As part of the Culture Days Congress being held in Calgary May 7 and 8, 2015, Arts & Soicety Curator Shawn Van Sluys will host a conversation on Putting art at the centre, based on his experience with the SenseLabs project in Lethbridge. Shawn, who is one of the congress committee members, will also present the Cities for People Award.

Culture Days 2015


Cities For People: Putting Art At The Centre

A conversation hosted by Shawn Van Sluys, executive director, Musagetes & co-curator, Cities for People

Friday, May 8 at 10:40 MST / 12:40 EST

Cities for People is a national initiative that explores the question: How can we enhance social, ecological and economic well-being and help civic cultures thrive? Of the various themes that are considering this question, the Art & Society team has been developing a number of experimental projects that aim to transform public narratives through socially engaged art and education. In this workshop we will describe the broader initiative of Cities for People with a particular focus on SenseLabs which were piloted in Lethbridge, Alberta in 2014. We invite you to join us with your stories about city-based artistic initiatives.

The goal of these Interactive breakout workshops is to offer registered delegates the opportunity to learn directly from leading experts and practitioners in specific topics related to the Congress theme. See the full program of breakout workshops here.

Can’t make it to the Congress but interested in listening in? You can access the Culture Days Congress livestream here.

We want a country in which:

  • public, private and social sectors are engaged in active efforts to close the gap between the socioeconomic wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people
  • the public sector, private investors and philanthropists separately and collaboratively deploy financial capital to create positive social and environmental impact
  • social innovation is an integral part of Canada’s innovation ecosystem, enabling civic institutions to co-create policies, initiatives and programs that enable citizens to contribute a diversity of skills and perspectives to Canadian society
  • public, private and civil society sectors act collaboratively and courageously to advance human thriving and address shared challenges
  • humans’ social and economic footprint is in balance with the natural ecosystems that sustain life.