“If I was not allowed to be an artist I would once again be a nefarious character under the bridge.”
In April 2014, This is My City partnered with the Calgary Homeless Foundation to transform a rundown rooming house that stood at 222-15 Ave SW in Calgary for over a century, into a vibrant work of art. It was adorned with photographs of the Beltline celebrating the community’s diversity and distinct character. As well, colourful paintings by a dozen different artists infused walls, windows, doors, mailboxes, and trees with new life. In the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness, many people worked together to give the old house and its yard one last hurrah before demolition.
The art did a superb job of drawing the public in to take a closer look, to ask questions, to be inspired. It was a fitting way to say goodbye to a well-used building and make way for new beginnings. Stepping Stone Manor, a new facility purpose-built by the Calgary Homeless Foundation to provide homes for 30 individuals exiting homelessness, will soon stand on the site.
This is My City thanks The Calgary Foundation for generously supporting this art project and the following volunteers and artists for their participation: