New banner art brightens Southeast Calgary!
The next time you travel down Heritage Drive SE, look up! Eight of the city’s street lighting poles (four east and four west of Fairmount Drive)
have recently been outfitted with colorful new banner art by local Calgary artists.
The banners are presented by In-Definite Arts, a creative arts studio in Calgary celebrating forty years of community arts programming this 2015. Primarily mandated to support artists with developmental disabilities, the In-Definite Arts Society also provides year round children’s art classes and evening adult workshops for residents of southeast Calgary.
In-Definite Arts’ latest banner flags project (“Legacy Flags”) honors the Society’s forty-year history by making a vibrant, placemaking statement about the cultural richness of Fairview/Acadia. Featuring sixteen local artists (with and without disabilities), the banners highlight themes of nature, heritage and urban life in an open-air gallery located on the busy Heritage Drive throughway.
“Legacy Flags” received over one hundred submissions in response to its public call for artwork, and was overseen by a project-specific jury made up of local artists and representatives of the Fairview and Acadia Community Associations. Thanks are extended on behalf of In-Definite Arts to the members of the jury: Jeff de Boer, Dave Nolan, Dave and Melody Eisenbart and Colleen Geib, as well as Brenda Jay from the City of Calgary and Leland Styner from the City’s Roads Department for their support in making this project possible. Additional funds and support were provided in part by Alberta Culture and Tourism.
The following artists will be featured as part of the “Legacy Flags” installation: Doug Driediger, Shawn Belanger, Steven Brausse, Kate Depatie, Jillian Popowich, Lynn Cameron, Deborah Catton, Tony Goodison, Amber Harriman, Caitlin Johnson, Linsy Hernandez, Brad McCaull, Michelle Harris, Jarret Quinn, Matthew Carberry and Sandra Milne.
The official dedication of the “Legacy Flags” project will take place on Saturday, September 26th in connection with Alberta Culture Days. Artists will be in attendance, and In-Definite Arts will host a community walk touring the installation starting at 1pm. From 11am – 3pm, the In-Definite Arts centre will also host a free open house including a family BBQ and interactive art activities.