Greater Forest Lawn grant recipients to celebrate at artBOX on 17E

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Greater Forest Lawn grant recipients to celebrate at artBOX on 17E

For immediate release
August 22, 2014

Arts for All Program has invested $95,000 in 11 artistic projects and one artist award

(Calgary AB) – Media are invited to attend a celebration of the grant recipients of the Arts for All Program, a program piloted by Calgary Arts Development and the International Avenue BRZ that has now invested $95,000 in artistic activity in East Calgary:

Tuesday, August 26
artBOX on 17E (1807 42nd St. SE)
10:30am – 12:00pm

Artists and representatives from organizations will speak about their projects, including:

▪ Visual artist Deng Duot, the recipient of the $5,000 Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award.
Antyx Community Arts Society, for their Play on Wheels portable playground project.
Green Fools Theatre, for their Greater Forest Lawn social circus held earlier this summer.
The Freed Artist Society, for their upcoming after-school program about building life skills for youth through urban arts.
Diversity Initiatives for New Immigrants, which encouraged youth to express themselves through poetry.
Silvera for Seniors, a senior citizens’ home that mounted a production of Phyllis Wheaton’s Forest Lawn in Story and Song (another project funded by the program).

Other artists are providing updates on their projects through video and images. Light refreshments will be provided.

“A major goal of the Arts for All Program was to reach artists in this city who we don’t normally connect with, and we are pleased at how many new faces we’ve met through this program over the past year,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “We are honoured to invest in the cultural vibrancy of East Calgary, and are looking forward to the long-term results of this program.”

“The ripple effect from the investment in East Calgary artists and art projects has been phenomenal,” says Alison Karim-McSwiney, Executive Director of the International Avenue BRZ. “Over the past year, we have witnessed thriving partnerships between artists and local businesses and a significant increase economic activity.”

More information and a list of recipients of the Greater Forest Lawn Project Grant are available at

About the Arts for All Program
Calgary Arts Development is piloting the Arts for All Program in 2013 and 2014 to invest in arts activity outside of the downtown core, with a current focus on East Calgary. The first community to host this program is Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrooke Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview). Calgary Arts Development has partnered with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone to engage a range of artists and arts organizations in the area, as well as local businesses and community members.

About Calgary Arts Development
As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. We invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Our programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary.


Further Information
Cadence Mandybura
Communications Liaison, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: 403.264.5330 ext. 201 (office); 403.585.5390

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