DOORS OPEN @ King Edward
What an incredible Alberta Culture Days weekend at King Edward School! From Friday, September 28th until Sunday, September 30th this decade-vacant school came back to life as some 3000 visitors made their way through the grounds and halls to experience our Doors Open @ King Edward event.
This event involved over 50,000 square feet of diverse programming throughout the school and included art installations, performances, workshops, works-in-progress, exhibitions, poetry readings, pop-up stores, robotic furniture, and interactive activities – with a little something for every one of all ages.
During the course of the weekend we had the opportunity to greet MP Michelle Rempel; Alberta’s Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk, Christine Cusanelli Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, and MLA Teresa Woo-Paw; Alderman Brian Pincott and city staff; many Alumni, teachers, and even past principals of King Edward School; and citizens from the surrounding neighbourhood and city who’s curiosity was perked.
Special thanks goes out to each of you who came to visit King Edward and to our partners who made “Doors Open at King Edward” so memorable. Without a doubt, the tremendous role-played by participants, volunteers, and partners in making this event so inspired and engaging cannot be understated.
The weekend kicked off on Friday with PechaKucha Night #13 sponsored by Calgary Arts Development. An audience of some 400 enjoyed 10 speakers’ unique perspectives on the theme of “seed” and got a little indication of King Edward’s renewal as an arts hub and incubator of engaging ideas.
Mark Hopkins marked his 100th anniversary of “We Should Know Each Other” on Saturday and Sunday, and together with a notable volunteer crew brought together over 75 participant groups who occupied every inch of space available at King Edward. What an incredible showing of artists, performers, civic engagers, innovators, educators, to Calgary’s own Historian and Poet Laureates, who certainly invited visitors to enhance their thinking with a diversity of new ideas and perspectives.
Studio C generously participated with artists and volunteers to paint an outdoor community mural wall installed by Clark Builders. Together with the break-dancers of Pulse Studios they were an energized welcome to visitors as they arrived. We are also gracious for their support with the installation, curation, and care taken to greet visitors of the King Edward School Photography Competition Exhibition.
Springboard Performance became another partner and we were pleased to provide a location for their ContainR project. This innovative performance space of shipping containers together with dancers and multimedia transformed the school grounds into a feast for the senses – not to mention the culinary delights of Perogy Boyz, Red Wagon Diner, Purple Pastry Chef and Calgary Mini Donuts!
King Edward School was one of 35 sites participating in Doors Open YYC and thanks go out to the welcoming volunteers and organizers who are an important part of this collective endeavour to make our architectural landmarks more accessible to the public.
Special thanks in closing go to Alberta Culture for selecting King Edward School as a Host Site for Alberta Culture Days. With a mission to connect people, place and ideas to ignite creativity, community, collaboration and change, Doors Open at King Edward was the perfect opportunity for cSPACE and the community to celebrate the heritage and cultural legacy of learning at King Edward for the weekend and look forward to the years to come.