2014 Congress highlights innovative arts projects

 In cSPACE News, Events

A sold-out Creative Calgary Congress brought together arts champions on November 6 for an engaging day of discussion and visioning about arts, culture and creativity in the city. As a signatory to Calgary Arts Development’s ‘Living a Creative Life’, cSPACE joined a diverse group of citizens, artists and community leaders to network and learn more about the amazing initiatives happening across our city.

After a brief and always engaging welcome from Mayor Nenshi, the Congress’ keynote speaker, Erik Takeshita, framed the importance of a wide view of culture’s role in transforming cities.  Erik was an inspiring speaker and generous with his time (as well as a good sport for climbing up to the top of the King Edward cupola the day before to see the unparalleled view of downtown and the mountains!).

Congress sessions on creative placemaking and arts incubation space were packed, showcasing many of cSPACE’s collaborators from the past few years. Panelists included:

  • Susan Veres from Calgary Municipal Land Corporation talking about the arts-led branding of East Village, including the Seafood Market Studios managed for two years by now-cSPACE staff
  • Jennifer Crighton, one of the curators of Phantom WIng held at the King Edward in 2013
  • Nicole Mion from Springboard Dance inspiring delegates about the ContainR project, a shipping container village now in Sunnyside that started its life in Calgary at cSPACE’s Doors Open event in 2012.

We are so appreciative of having had the chance to work with such amazing and imaginative people – they have helped us signal to Calgary at an early stage that cSPACE values creativity, community, collaboration and change.

Thank you to Calgary Arts Development for organizing this fantastic event – we can’t wait for next year!!

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