On March 30, a crowd packed the gallery at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts. They were there to see 19 short videos, each under five minutes, the result of the year-long Digital Storytelling project initiated by writer-in-residence Jocelyn Brown.
“I was working here with the artists individually on storytelling, but for a few of the artists at the Nina, telling a story in the traditional way just didn’t work for them. They might’ve not been able to speak or the stories they wanted to tell weren’t always linear in the traditional way. And they’re here as visual artists, so I was really looking for a way where we didn’t have to rely on text as much,” Brown said.
Continue reading Telling a story in under five minutes Digital Story project featured 19 short films
About 60 residents gathered in the basement of Sacred Heart Church on March 6 to hear from members of Access to Medically Supervised Injection Services Edmonton (AMSISE) about their proposal to open four safe injection sites in the city’s core.
The meeting, organized by the McCauley Community League executive committee, was intended to address residents’ concerns about possible impacts the sites may have on their neighbourhoods. Continue reading Residents debate safe injection site proposal Community meeting addresses the potential impacts
In a world of increasing social isolation, neighbours can be a great asset for social support, resources, help, and safety. A book called The Abundant Community by John McKnight and Peter Block champions collective efficacy to create more capable and effective communities. Continue reading Developing Abundant Communities Fixing big problems on a small scale starts at home
Many community initiatives happen in our area, encompassing everything from small community projects to big festivals.
Wesley Andreas, creator of Animate the Avenue Alleys, is a great example of someone who developed a successful initiative. A few years ago, he needed to repaint his garage, but wanted something creative. He participated in an event called DIY City and painted a simple, bright cityscape and silhouettes of people. Continue reading The road to creating community initiatives Advice and resources to get a project on its feet
Hundreds of people have given their time to share their vision for and frustration with their neighbourhood over the years. Some of them took it further and joined a committee or worked on a project. Many residents sitting at community meetings today are the same as 11 years ago when the Avenue Initiative Revitalization started. That speaks of the commitment those residents have to making their community a better place to live, work, and play. Continue reading Community leaders of revitalization Stepping up to make your neighbourhood better
Although the Edmonton municipal election isn’t scheduled until Oct. 16, some candidates have already announced their intentions to run in Ward 7 and Ward 2. Continue reading Candidates declare intentions for election October city election already has candidates lining up
Community Liaison Constable (CLC) Freddie Challenger wants neighbourhood residents to know he’s available to talk and to listen.
Assigned to the F3 district, which includes Alberta Avenue, Westwood, Elmwood, Eastwood, Delton, Parkdale, and Spruce Avenue, Challenger is responsible for working with the community to find lasting solutions to crime and disorder. Continue reading Community Liaison Constable is all ears Constable Freddie Challenger says he is here to listen
On Feb. 10-12, Edmontonians have the opportunity to celebrate Black History Month and participate in important discussions regarding institutional racism.
Ogaden Somali Community of Alberta Residents (OSCAR) and Concordia University of Edmonton are organizing the Black History Month Celebration and the Social Justice Forum.
Continue reading Celebrate Black History Month This February, contribute to an important conversation
My name is Erin and I’m the new Community Safety Liaison with the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (also known as NET) for the Northwest division. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and explain my role.
Continue reading Introducing your Community Safety Liaison New NET member is ready to help the community
The city kicked off the second phase of the Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine Master Plan last month by asking citizens to share their vision for the future.
An open house held at Alex Taylor School on Jan. 17 invited residents to help craft a vision statement, vote on preferred features, and map out their ideal park to inform design concepts that will be presented in the next phase.
Continue reading City seeks input for future of river valley parks Dawson Park and Kinnaird Ravine plan enters phase two