Soul of the City
Soul of the City Neighbour Grant Winners Announced
Thank you to the dozens of people/community groups who applied for a Soul of the City Neighbour Grant.
On April 14 in partnership with The Calgary Foundation, we awarded eight community groups with $5000 neighbour grants. While all eight groups will receive the money, the five Soul of the City Neighbour Grant winners will also star in a documentary video being produced over the summer. They are:
Creative Writing Project: An all-ages write-your-life weekly circle from a residents group in the neighbourhoods of Saddle Ridge, Castleridge, Falconridge, Taradale, Martindale, Coral Springs, and Skyview Ranch. Grassroots group: Centre for Creative Writing and Human Development; Charitable partner: North of McKnight Community Resource Centre
Twin View Communal Garden: A group of residents from Dover will turn an unused tennis court into an open community garden; this grant will help them lead a community mural project to engage their neighbours in the bigger garden plan. Grassroots group: Twin Views Communal Garden; Charitable partner: Antyx Community Arts
Haysboro Scoot Park Mural: A group of residents from Haysboro will turn their two paved outdoor hockey rinks into an all-seasons destination by painting one surface into a mini-Haysboro for kids on trikes & the other into a scooter park for pre-teens. Grassroots group: Haysboro Community Association playground committee; Charitable partner: Friends of the Federation of Calgary Communities
Wildwood Water Wheel: A group of residents from Wildwood will turn garbage collected through their annual neighbourhood clean-up into a functional statue in their community garden. Grassroots group: Wildwood Community Association and local artists; Charitable partner: Friends of the Federation of Calgary Communities
Dancing in the Street at the Inglewood Night Market: A group of residents from Inglewood & Ramsay will run their second-year of pop-up night markets that engaged the neighbourhood and helped the local businesses revive after losing so much foot traffic to the flood & flood recovery; the grant will support dancers and musicians to help market visitors and neighbours actively participate. Grassroots group: Find It!; Charitable partner: Calgary Reads
Runners up: Recipients of a $5,000 Soul of the City Neighbour Grant
Turnt Up Block Party: A group of youth will organize a big event at Shaw Millennium Park to introduced their peers to community volunteer opportunities. Grassroots group: Youth steering committee of charity Youth Central
Growing & Rooting for Community: Residents of Midnapore & Sundance will expand their community garden to include a new open garden area where anyone can come help, without having to rent a garden plot. Grassroots group: Mid-Sun Community Association community garden; Charitable partner: Friends of the Federation of Calgary Communities
Growing Acadia - Art & Garden Come Together: Residents of Acadia will celebrate year two of their garden with a mural painting event and community celebration. Grassroots group: Acadia Community Garden and Art Society; Charitable partner: Lutheran Church of our Saviour
Stay tuned for more information coming soon on our upcoming Soul of the City event in June.
About the Soul of the City Speaker Series
Due to greater worker mobility, global cities are competing to retain their most creative residents and to attract talented newcomers. Only by understanding the needs of their citizens and by providing them with a high quality of life, can cities appeal to the 'creative classes' and prosper by fostering greater social cohesion.
Calgary Economic Development launched the Soul of the City speaker series in September 2012 to bring Calgarians together to discuss commerce, urban design, art, food, creativity, education and diversity.
If you are interested in sponsoring Soul of the City, please contact Megan Zimmerman.