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The site has been vacant for a number of years now, so the International Avenue BRZ and Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA), have decided to put the site to good use as an “arts pop-up.” The arts pop-up is a temporary fixture that we believe will put life into the site and help to drive the revitalization process by bringing the arts community to International Avenue. It’s a win-win situation, as the space will also bring arts and culture to the street, providing studios along with a space for established and emerging artists to display their artwork. The Art Box on 17E will also host theatrical performances and much more.
An official launch of the “Art Box on 17E” will be held on Thursday,October 3 at 6:30 p.m.(rsvp only), where artists can learn more about accessing the space along with some of CADA’s funding opportunities. Click here for Grand Opening invitation.
The other goal is to create an artist hub where vitality and artistic talent can flourish in east Calgary, building a platform for the team who are attempting to fundraise to build a performance arts centre at 26 Street and 17th Avenue SE. (See International Arts and Culture Centre for more.)
And to warm up to the Grand Opening, there are already a number of activities that have taken place. I-Robot, a production by Swallow-a Bicycle theatre, amazed audiences from September 11 – 22. Other theatre companies have also expressed interest and we are excited to learn about the many talented people that live in the community and have ideas for transforming spaces. For more information please call the International Avenue BRZ office at 403-248-7288 or like us on facebook for more updates.
The International Avenue BRZ is a non-profit corporation formed by the business community to improve, and revitalize the area. They are funded by a levy on all businesses in the area with a budget set by the business community. The mission of the BRZ is to promote, improve and create a more pleasant community in which to shop and live.
The International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INTAVEBRZ) & Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) have partnered to provide temporary presentation space, studio space, and workshop space for arts in East Calgary.
The Art Box on 17E is an excellent location for multi-disciplinary rehearsals, visual artists’ studios, a festival office, writers, photographers, graphic designers, film and video artists, and interdisciplinary artists. Studios will be available for rent from October 1, 2013 until January 31, 2015 with potential for extension based on building availability and funding.
Art Box on 17E is a project that will increase arts activity in Greater Forest Lawn (GFL) and support for artists living and/or working in GFL. Proposals from artists and organizations will be given greater consideration if they include one or more of the following outcomes:
- High level of participation from local artists or community members
- Increased participation of artists, organizations and GFL community members from diverse ethnic/cultural backgrounds
- Benefits local businesses or increases economic activity in GFL.
- Provision of mentorship opportunities (not exclusively focused on youth)
- Increased Community Engagement with the arts (accessible performances/exhibitions, community events or celebrations, community arts activities)
The project will have three main components:
- Large accessible/affordable exhibition/presentation space
- Subsidized studio space for individual artists/collectives
- Grants to local artists
We look forward to sharing this new project.
Click for word document Art Box on 17 E – Call to Artists
Click for application form artbox studio rental application
Sunday June 30, 2013
noon to 6 pm
at Unity Park
3111 17 Ave SE - map
Initiated by Petros Hagos owner of the Ibex Restaurant, the event will feature art, food and music of East African countries.
Call 403-402-3566 if you have any questions.
Join us for lunch to learn about International Avenue & the possibilities opening up for artists, arts groups and the community. Learn about the businesses along the Avenue and the neighbourhoods that surround it. Tour potential art studio sites as well as a large presentation stand-alone building. And… enjoy a fabulous ethnic cuisine lunch (please advise of dietary restrictions).
Thursday June 13
12:30 – 2:30
RSVP through Event Brite, questions: 403-248-7288 or email admin@internationalavenue.
Calgary, AB… How times have changed. Two years ago 4501, 17 Avenue SE was the home of the Vagabond Trailer court – crammed with a series of trailers and temporary structures (see photos). This Sunday the site is playing host to a premier Earth Day event, Down to Earth, that provides a glimpse of the sustainable future of International Avenue.
In many ways the beautiful new Loblaw’s building is the next step in the rejuvenation of the community. In the new International Avenue, future buildings will be moved up to the street, pushing parking behind and making a new environment where pedestrians and transit have top priority. This is the changing face of International Avenue, a future, which is being carefully, crafted using a SE17 Land Use and Urban Design Concept, that includes the promotion of sustainable building design and innovative practices.
Sustainability has always been a part of the International Avenue BRZ’s vision, which makes the Avenue a natural location for REAP’s Down to Earth event. In 1998 the BRZ was responsible for planting over 300 trees along 17th Ave SE. All the BRZ’s events feature compostable plates, cups and cutlery. Solar power is being used to power pedestrian lighting and the area boasts many re-use and recycle shops.
The Greater Forest Lawn community also features several community gardens including one at the Forest Lawn library and another in Albert Park who will benefit from fruit trees being donated by local food truck, The Naaco Truck. Alison Karim-McSwiney, Executive Director of International Avenue BRZ says “We are thrilled to partner on this event with REAP and their sponsors and celebrate a community making real change for a better earth.”
Down to Earth Day will help Calgarians discover practical, green solutions for their home and community. The even will feature many interactive exhibits about local food, money, home and garden, renewable energy, and sustainable transportation. A special “Kids’ Zone” will inspire and educate younger guests, featuring non-toxic and sustainably sourced toys, making crafts from recycled materials, getting their faces painted, and more. Evergreen Theatre’s Big Green Puppet Bus will be performing a musical revue about water conservation, entitled Splish Splash.
Down to Earth Day is presented in partnership with International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone, and sponsored by First Calgary Financial, Carlisle Group, Calgary Co-op and Bullfrog Power. The event will be bullfrog-powered with 100% green energy.
Target to be located at 5115 17 Avenue SE will also include a Starbucks. Soon visitors can enjoy the finest coffee right on the Avenue. Stay Tuned.
We’ll be sorry to see Zeller’s go to make way for the retail giant Target (5115 17 Avenue SE) in 2013. We are pleased however, Target picked International Avenue as a first introduction to the Calgary retail marketplace in 2013. It certainly is testament to the Avenue’s retail strength and vitality.
We are pleased to announce the opening of No Frills (Loblaws) at 4501 17 Avenue SE. The site is pedestrian friendly and is built up close to the boulevard in keeping with the new vision for International Avenue.