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


Upcoming event

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.

Here what Mayor Nenshi has to say about Soul of the City.

If you are interested in sponsoring Soul of the City, please contact Megan Zimmerman.


Past events

Topic Watch the video

Soul of the City #9

DIVERSITY IS GOOD BUSINESS
January 15, 2014

Watch Highlights video
Watch Naheed Nenshi's talk
Watch Michael Bach's talk
Watch Karen MacKenzie's talk
Watch Bruce Randall's talk
Watch Deborah Green's talk
Watch Panel Q & A

Soul of the City #8

HOW GOOD COMPANIES MAKE A GREAT CITY
October 1, 2013

Forum Discussion video
Watch Karim Karji's talk
Watch Joyce Sou's talk
Watch Houston Peschl's talk
Watch Dermot Hikisch's talk
Watch Chile Hidalgo's talk
Watch Derek Cook's talk

Soul of the City #7

FESTIVALS AND STREET CULTUREIGNITING LIFE IN OUR CITY
June 6, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Kevin Stolarick's talk
Watch the Panel Discussion

Soul of the City #6

CELEBRATING AND CULTIVATING LOCAL FOOD IN CALGARY
May 7, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Connie DeSousa and John Jackson's talk
Watch Luke Kimmel's talk
Watch Eliese Watson's talk
Watch Ron Finlay's talk
Fashion TV interview
 

Soul of the City #5

CREATIVITY IN CALGARY
March 25, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Jeff Melanson's talk
Watch Patrick Finn's talk

Soul of the City #4

WEAVING PUBLIC ART AND INSPIRING ARCHITECTURE INTO THE FABRIC OF OUR CITY
January 23, 2013

Synopsis video
Watch Yves Trepanier's talk
Watch Karen Ball's talk
Watch Craig Reardon's talk
Watch Rachel Seupersad's talk

Soul of the City #3

NEW FRONTIERS IN URBAN PLANNING AND DESIGN
November 28, 2012

Synopsis video
Watch Ken Greenberg's talk
Watch Marcy McInelly's talk
Watch Doug Olson's talk
 

Soul of the City #2

HOW SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES MAKE CALGARY MORE COMPETITIVE
October 24, 2012

Watch Chris Turner's talk
Synopsis video
 

Soul of the City #1

WHAT MAKES PEOPLE LOVE WHERE THEY LIVE AND WHY IT MATTERS
September 26, 2012

Watch Dr. Katherine Loflin's talk
Synopsis video