- Posted by Erica Mattson on September 10th, 2008
- Posted by Charis Birchall on July 3rd, 2008
- Posted by Karen Ball on June 23rd, 2008
Thanks to Art Journal, I just read an article in Sunday's London Times about the resurgence of popularity of choirs in the UK. Calgary is a hot bed of choirs, Calgary Arts Development funds 16 choirs which involve over 500 Calgarians. Many of these choirs tour throughout the country and are winning national recognition. Maybe CTV will start a Canadian version of Last Choir Standing.
- Posted by Karen Ball on June 18th, 2008
- Posted by Mike Scullen on May 14th, 2008
Richard Florida, who spoke on Monday as part of ACAD's Stirring Culture series, referred to culture using biological metaphors at least twice. Once talking about DNA components of culture and again drawing Darwin into the discussion. It's a apt analogy and one that seems to always be referenced sooner or later when trying to understand a system of meaning. There is much talk of memes on the internet which are ideas that get transmitted through culture that undergo Darwinian style natural selection and evolution. The Lol cats phenomenon is one of my favourite examples.
Biomimicry is a buzz word that you may have heard circling around the idea flowers recently. The concept of modeling after nature is often used a in scientific context. Using the design of termite mounds to create passive climate control in modern housing is a good example. This approach has worked very well with engineering endeavors and there is the added bonus that naturally occurring systems usually have some kind of built in sustainability. There is no reason that biological systems can't be used to understand any naturally occurring system of organization. Having sustainable, fully integrated cultural systems is becoming increasingly important. Ad hoc, organically forming systems tend to be more resilient and adaptable. What ways can we learn from nature in how we approach culture? Read more »
- Posted by Mike Scullen on May 9th, 2008
If you don't already use and love RSS we've created an option to turn pull into push but before you sign up to have yet another piece of bacn (it's like SPAM only you asked for it) delivered to you inbox, let me extol the virtues of RSS.
RSS or Really Simple Syndication is an information delivery method that all of your favourite websites employ. In order to view this content you need aggregation software that will pull in all of this RSS data and will give you options to organize, search and read at your leisure. This is why RSS is pull media; you have to fire up the aggregation choose which feeds you'll subscribe to.
Pull media is great when you've got time and inclination to search out information. Having information pushed towards you will more likely grab your attention. I signed up all the CADA staff for this email because we are all sometimes too busy to pull even the low hanging information fruits (I've also started bombing everyone with bacn from our project management software).
You can sign up for a daily email of the RSS feed for all of the new content that goes onto our site below (you can also use the user account subscription feature for more tailored emails):
- Posted by Erica Mattson on April 30th, 2008
This just in - you may want to tune your radio dial to 102.1FM in Calgary before you read.
The Calgary Girls Choir has just won the CBC Radio Choral Competition in the Youth Choirs Category! The choir performed this afternoon as part of a "live-to-air" broadcast today, April 30. If you were unable to attend in person, tune in to CBC Radio Two tonight at 7 p.m. MST or listen via the internet (see below).
A huge congratulations from all of us at Calgary Arts Development to the Calgary Girls Choir, artistic director Elaine Quilichini and all the hard-working parents and volunteers behind the scenes!
Internet Listening Instructions
- Posted by Erica Mattson on April 29th, 2008
Edmonton Journal arts reporter / Alberta novelist Todd Babiak published an article today titled "Don't spin oilsands, deploy artists." In this piece he comments on a $25 million provincial advertising campaign aimed at improving perceptions about oil sands development among U.S. policymakers and poses an alternative: investing in a cultural diplomacy program instead as a way to bolster the province's reputation. Here's a brief excerpt and a link to the full article: Read more »
- Posted by Karen Ball on April 14th, 2008
The government of Ontario is stepping up to the plate in an impressively strong way. Funding the shortfall of many of the city's large capital projects for the arts and re-defining seed funding through a new $15 million legacy grant for the one year old Luminato Festival. Check out this article published in today's Toronto Star.
OK Alberta, the bar is set.
- Posted by Karen Ball on March 1st, 2008
Last night I had the pleasure of attending two incredible musical events. The first was Mystic Signs a concert by the Renaissance Singers with guests Calgary Men's Chorus and EnChor. This amazing concert of ancient and contemporary choral music was presented in the dome theatre of the Telus World of Science. It was a selll out show with audience ranges from eight years old to seventy eight years old. After the concert I went over to MacHall to see Guitar Mania, a presentation of the Calgary MidWinter Blues Festival just in time to catch blues legend Hubert Sumlin. It was an amazing show, transforming MacHall for one night into one of the best Blues clubs in North America. Another sell out with an incredible range of audience, I even ran into Marge our favorite elevator operator from our office building. Read more »