Photo: Sebastian Hanlon, courtesy of Calgary Folk Fest

SHAPING IDENTITY

Our city leaves its thumbprint on all our citizens and the millions of visitors we welcome each year. That unique Calgary character comes from our history and geography, our artistic and cultural vitality, and the stories of the people who live here. Arts have the ability to both reflect and interpret who we are, and project that image beyond our borders.

The BASS Ship, which stands for Beama Applied Sciences Sector Ship, is the first project to emerge from Beakerhead’s Big Bang Residency |

Photo: Steve Seeley, courtesy of Beakerhead

Big Bang Residency Program

It started with an open call for artists, designers, architects, scientists, engineers, and other creatives to make an interactive public art piece within the span of one year as a signature piece at Beakerhead, Calgary’s smash-up of art, science and engineering.

IN 2016:

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public activities produced by Calgary arts organizations
0
held outside of Calgary in 2016
0
arts education and public arts activities held in the Centre City
0
held outside the Centre City

Based on data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development.

Calgary artists are receiving opportunities for international exchange, developing their craft and acting as ambassadors for Calgary. Of the artists who received funding for professional development:

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%
of opportunities took place in Canada, outside of Calgary
0
%
of opportunities to place outside of Canada

Elaine Lee and Inside Out Theatre

When she was an art student at Simon Fraser University over a decade ago, Calgary artist Elaine Lee’s first real play—a monologue—explored an experience both universal and painfully personal. “ It was actually about being a woman in my situation,” she says, “who’d never been asked out.”

The situation Lee refers to is the fact that she weighs 27 pounds, and is confined to a wheelchair. Diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (aka Brittle Bones), she was not expected to live past the age of two. Instead, she lived in a hospital for the first five years of her life, before moving with her family from Vancouver to Whitehorse, Yukon, where she grew up, before returning to Vancouver to study at Simon Fraser, before moving on to Emily Carr University in Vancouver, where she obtained a fine arts degree.

Elaine Lee | Photo: Courtesy of Inside Out Theatre

IN 2016:

Calgary-produced arts activities reported engaging artists and participants from diverse communities

0
activities engaging multicultural communities
0
activities engaging people with disabilities
0
activities engaging Indigenous communities
0
activities engaging LGBTQ+ communities

Based on data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development.

Arts in Action | Shaping Identity - Eyes on the Ave

Eyes on the Ave containR Installation features photos taken by youth of people in Greater Forest Lawn that have been wheat pasted on the side of shipping containers placed at the ARCH site | Photo: Courtesy of IAACC

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EYES ON THE AVE CONTAINR INSTALLATION

This is your Calgary. This is your Forest Lawn.

As you enter Forest Lawn, you may be greeted by a series of large-scale faces–a containR art installation that looks out onto Calgary from the corner of 17th Avenue and 26th Street SE. On October 2, 2016 Springboard Performance’s containR Art Park, International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre (IAACC) and Antyx Community Arts launched Eyes on the Ave, which looks out onto Calgary from the corner of 17 th Ave SE and 26 St SE. The larger-than-life installation shows a fresh perspective of Forest Lawn with the rich and vibrant mix of peoples that make up the community. Eyes on the Ave asks, “What’s your Forest Lawn look like?” Antyx Community Arts youth participants created the photographs, with the Smile Gang assisting with wheat pasting images onto the containers.

Check out their website at springboardperformance.com.

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THE NEW GALLERY

The New Gallery (TNG) is one of the oldest artist-run centres in Calgary. Created to provide a compelling alternative to mainstream culture, TNG has a fascinating back-story and colourful history, involving a variety of venues, over the past 40+ years. Today, TNG continues its work in contemporary art and culture through the operation of two spaces – the Main Space storefront in Chinatown, and the +15 Window at Arts Commons. These spaces support the research, creation, and exhibition of social and political creative practices from artists at all stages of their careers, while engaging the public with contemporary art. Check out their website to learn more about exhibitions, residencies, lectures, and community collaborations.

Learn more at facebook.com/thenewgallery/.

Arts in Action | Shaping Identity - The New Gallery
Chun Hua Catherine Dong’s Visual Poetics of Embodied Shame | Photo: Ashley Bedet, courtesy of The New Gallery