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Publisher Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge 318 . 7 Street South Lethbridge, AB T1J 2G2 T: 403.320.0555 F: 403.320.2450 Publication date March 2012 Administration Suzanne Lint Executive Director Jana MacKenzie Finance Muffy McKay Projects Ashley Markus Communications Vanessa Eagle Bear Reception Programming Claire Hatton Education & Facility Services Darcy Logan Gallery Services Board of Directors PRESIDENT Gloria Torrance VICE PRESIDENT Elizabeth Songer

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TREASURER Shanna Bailey DIRECTORS Christopher Babits Ron Brown Sarah Christensen Carolla Christie Barb Cunningham Tyler Gschaid Kris Hodgson Tweela Houtekamer Don Reeves Jennifer Schmidt Rempel Kim Siever For additional copies contact the AAC office. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher.



What makes a great community? Is it going out and enjoying an event? Having the opportunity to learn something new? Meeting new and interesting people? To many, a great community means having a balance of all these qualities. I am constantly amazed at the variety of activities we can experience in Lethbridge. Our city has such a wide variety of talented individuals, dedicated organizations and supportive businesses that work tirelessly to create a vibrant culture in Lethbridge. A large part of that vibrant culture is our arts and sports scenes- which are deeply engrained in our community’s history. Often, these communities remain in their separate spheres and fail to connect. The Allied Arts Council is happy to be working with many community-based arts organizations to connect the arts and sports communities when Lethbridge hosts the 2012 Alberta Summer Games. The games will bring more than 3000 athletes, coaches and officials to our community. For a preview of what’s happening, check out the schedule of events (page 8). In this issue, we explore some of the relationships between arts and sports. Seemingly unalike, these disciplines have much in common. For example, performing arts such as Dance and Theatre both involve athletic dedication that supports artistic expression. Ammena Dance Company owner Lise-Anne Talhami discusses the connection between the two, as well as the meaning of the emerging discipline of DanceSport on page 13. Artistic practices such as sculpture can also be physically demanding. Local Sculptor Jonathan Legg discusses some of the challenges he faces as a sculptor, as well as his take on art as a sport on page 14.

For many, art can be healing-- the University of Lethbridge Department of Kinesiology is conducting research that crosses the boundaries between the arts and the physical body. Dr. Lesley Brown and colleagues are doing research on overcoming some of the physical challenges of Parkinson’s Disease through the therapeutic use of music (page 5). Many with the disease have noticed that some of their disease symptoms, like freezing or slowness of movement, seem to be less troublesome when they are listening to music. Do artists consider themselves athletes? They face many of the same risks, such as injury. Many athletes also view their sport as an art. We got a chance to sit down with the Musical Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra to find out about some of the physical challenges and risks he and many other conductors experience. As an athlete himself, he relates his role as conductor being similar to being a sports coach. Whether we win or lose, many of us engage in art or sport because it is an expression of what it is to be human. The dedication and passion involved in arts and sports are an important part of who we are and thus, an important part of our community. We invite you to learn more about this vibrant community in this issue of ArtsBridge.

Suzanne Lint Executive Director



Incredible Talent in Our Own Backyard By Kris Hodgson Allied Arts Council Board Member, Wind Energy Community Liaison and Cello Player


Some may think tying the arts scene in with sports could be like trying to mix oil with water; it just doesn’t work. But if you look a lot closer, you start to realize there is something very similar about how these two groups come together and how they do so in this great city. From a personal perspective I enjoy watching hockey, football and soccer in a stadium or on television, but to call me a sports fan would be a stretch. I enjoy the camaraderie of sports fans coming together to cheer on a team, and I enjoy hanging out with my friends and watching how wrapped up they can get in a game. But, when it’s over and we all go our separate ways I usually think, well I probably could have enjoyed that game just as much if I had only watched the last period or quarter. See I have a problem with sitting still. But during the Stanley Cup finals I was

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a substantial inventory of work that, for a variety of reasons, will likely remain so for some time. Let’s just refer to it as Van Gogh Syndrome, though few if any will ever gain that artist’s posthumous fame.

