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The other EAC!

Shared by Betty Dean 10045 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7, Canada The other EAC! Photo

The Edmonton Art Club (EAC) was established in 1921 and is the oldest continuing art organization in Alberta. Imagine the passion of those first 14 members, guiding the club in helping to lay the foundation for the development of visual arts in our province while building a club that remains strong and growing nearly 100 years later.

In 1923, the art section of the local Council of Women approached the Edmonton Art Club with a plan to develop a permanent collection of art for the city. Through their cooperative efforts and the Art Association, the Edmonton Museum of Art (renamed the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1956) was founded. Our contribution was recognized in the development of the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA). The EAC contributed one of the first paintings to the AGA, a work by Alban Cartmell entitled 'Prairie Trails'. Both the AGA and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts house work by former members in their permanent collections, including work by (to name a few) Dr. Harry E. Bulyea, Robert Campbell, Margaret Chappelle, Alice Daley, Meredith Evans, Len Gibbs, Robert Guest, Robert Wesley Hedley, Percy H. Henson, Murray MacDonald, Vivian Thierfelder and George Weber.

I remember going to EAC shows in malls, and particularly loving the beautiful paintings of flowers. I dreamed of becoming a member, but never thought it would happen. I was accepted in 2010, and have thrived as a painter since then. Through the years, Edmonton Art Club shows have been building blocks for the dreams of countless amateur and beginning painters, supporting the vision of the club to "encourage artistic achievement and an appreciation of the visual arts".

The EAC now includes approximately 50 members, skilled in mixed media application, painting in acrylic, oil and watercolour, drawing/sketching, wood burning, printmaking and sculpture. We meet in the Orange Hub monthly, with critiques being an important part of each meeting. We hire a local professional artist to provide feedback on the work each member presents, and in that way move both our individual work and our knowledge forward.

We are holding our first show Orange Hub show on April 28 and 29. We are open to new members and welcome partnerships with other arts organizations.

More information about our organization and membership can be found at

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York Moments:Carried

Shared by Sydney Lancaster & Marian Switzer 9538 103A Ave., Edmonton, AB T5H 0J3, Canada York Moments:Carried Photo

We had the fantastic opportunity of working with Quarters Arts Society on a community-based art project called York Moments. This was a revisiting and revisioning of our collaborative body of work called YORK, which is a photo-based body of work examining the now-demolished York Hotel (which was right behind Boyle St Plaza). York Moments brought our initial project back into the community, to gather stories about the connections and memories people had with the old hotel. It was part of reclaiming the voices and stories that were erased with the hotel's demolition. One of the works we created with the community was a sculptural installation called "Carried" which hangs from the atrium ceiling at Boyle Street Plaza. This work had its debut at the first Nuit Blanche celebration in Edmonton as an independent project.

York Moments:Carried Photo

Coding my first computer game

Shared by Christopher White Coding my first computer game Photo

After years of half-started projects, in 2017 I decided that I was going to code and complete a computer game. I made this decision right around the birth of my first child, but with her constant need to nap on someone, she was very amenable.

I did a lot of the programming with my daughter sleeping on my chest, sometimes at The Carrot. What I love about coding and game development is that I can do it anywhere I can take my laptop. Going out into local coffee shops is a nice break from my home office: it's important to have comfortable and open drop-in places like coffee shops to get my kind of work done.

I have since completed the game, a simple space shooter, and I am now working on my next one.

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Mandolin Cafe

Shared by Dawn Mandolin Cafe Photo

The mandolin holds a special place in my heart and in the community of highlands. It's warm, welcoming and unique vibe makes it the perfect place to get away. Cozy on a cold winters day or a summer time patio filled with beautiful flowers.
Located in one of the oldest districts in Edmonton. Community, arts and sustainability focused. They sell and trade books, display different artists work each month and have an amazing selection of loose tea. Each time I come here it's a unique and special experience.

