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Mini Galleries Scavenger Hunt

Explore the six mini galleries in Rotary Park with a scavenger hunt! Submit your answers by Oct 24th to win one of 5 $20 gift certificates to a business of your choice in Crescent Heights! Details in the scavenger hunt below.

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Art in the Park

Saturday September 11, 11 AM – 5 PM
Rotary Park (617 1st NE)

The community Crescent Heights is thrilled to be hosting over twenty local artists in our first Art in the Park this Saturday, September 11, from 11:00AM – 5:00PM in Rotary Park (617 1st NE).  Drop-in and support new and familiar exhibitors. All are welcome to celebrate the creativity of your fellow neighbours. 

Mini Galleries Grand Opening

Thursday September 16th, 5PM – 7PM

Meet at the Rotary Park Lawn Bowling Clubhouse (705 1 St NE) at 5pm and join us as we tour the galleries. Artists in Attendance.

This summer, six artists from the National accessArts Centre (NaAC) began working on the inaugural exhibition for the Crescent Heights Mini Galleries, demonstrating that beauty can be found in small places. > click to learn more about the artists

What’s a mini gallery? It’s like a Little Library, but “just for looking”. In early September, the small wood and plexiglass mini galleries will be installed on posts in Rotary Park, with a grand opening of the first MiniGalleries exhibit planned for Thursday, September 16th from 5 to 7 p.m. All CHCA residents are invited to learn more about the project and meet the artists. 

NaAC is Canada’s oldest and largest disability arts organization – and in 2020, became the country’s first multidisciplinary disability arts organization. Today, the NaAC supports more than 300 artists living with developmental and/or physical disabilities through on-site studio supports and workshops, and an even broader community of Canadian artists with disabilities through immersive programs delivered online. Crescent Heights Mini Galleries September/October exhibition will feature works by NaAC artists: Avik Bose, Siena Fortini, Leonka Kaluha, Brad McCAull, Sandy Milne and JorDen Tysen.

The mini galleries project was initiated by CHCA volunteer Brenda Erskine and CHCA Community Engagement Director Sandra Neill. The project is fully funded by a grant from Community Foundations of Canada. Staff at The Esker Foundation introduced Sandra and Brenda to contacts at SpanicArts, the Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation and the National access Arts Centre, all of whom jumped at the chance to showcase their artists in Rotary Park’s mini galleries. Crescent Heights artist Doro Buch will be the mini gallery coordinator. Doug Haslam, local resident and owner of Kodama Woodworking is advising on design and construction, while Jeremy Pavka Industries is building the galleries. 

“We’re also looking for artists in Crescent Heights who are interested in exhibiting later this year or in 2022,” says Doro.

For more information contact minigalleries@crescentheightsyyc.ca.

Sold Out Crescent Heights Drive-In Movie Makes A Difference for Afghanistan

On Friday August 20th, the Crescent Heights Community Association (CHCA) hosted our second annual Drive-In Movie Night to a sold-out crowd. This year’s event featured the award-winning documentary film, “The Secret Marathon,” which shared the story of the first women to run a marathon in Afghanistan. The film was produced and co-directed by our very own Crescent Heights resident, Kate McKenzie, who was on hand to introduce the film. Thanks to the incredible support from ATB Financial, Bambu and other sponsors, the Drive-In Movie Night was able to raise $3,500 for the charity Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghanistan), who will use the funds to provide humanitarian support to women and girls in Afghanistan. 

“It’s amazing to see local businesses, volunteers and residents all step up to support an important cause at such a critical time,” said Leor Rotchild, event organizer and CHCA board member. He added, “not only did we raise thousands of dollars to help people in Afghanistan but we did it while celebrating arts and culture and strengthening our community.” 

Bambu, a local business on Centre Street, took food and beverage orders by text and delivered authentic Afghan tea, Vietnamese sandwiches, and delicious desserts directly to people’s cars. Charity partner, CW4WAfghanistan hosted a booth, where they served homemade Afghan cake, gave away door prizes and provided information on what is happening on the ground in Afghanistan and how raised funds are being used to make a difference at this difficult time. 

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Art Cycle Route Coming to Crescent Heights!

An exciting new pilot project is coming to Crescent Heights and Renfrew! The project consists of three artist-painted crosswalks on 8th Avenue at Centre Street, Edmonton Trail, and 6th St NE, and a series of artist painted bikes along the 8th Ave bike route, spanning from 2nd St NW to 6th St NE, by Calgary artist Yiting Hui. This is part of a multi-stakeholder initiative, Unite the Heights, which advocates for improvements to pedestrian, cycling, and mobility-friendly infrastructure between Mayland Heights through to Crescent Heights.  The goal of the initiative is to increase safety, beauty, engagement, and connection in Crescent Heights and with our neighbouring communities of Renfrew & Mayland Heights. 

Sign-up link to volunteer to help paint: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C48A9A72EA0FE3-volunteer1

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