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Mariya Stokes | Photo: Courtesy of Mariya Stokes

Mariya Stokes

Embracing art as a basic need, Women's Centre of Calgary artist in residence shares her story

Cherie McMaster

If Kacey Musgraves and Meghan Trainor had a country soul love-child, the result would be Mariya Stokes. But her desire to give back to Calgary is what drives this local musician and songwriter.

Stokes cares deeply about her community and is an artist in residence for the Women’s Centre of Calgary in 2020. In support of the Women’s Centre, she produced and hosted two live band karaoke fundraisers.

“It’s a really cool space to be involved in,” says Stokes. “I was actually volunteering at the Drop-In Centre in Calgary for a few years before I discovered the Women’s Centre.”

The Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre project was called Shelter From the Storm and was full of songs, poems, and stories that captured the essence of the community with clients of the organization. They released their first album in 2015 and their second in 2016. She has also independently created and executed two coat drives for the Drop-In Centre.

Tune into this week’s Storytelling Podcast to hear more about her community work and how those projects supplement her artistic career.

About The Storytelling Podcast

Sharing diverse stories of creativity in our city, The Storytelling Podcast shines a spotlight on artists and projects that connect Calgarians to the arts.

Part of The Storytelling Project, this series raises awareness about Calgarians who, by living creative lives, are making Calgary a better city, effecting positive change and enriching others’ lives.

Have a story to share? Email us at submissions@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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