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.

Antyx Youth Visit Tiny Gallery & Bee Kingdom Glassblowing Studio

Stephanie: Recently Youth Arts action had the opportunity to visit Tiny Gallery and Bee Kingdom Glassblowing.

Peter Meadows, owner and creator of Tiny Gallery, talked to Youth Arts Action about ideas of place-making and making art for social change. He discussed how to analyze your audience when making public art, how to recognize their habits and trends, and how to cater your public pieces to the audience to make the greatest impact with your messaging. He showed the group how tiny gallery is usually designed as a series of around 3 plinths that are set up in the community to create a walking “show” that the public can engage with.

After this presentation, Youth Arts Action visited Beekingdom Glassblowing, where Phil Bandura gave a demo and talked about the collective and their work in the community. He discussed what kinds of projects and messages they touch on when they make their pieces and some of the history of their work over the years. In addition he also talked about their first inflatable piece, “fabulist,”  that the collective made this year for Beakerhead Festival.

Thank you again to all our artists and partners that we were able to visit. This certainly was an inspiring trip!

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!

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