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Introducing Madelaine Robillard

Madelaine is a current student at Mount Royal University working towards her diploma in Social Work. After obtaining her Diploma, she plans to get her BSW and MSW and then receive training to become a Creative Arts Therapist. Madelaine works at a women’s shelter specializing in domestic violence in Calgary. She also owns her own photography business and travels Canada working in the LGBTQ community.

What is the best part of your life?
My support network. I’ve really been reaching my goals over the years, but I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my friends and family. It’s so important to have people in your life that want to be there and would do anything to support you, as I would for them.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about so many things! The arts, photography, social events with my friends, drag culture, puzzles, reading, and video games.

What big life changes have you experienced lately?
After almost 10 years in management I made a huge career change into Social Work. I was so scared to do it and in only 4 months I can officially call myself a Social Worker already. So many opportunities have been (and continue to be)  presented to me. I’m more excited to learn and grow than I ever have been.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?
Pickled pig tongue. My dad is from Quebec, and it’s a pretty common thing there. I thought it was disgusting.

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You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Unicorn. Because I believe the rainbow wouldn’t be what it is without all the other colours. Also, I live my life in a pretty sparkly, vibrant, and colourful way.

What do you look forward to most while working with Antyx Community Arts?
The opportunity to be immersed in the arts again. This is a new chapter for me that encompasses so many amazing things that I’m excited to learn about. Working with youth is something I have done before, but not in the same context, so I’m looking forward to working with youth using the arts. This opportunity ties into my future (and current) goals in so many ways. One of my goals is to become a creative arts therapist (after getting my Master’s of course).

Introducing: Abigael Roth

Hello everyone, my name is Abigael Roth!

I am a Social Work student at Mount Royal University finishing up my diploma in Social Work. I am very involved with the Calgary Zoo and have been for about five years. I am engaged to be married to a wonderful man in 2019 as well as having two bird babies named Otis Redding and Tom Rosenthal (Rose).

 
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Q&A:

What’s your favourite memory from childhood?
My dad was a canoe guide for Alberta and a survival instructor when I was young and all my favourite memories as a child involve canoeing with my family or camping in the woods.

What is the best part of your life?
The best part of my life must be my group of fun and positive friends and my family.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I think about a variety of philosophical theories, social issues, and other things that gnaw at me.

What would you most like to learn and why?
I would like to learn how to read and write (?) hieroglyphics. Because they’re an ancient form of communication that I think is pretty cool.

What is your favourite colour?
My favourite colour is either a mustard yellow, or a forest green.

What do you look forward to most while working with Antyx Community Arts?
I look forward to evolving my own art as well as being able to be involved in the unique programs that Antyx offers.

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

Click through to see and listen...

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.