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Culture Shock: Volume 4!

 

Back by popular demand:

CULTURE SHOCK: VOL 4

An urban arts showcase and breaking event as part of AB Culture Days. Come celebrate the arts and urban dance with Antyx!

Where: Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd NE)
When: September 29, 2pm-9pm
For more info: jasen@antyx.org

Don’t miss out on this event of the year!

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Photos: Bob Bahan Mural in Progress

Mural Slideshow

Antyx has been working together with City of Calgary and Calgary Afterschool programs at Bob Bahan Aquatic Centre in Forest Lawn on an urban art project since May of 2018. Antyx artists held engagement sessions with youth, community members and other people from both Bob Bahan and Ernest Morrow school to plan the content for a shipping container mural in the middle of the parking lot. With these community members, we talked about issues of community, belonging and inclusion. Some of the key questions were: “What does community mean to you? What does forest Lawn/this space/this area mean to you? And what are you most proud of in Forest Lawn/this area/this space.” Members of the public were encouraged to give their input, suggestions and drawings. Antyx staff then generated some final designs based on this content, which was then voted on by the youth and other members of the public. The base of this mural was to show what we are most proud of in this neighbourhood and what means the most to us. 

Following these engagement sessions, Antyx hosted a two week urban art graffiti mural camp in July 2018. Youth in this camp learned from Antyx artists as well as local urban artist KerzXXV. In this camp they learned different graffiti styles, different types of urban art, spray painting and lettering techniques as well as learned the history and culture of urban art in the world. In addition, Youth got to go on a field trip to see the art of other Calgary artists practicing in Calgary. Youth from this camp learned the different styles of Graffiti lettering, how to draw their one letters and then brought these techniques to reality in painting workshops and sessions. The final piece of the camp was the manifestation of the community mural design on the shipping container, using all the techniques they learned in camp. 

Come check out the opening party on August 10 from 1-5pm at Bob Bahan Aquatic Centre and learn lettering and spray techniques from our youth artists. If you can’t make the opening, the mural is on permanent exhibition at this location to view at any time. 

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Bob Bahan Graffiti Mural

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Our youth have been hard at work making a graffiti mural that will be unveiled on Friday August 10th! We'd love to invite the community down to join us for music, BBQ, artist talk, and youth-let artist talks! 

Introducing Jasen Canul!

 
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The Antyx team is thrilled to welcome Jasen Canul to our summer squad. You may recognize Jasen from his previous work with us through Youth Voices, and he has been instrumental in organizing Culture Shock for the past two years! He was kind enough to participate in our welcome Q&A so everyone can get to know him better... 

If your personality were a film, what genre would it be?
Spy Kids 3

What is the best part of your life?
McDonald’s dollar drink days.

What are you passionate about and why? 
Dance is usually an outlet that brings me a lot of joy. The why is probable the hardest part to answer about that question. At first it was simply because it fun and made me happy when I did, but as I start to progress in this art form I realize that there was a bigger picture.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?
8 hours of sleep 

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Young

What do you like most about working with Antyx Community Arts?
I like how this job is a more social and active as oppose to a depressing desk job. It also feels gratifying that my job is working toward giving back to the community (which I didn’t know you could get paid for that when I was younger LOL).  It’s also nice to be working and collaborating with youth. I don’t really see myself as an adult so having exposure to another youth’s creative mind is definitely a super cool and funny experience.

Spring Practicum Student: Leah Roy!

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Hey there, I’m Leah! I’m 23 years old, and I’m a second-year Social Work student at Mount Royal University. I’ve been volunteering with youth for about five years now as a youth mentor; working with teenagers has proven to be a fun and rewarding use of my time, and I’m not sure that I’ll ever get tired of it. I love to paint in my free time -  I’ve been painting watercolour portraits for about a year or so now, but I’ve recently taken up oil painting as well. If you see me around, please come up and say hi! (:

What is the best part of your life?
I think the best part of my life in this current season is how much creative freedom I have right now. I’m in this weird space between graduating from school and starting my career, which can be a little daunting, but I also appreciate that I’ll never have this time back. I don’t have too many responsibilities tying me down yet, so I have the time to explore different inspirations and spend time with friends who push me to test my boundaries in all my endeavours. 

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I actually space out a lot while I’m driving on my own (which is super dangerous, I know!), and I usually find myself thinking about conversations I had earlier, or things I need to do. I also take the rare opportunity to sing along loudly with my music, since my less than mediocre singing skills don’t afford me a lot of other chances to do so elsewhere.

What would you most like to learn and why?
I would love to learn how to speak Japanese! Growing up, my parents hosted a lot of Japanese students who came to Canada to learn English, and getting to know them made me very interested in Japanese culture. I’d love to go to Japan one day, and hopefully know a decent bit of the language so I don’t get lost or overwhelmed while I’m there.

What is your favourite colour?
If I was forced to pick I’d say purple, but I love anything vibrant and intense and bright. Pretty much anything that draws my attention!

What do you look forward to most while working with Antyx Community Arts?
I am so excited to be working with Antyx because it incorporates two things I enjoy immensely: art and working with youth! I’m looking forward to seeing all the things I can learn in these areas, and experiencing new things that I may not be exposed to in other organizations. I’m really hoping to not only hone my social work skills, but to be a meaningful impact on these teenagers’ lives, and I believe Antyx is the right place to do that.