Mandolin Cafe Photo

this theatre is appreciated

8712 109 Street Northwest, Edmonton this theatre is appreciated Photo

I love that this theatre supports local, independent, and unusual programming. The curated series of films are wonderful. this place keeps me learning about topics near and far from my home. I wish this place had better attendance, was more broadly publicized as a gem of Edmonton.

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More arts in Mill Woods/southeast Edmonton

Shared by Kristina de Guzman More arts in Mill Woods/southeast Edmonton Photo

In May 2015 & 2016, myself and a handful of artists/organizers who had links to the Mill Woods area put together an artistic showcase called Masala Mix: a Blend of Spices to this mall. We were able to connect with local teachers and showcase work by students from neighbouring schools Edith Rogers and J. Percy Page; showcase diverse artists who live/lived in Mill Woods from a wide range of disciplines, host mini-workshops, and even incorporated a heritage component by inviting Mill Woods Mythologies to share stories. We also invited by agencies that do work in the area (Welcome Centre for Immigrants, EISA) to table and share more info about their organizations. The mall plaza is designed to be a community hub yet remains quite underutilized by artists. There is a thriving community of Indigenous, immigrants and other cultural minorities in the area who may not have the same access to the arts due to most art activities taking place at the centre - it would be great to see local Mill Woods artists build their capacity and share their skills, knowledge, and art within their own local communities.

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Edmonton Art Gallery

Shared by Barbara 9842 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K, Canada Edmonton Art Gallery Photo

Fondly remember art classes on Saturday mornings at the Secord House when I was a child .. the building was impressive to me even as a young person .. the views from the balcony were outstanding as I sketched a charcoal rendering of the river valley .. it was the first place that I saw a Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) First Nations raven artifact mask .. it was all magical and magnificent to a little girl!

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We are Many Peoples

Shared by Gary Bosgoed We are Many Peoples Photo

For thousands of years, people have visited and lived in the river valley. They did not have today's names or political boundaries. They were many peoples. Their legacy needs to be respected and honoured as the original people of this place.

I would like to see the old EPCOR Power Plant turned into a Powerhouse of Indigenous Arts and Culture. The space would include all indigenous groups and be run by indigenous people. It would be a national showpiece of the most advanced indigenized City in Canada. It would include rotating arts and heritage content from all periods since indigenous people settled in this region after the glaciers receded. Imagine the rich stories and imagery, inspiring today's artists and cultural practitioners, who would be working and creating in the facility. Imagine a building vastly different than the one there today. One enhanced with the addition of glass, colour, light and sound would take its place.

If it sounds like a $100M project, then good for you. I like your vision. It can happen. The 76,000 plus indigenous people in the capital region deserve no less. The project will benefit the 1.3M people in this region and be a magnet for the almost eight million annual tourist visits to Edmonton (Government of Alberta, 2015 report).

Further, the City can enhance its arts soul by linking the new facility to organizations that want to create or enhance their arts programs. Some post-secondary institutions do not yet have an indigenous art class or program offering. As the heart of this activity, the Powerhouse can use newly created "arteries" to connect the entire body of this great city.

Such a place would bring much indigenous activity to the City, including Chiefs meetings, conferences and scholarly work. Inevitably, the Powerhouse would bring all people together, as they learn about 5,000 years of life and art in this region, not just the last two hundred and twenty-three years, since the Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company built their forts in the valley.

The project could also allow for the inclusion of a Keeping House, which houses, protects, curates and studies, but does not own, indigenous artifacts. They would "keep" them for families and other organizations.

The site of the Power Plant is on or near a site of one of the Fort Edmonton locations, which would have had indigenous encampments nearby. Some artifacts have been found in the valley that are over 3,000 years old and settlement along the valley goes back over 5,000 years. Its the perfect site to be reclaimed by indigenous people.

Lastly, the City has the indigenous people to create, build and operate this vision. Together, they will feel their power.

Reconciliation will take generations. We need bold strokes to repaint the canvass of the relationship with indigenous Canadians.

Imagine the art. Imagine the music. Imagine the history. Imagine the power!

