Light streams through the windows of Bleeding Heart Art Space on 118 Avenue. Its bright interior fulfills the founders’ intent that there be a community gathering place for the arts, and by extension, for social dialogue.
“One thing that art does really well is give a voice to people who may not have a voice, and to issues that may not have a voice,” said Dave Von Bieker, Bleeding Heart’s artistic director.
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When Alberta Avenue Community League holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM), several dozen people attend. Its programs consistently attract volunteers and members.
That and the league’s location are a blessing, said Brendan Van Alstine, league president.
Continue reading Alberta Avenue keeps an eye on the future Community league benefits from resident optimism
Imagine moving to a new country. The stress of finding a new home, a new job, a new school for your kids, and new friends. Now imagine not being able to speak your new country’s language.
Continue reading What it means to start over in a new country Learning a complicated language takes time and exposure
Every year, Gaden Samten Ling Society’s Tibetan Bazaar becomes more popular.
“It’s been growing year by year,” said Jeremy Berg, society board member, noting that attendees should anticipate a lot of music and colour.
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One of Kaleido Family Arts Festival’s greatest strengths is that it presents art and performance in a casual way to everyone.
Another strength is the community focus. Artistic director Christy Morin explained the heart of Kaleido has always been local talent, including organizers, performers, athletes, and artisans.
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Something edgy is coming to 118 Avenue as rumours circulate of an “exquisite corpse.” Is a zombie invasion imminent?
Despite its hair-raising name, exquisite corpse is art at this year’s Kaleido Family Arts Festival. Local schools are spearheading this event, said Christy Morin, executive director of Arts On The Ave.
Continue reading Kaleido and local students create art Arts festival and schools make a perfect partnership
Night was approaching as I stood by the river, thinking of closure. The beauty of the water, a calm swath winding through low green banks, filled me with appreciation.
I was here because my partner, Larry Loyie, a proud Cree man, writer, and educator died three months before at 82 years old. He asked that his ashes be laid here by the river during the family’s annual gathering, in a traditional Cree way.
Continue reading Finding comfort and closure by the river Traditional Cree ceremonies honour the departed
A smile lights Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe’s face as he queries a young guest at the Alberta Centre for Peace and Meditation, on the corner of 101 Street and 114 Avenue.
Fondly known as Kushok, the spiritual director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Society has been offering teachings and meditation practice to Edmontonians for 16 years. But his journey here was not always so bright.
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A theatre camp dedicated to providing affordable and accessible arts education to youth is uncertain of the future. Spark! ran the first two weeks of July with students ranging from ages 7-14.
Unable to secure grant funding, organizers were forced to rely on donations and charge a fee for each student. This meant the camp is difficult to justify for students coming from low-income families. Chris dela Cruz, founder of Spark!, explained, “These kids are not normally afforded opportunities to be exposed to performance art as it can be an expensive activity.”
Continue reading Camp organizers seek a spark of funding Local theatre camp unsure of what the future holds
The best poets throw out the rule book and speak plainly to you with electric words they pull from their veins of consciousness and then pour like lightning into the reader’s bones. Shima Aisha Robinson’s electric first book of poetry, Horn, will soon be available in a second printing.
Few acts are more courageous and electric than truth. Autobiographical poetry, as Robinson defines her work, is thought and truth aloud on the page. “My book is about personal experience, friends and family, all the major themes, love and pain and [it also] explores politics. I tried to choose the most potent poems that communicated the issues.”
Continue reading There is no golden rule for creativity Shima Aisha Robinson talks about art and poetry