Visit Grand Rapids

by Victoria Bradford I recently drove over 4,000 miles up and down the Mississippi River with my mother. We didn’t kill each other. In fact, I think I came to know my home so much better, as we journeyed physically toward it—en route from Minnesota to Louisiana, the state where I grew up. Along our path, we stopped in Grand Rapids, MN to connect with a group of local citizens who are invested in the river and the water issues of the area. We stopped in over 100 towns and cities, but our experience in Grand Rapids was like a …

Eudora Enterprise

Really of Voices: Artists who are part of the Great River Run will make an overnight Stop in Eudora Special to the Spectator/Enterprise The 2019 Relay of Voices: The Great River Run for six talented dancers will make an overnight stop in Eudora. Four female artists and two males, acting both as relay runners and support person­nel, are training for the approximately 3000 mile run. Victoria Bradford, a New Orleans native, made a 30 day drive on the Great River Road developing the relay. While visiting in Eudora, Bradford met with locals as she planned the route and reviewed the …

Long Overdue: Last Long Run

It’s official. The Advance Tour for #relayofvoices #thegreatriverrun is in it’s last 24 hours. A storm has been making it’s way inland from just off the coast, thwarting our plans to take a boat to the Mouth of the River today… the “3 passes” that is—that’s right, it’s a Delta, it fans out, and there is not just one way out, there are many.

Aitkin Age

Relay of voices: The Great River Run by Lynn Mizner Victoria Bradford, a self-confessed “water person”, hails from coastal Louisiana. She continues to return frequently from Chicago where she works as a choreographer with her own dance company. She uses creative movement to address social and other issues. When she took up running as a ritual practice, she realized that her practice had to be integrated into her artistic world. Last year she had the idea of running home to Louisiana. As a recent adopter of running, when she had an injury she realized it would be important to pace …

Morrison County Record

Little Falls asked to be part of ‘Relay of Voices’ as it runs the river summer 2019 by Terry Lehrke Victoria Bradford who lives in Chicago is a runner and an artist. As such, she’s been dreaming of how to bring the two together. Originally from Louisiana, Bradford has been pondering a long-distance, inclusive race, that would take her down the Mississippi River, starting at Itasca, to her Louisiana hometown of Venice. Sort of “Running Home,” she said. Along the way, her dream for herself and her five relay mates, is to stop in various towns to rest, listen to …

Morrison County Record

Organizers of the Relay of Voices Expedition to make a stop in Little Falls A House Unbuilt (AHU) announces the public launch of Relay of Voices: The Great River Run, an expedition on foot from the Headwaters to the Mouth of the Mississippi River culminating in summer/fall 2019. With outreach and investment in 100 communities along the Great River Region, six men and women will journey the 2,300-mile distance running in relay fashion over a 100-day period. They will spend their mornings running and their afternoons gathering stories from local residents in each of the river communities in which they …

How the Back Porch Sits

This past Wednesday, around 3:30pm, I headed out from Chicago toward a downstate gem—Quincy, IL. I had been invited to attend the Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) Conference being hosted there as well as present Relay to the 40+ commissioners gathering there from the 10 states touched by the Great River.

The journey starts now.

This blog is so overdue. I’ve been meaning to write something, even the start of something since last Wednesday when I was driving from work down Ashland Avenue, heading to Mana for rehearsal. Traffic was stop and go and I found myself zoning out in that way where suddenly I am thinking about something I didn’t expect at all to be in my mind! But wham! there it is and there’s a clarity to whatever it is… Like I got on the highway despite being in the very clogged rush hour city street.

Water Bar + Public Studio

ARTIST TALK + DISCUSSION WITH VICTORIA BRADFORD (RELAY OF VOICES) Join us for this Artist Talk + Discussion with Victoria Bradford – an Artist, Researcher and Athlete from coastal Louisiana who is in the process of planning Relay of Voices. Relay of Voices: The Great River Run (Relay) is a massive, integrated arts and research expedition traveling 2,300 miles of the Mississippi River on foot, to build greater connection across the regions on the great river. At this discussion at Water Bar, Victoria will share the details of her team’s planned expedition from the Headwaters to the Mouth of the Mississippi River …

3Arts

Relay of Voices: The Great River Run In a Nutshell As a native of coastal Louisiana, I have seen the region and many of its people nearly devastated by natural and manmade disasters but also resilient and powerful in the collective efforts to rebuild and restore. When I left Louisiana for Chicago, I took the passion of that community with me and it is now a major source of inspiration behind my latest project: Relay of Voices: The Great River Run (RELAY). A multifaceted, serialized performance, RELAY is designed to connect people, communities, and the nation—a curative response to the increasing isolation and …