Greater Forest Lawn

YOUTH ARTS ACTION (South) and WHAT FEEDS US are our primary program in GFL. They are both comprised of youth aged 15-18 who act as creative leaders in their community.

The Beauty of This Land

June 3rd was the first day of Antyx Community Art's The Beauty of this Land Mural Camp at the Forest Lawn Boys and Girls Club on Treaty 7 Territory. 

We had special guest Elder Dakota Eagle Woman start the day off with a prayer and smudge, and gained knowledge that morning from her stories. Over the course of the day and a shared meal, both youth and adults discussed the human connection to nature and land. Reflections were made about the theme of mankind's drive for money at the expense of our planet, which has been a recurrent way of thinking within the western culture throughout history.

Elder Dakota Eagle Woman spoke of how humanity is starting to wake up and that  today's generation holds immense power to create positive change. These paintings done by the youth are a creative reflection of the discussion and of the elder's stories.

Share Your Love

On June 5th, a group of proactive girls attended Immigrant Services Calgary and Antyx Community Art's RESPECT program. They finished up their Share Your Love mural.

Everyone decided on Share Your Love as the art's message to encourage compassion and sharing of resources in the community. The mural has not been mounted onto the fence yet, but will be soon. The girls did chalk art to foreshadow the coming of this gift into the community and to leave mystery in the air for the time being.

Greater Forest Lawn Youth Night!

 

After successful first iteration of the Greater Forest Lawn YOUTH NIGHT event at the Alex Food Centre (a project conceived of and developed out of the Mount Royal University Social Work students capstone project) we are going to host another!

 

YOUTH NIGHT
Music.Dance.Videos.Party

May 26, 2017
7PM-10PM
ALEX COMMUNITY FOOD CENTRE
4920-17 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2A 0V4

 

In partnership with the MRU Capstone Project, The Alex Community Food Centre, 12 Community Safety Initiatives, GlobalFest, and Antyx Community Arts. 

Teens Tackle Mental Health with Art Interventions

Photo Caption: The Youth Arts Action team prepares seed-bombs for Greater Forest Lawn. 

Photo Caption: The Youth Arts Action team prepares seed-bombs for Greater Forest Lawn. 

Our Youth Arts Action team has been hard at work conceiving of their new project for the year. Over the past few months we asked the team “What’s the biggest issue teens face in Greater Forest Lawn?”. We made a list of these issues and through a process of dotocracy (voting with stickers for your top favorites) we eventually ended on youth mental health.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time in through either a family member, friend or colleague. Twenty percent of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Mental health is caused by a complex interplay of genetic, biological, personality and environmental factors. And, it doesn’t help that 49 % of those who feel they have suffered from depression or anxiety have never gone to t see a doctor about this problem.

When it comes to youth, 10-20 % of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder. Today, approximately 5 % of male youth and 12 % of female youth , age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode.

Youth have a lot on their mind – family, friends, partners, peer pressures, societal pressures, media pressures, school and grades. It’s a lot to deal with. Anxiety and depression are major issues for teens in Canada.

As part of our Youth Arts Action mission to make impact on a certain issue using art, the youth have devised three projects that will bring awareness to youth mental health. 

These projects will include seed bombing Greater Forest Lawn with the idea that growing a green environment helps promote positive mental health; public picnic for mental health awareness; a bus stop flash-party;  and a Zen room design at a local high school. Each of these ideas came from the minds of the youth in Youth Arts Action team. 

Follow us on Facebook (Antyx Community Arts - link below!) to stay tuned for these upcoming events.

Can You Tell Who is From Forest Lawn?

The #EYESONTHEAVE Project

We’ve been busy in August with Summer Camp. This year we hosted at a Public Art Photography Youth Camp during August 8-19.

We wanted to meet strangers in the Greater Forest Lawn neighbourhood. So, we gave a group of youth some cameras, taught them how to take portraits and then sent them out into the community to meet these strangers, find something interesting about them, and snap a portrait pic of them. We then also took a handful of pictures of people who do not live in Greater Forest Lawn but consider themselves Calgarians. In total, the youth took150 portraits of different people.

We then printed these pictures.  We took these printed portraits and taught the youth how to wheat-paste (a simple mixture of wheat and water). To culminate, we wheat-pasted these images to the outside of the ArtBox on 17th avenue SE and asked the community the question: Can you tell who is from Forest Lawn?

These photos were also printed on coropast board, and will tour to different sites around Calgary asking the same question: Can you tell who is from Forest Lawn?

Have a look at the video of our project and keep your eyes out for this traveling exhibition during Beakerhead 2016.