Alberta’s uncultured minister

One could be forgiven for assuming that Alberta's minister of culture would have some semblance of the arts and the province's arts community, but by all accounts, that's not the case. If there were any doubts, this recent interview in the Globe and Mail should remove them. The fact that Maureen Kubinec hasn't seen a live performance … Continue reading Alberta’s uncultured minister

Public art I can’t wait to see

Council recently voted to have city administration review the public art policy. One suggestion was that the public should have more say in public art installations. I couldn't agree more. We should do away with the jury and those people who "claim" to know about "art." Here are some sculptures that I'm really excited to … Continue reading Public art I can’t wait to see

An outsider’s view of outsiders: an interview with Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden’s novels are all about place. They are anchored not only in the wilds of Canada (for the most part), but they are tied to the First Nations consciousness of a homeland. So it’s funny that Boyden, who lives in New Orleans, stays away from these places in order to better understand and write … Continue reading An outsider’s view of outsiders: an interview with Joseph Boyden

Wreck City artists run amok in Sunnyside

Wherever there is cheap space, you’ll find artists. Detroit is a great example. As the city empties and houses are abandoned, property is bottom-barrel cheap and artists move in. There are blocks of decorated houses because, well, what else is anybody going to do with them. Calgary? Not so cheap. Yet, if you wander along … Continue reading Wreck City artists run amok in Sunnyside

Questioning Calgary’s arts party

The federal government kicked in $1.6 million, the city one-upped them with $2 million and the province gave $250,000, with another $500,000 set aside to match corporate donations. It’s a tidy sum of money, all earmarked for arts and culture after Calgary was named the cultural capital of Canada (okay, one of the cultural capitals; … Continue reading Questioning Calgary’s arts party

Broken brand or new beginning at the AGC?

Some members of Calgary’s arts community say the Art Gallery of Calgary (AGC) is a dysfunctional space, where art is physically compromised, working relationships are difficult and corporate events and fundraisers are considered more important than the work on the walls. The gallery counters that fundraising is a necessary exercise, accounting for 79 per cent … Continue reading Broken brand or new beginning at the AGC?