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Introducing Noor Sayadi!

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Hello! I’m Noor Sayadi. I am a youth facilitator, an artist and a freelance commercial videographer, and now I’m Antyx’s new administrator! I graduated from ACAD in 2014, and since then have been working with non-profits, especially within the arts and immigrant sectors. I love traveling and exploring new places, and in my free time, I dance, sing and play Dungeons and Dragons (or video games when there’s time), and will talk ad nauseum about various other nerdy things if prompted.

What would you most like to learn and why?

I would love to learn a couple new languages. I already speak Arabic and English, but I’ve been dabbling in Turkish, Japanese and French for a while.

If you could have any pet what would it be and why?

Realistically, a cat. Ideally, a chimera.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

Moss green. Moss is good.

What’s your favourite memory from childhood?

Going to IKEA with my family! To little me, Ikea was like a strange and fantastical cross between a playground, a maze and a huge mansion with far too many chairs. I had a lot of fun running around through all the rooms and looking at how everything was set up. It definitely grew in me a love for interior design… and Swedish meatballs, of course.

What do you like most about working with Antyx Community Arts?

Seeing our youth’s progress over time and seeing how they develop and grow as artists and people. Seeing them come out of their shells and explore who they are with their art is the most rewarding part of being here. I’ve learned so much from every single youth I’ve worked with and I look forward to seeing them flourish and take on the world!

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.