It can be said without reservation that most visual artists (at least the ones I know) certainly don’t make art for financial gain. Thus, it could be said that the issue of whether a community supports its artists or not is moot. That would be approaching the whole matter from a completely wrong perspective. Let’s, instead, view it from the community point of view. In some ambiguous way there is a symbiotic relationship that exists between visual artists (and probably other 2


caught up in the hype-- not to the extent where I could remember any statistics of any player- I was simply there to enjoy the game. There are a lot of diehard fans who know all the points for and against each player, and who is coming through the next draft pick, etc. This is of no interest to me, probably because I’ve always enjoyed playing sports, not how many points I got each in game. What excites me is the incredible opportunity to be involved here in Lethbridge. My favorite sports include: volleyball, rock climbing, skiing and triathlons. Lethbridge has a very committed sports scene. Depending on what activities you enjoy, having Waterton Lakes National Park and Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park so close to Lethbridge provides an incredible backdrop to enjoy cross-country skiing, hiking, running and snowshoeing. Now think of a similar gathering in the arts scene-- gallery openings. I love listening to the artists describe their work at gallery openings, and then taking your time to walk through the exhibit to get a visceral feeling for what the artist was trying to express. I enjoy art gallery openings for the enjoyment for some of the same reasons as sports events. The camaraderie of friends getting out, taking the time on my own to digest the work and see how it relates to me, but I am not a hard core art fan. I don’t know the names of all the hot artists in town or coming to town, although I do have a few Canadian favourites: Brendan Tang and his amazing Japanimation infused ceramics; and Kelly Richardson. When Kelly’s work The Erudition came to the SAAG, I was captivated and I didn’t want to leave the gallery. It was haunting, mesmerizing and magical all at the same time. I experienced the same excitement when I saw Brendan’s work in Montreal. I was trying to convince myself how I could own a piece of his artwork. I won’t even start to get into the music scene, because there wouldn’t be enough space in this blog to capture the power of live music, how it speaks to me and how it brings our city together. What impact do sports and arts have on our community? On the surface, someone who moves to Lethbridge could easily avoid both the sports and arts scenes and carry on about their business. But sooner than later, they would start to appreciate the incredible talent we have right in our own backyard. We have some amazing organizations like the Lethbridge Sports Council, the Western Major Baseball League, the Western Hockey League and events like the World Women’s Curling Championships coming this year. On the arts side of things, we have South Country Fair coming up this summer, Arts Days this fall, and the opening of our new Community Arts Centre in 2013. What impact do the arts and sports scene have on our community? It’s incredibly substantial and intrinsically linked to the happiness of our citizens. AB


Masterpieces: From Mozart to Marathons By Ashley Markus, AAC Communications Coordinator

I recently got a chance to sit down with Glenn Klassen, Music Director of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra who is not only a conductor, but also a runner. He shares his thoughts on the passion that both artists and athletes have in common. AM: How long have you been involved in music? GK: I have been involved in music since I was six years old; when I started taking violin lessons. It was in the second year of my Bachelor’s degree in Music that I decided to switch my major from violin to conducting, since I was attending one of the first Canadian colleges to offer this major at an undergraduate level.

AM: What led you to become a conductor full-time? GK: Well, it was a bit of a journey! When I completed my Bachelor’s degree, I continued conducting and being involved in music, but usually only in my spare time as a hobby. To pay the bills, I worked for the family business, which was mechanical contracting, for about nine years. Honestly, there wasn’t a lot of encouragement for me to become a full-time orchestral conductor-- it was definitely a very tough career choice with not many job prospects. But in 1997, the growing passion to make music as a conductor prompted me to make the move to become a conductor full-time. I didn’t want to grow old and have the regret of never trying.



