Letters Home: Social Media Project

August 24, 2015 – September 30, 2015

Letters Home: Social Media Project
September 1 to 30, 2015


In celebration of September’s Carnegie Days, an annual festival of art and language coinciding with Barrie’s Culture Days, the MacLaren Art Centre invites youth and adults to create a letter home in the form of a tweet, inspired by this year’s theme, Life Stories. Your letter could share personal and family narratives illustrated with self-portraits, family photos, and heirlooms.

Need inspiration? Check out Once in a Lifetime: Portraits by Michael Merrill, from September 5 to October 12, and Artists at Riverside Studio, from July 9 to October 25, to view expressive portraits and visions of home.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Submitting your Letter Home
Share your 140 character letter with us via FacebookInstagramTwitter or in person at the Gallery until September 27, 2015. Letters should be appropriate for audiences of all ages.* Responses will be posted on MacLaren social media pages and at the Gallery during Carnegie Days, September 24 to 27, 2015.

Dear Ma: Since I left home I get jitters like the jitterbug. Stunted growth, my foot: Shoulda let me drink coffee before I turned twelve.
Dear Son: Here, in the real world, if you don’t draw a line, the line draws you.

Hey teachers: this is an excellent warm-up exercise to get the school year off to a great start. Share this with your students and bring your class to the Gallery. Tours are free and Gallery admission is by voluntary donation. Just book in advance with Christina Mancuso, Education Officer, at christina@maclarenart.com

The MacLaren Art Centre looks forward to sharing your letters home!

*We cannot include texts that violate the Canadian Human Rights act, commit libel or slander, give out personal information, or include profanity.

To view the Call for Submissions poster for Letters Home, see the attached document below.


One observes the sprawl, slow and steady. The other has need for open space. Traces of us scatter the land, soon to be overgrown. 
– Renée van der Avoird

Dearest unknown family,

I love you unconditionally. Grandfolks, mum and great aunties. These rips will never bother me.
Fondest wishes, unborn T.
– Tyler Durbano

Call for Submissions – Letters Home Social Media Project