Arts & Creativity with Jessica Outram
Sunshine in a Jar is a labour of love. Engaging in the arts is an act of presence, mindfulness, and tuning into the self. Creativity helps us to hear our own voices and to share our voices with others. We can reconnect to the freedom of being a child again through improvisation, creative exploration, and through living our questions.
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Engaging with the metaphor “sunshine in a jar” began nearly 20 years ago when it first appeared in a poem I wrote. I continued to explore the phrase throughout my Master of Arts in Adult Education and Community Development at OISE through Arts-Informed inquiry. The metaphor still inspires me today.
I’ve been lucky to have time to pursue the things I love. I’m a playwright, director, actor, singer, publisher, reader, teacher, principal, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and poet. I am a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. I am a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario. I’m a Creativity Coach and Reiki Practitioner.
In June 2019 I was appointed Cobourg’s Poet Laureate.
For more than twenty years, I’ve worked as an educator in Ontario in both Elementary and Secondary schools. Creativity-in-community is important to me. Here are some of the local groups I’m connected to: Northumberland Players, Safe Harbour and SONG, Spirit of the Hills Arts Association, and Cobourg Poetry Workshop. For many years I was also a member of The Writers’ Community of Durham Region.