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Myra Rasmussen



Myra is a community engaged artist, who focuses on the role of festivals and celebrations in bringing people together. Originally trained in sculpture, her interest in festival arts developed through time spent assisting in carnival and parade productions in Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Port-of-Spain, Cleveland, Toronto, and Minneapolis.

In 2008, she received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to travel to Aomori, Japan and apprentice with Master Artist Sakuryu Chiba, learning to make giant lanterns for the Aomori Nebuta Festival. She is drawn to events that showcase the compelling combination of visual arts, theatre, dance, and music, as well as the experience of creating art in community.

Since 2009, she has been based in Nelson, British Columbia, where she is the artistic director of the Polka Dot Dragon Arts Society. This organization focuses on creating multidisciplinary events that link the arts, nature, and community and produces a lantern festival each February and Remember the Dead in November.

She teaches in schools through the ArtStarts program and at the Oxygen Art Centre.