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Article posted on June 26, 2017

Pop Up Art: Stardale’s Indigenous girls get creative in celebration of Canada 150 & Calgary Stampede

Young Indigenous girls paint as part of a program offered through Stardale Women’s Group.
Young Indigenous girls paint as part of a program offered through Stardale Women’s Group.
Two young Stardale artists proudly display their works of art.
Two young Stardale artists proudly display their works of art.

Before the Canada Day fireworks kick off in downtown Calgary, Stardale Women’s Group will host a celebration of their own.

On July 1, young Indigenous clients of Stardale Women’s Group will gather at the Peace Bridge (at the south side entrance of Eau Claire) for plein air painting – or outdoor painting. Talented artists will be on-hand to assist the young painters, including Cree-Metis artist Barbara La Pointe, and First Nations artist Ken Bourassa. Stardale is excited to include the public in this interactive event, which is a unique opportunity to see Indigenous girls tell their stories through art.

The event, which runs 11:00am to 2:00pm, is the first of an exciting series of Stardale Pop Up Art events throughout the summer. The next plein air painting event will be held during Stampede, taking place July 12 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in front of Scotia Centre along Calgary’s Stephen Avenue Walk. Another event exploring text and identity will take place July 26 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on Riverfront Avenue near the iconic Simmons Building. All are welcome to these cultural experiences.

Stardale Women’s Group, an Alberta’s Promise partner since 2007, offers services to Indigenous women and girls, as well as to women of poverty. The non-profit serves communities in northern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta with programs designed to improve life skills, enhance literacy, and help form strategies for dealing with poverty and abuse. Stardale strives to empower Indigenous women, their families, and their communities.

The organization delivers youth programming to at-risk Indigenous girls aged 10 to 17. By incorporating the arts into the programming, Stardale is helping Indigenous girls find healthy ways to express themselves and cope with personal, social, and cultural challenges through creative storytelling. Stardale’s Pop Up Art series encourages youth to explore and visualize their hopes for the future. Be sure to check out the events and support programming for Indigenous women and girls.

Upcoming Events

Canada 150 Pop Up Art in the Park | July 1, 2017
Where: Peace Bridge (at the south side entrance of Eau Claire), Calgary
When: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Description: Experience the creative process of storytelling through art as Stardale’s Indigenous girls will be plein air painting live with the support of Cree-Metis artist Barbara La Pointe and First Nations artist Ken Bourassa.

Calgary Stampede Pop Up Art Event | July 12, 2017
Where: in front of Scotia Centre along Calgary’s Stephen Avenue Walk, Calgary
When: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Description: In this interactive event, Stardale’s Indigenous girls will be plein air painting along Calgary’s Stephen Avenue Walk.

Pop Up Art in the Park | July 26, 2017
Where: Riverfront Avenue, near the iconic Simmons Building in Calgary
When: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Description: In this interactive event, Stardale’s Indigenous girls will be doing an art project involving text and identity. Cree-Metis artist Barbara La Pointe and First Nations artist Ken Bourassa will be guiding the process.

Last Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017

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