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Fringe & Willow

Shared by Jen 7507 Borden Park Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4W8, Canada Fringe & Willow Photo

My favourite Edmonton art is the Vaulted Willow in Borden Park, and my favourite festival is The Fringe!

Fringe & Willow Photo

Teaching students to appreciate local art

Shared by leddaart 17760 69 AVE, Edmonton, AB T5T 6X3, Canada Teaching students to appreciate local art Photo

When I was growing up, I was always intrigued by the interesting public art in Edmonton. I never had a chance to explore and discover what it meant. Now that I am an art teacher, I feel that it is important for my students to know about and appreciate the local art around them. At the beginning of the semester, I have my students choose a piece of art to present on in class from the website. Getting them to educate their peers is one way to get the word out that Edmonton art is unique, different, and overall awesome!

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Ortona Armoury Arts Building

Shared by Marlena Wyman 9722 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 0X4, Canada Ortona Armoury Arts Building Photo

The Ortona Armoury Art Building in Rossdale is filled with memories; its more than 100 year history intermixed with its present life as an arts building. Artists of every discipline have filled the building for close to 30 years with art and creativity, and the greater arts community and public have come here to experience that arts energy. Virtually every space in the building has been the location of the creation of art, visual art exhibits, music performances, filming locations and film projections, dance, poetry readings, history and arts open houses, arts workshops, and celebrations.

The present studios and the building’s public arts areas inhabit the same spaces that the Royal Canadian Navy occupied in WWII as the HMCS Nonsuch training facility; the rooms and floor plan essentially unchanged since 1939. The present Ortona Room (multi-purpose arts room) on the main floor was the Navy’s Chief and Petty Officer’s Mess; the artist-run Ortona Gallery on the second floor served as the Navy’ Clothing Stores; the spaces where both and the Film and Visual Arts Society the Trincan Steel Orchestra now are, had been used by the Navy for classrooms, communications, and the Navy’s “Warrior” music band. Artists’ studios were the Navy’s WRENS’ Mess (Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service), the offices of the HMCS Nonsuch Officers, storage for sails, ropes & rigging, and much more.

As expressed by arts writer Agnieszka Matejko in her review of a group arts exhibit in the Ortona Gallery, “…the strongest impression I am left with is the building’s palpable sense of rich community life among artists of all backgrounds.” Vue Weekly 21 January 2003, “Ortonary People”.

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The Oldest Continuing Art Organization in Alberta

Shared by Seraya Smit 10045 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 2P7, Canada
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Established in 1921 with fourteen Charter Members, the EAC is the oldest continuing art organization in Alberta. It has been instrumental in helping to lay the foundation for the development of the visual arts in our province. Their vision was to develop the visual arts in the City of Edmonton in three ways:
1) to encourage a wider appreciation of fine arts in the community;
2) to improve the quality of local art; and
3) to encourage individual artists through constructive criticism and exhibitions"

The relationship between the EAC and the Art Gallery of Alberta is embedded in our history, with the EAC being active partners in the establishment of the Edmonton Museum of Art in 1924, renamed the Edmonton Art Gallery in 1956. The Edmonton Art Club contributed one of the first paintings, a work by Alban Cartmell entitled ‘Prairie Trails’, to the Museum’s permanent collection and continued to support the Museum by donating works of art and by contributing funds and instructors for the Gallery’s art classes.

Permanent holdings of the EAC works of art are housed with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts ("AFA") and the Art Gallery of Alberta ("AGA").

The EAC features eclectic Visual Artist members who are disciplined in mixed media application, painting in acrylic, oil and watercolour, drawing/sketching, ceramic, clay, stone carving, wood carving and wood burning, printmaking and sculpture. Counted among its impressive alumni are, to name a few, Len Gibbs, Thelma Manarey, Meridith Evans, Jerry Heine, Ilda Lubane and Vivian Theirfelder.

The Club has an average of 50 members, each selected through a jury process, and is composed of people from all walks of life, all of whom share an appreciation of the visual arts and encourage artistic achievement.

