Reviving Old Traditions; Creating New
Orange Lofts, 535 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G, Canada
Our fourth Salon of the season is hosted by the indomitable community artist Sharon Stevens. Curious about Calgary's Historic Union Cemetery? Ever wonder about how to remember our dead in a creatively meaningful way? Sharon Stevens will showcase Equinox Vigil and how the community gathers together every year.
Inspired by both ancient and contemporary traditions, Equinox Vigil is a creative, respectful evening to remember the deceased and celebrate the natural cycle of Life and Death itself. Each year near the Autumnal Equinox, people of all ages and beliefs gather in historic Union Cemetery. There, surrounded by fresh flowers, fluttering flags and glowing lanterns, they join members of Calgary’s vibrant arts community in creating bittersweet rituals of remembrance and reflection. Inspiring art installations, video projections, and shrines created by professional artists form the heart of the Equinox Vigil experience.
Equinox Vigil represents Sharon’s profound respect for the power of art and public ritual in building strong, loving communities. She created the event after serving (2010) as an intern and guest artist (2013) at the Night of All Souls, held annually at Vancouver’s Mountainview Cemetery. She was also inspired by her journeys to Mexico to witness traditional Day of the Dead celebrations.
Sharon’s dynamic personality, devotion to community and passion for public art has made Calgary a loveable place to live for more than 30 years. She has served on the boards of numerous arts associations and has won multiple awards for her own art, which focuses on public participation.
Equinox Vigil Social Media Links
equinoxyyc - twitter/instagramhttps://www.facebook.com/equinoxvigil/
Date: Sunday, March 4th, 2018Time: 7-10 pm
Location: RSVP, see map below, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for location information
Handsome Alice's Artist Salons are a place where intergenerational exchanges take place; where theatre makers, communities, and creators of every kind can meet to share ideas and projects, debate, discuss, present readings and works in progress. Our mission is to bring communities together to strengthen creative ties between emerging and established artists, and connect artists with the communities which with they create.
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