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FOCUS Photo Camp Showcase!

In partnership with the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) and Aspen Family, Antyx Community Arts Facilitators led “FOCUS” -- a two week photography camp catered towards teenage girls who have immigrated to Canada or are the children of immigrant parents themselves. The camp program was free to attend and offered young ladies an opportunity to explore beautiful downtown Calgary while learning and applying theories, techniques, and practices of professional photography. The camp’s activities also invited the girls to reflect on themes of inner & outer beauty, media stereotypes, and societal expectations through activities centred around crafts, spoken word poetry, and theatre games.

 
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This August 25, 2017 from 230pm-330pm, come join us for a Youth Photography Show at the CIWA Offices (138 4th Ave SE) highlighting the students’ collection of photographs, words, and stories.

Whispers in the Tall Grass - Website Launched

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Whispers in the Tall Grass is a site-specific sound art installation by Antyx Youth Arts Action and Calgary-based artist Caitlind R.C. Brown. Intended as an all-but-invisible audio intervention in the new Forest Lawn Natural Park, Whispers in the Tall Grass uses 9 speakers embedded in the hills to explore connections (and separations) between strangers and neighbours through sound recordings. In communities like Forest Lawn where cultures collide, how does the identity of a place form? Do we develop in tension with each other or find a way to grow together? What role does the imaginary space between people play in how we understand each other? Amidst all our differences, perhaps there is an overlap in our daydreams and our nightmares, or at very least in how we think about HOME.

Made from a combination of interviews, readings, and field recordings, the sound behind Whispers was captured over two years with 25+ youth and community members. Listeners are invited to lay down in the grass, look up at the sky, and listen to voices all around them. Part documentary and part myth, Whispers in the Tall Grass weaves together a combination of real and imaginary stories with the hope of creating moments of intimacy in a public space.

You can experience Whispers in the Tall Grass onsite from July 15 – September 16, 2017 at Forest Lawn Natural Park, the greenspace at 43rd Street and 10th Avenue SE in Calgary. The art is free and open to everyone.

Special thanks to the Antyx Youth Arts Action, all our interviewees, Calgary Parks, the Antyx staff and volunteers, Aspen Family and Community Network, Freshwater Creative, The Calgary Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Lane Shordee, and Wayne Garrett.

A partnership between Aspen & Antyx.

Thank you to our generous supporters

Introducing Bryan Francisco!

Antyx Community Arts is very excited to welcome Bryan Francisco to our staff team as a new Community Arts Facilitator! He brings a wealth of experience as a facilitator and as a spoken word artist. He's a born-and-raised Calgarian with a life-long love of hip hop! He answered a few choice questions below for you to get to know him better. 

If your personality were a film, what genre would it be?
My personality would be an action buddy-cop type of film with a little bit of film-noir thrown in. I say action because I take healthy risks that lead me to some fun adventures (some not so fun). I say buddy-cop because I like to think I’m at my best when I have chemistry around good people doing good things and because I like to laugh and not take life too seriously. And film-noir because mystery is sexy.

Pineapple on pizza. Yay or nay?
I was travelling in Japan once and ordered their “#1 pizza in the country”. It had mayonnaise, potatoes, and peas on it.  I’d like to take this time to address the divide between Hawaiian pizza proponents and opponents and suggest we put aside our petty differences and focus on combating evils such as this from taking place.

Best part of your life?
I get to see people of all ages and backgrounds become excited about their own stories, words, perspectives, and forms of expression.  Seeing youth (and sometimes adults) slowly come out of their shell and become empowered by themselves and connected with others is a thing of beauty and something I hope I never get tired of.

Focus: Photography Summer Camp

Are you female-identified and interested in learning about photography, painting, spoken word and more? Join Antyx and Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) this August for a week-long FREE summer camp! 

What: Focus Photography Summer Camp
When: August 8th - 18th
Where: 130 4th Ave SE (CIWA Offices)
Who: Immigrant girls ages 12-18
* Bring your own lunch - snacks will be provided)

E-mail to Register:
michelles@ciwa-online.com
OR
stephanie@antyx.org

The Beauty of This Land: Free Mural Camp

Come leave your mark! We will be painting a series of murals in your community with Calgary artists and elders to showcase the Beauty of this Land! 

Dates:June 3,10,24 (11am-4pm) AND
June 26-30 (2-7pm) (youth may come after their school hours) 
AGES: 14-22
Where: Forest Lawn BGCC, 4105 16 Ave SE
Cost: FREE

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada's 150th, a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 

Antyx together with Boys and Girls Club (Forest Lawn and NE-The Lodge) will be working on a Mural Project in June called "The Beauty of This Land." This project is a Canada 150 funded piece and we will be accepting registration of both indigenous and non-indigenous youth to be involved in the mural making process. These youth will be mentored by Indigenous and non Indigenous Calgary Artists as well as Elders to have conversations about Canada, history of this land (pre and post colonial history), Treaty 7, reconciliation, the beauty of this area, and more. The murals will be installed on four tables with benches in the Forest Lawn Natural Playground. If you know of anyone who would like to attend, please let us know by June 2 at the latest. Lunch will be provided for camp. 

Email stephanie@antyx.org for more information

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