There I was, facing the back entrance of an old building downtown, around 6pm one quiet evening in Calgary. I wasn’t sure if I had the right place, but I went though the open door anyways. Immediately, a friendly lady directed me to the elevator, the old style service type with the pull down cage. “Going Up” she said with a smile. Seconds later, I arrive a few floors up, then walk down the bland white walled hallway into a small room. A few people were seated at a small table with a projector on it, as well as a few snacks and a couple of bottles of wine. Not exactly the high budget atmosphere I had expected but comforting nonetheless. I was now curious to see how this lecture would unfold. To my surprise, the information presented was well worth the small donation I gave them, $10 if I remember correctly. The guest lecturer, Sharon Stevens, was a wealth of knowledge about the art scene in Calgary. She gave a fantastic lecture, so I thought I would write a little bit about what I found out and provide a link for any readers interested in attending future lectures.
Sharon’s lecture was titled ‘How to win friends and influence people: Getting involved in the Calgary art scene’
Throughout the 2 hr or so lecture, Sharon spoke about and mapped out about 40 or more art related organizations in Calgary. Anything from Galleries, Art Spaces, Festivals and Centres were talked about. The interesting thing was, a lot of these places that seemed very interesting and useful, are hidden and I may never have known about them. There are more organizations than I knew about, as well as more available spaces and opportunities for artists in Calgary.
Here is a link to future events. There will be lecture notes posted shortly I was told. It should have a list of all sorts of art related organizations in Calgary. If it doesn’t appear, feel free to message me on here, or email me, and I can personally send you a copy. Hopefully it’s as valuable to you as it is to me.