I'd suggest more grassroots arts. The Fringe here is a good start, but public places for DIY art would be very cool to see, maybe in public parks? With this as well should be more funding to cultural/arts related festivals. There's lots of good artists in Calgary who need a place to be seen.
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 »
What a better way to celebrate the history of Calgary than with thousands of historical markers throughout the city? If you've ever been to France, you've probably stopped to read a sleek 'Panneau Historique' designed by Philippe Stark in 1992 (You can also see them on www.stark.com and under 'Urban Furniture' or at http://paulfesta.com/uploaded_images/histoire-792308.JPG). People often say dismissively that Calgary (as ...more »
As a fan of music festivals I would like to see all Calgary musicians come together and perform in different venues divided by genres for one week. Similar to Sled Island but showcasing local talent. One venue may feature folk, another may host local DJ's, rock etc. Ideally this would be held over the summer hosted in many of our scenic parks/amphitheaters across the city. This will thrust the spotlight on the locally ...more »
The Great Street Challenge! We love to complain that our downtown isn't vibrant. Why wait for City Hall to do something? What if the building/business owners in each block of key walking routes in the downtown (1st St SW, 7th Ave for example) worked with a team of creative volunteers to make their block more fun and interesting for pedestrians, night and day? It could be a sudden transformation, over a week or weekend, ...more »
Provide a consulting team of a skilled arts administrator and fundraising expert to small- and medium-sized arts organizations to develop skills and capacity in revenue development, management and administration with the goal of building long-term self-sufficiency.
Create a cell phone application that keeps users informed on all upcoming events in Calgary, with minute by minute updates! Calgary has a lot to offer but most people are too unaware because we have minimal media outlets. We need to build a free app that can inform the population. Think of the possibilities this app could offer, how many times have you had the urge to get out and take in the city but nowhere to go? ...more »
The Calgary Public Library is a huge supporter and provider of local cultural events. Events are usually free and include all Calgarians. Current funding levels threaten this incredibly valuable service. One of the best things we can do to preserve and encourage a greater commitment to local cultural events is to support the Calgary Public Library now. Be sure to vote for a mayor who says "YES" to the Calgary Public ...more »
Bike racks that are both functional and visually stimulating. Similar to what David Byrne did for New York. Could be commissioned work for local artists to design them. This would both promote local art and artists, and promote more bicycle use!
There are empty lots through out the inner city. Developers have gone broke or lost interest. Some (Inglewood, Bridgeland) have sat empty for years! Let's turn all the empty lots into luscious community gardens, with wild space and seating.
break gound on a major collecting contemporary art gallery!
Not many people know it but Calgary has the most vibrant poetry community in Canada. In 2012 we should appoint a Poet Laureate for Calgary - there are certainly many poets who could fill the roll.