Arts and Creativity
Sunshine in a Jar is a labour of love. I want to inspire you to join me in living a more creative life. How can we use the arts to explore moments, ideas, and all things that interest us? What impact will this creative play have on our lives and experiences?
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 and creative exploration.
About Jessica Outram
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.
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.