The Community Boardworx Project aims to foster community spirit, learning through the arts, skills development, artistic expression and also a sense of pride and accomplishment.Within the theme of education, participating youths were encouraged to share their reasons on the importance of learning. The youths were asked to write on a thought wall "Why we learn". Selected responses were discussed and text was added to the mural.Beyond their artistic contributions to the boards, the youth are also given the chance to draw, write creatively, and even explore photography throughout the project.
The Community Boardworx Project Goals:
- To contribute to the creative value of construction sites through art.
- To cultivate community pride, engagement, and a positive city environment.
- To provide opportunities for youth and artists to showcase their work.
- To encourage relationships and opportunities for mentoring between youth, artists, builders, and the Calgary community.
- To assist in graffiti reduction.
Urban Youth Worx (UYW) was initiated in 1998 by 2 Calgary youth probation officers who wanted to create opportunities for youth to work off their community service hours in a meaningful way. UYW is a city wide program that carries out community development using the creative process. Over 30 projects have been completed throughout the city of Calgary. These projects are varied in scope, and range from murals to mosaics to videos to mask-making. UYW vision includes fostering vibrant communities by engaging youth and community partners in a creative process.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary offers programs and activities at 25 locations, enriching the lives of more than 40,000 children, youth and their families each year. Our mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life.
Calgary Downtown Association is a Business revitalization Zone established under Alberta’s Municipal Government Act representing 3,500 businesses in a 120 block area in the centre of the city. This area includes office, hotel, retail, restaurant, entertainment, attractions, cultural and government buildings.
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Community & Neighbourhood Services is committed to being a leader in building individual and community capacity. We aim to contribute to personal well-being and enhance the quality of life for Calgarians by: - Ensuring the availability of a broad range of social programs and recreational opportunities that are accessible to all Calgarians. - Encouraging the development and support of partnerships and cooperative relationships. - Facilitating the development and sustainability of community based organizations; mobilizing individuals and communities to promote community caring and responsibility for individual and community well-being. - Leveraging and aligning our resources in areas of greatest need. - Providing public information, education, referral and advocacy.