Mar 28

This is My City Festival 2017

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For the fifth consecutive year, This is My City Art Society is pleased to announce our interdisciplinary festival of art from the margins.

This year’s festival kicks off on Monday, April 3rd with several great visual art exhibits and continues through April 27th with film, exhibits, music and workshops. At the heart of the 2017 Festival you will find a series of programs that explore the theme, Being Human: On a Small Planet.   

“The theme Being Human: On a Small Planet evolved over the fall of 2016 as I found the world news increasingly complex and divisive”, says Sally Truss, Festival Curator. “I was reminded that since the very beginning, TMC artist-mentors have celebrated not the differences, but the shared values and shared interests of both our program participants and our public audience.

This is My City Art Society now has over seven years’ experience in programming and producing the creative works of marginalized, homeless, and at risk citizens - and we believe we are all richer for having listened and observed. Please join us in this Festival of “art from the margins”.

About This is
 My City
Formed in 2010, This is My City Art Society (TMC) is a not-for-profit organization that works with all comers and all agencies that support the homeless, those at risk of homelessness and other marginalized citizens. Using art as a vehicle, TMC’s mission reaches out to the broader community and facilitates inclusive dialogue among people from all walks of life.

This is My City believes that the creative voice of every citizen has value. Through ongoing art programs and workshops, TMC artist-mentors brings opportunities for positive creative expression into the lives of some of Calgary’s most marginalized citizens. Previous projects include; Beltline House Project and the  yarnbombing project of the house in Hillhurst/Sunnyside, murals in Brentwood & East Village and numerous exhibits, documentary screenings, book launches and other performances.

This year’s festival includes the following events and ongoing exhibits starting April 3 through April 27, 2017. 

All programs are free of charge and all are welcome! Donations are gratefully accepted.

WORKSHOPS  (April 3  - April 27)
Artful Community: Pop-up Activity
Tuesday April 4, 4 PM – 6 PM, Saturday April 8, 10:30 AM – 12:30
Central Library, main floor, 616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Self Portrait: Drop-in Workshop with WP Puppet Theatre
Saturday, April 8, 10:30 AM – 1PM
Central Library, main floor, 616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Making Courage: Screening of Documentaries
Wednesday April 5, 7 PM  – 9 PM
Central Library, John Dutton Theatre, 616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Song Circle: Singing Social Justice
Thursday April 6, 12 PM – 1PM
Central Library, main floor, 616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Being Human: An Exhibit
April 3 - April 20
Central Library Art Wall, Central Library, main floor, 616 Macleod Trail S.E.

This is My City Art Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Calgary Arts Development, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Calgary Foundation, The City of Calgary, Calgary Central Library, Business for the Arts, artsVest, New Branch Media, B2B Marketing, The Artboard, and BlitzPrint.

For more information and details on these programs and others, visit This is my City Art Society

Photo Source: This is My City Art Society, Facebook Page

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