Linger with Calgary Chinatown Volunteers

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Linger with Calgary Chinatown Volunteers

As part of the Calgary Chinatown Artist Residency, this one-day event on 2nd Ave. SE will present a prototype of what it would be like if there were dedicated seating and tables for people to hang around, linger, and move through the community at their own pace.

By closing the road to traffic, the event encourages people to stay in the heart of Chinatown instead of eating their takeout by the river or on tables elsewhere and to just take a momentary rest. It also encourages people to slow down and pay attention the businesses along that street that visitors may have otherwise not known about. Rather than planned activities, people are welcome to use the space however they wish to. At the end of the event, there will be a joss paper burning ceremony to celebrate and remember Chinatown.

The event will also feature seating designed by Cheryl Wong and images created by Annie Wong.

Event Date: August 1, 2021
Event Time: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Location: 2nd Ave. SE; between Centre St. and Riverfront Ave. SE

Call for Volunteers

Setup: Six people

  • 9:00 – 11:00am
  • Placing tables and seats.
  • Installing artwork decor along fencing.
  • Set up hand sanitizer stations.
  • Need to be able to lift, be on their feet, carry things, etc.

General Volunteer: Two or three people

Shift #1: 11:00am – 4:00pm (filled)
Shift #2: 4:00 – 9:00pm

  • Info station attendant:
    • About the event, where to find certain things, etc.
    • Negotiate with other volunteers to rotate spot.
    • Will be seated most/all of the time; being able to speak Cantonese and/or Mandarin is nice but not necessary.
    • Provide face masks.
    • Walk around the area, wipe down tables, keep street clean of litter.
    • Answer questions or point to appropriate people.
    • Keep a general eye out of how things are going.
    • If there’s line ups occurring at restaurants and people are too close together, remind people to be 2m apart.
    • Moderate amount of time on your feet, need to be able to pick up things from the floor, wiping motions, need to be comfortable approaching strangers; being able to speak Cantonese and/or Mandarin is nice but not necessary.

Takedown: Six people

  • 9:00 – 10:00pm
  • Put away tables, seats.
  • De-installing artwork, decor, hand sanitizer stations.
  • General clean up of the street.
  • Need to be able to lift, be on their feet, carry things, etc.

What will be Provided: Everyone will be given water bottles, snacks will be available.

Prep as Volunteer: Please wear sunscreen (extra will be provided at the event), comfortable attire for the weather and volunteer shift.

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