A Relay on the river: Relay of Voices group stops in Bemidji to learn about the Mississippi

Written By: Annalise Braught | Jul 11th 2019 – 3pm BEMIDJI — Relay of Voices made a stop at Paul Bunyan Park on Thursday to visit with local officials and members of the community with the goal of learning about the impact the Mississippi River has on the Bemidji area.  Relay of Voices is a program spearheaded by Victoria Bradford Styrbicki, executive and artistic director of A House Unbuilt based in Louisiana.  Styrbicki is working with community members in 104 towns along the 2,400-mile stretch of the Mississippi River to select people in each of those towns to visit with and shadow for …

Love the Mississippi River?

by Lynn Mizner A Relay of Voices is looking for area runners, cyclists, paddlers, and even walkers to participate in this relay movement on the Aitkin leg of the run along the Mississippi River this July 20-21. The run is organized by artist and athlete Victoria Bradford Styrbicki. To learn more about the event, see the May 15, 2018 Aitkin Independent Age article previewing the relay. Interested parties can contact victoria@ahouseunbuilt.com for more information. Link to original content.

The Adventure Podcast

by Kraig Becker After taking a week off for travel and other projects, The Adventure Podcast returns this week with an all new episode. The last time we recorded a show was just before the big summit push on Everest and the other Himalayan peaks, and in that episode we warned listeners that things could be a bit dicey. Little did we know that it would turn out to be one of the deadliest years in the history of the mountain, with traffic jams and other challenges making things difficult. That prompted our main topic this week, which is examining ways …

Brainerd Riverfront

CALLING ALL RUNNERS, WALKERS, BIKERS, AND PADDLERS! Join us on July 22-23rd for river-related opportunities. Join us on July 22nd from 5:30-7:30 for a community potluck, local music, and an opportunity to gather along the Mississippi (Rice Lake) at at the pavilion at Lum Park. Are you a runner, walker, biker, or paddler? Help send off Relay on the morning of July 23rd as she travels to Little Falls. Want to join? You’re welcome to participate! Relay of Voices (Relay), a four-month long expedition from the Headwaters to the Mouth of the Mississippi River, makes its way through Brainerd on July 22, 2019. Spearheaded …

Adventure Blog

Artist Plans to Travel the Length of the Mississippi River to Connect Communities by Kraig Becker A Louisiana-based artist has big plans for the summer ahead. Victoria Bradford Styrbicki has announced an ambitious and unique new project that seeks to connect more than a hundred communities located along the Mississippi River as she spends July through November traveling its length. The journey will cover 2400 miles (3862 km) from source to sea as Styrbicki goes in search of the “voice” of those communities as it exists in the 21st century. Dubbed Relay of Voices, the project will begin at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and …

KPLC-TV

Artist Victoria Bradford “running home” to discuss Relay of Voices: The Great River Run By Theresa Schmidt| October 31, 2018 at 5:43 PM CDT – Updated November 1 at 11:02 AM  LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – A local artist who made quite a name for herself ten years ago with a group called “Poor Pony” and an event called Pony Fest is returning to Lake Charles for a special night. Victoria Bradford is visiting from Chicago to share details of her latest project. Relay of voices: The Great River Run. They were Halloweens of a decade ago when Bradford and friends filled the …

Windy City Times

SUMMER DANCE SPECIAL Unusual offerings heat up summer by Joanna Furnans Dance this summer starts with a bang and ends with a slow, satisfying burn. Front load your dance card in June, take a beach break in July and return for some glitz, glamour and guts in August. Here are the top picks for Chicago dance this season: —The Pivot Arts Festival on Chicago’s North Side returns for its sixth season with a stellar lineup of local and visiting dancer/performers. First, catch Corey Smith’s “The New Prairie School at the Colvin House” ( Saturday, June 2, 7 p.m.; Sun. June …

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 …

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 …