Naheed Nenshi is asking children in the city to help mark the one-year anniversary of Calgary’s worst natural disaster by sharing their artistic impressions of how the flood affected them.

The mayor is inviting all Calgarians aged 12 and under to submit drawings and photos depicting their experiences during last June’s flood and its aftermath.

“The flood of 2013 hit Calgary hard and we recognize some Calgarians have faced extremely difficult times this past year,” said Nenshi in a written statement.

“But the flood also saw our community spirit grow stronger. One of the ways we want to remember June 20, 2013, and recognize that community spirit is by calling on the children of Calgary to show us their experience of the flood through art and photography.”

The art will be unveiled June 20 in a display at City Hall and at other locations around the city and online.

“Projects like these are important because they help us move forward while remembering the past. They also help us remember why — and who — we’re rebuilding and improving Calgary for,” said Chris Arthurs, the city’s director of recovery operations.

Submission guidelines:

  • Photo or drawing relating to the 2013 flood, recovery or preparedness.
  • Should be 8.5 x 11 inches (22 x 28 cm).
  • Can be oriented as either landscape or portrait.
  • Submissions accepted from March 7 until April 4.
  • One submission per child (Calgarians up to 12 years old).  

Entries can be delivered via:

  • By mailing it to the City of Calgary: 2013 YYC Flood Story, Mail Code #8080, P.O. Box 2100 Station M, T2P 2M5
  • In person to YYC Flood Story Drop Boxes at all Calgary Public Library locations.
  • In person to the Municipal Building Atrium at 800 Macleod Trail south by the job applications area.
  • Email (high resolution pictures of 10 MB or less).

For more information the art call-out or flood recovery efforts, visit the city’s website or call 311.