Inspire Others

Shared by Elaine Edmonton International Airport, Nisku, AB T0C 0V0, Canada Inspire Others Photo

I was enrolled in a University of Alberta Extension drawing class, and one evening I noticed an article posted in the hallway that offered artists the opportunity to study in Rome for two months. I knew I was going! My love of marble was calling. To my delight it was everywhere! In the fountains, in the museums, even forming the curb stones.

With a professor from the Classics department at the University of Rome as our guide, we were no longer tourists, but artists on a journey. I quickly learned to expect a delight of images when I turned each corner. Strong shadows and brilliant sunlight, patterns and texture, line and movement.

I saw people who lived and breathed art.

When I looked at art again once I got back – I simply felt, I could do it! Since then I’ve given the space to students to start their journey as well. Twelve years of giving back the inspiration that was given to me – here at home.

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Repurpose Building

Shared by Natasha Corbett 7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4M9, Canada

What is most important to me about living in Edmonton is that I have always had a home to live in, and a family to care for me. I have never had to worry about being outside for a long time in a cold Edmonton winter. Or stuck outside in the sometimes very hot summers, we are in a fairly extreme climate. Not everyone in this city is as lucky, and we have homeless people in Edmonton. Often times people who end up on the streets do not actually choose to be there. When we live in a climate as unforgiving as ours, people die in the streets of Edmonton every year. It would be amazing to transform Rexall place, or part of it, into a multi-purpose rehabilitation center and housing for the homeless.
Rexall place could have large indoor gardens and greenhouses, and could have many small apartments set up to get people off the streets. Services offered could include, check in, free yoga in the mornings, registration for health care cards and any type of documentation missing, disability funding, which could help pay their rent in the little space. They could be required to participate in meditation and yoga, or exercise and mindfulness programs, could have help with goal setting classes, resume building, career information sessions, etc. (I would be willing to volunteer in this sort of facility) People could be given jobs to do around the center which would help pay for their space (at the minimum wage). This would help get people off the streets, and give them something to do, and also open up countless job opportunities for the many Edmontonians that are in need of jobs currently. People could work hours daily to clean and maintain the space, cook and provide services for others. There could be a little market place inside of the large center part of the arena. The possibilities are truly endless!
A city that lets its people die and live in homelessness is not a city to be proud of.
I would love to see Edmonton truly and wholeheartedly commit to helping all of its people, without exclusion, separation, and elitism. All egos aside, we are all human beings. All human beings are deserving of love and acceptance, and help. When we nurture and care for things, they grow and bloom. When we cast them away and tell them we hate them, they become wilted, disfigured, and die. We are only as strong as our weakest members, and we cannot move forward as humanity while we allow people to die outside because we are CHOOSING to not help, and to blame other things. The time is now to take responsibility for our people, and to do the best we can with the resources we ALREADY have available to us.
The time is now to be a leader on the world stage. Lead by example. You have to be willing to make the choice to take a chance, or things will never change. We are ready.
Thank you for reading.

Favourite art pieces

Shared by Ben W. Downtown, Edmonton, AB, Canada Favourite art pieces Photo

I love finding random street art, seeing impromptu piano on the street sessions, and for the more formal, the big sculpture/mixed media installations at the AGA. In the future, I'd like to see more use of public art and open performance spaces.

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Mapping Rat Creek

Shared by Dustin Bajer Mapping Rat Creek Photo

Backfilled with landfill (Clark Stadium) and paved over with asphalt (Norwood Boulevard) present-day Kinnard Ravine represented only a small portion of the original creek.

Extending NW from Dawson park, under Clark stadium, down Norwood Boulevard (111th Ave), past Kingsway, and ending someone near Blatchford once ran the mighty Rat Creek ravine. Rat Creek formerly extended into the adjacent neighbourhoods of Virginia Park, Chromdale, Parkdale, Norwood, McCauley, Spruce Avenue, Central McDougal, and Prince Rupert.

