This Is My City Festival

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This is My City Art Society (TMC) began life as a program of The City of Calgary’s Arts & Culture department in 2008. A full year of multi-disciplinary arts programming involving over a dozen visual, theatre, music, and literary artists took place in homeless shelters, service agencies, public venues, and on the streets. Artists served as mentors, working alongside agency staff to provide increased opportunities for homeless and at-risk individuals to engage in art-making. They also facilitated opportunities for the resulting expressions to be shared with the broader community. Many of those involved were committed to continuing the work and in September 2010, we formed a nonprofit society with that objective.

TMC continued to work with The City of Calgary and in 2012 the two partnered to present a community-driven, arts-based forum dealing with issues of homelessness and displacement in Calgary. The inaugural This is My City Festival ran from January through May 2012 and brought together a dozen local arts organizations to support and deliver exciting programs. For TMC, it was an opportunity to solidify community partnerships, engender organizational capacity, and bring the artistic expressions of Calgary’s homeless and marginalized citizens to a new level of public engagement. The festival format offers a structure in which works produced in our year-round programs can be featured at an annual showcase. As the festival and TMC evolve, we look forward to deepening our relationship with our partners, broadening our reach in the public sphere, and continuing to provide meaningful avenues of creative expression for our program participants.

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U-HALL - This Is My City Festival

April 11, 2015 to April 25, 2015

TRUCK is pleased to host This Is My City Festival's exhibition Possibilities in the Wind: An Artful Partnership. 

Possibilities in the Wind: An Artful Partnership

Saturday, April 11th to Saturday, April 25th 

Opening reception April 11th from 2:30pm to 5:00pm 

U-HALL Gallery at TRUCK
2009 10 Ave SW

In partnership with The Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) this exhibit showcases the transformation of a rundown rooming house into a vibrant work of art – its last hurrah before demolition to make way for housing for the homeless. Many community members worked together – and we celebrate them and their work!

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