Photo: Mike Tan, courtesy of Calgary Folk Fest
Canadians’ perceptions of Calgary have improved positively in the last five years but we still have room for improvement. Destination Canada has identified concerts, festivals, and other music events as key motivators for youth travel. In Ontario, arts and culture tourists outspend typical tourists at a rate of almost two to one. And tourists spend considerably more while attending festivals and concerts.
Based on 2015 recipients of Calgary Arts Development’s Artist Opportunity Grant.
When The Calgary Foundation hosted delegates from across Canada and beyond at the Community Foundations of Canada 2015 Conference, they wanted to welcome their guests with an event that would be memorable and show the vibrancy of our city.
What did they decide to do? They showcased arts and artists at street festival called Animate the Avenue. Delegates were invited to unleash their inhibitions and stimulate their senses at the outdoor event set up along Stephen Avenue, including dancing in the streets to the vibe of cool tunes, and a multitude of random acts of culture.
Photo: Amy Jo Espetveidt, courtesy of Calgary Arts Development
Photo: Courtesy of Genesis Centre
The Genesis Centre in Northeast Calgary opened in 2012 as a community hub for the most culturally diverse quadrant of the city. In addition to fitness, health and recreation services, the centre has also become a place where arts and culture are core activities, from spontaneous dancing that happens in the main foyer on weekdays to the transformation of the largest gymnasium into an event space that can hold up to 2,000 people for a multitude of events on weekends. The prevalence of cultural activities is not surprising with creativity as one of their core values. The Centre also provides access to a range of human and social services through 1000 Voices, a community and human services wing inside the facility. With millions of visits in its first few years, the Genesis Centre has truly become a vibrant gathering space in Calgary’s Northeast communities.
Quickdraw serves as a dynamic production and education facility, dedicated to providing artists with access to equipment, resources, and training to create their own animated productions. In addition to adult animators and film-makers, Quickdraw also serves youth through its award-winning Youth Animation Programs. Some of these programs are specifically created to help marginalized and at-risk youth develop fundamental life, teamwork, creative thinking and personal management skills needed to participate in today’s labor market. By completing the program activities, the youth experience reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market. Quickdraw Animation Society was the recipient of the 2016 SANDSTONE City Builder Award at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions.