work alongside Pete Smith in bringing together the people, stories, and spirit of the Grand River which will culminate into a community play in August 2024. Meagan shares:

“I am a theatre studies major at the University of Guelph in my final semester of studies. I have a passion for writing, theatre, and trees! I am so excited to be joining this project and can’t wait to see what this summer brings.”

02 May

We’re hiring this summer! Job details here.

The CCRC is hiring a Creative Assistant and a Marketing Assistant. These positions are funded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program (eligibility for youth between the ages of 15 – 30 years).

The positions are 8 weeks in length, full-time and virtual. The deadline to apply is May 17th with a start date of June 1st.

Learn more and apply today:

Creative Assistant
Marketing Assistant

Submit applications to Peter Smith at peter@ruralcreativity.org

01 May

What’s new with the Grand River Community Play Project


is building toward a presentation of stories that will run the 310-kilometre length of the Grand River by August 2024.

The project is the story of the River, created and developed by the people of the River, and ultimately told to those who are engaged and impacted by the River. It is a coming together of stories and, as importantly, a coming together of people along the length of this magnificent waterway. It also creates room for the River to speak for herself.

We continue to connect with communities up and down the Grand in story circles, in song, in quilting, photography, poetry, theatre, mapping and workshops.

The project is inclusive, and anyone who wants to participate can do just that. We invite you to get in touch with us.

The project is being produced by the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity – where we strive to establish an inclusive gathering place, a place for creativity and meaningful participation.

For more information, click here.
To get involved contact: Pete Smith, peter@ruralcreativity.org

09 Nov


The Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity in association with Six Nations Tourism, the Two Row Wampum, Six Nations Polytechnic, RTO4, and the City of Waterloo, invite you to two unique presentations – one held at Six Nations and the other in the city of Waterloo.

WHERE: Chiefswood Park – 1037 Brand County Hwy. 54, Osweken, Ontario
WHEN: November 12, and 13th, 2022
TIME: 4.15pm-6.30pm

The presentation begins just before sunset on both days – with a Thanksgiving under the trees followed by a walk of the Park with stops along the way for stories/poems/songs. The journey concludes at the Six Nations Tourism Office with a light snack, and an interactive art experience with the Dragonfly installation. That’s followed by a discussion as to next steps for the Grand River Community Play being built for the summer of 2024 – a presentation that will run the length of the River.

WHERE: Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill – Caroline St N, Waterloo, Ontario
WHEN: November 19, and 20th, 2022
TIME: 3pm – 5.30pm

The presentation begins at 3pm both days with a water ceremony on Laurel Creek and is followed by stories/poems/songs. We will be led by music and enter the Grist Mill to experience the interactive Dragonfly installation. There will be a light snack and a discussion as to next steps for the Grand River Community Play that will be happening in the summer of 2024 – a presentation that will run the length of the River.

For more information: peter@ruralcreativity.org