Thursday, April 8, 2010

Artists offered a temporary home in East Village

This spring, artists will be offered a temporary home in a vacant seafood market in the East Village.

Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) are teaming-up to see this endeavour bloom.

“We felt it was a really unique way to draw people into the neighbourhood and see how the area is changing,” said Chris Ollenberger, President and CEO of CMLC. “Our vision of East Village includes the arts community as a future anchor tenant, so we think of this as a preview of sorts.”

Lorna Wallace, project manager with The City's Centre City Implementation team, said artists and their work bring vibrancy to a community.

"That’s just one reason why it is vital to support art in our Centre City," said Wallace. "We applaud our colleagues at CMLC and CADA for putting this great idea into action.”

According to CMLC, the pilot project will run for three months utilizing the 24,000 sq. ft. building for a variety of programming that could include theatre, music, visual arts and/or new media.

While the Seafood Market is slated for eventual demolition, the creative use of an existing vacant building is part of a long term initiative to integrate the arts community into East Village. CADA will be encouraging local artists looking for temporary space to submit proposals for the use of the Seafood Market.

CMLC and CADA will provide more details in the coming weeks.

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