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.

Strangers in our Neighbourhood

Our first Youth Arts Action meeting of the year occurred this past week. 

This term we are focusing on building connections with strangers and hearing their stories. Greater Forest Lawn is full of a diverse population and we think they have incredible stories to tell.

As we ventured out into the streets of Forest Lawn to speak with strangers, and exercise inspired by Toronto-based Mammalian Diving Reflex Artistic Director Darren O’Donnell, we approached random strangers and the youth got to know them.

We spoke with a local business owner, a man who has found community through his faith, a man who the youth deemed a “thug” but ended up being a real advocate for social connection and inclusion, and two sisters who have grown up being each other’s best friend while growing up with three brothers.

We debriefed by discussing what the social stigmas or assumptions we made about these people prior to talking to them were, and how these differed once we broke down the barriers of being strangers.

This was our first investigation into learning about the strangers we call neighbours in Greater Forest Lawn. Stay in touch as the youth leaders/artists in the Greater Forest Lawn Youth Arts Action group dive further into this community to make positive social change.

Forest Lawn Natural Playground Sign Complete

The youth and artists from this term’s Greater Forest Lawn Youth Arts Action Committee are proud to present the completed park signage that was installed in the Forest Lawn Natural Playground this winter. 

The work was produced by Antyx Community Arts & Parks Foundation Calgary.  The sign was designed by the youth in the Greater Forest Lawn Youth Arts Action Committee with artistic guidance from local artist Lane Shordee

You park is located at the green space of 43rd Street and 10th Avenue SE. 

Currently, phase 1 of the park is complete with plans for phase 2 to be complete by the end of Summer 2016. 

Stay tuned for more positive social change projects lead by this group in Greater Forest Lawn Calgary. 

Calgary Playground Day!

Youth Arts Action has been busy planning activities for Calgary Playground Day, hosted by Parks Foundation Calgary & Antyx Community Arts. Playground Day will be hosted at the new natural playground in Forest Lawn (Greenspace @ 43rd Street & 10 Ave SE) on Saturday October 17 from 11am-2pm. 

Youth Arts Action have been thinking up ways to engage members of the immediate community in activities that will celebrate community and this new hub-park that was designed through a series of community consultations. 

There will be music powers by bicycle, an interactive scrabble board,  art activities, games facilitated by Antyx’s very own Youth Arts Action along with presentations by local elders, community members and leaders - including MLA Joe Ceci and Councillor Andre Chabot - and delicious food from M&M Meats!

Field Trip to the New Gallery

 
 

Last October, YAA headed out on our first field trip of the year to The New Gallery, an artist-run, non-profit centre for contemporary art located in Chinatown.  We attended a talk as a part of the current exhibition 2 works, 3 talks, 6 questions (Eric Moschopedis with Keyede Osuntokun and Bryce Krynski) where we listened to Pam Beebe and Tito Gomez share about creating Dover Kids Club.  Responding to the interests of children in Dover, the club is a grassroots initiative to create safe social spaces for children after school.  We heard about the challenges they have had working with institutions as well as the successes of other partnerships.  I was challenged and inspired by their example of starting exactly where the community was at – in this case engaging kids with stickers.  The club has grown to provide a variety of social and cultural opportunities for the children and adapted to find spaces where they are welcome.  I think we all enjoyed hearing from one of their collaborators, Wakefield Brewster, a spoken word artist.  He dynamically shared some of his art and story of working with Dover Kids Club.  

The talk was set amongst pages of analyzed and highlighted text from The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida and portraits of diverse individuals painted in gold.  Moschopedis’ work explores how people relate to each other and to space, and critiques the use of creativity as an economic driver for a city that Richard Florida proposes in the book at the centre of this show.  Realizing the power art holds in shaping space and changing communities, in both positive and negative ways, we were challenged to consider how our creation of public art affects people and space.  

Check out more about The New Gallery here!  

Youth Arts Action

 
 

YOUTH ARTS ACTION are a group of youth (ages 15-18) who act as creative leaders in the Greater Forest Lawn area. The youth identify and address issues that are relevant to them in the area and then create a series of creative projects to transform these issues in their community. Youth will work with local artists and organizations and will build community leadership and artistic skills while doing so.

We are looking for youth interested in making positive social change in their communities through creative ways starting this September 2015. We will be meeting every Tuesday 4:00pm-6:00pm at our Antyx Youth Arts Hub #205 ­ 4202 17 Ave SE starting September 22, 2015 . Currently, projects include building a digital sound installation and sculpture to be installed in the new natural playground across the street from Greater Forest Lawn High School. Other projects will be generated depending on the issues that the youth want to address. We have also planned a series of field trips to galleries, events and to meet other youth leaders throughout the fall term. There is no registration fee necessary.

ANTYX COMMUNITY ARTS is a creatively unique organization that develops opportunities for youth to use the arts for self-exploration, building community connection and making positive social change. Our mission is to engage youth to empower and transform the communities they live in.

For more information please contact kevin@antyx.org