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Aspiring Street Artists Wanted

Working within the Painted City initiative, the Street Art Program for Youth is designed to provide an urban-art styled experience to youth who are interested in the street art form. Guided by professional lead street artists, the program allows up to 12 youths aged 12 to 17 to participate in a 12-week series of workshops in which they will be taught various street art techniques and collectively design a large-scale, site-specific work that engages the local community in the design and making of the artwork. This program is offered in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary.

The goals of the program are to create a safe and legitimate artistic exploration that provides guidance and creates a sense of community among the artists. Working with the local community will assist the young artists in developing respect for community members and public space, while creating an artwork that can be celebrated and enjoyed for years to come.

The program consists of a program lead who designs and implements the course, educates the youth registered in the program about the history and practices of street art, and acts as the liaison between the Public Art Program, the Boys and Girls Club and the lead artists. Two lead artists are chosen each year to join the youth toward the end of the program and help them design and implement their street artwork.

Both the program lead and lead artists are chosen by a standard seven-member City selection panel consisting of three community members, three local artists and one City representative. Youth will be required to register for the program and registration for the 2016 program will begin in the spring. Please check back for more information or follow us on facebook.com/yycartsculture and Twitter @yycartsculture to receive registration information when it becomes available.

Two sessions of the program are offered annually with two sites chosen for the artworks. If you have a potential location you would like to have used as a site in the future, please email publicart@calgary.ca.

Street Artists:

  • Alberta artist AJA Louden is the program lead for the 2016 program. AJA is the owner of Louden Laboratories and runs the Aerosol Academy program around the province.
  • Professional artist, Dan Bergeron will lead participants in the first site mural in 2016, which will be located along the 61st Avenue SW. corridor between Chinook Centre and Chinook CTrain station.
  • Professional artist Sergey Ryutin will lead youth for the second project in 2016 which will be located in Thomson Family Park.

Battistella Developments Inc. has generously gifted the former Orange Lofts sales centre in East Village to the Street Art Program for Youth to use as practice walls for both sessions in 2016.

Youth who would like to participate in the summer session of the program that runs two evenings per week from July 27 to September 24, 2016 at the Historic Holy Angels School (2105 Cliff St. SW) can register by calling 403.268.3800 and referencing course code 367047.

The fee for the program is $120, and fee assistance is available.

Street Art Program

Street Art Program | Photo: Courtesy of The City of Calgary Public Art Program

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