There I was, facing the back entrance of an old building downtown, around 6pm one quiet evening in Calgary.  I wasn’t sure if I had the right place, but I went though the open door anyways.  Immediately, a friendly lady directed me to the elevator, the old style service type with the pull down cage.  “Going Up” she said with a smile. Seconds later, I arrive a few floors up, then walk down the bland white walled hallway into a small room. A few people were seated at a small table with a projector on it, as well as a few snacks and a couple of bottles of wine.  Not exactly the high budget atmosphere I had expected but comforting nonetheless.  I was now curious to see how this lecture would unfold.  To my surprise, the information presented was well worth the small donation I gave them, $10 if I remember correctly.  The guest lecturer, Sharon Stevens, was a wealth of knowledge about the art scene in Calgary.  She gave a fantastic lecture, so I thought I would write a little bit about what I found out and provide a link for any readers interested in attending future lectures.

UAS - Untitled Arts Society

Sharon’s lecture was titled ‘How to win friends and influence people: Getting involved in the Calgary art scene’

Throughout the 2 hr or so lecture, Sharon spoke about and mapped out about 40 or more art related organizations in Calgary.  Anything from Galleries, Art Spaces, Festivals and Centres were talked about.  The interesting thing was, a lot of these places that seemed very interesting and useful, are hidden and I may never have known about them.  There are more organizations than I knew about, as well as more available spaces and opportunities for artists in Calgary.

Here is a link to future events.  There will be lecture notes posted shortly I was told.  It should have a list of all sorts of art related organizations in Calgary.  If it doesn’t appear, feel free to message me on here, or email me, and I can personally send you a copy.  Hopefully it’s as valuable to you as it is to me.

http://www.uascalgary.org/survival-101-series.html

 

~ Chris