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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

Vaulted Willow

Shared by porkchopski 7507 Borden Park Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T5B 4W8, Canada Vaulted Willow Photo

My favorite #yegarts is Vaulted Willow in Borden Park. And my favourite festival is The Fringe!

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Vaulted 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 edmontonpublicart.ca website. Getting them to educate their peers is one way to get the word out that Edmonton art is unique, different, and overall awesome!

Teaching students to appreciate local art Photo

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.

Mapping Rat Creek Photo

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

River

River Photo

Some of my favourite times in Edmonton are when I am on the river. Beside the natural beauty and the recreation I participate in there, it is grounding to be connected to this place by the river that has been there forever. I imagine the history and the people that have been there before me for the thousands of years leading up to the moment I get to be there too. I can see public art from the river and enjoy that perspective. The river connects our past and present and is a backdrop and inspiration for art and creative thought.

River Photo

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.

Dance for anybody, any body Photo

Nuit Blanche

Shared by Susan Burns Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB T5J 2E5, Canada Nuit Blanche Photo

This magical night in downtown in late September 2015 brought thousands of citizens together to celebrate the power of art to build community and to have fun in the dark and the cold. Let’s keep it going!

Nuit Blanche Photo

The Talus Dome - Up Close

Shared by Daniel O River Valley Whitemud, Edmonton, AB T6G, Canada The Talus Dome - Up Close Photo

The much-maligned Talus Dome, or Talus Balls, as they call them. Perhaps the most criticized piece of art in the city? Maybe, but I don't think you'll hear anyone who's seen them up close say a bad word about them. Getting up close to it requires a little bit of a trek up (you can't practically get to it by car), but if you make the journey, you get a reward. It's engaging to see your reflection moving in every ball - giving you a neat new perspective on a traditional mirror. Maybe such a great piece of art should be in the middle of Winston Churchill Square or somewhere with more traffic. But why should public art be limited to the places you expect to see public art? Make sure the rest of the city can get some too!

The Talus Dome - Up Close Photo
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