All posts by Mari Sasano

Mari is a writer and civil servant.

SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Actor Annette Loiselle has always intuitively known that women were at a disadvantage in the arts, but it took her some time to really pin it down.

“I don’t know if there was a specific point, because when I was in theatre school it didn’t even occur to me that things are stacked against us,” Loiselle said. “Even though, when I auditioned for the BFA program, one of their stipulations when they were putting together a class for that year [was] it had to be two-thirds men and one-third women.” Continue reading SkirtsAfire celebrates female-centric work Annual festival brings audiences together to enjoy art

Students learn financial literacy with program Junior ATB gives students an opportunity to run a bank

A hands-on program gives young students a unique opportunity to learn about financial literacy and acquire useful life skills.

“What most people think of when they think of financial literacy is someone in a suit at a school talking about saving your money,” said Robert Ryks, branch manager of the 118 Avenue ATB Financial. It’s a world away from the experience that the young people who participate in the Junior ATB program have. Continue reading Students learn financial literacy with program Junior ATB gives students an opportunity to run a bank

Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion

Recently, Bowfort Towers, a piece of public art installed in Calgary, caused an uproar. The first theme of criticism was that the cost, $500,000, was wasteful in this economic downturn. The second was aesthetic and cultural, that the art was unattractive. A secondary argument to that was that it resembled Blackfoot burial structures, and that a non-indigenous American artist created this work using indigenous influences without understanding the symbolism. Continue reading Great public art inspires and becomes iconic Become involved and educated before forming an opinion

Anti-gay leaflets posted along the Ave Local reverend says those responsible are misinformed

Steven Townsend was walking his dog along 118 Avenue when he saw the first one: ”Repent! The sin of homosexuality will destroy Canada.”

It was a leaflet posted at a bus shelter, filled with anti-LGBTQ rhetoric backed up with selective Bible verses. Continue reading Anti-gay leaflets posted along the Ave Local reverend says those responsible are misinformed

Marking up the sidewalk at Chalk It Up Try your hand at creating sidewalk chalk art

Sidewalk chalk is temporary, but Art on the Ave’s Chalk It Up event has been going strong for four years! What started as a simple concept—bring in some chalk artists and let visitors try it for themselves—has turned into a popular, free event with a pancake breakfast and art. Continue reading Marking up the sidewalk at Chalk It Up Try your hand at creating sidewalk chalk art