Nuit Blanche: Tweets for Birds

Tweet for Birds, Butterflies and Bees: One Path W-O-M-A-N
A Nuit Blanche Project

Prepared for: Spadina House, and Nuit Blanche
Prepared by: Jane Burns, and Laura Burns, artists collaborating for Nuit Blanche 2018

Tweet for Birds was on display at Spadina Museum during Nuit Blanche September 29th, 2018, 7pm to 7am from the heritage garden (behind the mansion).

Works on display included the following:

Artist Statement

Tweet for Birds by Jane Burns and Laura Burns

Tweet for Birds is an installation of artwork, photos, poetry, and interactive social media by mother and daughter Jane Burns and Laura Burns. It will be exhibited inside Spadina Museum. This installation will draw attention to the City of Toronto’s policy to enhance its natural pathways through parks, and green areas offering greater habit for wildlife. Toronto is now designated as “Bee City”, meaning that it is planting native wildflowers to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This helps our environment because these species all help pollinate plants, including the food we eat. Jane’s works of art are painted onto handmade Japanese washi paper.

Laura’s poems, and photographs will be installed with Jane’s paintings in the east facing sunroom windows, at the back of Spadina Museum.

Artist Biographies

Laura Burns is a singer, songwriter, published poet, and emerging photographer. Laura sang before an audience of more than 10,000 people in the New Years Eve gospel event Open Heavens at the International Center Mississauga. She sang in a gospel choir for the White House Day of Prayer 2016. Laura’s poetry has been published in 3 multicultural anthologies called Variety Crossing, in Waterfront Magazine, and in several other publications. Laura has helped organise many multicultural community arts events.

Jane Burns is an established visual artist celebrating 30 years of exhibitions. She has shown her work in both commercial, and museum galleries in Canada and the United States. Jane’s paintings were recently selected for the art collection at Juravinski Cancer Hospital foundation. Her work was also shown in a group collective at the AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. And, the exhibition was in the New York Times, best shows in Brooklyn. “I am inspired by the energy, ingenuity, agility, endurance, and adaptability of the flying creatures we have observed, particularly birds. Birds have survived on our planet for millions of years. They endure long distance migrations.

Social Media

Additional info, art, poetry and music is available on the following Social Media platforms:

  • Twitter: @LauraJBurnsChri, @nbTO18, @SpadinaMuseum @onepathToronto
  • Facebook: and