Project Idea:

Part 1: I would like to work with the community and City archives to research the exact path of Rat (short of Muskrat) creek and to identify stories about it its history, use, and impact on the community.

Part 2: Just because the ravine is paved over doesn't mean it's gone. Hidden under the city exists buried infrastructure that channels the water that would have flown through Rat Creek - often still dumping into the ravine via city outfalls. In the second phase of this project, I would like to work with the drainage department to identify the historical and present-day Rat Creek catchment basin.

Part 3: May the historical and present-day Rat Creek catchment basement onto the city. Work with an artist and residents of the basin to create a unique Rat Creek logo. Work with catchment residents and schools to paint the Rat Creek logo onto existing public wastewater infrastructure (drains, utility holes, etc.).

The goal of the 3rd phase is to engage residents of the Rat Creek basin in a placemaking exercise and to connect their home, and the identity of the area to the ravine. By reminding residents that all of the water in their neighbours ultimately makes its way to the ravine we can link individual practices to the health of the present day Rat Creek. To further this goal, public signage and articles in neighbourhood newspapers could help spread the message and the storied uncovered via the research in phase 1.

Part 4: Work with the City of Edmonton to make outfall data in Rat Creek ravine open to the public. Work with residents and organisations such as the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Epcor, Edmonton Permaculture, Cultivate McCauley, and Alberta Low Impact Development to create programs and initiatives that enable people to contribute to the health of their catchment basin and the ravine downstream of them.

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Dancing in the Water

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada Dancing in the Water Photo

Many years ago, on Canada Day, the (now gone) High Level Bridge Waterfall was turned on for the very first time. It was a singular, spectacular moment in this city - such a beautiful way to connect the river to the bridge, and to the city in a really visceral way. I was on the bridge that day - getting drenched under the waterfall, singing and dancing with people. Yes, complete strangers gathered together and became friends, played like children, and forgot there differences for a while. I met three young women from Quebec under the water; they spoke no English and my French was rusty - but we managed to have a joyous time. We even sang the national anthem together, and shared some (illegal) champagne in honour of the Bridge that brought us together.

Dancing in the Water Photo

Where Bodies and Ideas Meet

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 10816 95 St, Edmonton, AB T5H 2E3, Canada Where Bodies and Ideas Meet Photo
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Mile Zero Dance has been such a tremendous asset to this city since its inception. It has always been a place of risk-taking, experimentation, and innovation in dance and dance-related arts - but Mile Zero also has (and continues to) provide a place of welcome and community for dancers and non-dancers alike. This organization has shown leadership in community outreach, school programs, kid's programs, health-related movement workshops ... the list goes on. Spazio Performativo has created a home for artists of all disciplines to come together, work together, take chances together - and feel safe doing it. As a visual artist, Mile Zero has offered me the opportunity to take some tentative steps outside my regular practice: my participation in the SubArctic Improv series allowed me not only to create work with and for artists of other disciplines, but also to take some steps toward understanding how performance practice could contribute to my work going forward. The value of spaces such a Mile Zero, that offer places for experimentation cannot be underestimated! Risk-taking makes artists better at what they do, and builds community and new collaborations - and we need more opportunities and venues to do that - and we need to actively support Edmonton institutions like Mile Zero that gift our community with these resources and support.

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Relaxing at Improv

Shared by Seth Van Camp 9828 101A Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 3C6, Canada Relaxing at Improv Photo

I still remember how accommodating and kind the staff and performers were at Rapid Fire Theatre when I first began to attend their shows back in 2012. It was one of the few places I could go as a youth and be treated like and adult. The caliber of talent that would continuously show up every week kept me coming back and eventually led me to take a stronger interest in Edmonton theatre productions. A strong arts community forces individuals to take a look through someone else' perspective, which has become all the more important given the political climate over the last couple of years. It's important that we yearn to understand each other, or at least attempt to hear the full story of someone who opposes your opinion. I feel as though the many satires, comedies, and improv sessions I've seen have done just that, but in a playful way. I'm thankful for that. I envision the growth of Edmonton's arts community taking hold across the city and providing opportunity to a larger variety of Edmontonians, so we can basque in the glow of homegrown talent together.

