Telling Our Stories

By This Is My City Art Society

Film and New Media, Multidisciplinary, Theatre, Visual Arts, Culture

  • Donate $10 and Up

    All donors will receive: Acknowledgement on our website Invitation to Festival Opening performance at the Central Library Invitation to the Festival Finale at the Epcor Centre with an opportunity to meet the artists and the artist mentors

    Donate $100 and Up

    Everything above PLUS a copy of the anthology "This Is My City".
  • Donate $200 and Up

    Everything above PLUS priority to book a ‘ TMC video and artist’ visit to a group of your choice

    Donate $500 and Up

    Everything above PLUS an opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit a rehearsal for one of Telling Our Stories Festival performances
  • Donate $1000 and Up

    Everything above PLUS an artistically altered white cowboy hat by a professional artist, as seen at our annual fundraiser Tip Your Hat

About the Project

“We believe that the creative voice of every citizen has value and that we are richer for having listened” This Is My City (TMC)

Invest today in Telling Our Stories: Flood 2013 and help the unique stories of some of Calgary’s most vulnerable citizens - the homeless and at risk community- find expression in images, writing, poems, and songs.

Telling Our Stories is a project of This Is My City Festival, an interdisciplinary festival of art from the margins taking place in downtown Calgary, April 3-18th, 2014.

YOUR investment will change lives. We believe you will be amazed - as the Arts have a way of building bridges, community, and skills.If you haven’t already viewed the video above - generously supplied by SWERVE Magazine – we invite you to meet Bill and some of our TMC artist mentors (or for more go to TMC on VIMEO).

PLEASE invest in Telling Our Stories today.

This TMC project links a unique group of agencies and arts organizations and creates new and exciting bridges between the project participants and the general public. This project brings together The New Gallery, EPCOR Centre, Calgary Action Committee on Housing and Homelessness, the Alex, Inn from the Cold, the Calgary Drop-In Centre and Calgary Central Library. This project:

· Links professional artists (artist-mentors) with those who have experienced homelessness to create art and share it with the general public during This Is My City Festival 2014

· Develops cultural leadership in the artist-mentors, as they learn to work with our at-risk populations and to support them in sharing their stories with the general public through live-performance, art exhibits, and online videos

· Encourages self-expression through storytelling, poetry, theatre, art, print-making, book creation and performance; enhancing the participants’ lives with new skill development, personal growth, and positive experiences

In June 2013, the Calgary Drop-In Centre experienced a crisis evacuation of over 1000 clients followed by a re-opening that was made possible by a host of acts of hard-work and heroism; Alpha House was totally overcome by the flood waters and many made it to safety with just the clothes on their backs. TMC has been offering art programs in these facilities for over 4 years and past participants have voiced their interest in creating works of art on the flood themes. These are only two of many locations with stories to tell. Members of the Calgary Action Committee on Housing and Homelessness (CACHH) have been collecting the stories of the homeless and at risk community about their experiences during the flood of 2013.

To bring the stories to the public:

· A TMC artist mentor will teach print and bookmaking at Inn From the Cold’s Youth Art Club and the work will be exhibited at The New Gallery’s+15 window at the EPCOR

· The Drop In Centre Singers, guided by TMC artist mentors, will rehearse and present a musical revue at the John Dutton Theatre, Central Library

· A master poet and a storyteller will mentor youth at The Alex Youth Health Centre in the art of spoken word and prepare them for the Festival Finale

· Artist mentors will work with Drop In Centre participants to collect and prepare their photographs of the flood and the evacuation for use in exhibit and as book illustrations

· Artist mentors will encourage the creation of drawings and paintings by Drop In Centre participants to be exhibited at the Central Library and other downtown locations

· A videographer will capture the flow of the Festival Finale; song, dance, spoken word, visual art and audience participation for our growing collection of art and events on VIMEO

Join an ever growing community who believes that the creative voice of every citizen has value and that we are richer for having listened.

Project Budget

The total budget for this project is $21,250.00 and includes: $2500 for participant honoraria, $1000 hospitality for participants, $1990 theatre rentals and program supplies, $3000 for art preparation/curation and video production, $5,500 for marketing, $5000 for artist mentors, and $2060 administration.

Any funds that are raised above our target will be used to support other projects of the Festival 2014 or to support programs offered at various agencies through-out the year.


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.

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.

Use these links to learn more about some of our TMC artist mentors: Eveline Kolijn, Linda Hawke, Kirk Miles, Sally Truss, Cat Schick, Patricia Lortie, Lea Storry, Margot van Lindenberg, Ellen Close, Col Cseke, and Onalea Gilbertson.

For more information contact:

Sally at

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Latest Funders

Sally Truss
Apr 10

Evan Neilsen
Apr 07