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Walking, creativity go hand in hand: Kenney

By Roberta Bell, Orillia Packet & Times

Ramara-based writer and filmmaker Sue Kenney, pictured on the Lightfoot Trail in Orillia Sunday afternoon, is starting a foundation to provide artists with an opportunity to explore their art through walking, called Vision One Walk. Vision One Walk will provide artists with the opportunity to embark upon pilgrimages with compensation.

Ramara-based writer and filmmaker Sue Kenney, pictured on the Lightfoot Trail in Orillia Sunday afternoon, is starting a foundation to provide artists with an opportunity to explore their art through walking, called Vision One Walk. Vision One Walk will provide artists with the opportunity to embark upon pilgrimages with compensation.

The first time Sue Kenney walked the 780-kilometre Camino de Santiago trail through northern Spain was 11 years ago.

She’s done it nine times since.

“Every time I come back, I embark upon a creative endeavour,” said the Ramara-based writer and filmmaker, who now considers walking to be integral to her creative process.

“Walking gives us an opportunity to pause,” she said. “We let go of some of the thoughts that are holding us back from going to the next level.”

Kenney wants to encourage other creative types to explore their art through walking.

That’s why she’s starting Vision One Walk, a foundation to provide artists with the opportunity to embark upon pilgrimages with compensation.

“We might pay them in product, service, mentorship or money,” said Kenney, noting the foundation also aims to, at minimum, partially cover the costs associated with the artistic expeditions.

In its initial stages, Vision One Walk will be funded through an online campaign at www.indiegogo.com/visiononewalk. Donations start at $10 and can be made up until Oct. 15.

“We know there’s a coalition between walking and creativity,” Kenney said. “If we could get artists out walking and pay them, they would be more creative in the work that they do.”

Successful artists from Beethoven to Steve Jobs have associated walking with getting their creative juices flowing, Kenney said.

To raise awareness about Vision One Walk, Kenney will be walking a 425-kilometre stretch of the Bruce Trail between Tobermory and Collingwood barefoot with painter and potter Amanda Stillemunkes.

The pilgrimage will take 20 days, starting on Sept. 9 and finishing on Sept. 29 to coincide with Culture Days events across the country.

Kenney is inviting any interested artists to join in along the way.

“We’re just really, really excited about getting out there and walking,” she said.


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