If we are celebrating 100 years as a cultural centre of the West, I think it would be very interesting to create 100 items for Calgarians and visitors alike. Each item would be part of a bigger story and each item would be unique in it's own right. I have a couple of concepts in my mind right now that I am thinking we could mash up into one really cool concept. Do you remember the success of the Udderly Art program? ...more »
2012 should include an artist homecoming. Cultural organizations around the city should be encouraged to program artists that got their start or a major boost to their career in Calgary (alumni from our post secondaries, people born here, etc.), but now work elsewhere could be featured. This should go throughout the creative industries: TV, film, dance, theatre, literary arts, dance, music... Any exhibit or show that ...more »
Calgary artists and cultural organizations could put together a national touring show (one big show together or several smaller shows) that would start to put a bigger emphasis on "exporting" Calgary's creativity. We already do this in a number of areas, but with extra support, 2012 could be a year when Canadians learn first hand what Calgary has to offer.
We just visited Artist Ranch Project at the Western Oasis (complete with a wine bar!) at the Stampede. This project provides artist residencies at a ranch in Southern Alberta. The artists create work inspired by the residency, and this work is displayed during the Stampede. Agriculture/ranching is an important part of Calgary's heritage and culture, and it was inspiring to see the fresh perspectives provided by the ...more »
A car-free downtown core!!! Like major european cities we could have a walkable and bikeable cultural core that is a major tourist destination. Picture patios, live music venues, art galleries, street vendors, electric transit shuttles & parks PLUS thousands of locals and tourists out enjoying the clean air. From the river to the railroad tracks (9th ave) seems like natural boundaries.
We should focus on exporting excellence: the people, organizations, initiatives, technologies, art, etc. that have roots in Calgary and can compete in external markets. We should work to figure out what it is about Calgary that helped them achieve these qualities, and what can we do to help the world experience more Calgary???
Calgary could host major international and Canadian performing and visual artists during the year. The artists would be part of a series that would generate international interest in Calgary, and attract tourists to our city. The artists would be chosen to demonstrate our history, the diversity of our current cultural status, and our future aspirations.
CALGARY STAMPEDE: THE IMAX MOVIE
Commission or encourage IMAX to shoot a movie at the 2011 Stampede and have it premiere in 2012 a few weeks prior to the actual Stampede. Imagine a 4 story slow-motion image of a bull-rider, First Nations dancers, chuckwagons racing down the homestretch, rollercoasters on the midway, etc!
Create a chuckwagon video game for iPhone, Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii, PCs, Mac, etc. that would simulate a chuckwagon race! You would begin by selecting from two options: existing riders and the horses and wagons that they race, or building your own team by selecting the types of horses you like, the shape, colour and sponsors on your wagon, and even create a driver/avatar of yourself! You could also select the race ...more »
Have you ever ridden the Star Wars simulator at Disneyland? Imagine if we created a virtual reality simulator that would allow small groups of 20 people at a time to sit in a small theatre that can be moved using hydraulics. The simulator would begin by zooming across the prairies, past grain elevators and wind-turbines, and then roar down Deerfoot Trail, into Stampede Park and into the point-of-view of a chuckwagon driver, ...more »
Consider how well received Anish Kapoor's 'Cloud Gate' in Chicago has been. We could build a giant white chrome cowboy hat in Olympic Plaza or elsewhere that people would love to have their photos take in front of or even on top off! The hat could be laying upside down, to symbolize openness, allowing anyone to climb in, or it could be raised off the ground so people could huddle under it if it rained, suggesting that ...more »
Imagine a giant horseshoe over the Bow River, similar to the Gateway Arch over St. Louis. An elevator could be inside to take people up to see the view. It could be on it's side, or slightly raised, and serve a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists.