Join us as we host World Cyclist and Photographer Kamran Ali, who is currently in Calgary, cycling from Ushuaia to Alaska. Kamran will talk about his cycling journey so far with visual stories of beautiful landscapes, human resilience, the environment and more. This is a great opportunity for cross-cultural learning as Kamran has travelled to many places and met many people along the way, gathering beautiful stories. After his presentation, we will also have a question and answer period.
Thank you to everyone who came out. We had about 200 participants of all ages and backgrounds. Here is a short video of all the fun we had. This event was organized by Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and funded by Federation of Calgary Communities #ActivateYYC. Keep Calgary awesome!
A big thank you to Alberta's NDP government's commitment and leadership in addressing difficult topics such as racism. We recently had the privilege to sit at a roundtable discussion with Minister of Education, David Eggen, about Alberta's K-12 curriculum and how we can include diversity and pluralism in it.
Our organization will be releasing a research study about the state of race relations in Albertan schools in September with recommendations we hope the government will implement. And we are also working on a K-12 Multicultural Resource Hub that teachers can use in their classrooms. Keep a look out! Diversity is our strength, and we’ll keep working together to ensure all students see themselves represented in our curriculum.
Take part in our latest event - Calgary’s Audio Experience on July 21 at 6pm outside of Eau Claire Plaza downtown.
Wondering what an Audio Experience is?
YYC Audio Experience is a live event where attendees download an audio file and listen to synchronized tasks in a specific place at a specific time through earphones/headphones.
Here’s how it works: A week before the event, we will upload an audio file (around 45 minutes) that you download on your device (mp3 player, phone, tablet, etc.). Everyone meets at the specified location (Outside Eau Claire Plaza) wearing headphones/earphones, and blends in with the unsuspecting crowd. At the start time (6pm), everyone will simultaneously press play and that’s when the fun begins. A set of instructions will guide you and everyone participating through a journey of amusement. Laughter and confusion will follow as onlookers try to figure out what’s going on.
More information: bit.ly/yycaudioexperience
How do we define public art? Does it relate to our values or influence how we identify with our city? Perhaps it’s characterized by the relationship with artists’ process. Join d.talks for a discussion on the value of public art. Not the cost, but the ways that public art connects people to place.
Given the horrific events that occurred on Monday, we will be organizing a vigil for the victims of the Toronto van attack. This will be an open space to light a candle and come together as a community to show our support for Toronto. We will also have a large sheet where folks can write their condolences to the victims. It will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, April 25th outside of Calgary’s City Hall. All are welcome and invited to drop by. We encourage everyone in attendance to keep in mind that this vigil will focus on solidarity in times of tragedy, and therefore we will not be asking any politicians to speak. We believe this is a time to hold space and honour those who lost their lives. We recognize that many factors and intersecting issues were at play that led to this incident, and there will be times and places to address those issues in the future; however, right now we would like to peacefully unite and pay our respects to the victims and their families.
We would also like to acknowledge this ceremony will be held on traditional Treaty 7 territory.
Arts Commons is proud to welcome the first artist to pilot their PREAMP Initiative: Iman Bukhari.
Iman is the founding member and CEO of our organization. She is using the one-week short-term residency at Arts Commons to create a multimedia art project titled WOC: A Sisterhood. This project is about the complicated relationship between feminine beauty, identity, and race (WOC meaning Women of Colour and also a play-on words of WOKE). This project builds on Iman's passion for social justice and the complex intersections of race. For her, this experiment is “about showing women of colour who are un-apologetically themselves… because it takes guts to be yourself.”
Join us on Sunday, April 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Arts Learning Centre at Arts Commons for an informal open house, where you can see what Iman has been working on during the week. This is a FREE event, no tickets or RSVP is required.
Human language is constantly evolving. The way we speak and words we use change for many reasons including the changes in the environment we live in, to provide a better understanding or greater clarity, or changes in social norms and expectations. Sometimes, we don’t know how much our words can hurt other people or make them feel excluded. We need to educate ourselves and others on the meanings of words. The Inclusive Language Glossary (project: Language Decoded) is a guideline and education piece to help bring that awareness. We are decoding language to educate people by identifying the use of certain expressions or words that might exclude, discriminate, or hurt particular groups of people.
We are currently in the process of completing the content for our Inclusive Language glossary, which is a tool through which folks can learn about the words out there that are not inclusive, the reason why, and get alternative words to use instead.
We are looking for a dedicated, intuitive, and resourceful intern who can bring this project to life by April 2018. The intern will create a web application using https://slides.com/ to bring a unique way to present the information. This application does not require you to code, but is rather drag and drop based. We are ideally looking for an intern who is tech savvy and interested in design. We need someone who is organized and interested in digital design. You don't necessarily have to come from a coding background, but it will help if you do.
If you are interested, apply with examples of your work (design work). The intern working on this will be working virtually, but will be required to join in-person with our CEO and team from time to time. We need someone who can work independently and has an artistic vision.
The Society for the Advocacy of Safer Spaces (SASS), Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation and Calgary Sexual Health Centre are very proud to present Safer Venue Con, a conference by the community, for the community.
Join us for a day filled with opportunities to learn how to make your workplace safer and more inclusive. This free conference is open to anyone who works in nightlife including: servers, bartenders, bouncers, owners, managers and promoters. Basically, if you make money working in a space that serves alcohol - this event is for you.
This day of workshops will give you the chance to gather with peers from your industry to discuss a wide range of topics you currently face daily in your jobs: preventing sexual assault, ending racialized harassment and discrimination, and how to better serve the LGBTQ2+ communities in Calgary. You will end the day with new tools and skills that will empower you to confront these issues in your workplace and beyond. You will also be provided with a complimentary, tasty lunch from our sponsors at Sidewalk Citizen, and a goody bag of resources to help you carry your learning with you.
Workshop Details - register here
Creating a Colourful Nightlife (facilitated by Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation)
This interactive workshop explores the roots of racism in our society. Together we will look at the impacts of racism in our communities, in the nightlife world, and other settings. We will connect personal experiences of power and privilege to systemic racism. This event aims to provide participants with tangible tools to develop and strengthen their anti-racism lens.
Creating a Culture of Respect for Gender and Sexual Diversity (facilitated by Calgary Sexual Health Centre)
Building on the anti-homophobia work that Calgary Sexual Health Centre has been doing since the 1990s, this workshop defines and examines the differences between sex, gender, and sexual orientation. We discuss the root causes of homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, and heterosexism, while looking at both media messaging and our culturally constructed views of gender and the impact this can have on clients and coworkers. Participants will leave with practical strategies for creating a safer, more inclusive and respectful work environment. They will also learn about additional community resources and referrals.
Building a Safer Scene (facilitated by Calgary Sexual Health Centre)
This workshop is unique because it approaches this issue by exploring the negative cultural and social constructions of sexuality. Participants will explore current policies that address sexual harassment and will consider approaches to creating safer spaces for patrons and clients. We explore factors that may prevent people from intervening, strategies to address harassment, and highlight the roles of bystanders in the workplace. We will also discuss ways to support the person or people being affected by harassment. Participants will leave with practical tools that will prepare them to recognize when and how they can be active bystanders when witnessing acts of sexual violence.
We acknowledge Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
Accessibility Information: The room in the Kahanoff Centre where this event is being held is accessible by elevator, and an all gender bathroom will be available on site.