North of McKnight

YOUTH ARTS ACTION (North), ANTYX STUDIO and YOUTH VOICES are our core groups in NE Calgary.

YYC Diversity Fest!


This year during Culture Days on Sep. 30, come out to YYC Diversity Fest at the Genesis Centre where folks can engage in understanding and learning of cultures, ethnic groups, practices and more. Enjoy over 30 interactive booths, FREE cultural foods and beverages, entertainment and artist showcases, as well as other learning opportunities free for all.

Click through here to register!

Following the event, stick around for Culture Shock 2017 at 5:30pm, an urban youth dance battle celebrating diversity and community put on by Antyx Community Arts.

Culture Days is a 3 day-long, annual collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

This event is organized by Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, Antyx Community Arts, and the Genesis Centre. It is made possible thanks to funds by Calgary Foundation and Creative Calgary

Watermelon Eating Contest!

To destress before exams Antyx Youth Leadership Group (YLAC) planned a watermelon eating contest and party at the Genesis Centre.

Youth wrote and drew their future hopes on a dream board. A common theme on the board ended up being happiness.Youth got creative and made costumes out of garbage bags, coloured tape and pipe cleaners. Everyone helped each other along the way.The garbage bag dresses, vests, ties (and even beard) all turned out spectacular. Everyone blew balloons and let them go along with their stress, and read out loud their self-care cards.


After some intense wheelbarrow racing and watermelon eating among teams, Team Basketball came out on top as the winners. Check out the gallery below for more pictures!

Painting Rocks

Youth from the Antyx Digital Arts group in Falconridge decided to create some art inspired by nature. They painted rocks with positive messages and placed them outside around the Falconridge community, as a form of polite graffiti to brighten people's day.

There was reflection that day on how we can go beyond consumerism to have fun or create change. We don't need to buy expensive materials to do a worthwhile recreational activity with our friends, families and communities. These rocks - after all - were freshly picked from a river in Calgary. In a recent meeting youth played the telephone game and talked about how this game happens within our communities, through prejudiced and uneducated commentary passed on by the media or one person to another. Such messages that are spread can become seeds for racism, sexism, and stereotyping within any community. These rocks have been painted to help keep the community's focus on love, compassion and creativity!

YLAC Hosts Watermelon Eating Contest

Feeling exam stress?

Join the newly formed Youth Leadership Action Crew (YLAC) for a watermelon eating contest this week! 

The past few weeks youth from the Boys and Girls Club, City of Calgary, Antyx Community Arts, Aspen Youth Services and Antyx Community Arts (among other partners) have been meeting as an informal youth leadership group in our communities.

After weeks of reflection among these youth, they voted on a name for themselves on May 18. They have settled on: Youth Leadership Action Crew (YLAC). This new group is coming up with wonderful ideas to create change in the North of McKnight Community, one example is a possible community litter clean up event in the future.

YLAC meetings are currently held Thursdays from 4pm-5pm. A community party and watermelon eating contest will be held June 1st to destress before exams. The party includes a costume photo booth, a dream board where everyone can write their dreams and hopes for the future, and a self-care balloon activity. Please come join us, make friends and connect with the community, which holds unlimited potential!

When: Thursday, June 1st
Time: 4pm-6pm
Where: Room D105
1000Voices at the Genesis Centre
7555 Falconridge Blvd NE

For more information and to receive registration forms, e-mail