This is My City Art Society (TMC) believes that the creative voice of every citizen has value and that we are all richer for having listened.
The work that TMC does not only enriches the lives of the disenfranchised people in its programs, it opens the door for dialogue among all citizens. It builds bridges so that stereotypes can be broken down and common values can be clearly seen and celebrated.
This is My City is a volunteer-run, nonprofit society that brings opportunities for positive creative expression into the lives of some of Calgary’s most marginalized citizens: the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Professional artist-mentors bring their skills and love of art into the shelters and service agencies year-round and connect with individuals to make music, theatre, and visual art together.
In collaboration with The City of Calgary, TMC presented its first Festival in 2012 with the participation of many community partners such as the Central Library, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Calgary, and the High Performance Rodeo. TMC program participants shared the stage with theatre professionals. Paintings, drawing and photographs from TMC workshops were exhibited. Homeless voices were heard in panel discussions. The public watched, looked, listened, and responded.
Meet Reg. Art Turned His Life Around!
Reg Knelson is an artist, a past TMC board member, and a former Drop-In Centre client. Hear how he turned his life around through art in this piece, Art: A Matter of Survival, by journalist Karen Moxley. It originally aired on CBC Radio One’s Calgary Eye Opener on February 28, 2012 during the inaugural This is My City Festival.