Winnipeg's Art City recognized with "Above and Beyond" Award
Posted by SCENE Staff | Friday May 11, 2012
Art City Halloween event Cirque de la Lune, October 2011 (Alix Reynolds)
"Art City is a great place for children and everyone to come because it is free and there is a free snack but mainly...it changes your life!" claims Art City participant Pearson Montgomery.
"Doing art is a great way to deal with stress, express your feelings and also to learn. Art City gives you a chance to also learn about culture and history, because art is a big part of culture." That statement by 10 year old Montgomery sums it up.
For 14 years Art City has been making a safe and joyous space to make art...and create community. They throw amazing community parties, like their Halloween event Cirque de la Lune last October, and the annual Art City Parade.
Art City brings in world class artists to work with participants and create works of art, from pottery to murals, lanterns and robots.
Pearson Montgomery, Art City Participant (Josh Rush)
And Pearson Montgomery points the most important part: "Some people may see Art City as just a building, with a big golden
bicycle on top. I see Art City as more family than staff. They are very
good friends and I always have something to share with them."
Art City has become part of the fabric of the West Broadway community, and that's why West Broadway Development Corporation nominated the organization for the "Above and Beyond Urban Community" Award , given out by the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts.
Manitoba Arts Council will fete Art City on May 16 at the Qualico Family Centre in Assiniboine Park.