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Forming the Fringe

Shared by Ken Chapman 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9, Canada Forming the Fringe Photo

During Albertas 75th Anniversary celebrations the outdoors arts focus was entirely on the new Winston Churchill Sq. Keith Ashwell the Edmonton Journal Arts/Entertainment Editor was critical on behalf of Whyte Ave business. He suggested a solution based on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We used our productions contingency budget, put the word out and opened 6 productions in Old Strathcona in 1980. Thus was born the most successful innovative theatre festival in North America.
The next year the idea took off and the Edmonton. International Fringe Festival has grown, matured and never looked back ever since. Something Edmonton is legitimately very proud of.

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The Colours of Home!

Shared by Tatjana Elgersma River Valley Rd NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada The Colours of Home! Photo

As a born and raised Edmontonian artist I have always been inspired by going somewhere new when on vacation. For me “somewhere new” became back home to Edmonton after I was living in Africa for 6 years. I see now my time in Africa was like a purge of all that I was new and oh too comfortable with. Once I was back home, living next to the district I grew up in as a child, I saw the areas I have known for years as absolutely spectacular. I saw the vibrant colours of the changing sweet autumn leaves in our river valley driving through river road in a whole new way. Now I saw colour in everything. The colours popped out from everything I’ve known but not noticed in decades....diversity of our cultures blended so beautifully, lights on bridges, and later the beauty of shifting colours of snow and ice dancing in ice sculptures . Spring always leads to a gritty rebirth of earth, and vibrant new born greens and kisses of spring blossoms reviving all of our senses. Then ahhh after much waiting it’s festival season...(also known as summer)The copious events filled with the colours of theatre, music festivals and happy painted little faces, this is a season filled with colour excitement and fun...hellloooo Carifest! Now blends of colour is my inspiration in all that I paint. Who ever said you can’t go home again has never lived in Edmonton!

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City of Sunshine

Shared by Ahmed 'Knowmadic' Ali Edmonton City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J, Canada City of Sunshine Photo

Follow the light
It will lead you to this city of sunshine
Where everyone is a community garden
And the hearts are always fertile.

A place of gathering bookmarked by a river
that flows between a City that refuses to be divided
Despite its winters, the welcomes are always warm

A place known for new beginnings
Home to Canada’s first food bank and Mosque
Have faith that It will keep your hopes fulfilled

A young city full of growing pains
With many pot holes in the road to understanding
Perspective that take longer than expected to bridge
Yet its residents still find a way to remain connected
In this city of light.

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Shared by Ahmed 'Knowmadic' Ali 9228 128a Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5E 0J8, Canada Relating Photo

I remember attending Mee-Yah-Noh School during read in week and being amazed at how engaged the students were. We related through videos games and anime. When I told them the ones I liked, I saw their eyes light up. I spoke about my favorite scenes and like lightning, their hands shot up in excitement to give theirs. Before leaving, I encouraged them to read often, because reading is what allows the mind to create magic.

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Dance for anybody, any body

Shared by Michelle K 11805 94 Street Northwest, Edmonton Dance for anybody, any body Photo
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There’s a community of dancers here. A community which has become a family over time. A family full of support and creativity and acceptance regardless of any differences. A group of open arms, open minds, and open hearts; and the beautiful movement of dance binds them.

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Building Connections (an example)

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 10440 108 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3Z9, Canada Building Connections (an example) Photo
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One of the things that has always struck me about the arts community here in #YEG is the desire amongst its various practitioners to embrace risk and try new things. Part of that stems from necessity (we are small but mighty), but also from the generous and DIY spirit that so many of us embrace. One of the things that could make our collective ambitions manifest into real sustainability (and real income) for creators here is a single place for people to FIND US - and for all of us to FIND OPPORTUNITIES - for work, for collaborations, for all sorts of resources. A program & website like ART$PAY could do just that - and raise the profile of all creators in the City, while providing a simple way for people to hire, commission, and pay (properly) for all kinds of art. We need a made-in-YEG version of this!

