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The theme Being Human: On a Small Planet evolved over the fall of 2016 as I found the world news increasingly complex and divisive. I was reminded that since the very beginning, TMC artist-mentors have celebrated not the differences, but the shared values and shared interests of both our program participants and our public audience. This is My City Art Society now has over seven years' experience in programming and producing the creative works of marginalized, homeless, and at risk citizens - and we believe we are all richer for having listened and observed. Please join us in this Festival of "art from the margins".   Events are free of charge and all are welcome!

Sally Truss, Festival Curator


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Being Human: An Exhibit

April 3 to April 20

Central Library Art Wall
616 Macleod Trail S.E.

View selected artworks from This is My City  programs at Inn From the Cold and The Women's Centre of Calgary, and connect to related short docs by using QR codes and your smart phone! The Central Library Art Wall gives a taste of the expanded exhibit at Loft 112 in the East Village.




Water for Riley: Design Exhibit

April 3 to 28

Louise Riley Library
1904 -14th Avenue, N.W.

Enjoy SAIT and ACAD student designs for the Water for Riley public drinking fountain competition. The exhibit includes the jury's final decision of the competition.




An Artful Community: Pop-up Activity

Tuesday, April 4, 4pm

Central Library, Main Floor
616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Join This is My City Art Society artist-mentor Bill as you add your designs to a colourful wooden mosaic in the making. Expect to spend a delightful 120 minutes.




Making Courage: Screening of Documentaries

Wednesday, April 5, 7pm

Central Library, John Dutton Theatre
616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Participants of WP Puppet Theatre's workshop series View from the Inside: Courage Journey  share their stories on the challenges and celebrations of being human as well as showing a behind the scenes look at the creative process. In addition, a collection of TMC video shorts highlighting the writing of participants at the Calgary Drop In Centre, Alpha House, and The Women's Centre of Calgary brings to life excerpts from the book Voices in the Wind. Meet the artists at the reception following. The performance runs 120 minutes.




Song Circle: Singing Social Justice

Thursday, April 6, Noon

Central Library, Main Floor
616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Join TMC artist-mentor Sally and friends in singing all-together, classics such as Blowing in the Wind, Bread and Roses, This Little Light, and more. All are welcome to join. Expect to spend a heartwarming 60 minutes.




Being Human: An Exhibit

Exhibit Opening Thursday April 6
7pm to 9pm

Loft 112
#112, 535 - 8 Ave. S.E.

Being Human  is an extension of the TMC exhibit at the Central Library and is curated by TMC artist mentors Eveline Kolijn and Patricia Lortie. It includes works from programs offered at Inn from the Cold, The Women's Centre of Calgary, and the Calgary Drop In Centre. This exhibit, along with Healing Ointment, runs to April 27th.


Healing Ointment: Stories are the Salve of our Times

Exhibit Opening Thursday April 6
7pm to 9pm

Loft 112
#112, 535 - 8 Ave. S.E.

All are welcome to the opening reception in fabulous East Village's Loft 112. Healing Ointment: Stories are the Salve of our Times  is a puppet infused art exhibit of 2 and 3 dimensional works inspired by, and in response to, the participants' stories from WP Puppet Theatre's View from the Inside: Courage Journey. This exhibit is a companion piece to the documentary film screening, Wednesday April 5th at the Central Library and runs concurrent with Being Human  until April 27th.




Self Portrait: Drop-in Workshop with WP Puppet Theatre

Saturday, April 8, 10:30am

Central Library, Main Floor
616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Drop by and make a self-portrait puppet using a wooden spoon and other creative bits and pieces. It will be a very enjoyable 150 minutes.







An Artful Community: Pop-up Activity

Saturday, April 8, 10:30am

Central Library, Main Floor
616 Macleod Trail S.E.

Join This is My City Art Society artist-mentor Bill as you add your designs to a colourful wooden mosaic in the making. Expect to spend a delightful 120 minutes.




An Artful Community: Pop-up Activity

Saturday, April 8, 1:30pm

Louise Riley Library
1904 -14th Avenue, N.W.

Join This is My City Art Society artist-mentor Bill as you add your designs to a colourful wooden mosaic in the making. Expect to spend a delightful 120 minutes.




Flood Stories Edition 2: Book Launch

Tuesday, April 11, 7pm to 9pm

Shelf Life Books
1302 - 4 Street S.W.

Join us to celebrate the second edition of Flood Stories, a collection of writing and images from Calgary's 2013 flood by program participants from Alpha House, Calgary Drop-In Centre, Inn From the Cold, and the Alex. TMC's collection Voices in the Wind  will also be available. Refreshments will be served following a short reading. The proceeds of all Festival book sales support our ongoing programming.

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