Ice Follies is a Festival that celebrates art by presenting a series of arts installations on Lake Nipissing. Over the past decade Ice Follies has become a signature event for both North Bay, and the North-Eastern region as a whole. Ice Follies appears to the visitor as a strange assemblage of dwellings and structures placed across the ice along North Bay’s waterfront. This eccentric community of artworks and architectural creations echo the community of ice fishing shacks found elsewhere on the lake. Ice Follies 2012 will be the fifth biennial of site specific multi-disciplinary artwork to take place on Lake Nipissing.
This year’s title “Anaamimikom” meaning “Under the Surface” or “Sous la surface” was chosen because it represents the efforts behind the scenes to make Ice Follies 2012 more community oriented and engaging. With artists travelling from across the country to work alongside of local artists, community members and coordinators we hope to present a unique arts experience on Lake Nipissing that everyone can enjoy.
In 2011 the creator of Ice Follies, Dermot Wilson, passed the torch of this event onto local arts groups and stepped down as lead curator and administrator. As a result Ice Follies 2012 is the first event co-produced by the White Water Gallery, Near North Mobile Media Lab and Aanmitaagzi. These visual, media and community arts groups have formed a partnership to support the artistic vision of Ice Follies and ensure its continued success in future years.
Within theIce Follies festival, Aanmitaagzi also presented a community engaged component of its Dances of Resistance project. Aanmitaagzi with invited environmental artist Laura Hale held a week of open studio workshops culminating in a community engaged winter event. Our community engaged event was created with the participation of over 45 community members and attended by over 160 audience members.