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Louise, Then & Now

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 8900 114 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 2J7, Canada Louise, Then & Now Photo

I remember seeing Louise Lecavalier dance with La La La Human Steps at the SUB Theatre in the mid-80's. It was a life changing experience - to see such a strong woman dancing as if her life depended on it, launching herself across the stage with such conviction and control. I fell in love with contemporary dance in a whole new way in that moment, and Louise Lecavalier & La La La Human Steps defined what I felt dance could and should be. Seeing her dance again, just a couple of years ago at the Timms Centre (she was brought in by Brian Webb Dance), was nothing short of magic. She was still just a beautiful & powerful, but with all the wisdom of her years in the dance as well. It was so beautiful, and brought me to tears for almost the entire performance, it was so moving.

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Fringe as Community

Shared by Matthew Ward ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9, Canada Fringe as Community Photo

Seeing the Fringe Festival grow and become more inclusive over the past 8 years that I've attended, I'm really excited about how these spaces in community can become places for everyone. On-going support of local theatre and performance art created by and for diverse members of Treaty 6 territory will be integral to the continuity of a thriving arts scene in Edmonton.

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Poetry Stairs Up and Down the Valley

Shared by Bernd Hildebrandt William Hawrelak Park Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6G, Canada Poetry Stairs Up and Down the Valley Photo

Past Trial Location: South-east stairs to Hawrelak Park from Groat Road in 2017
Future Locations: Any of the numerous (between 70 and 120) sets of wooden stairs leading in and out of either the river valley or any of the joining creek systems.

The original activity was installed for the June 2017 version of ‘100 in 1 Day’ Event and featured the work of Sergio Serrano, Liz Ingram and Bernd Hildebrandt.

The purpose of this action was to:
a) add a less utilitarian function to the process of walking up long sets of stairs; 
b) to highlight the numerous wooden stairs as a unique Edmonton feature; 
c) to encourage future actions to utilize the many other stairs in the river valley;
d) provide a cultural feature that communicates between people in a natural setting.

Edmonton is somewhat unique in the fact that it has such a deep river valley running through the entire city. The City of Edmonton has done a great job in maintaining a well used trail system that incorporates numerous wooden stairs - these should become a publicized feature of Edmonton. The opportunities are far-reaching. The stairs themselves are quite amazing in themselves, sometimes like little frogs helping you up a short grade, or like snakes or waterfalls reaching high up an embankment - but they are just a bit bland and a bit too utilitarian for, what are often, quite spectacular structures.

In doing the project many people indicated how much they enjoyed the process of walking or jogging up the poetry stairs - it was a real surprise to them to encounter the colour and words - the climb was just so much more joyful and less laborious.

Installations could feature poetry, words, images, languages as well as graphic and visual art as well. Some could be permanent while others would be temporary - maybe event specific. Designs for installation could be developed for both permanent and temporary situations in conjunction with City staff. Stair installations need to be low maintenance, as well as allow for easy installation and replacement. Not only the riser section of the treads should be used, but perhaps also handrails, the top surface of the tread, and the landings.

It would encourage walking, while utilizing both community sourced poems as well as poems from established poets and visual artists.

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CBC Edmonton

Shared by J. Cassidy CBC Edmonton Photo

In what is now the Good Samaritan Centre on 75th Street, CBC Edmonton was a fixture for decades, producing and airing all types of radio and television programming, in both English and French. At the peak, close to 400 people were employed there, producing news, sports and entertainment programming. In addition, national programming was recorded, delayed and broadcast to the Mountain time zone at the appropriate time. Many people will remember the well-known on-air hosts such as Alex Moir, John Wells, Larry Langley, Larry Branter, Tommy Banks, Jo Greene, Guy Cormier, and many more. Numerous staff went on to jobs at the national and international levels, after "cutting their teeth" in Edmonton. CBC Edmonton hosts and technical staff were always called upon to work on national and international sporting events. In 1978, the station took part in broadcasting the Commonwealth Games from Edmonton. Eventually, network cutbacks (partly due to politics, and partly due to technological change) reduced staffing and resulted in the move to other facilities. At the time of this writing (2018), CBC Edmonton works out of offices at Edmonton City Centre, downtown.

