Jan 8 - 26, 2020
The High Performance Rodeo presents

This is My City, This is Your City: Symposium

The City of Calgary

Part of the This is My City initiatve

Can the arts be used to address social justice? Over the past year, as part of the This is My City project, a team of artist-mentors have worked to engage homeless citizens in art-making. This seminar, which concludes the year-long project, will showcase the participants' shared experiences and explore the intersection of poverty and creativity as a tool for social change.

With workshops, performances and panel discussions, This is My City, This is Your City will be a unique opportunity to engage with some of Calgary's most overlooked citizens and to discover the power of art-making to change lives.

Register for the Symposium at thisismycity.calgary@gmail.com

This is My City was a twelve month long project initiated by the City of Calgary's Arts & Culture division to facilitate the engagement of homeless citizens in art making. Starting in January 2009, members of the homeless community were provided the opportunity to work with artist mentors to develop their creative voices for expression, public advocacy, and dialogue. The multidisciplinary program included poetry, performance, personal narrative, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and video production. This is My City does not pretend to be a solution to the homeless crisis. Rather, the project intended to enable homeless citizens the chance to speak on their own behalf.

What they're saying

"This is My City is about raising awareness and understanding of those who are homeless, and giving them a voice."
- Alderman Brian Pincott

Details

10:00 am-4:00 pm

(NOTE: The afternoon portion of the symposium consists of Art Matters)

This is a free event and open to the public. RSVP requred.

RSVP to thisismycity.calgary@gmail.com

Schedule

9:30 am
Registration begins

10:00-10:15 am
Welcome Remarks

10:15-10:30 am
'This is My City' Performance
featuring the Drop-In Centre Singers & the Mustard Seed Drama Group

10:30-11:45 am
'This is My City' Year in Review

11:45 am-12:00 pm
Break

12:00-1:30 pm
Art and Social Justice in Calgary:
A Community Brainstorming Session

1:30-2:30 pm
Lunch / Registration for Art Matters

2:30-4:30 pm
Art Matters Forum



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