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Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, WP Puppet Theatre mask

Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, WP Puppet Theatre mask, mixed media [The New Gallery, +15 Window, Arts Commons, 205 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB, Apr 3-May 26]

This is My City – View From the Inside: Courage Journey

The New Gallery, +15 Window, Arts Commons
Calgary AB – Apr 3-May 26, 2016

Kim, WP Puppet Theatre mask

Kim, WP Puppet Theatre mask, mixed media [The New Gallery, +15 Window, Arts Commons, 205 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB, Apr 3-May 26]

Sam, WP Puppet Theatre mask

Sam, WP Puppet Theatre mask, mixed media [The New Gallery, +15 Window, Arts Commons, 205 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB, Apr 3-May 26]

Much of contemporary culture is linked to the growth of cities. Yet for every time-saving innovation, or a life made easier, there is a displacement, or a life that is put at risk. For some, the city is a shining example of how far our civilization has come; for others, its buildings provide little more than a warm wall to lean against, or a door to line up at while waiting for a hot meal.

There is a large literature that links the growth of cities with a decline in affordable housing. Yet cities are doing little beyond providing the irreducible minimum of “emergency” shelter, food and clothing. This is My City, a collective that grew out of an artist mentorship program launched by the City of Calgary’s Arts and Culture Department in 2008, is working beyond this minimum.

View From the Inside: Courage Journey is a puppetry-based project that aims to empower those “seeking to build resiliency, create community and raise their self-worth.” At the centre of the exhibition are 40 masks made by project participants. The subtitle, Courage Journey, “came from its participants’ responses as they went outside their comfort zone, and were vulnerable.”

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Michael Turner










Jonah, WP Puppet Theatre mask

Jonah, WP Puppet Theatre mask, mixed media [The New Gallery, +15 Window, Arts Commons, 205 8th Ave SE, Calgary AB, Apr 3-May 26]


 Fri, Apr 8, 2016