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Strathearn Public Art Engagement Session

Shared by Chelsea Boida 9103 95 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 1Z4 Strathearn Public Art Engagement Session Photo

I love nature and art, and care about sustainability and conservation. So, being at Toronto based artist group Public Studio's engagement session at Centre d'Arts Visuals Alberta was a great way to get involved in public art process and more integrated with my community.

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GWG, A&N, and Red Strap Market

Shared by Sydney Lancaster 10305 97 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB T5J 0M1 GWG, A&N, and Red Strap Market Photo

This building has had several lives! It is a very important site in the history of women's work and labour in this City, as it once housed the Great West Garment factory, and produced jeans until the early 1980's. Eventually, it became home to the biggest Army & Navy in Edmonton, and was a go-to source for houswares for Edmontonians of all walks of life. This space's last iteration was a the Red Strap Market - a venue for art and craft vendors, host of live music, poetry readings, and dance events, home to artists' studios. A place ahead of it's the by about 10 years. This is a building that needs to be USED and loved, and embraced by the City! Image credit: K O Dance Project, "YOU/happening": A KO Dance Project
Dancer: Abby Espejo, photo Tracy Kolenchuk

GWG, A&N, and Red Strap Market Photo

The Blackspot Cafe a short-lived music venue gem

15120 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton The Blackspot Cafe a short-lived music venue gem Photo

The Blackspot Cafe was an incredible basement venue, which was only open for a couple of years in the mid-late 2000s. I saw lots of musical acts build confidence and community there. The volunteers who served drinks and worked door became really good friends, and lots are still friends and active in the arts/music scene today.

The Blackspot Cafe a short-lived music venue gem Photo

Found Festival

Shared by Andrew Ritchie Dr. Wilbert Mcintyre Park, 104 Street Northwest, Edmonton, AB Found Festival Photo

This is where Found Festival was born! In 2012 Elena Belyea, Molly Staley, Tori Morrison and Andrew Ritchie founded the Found Festival, a multi-disciplinary found space arts event. In the first year we met at the Gazebo to begin our two day adventure to take in eight one-off performances by emerging artists all over Old Strathcona. It is now 2018 and the festival has grown so much in 7 years! It began with just a few artists thinking "Hey what if we did a festival where we didn't pay for a single venue"

Found Festival Photo

Seeing the new AGA for the first time

Shared by Chris 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, Edmonton, AB T5J 2C1, Canada Seeing the new AGA for the first time Photo

I remember going to the new AGA for the first time with my dad and my soon-to-be wife. We had an incredible moment looking at the new building. We were so excited about the kind of arts facility that our city was willing to invest in! It was such a fantastic watershed moment. Let's see more of this in the next ten years. I want our arts facilities to be the envy of North America.

Seeing the new AGA for the first time Photo

Art in the Park

13204 Fox Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4P3, Canada Art in the Park Photo

I was new to Edmonton and Amy Malbeuf's artwork here (at this temporary exhibition) really resonated with me and left me wondering why do we not see more reminders of the important cultural and historical presence of indigenous people in this region?

Art in the Park Photo

Best Winter Sunset

10123 121 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 3W9, Canada Best Winter Sunset Photo

The print shop has a unique view of the sun setting over the river at 4:00 pm in December! The light is incredible and is a perfect reminder to artists to slow down and notice what is happening around them.

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Best Winter Sunset Photo

Festival City

Shared by Chelsea Boos ATB Financial Arts Barns building, 10330 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2G9 Festival City Photo

The festival came to my neighbourhood once a year, face painting, street performers, green onion cakes, art and music filled the city with a magical atmosphere that captured my nine-year old's imagination and opened my world to a greater community.

Festival City Photo
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