AM: What is the role of the conductor? GK:

AM: Are there any exercises or warm-ups that you do before a performance?

I’d say first and foremost, it

is to provide leadership. In some


ways, a conductor is the manager

find when my body is in good shape, then so is my mind and that is

of the orchestra as well as its artistic

important. Concentration is a huge part of conducting, and so I really

director. You could compare it to

believe in the positive aspects of a body-mind balance.

For me, it’s mainly about keeping in good shape overall. I

a coach of a sports team, or the curator of a gallery. Despite what some may think, only about 10% of my time is actually spent on the

AM: Has conducting ever caused you an injury? If so, what did you have to do to recover?

podium, conducting rehearsals or concerts. Much of my time is spent


on things like human resources, as

preventative measures before anything serious occurred. I did see a

a large part of the job is spent with

physiotherapist when I was experiencing some shoulder problems and

people; and administrative duties like

they recommended a number of exercises and some weight training to

meetings, fundraising and planning

strengthen those muscles. I’ve also found that using a longer conducting

future concerts and seasons. I also

baton-- say 18 inches instead of 12 inches is a good preventative

spend a great deal of time studying

measure; it encourages the conducting gesture to be made more from

and learning music. I’d say for each

the elbow and wrist rather than the shoulder.

I’ve come close to an injury, but luckily I’ve been able to take

minute of performed music, I spend about two hours learning it, if I’m familiar with the composer. If I don’t know the composer, it can be up to three hours. I also feel my job is to be an advocate for the musicians. I think if a

AM: We’ve been told you are also a runner. Do you see any similarities between conducting and running?

conductor is not careful, the musicians can start to become instruments and not people-- and that’s not good. So as a conductor, you always


need to remember the human element: respect predetermined

as a runner to break through the “wall” is something I also need when

rehearsal start and finish times, expect and work towards the best

conducting. It’s not just physical, but mental. Being prepared, whether

possible artistic product while recognizing that there are limitations.

it’s studying a musical score or a consistent running routine, both

Musicians are there because they are passionate; everyone wants to do

involve a deep level of commitment and discipline.

I definitely do see similarities. To me, the discipline that I need

their best. You don’t want to cross that line.

AM: Tell us about some of the physical challenges of conducting.

AM: There is often the impression that the arts and sports are completely different activities and have very little in common. Do you agree or disagree with this statement, and why?

GK: Many, many conductors have shoulder problems-- often in the rotator cuff because that’s the part of the body you use the most. I

GK: I think they have a lot more in common than would appear on the

have experienced the painful outcome associated with the prolonged

surface. I see parallels between musical ensembles and sports teams;

repetitive motion of conducting especially during a performance when

what each are attempting cannot be achieved by one person alone.

the adrenaline can cause over-conducting. The type of music that is

Musicians and team players need to give up that “me” factor and think

being conducted also plays a factor. For example, when conducting

about the greater good. To me, they all have the human element at

ballet or opera, the conductor is usually below the singers or dancers

their core. Also, let’s not forget about our audience/patrons, who are

in the orchestra pit. Therefore, a higher gesture is required so the

integral to the performance or game. I think musicians and athletes

performers can see him/her, increasing the strain on the shoulder.

would agree that performing or playing to a receptive and supportive audience completes the experience. From an audience point of view, there is nothing like hearing and seeing it live. Solo musicians can also be compared to individual sports players. Often the competitor is actually oneself. Not only is it about “winning,” but it is also about doing your personal best. This passion crosses all boundaries and disciplines. AB



Parallel Universes: Sport and Art By Carol Thibert, Recreation and Culture Program Manager, City of Lethbridge

Carol has been with Culture and Recreation at the City of Lethbridge for twenty-one years, prior to which she taught communications at Lethbridge College. As part of her daily life Carol enjoys participating in recreational sports and maintains a close relationship with the arts community. On first glance, it may appear that the

team sports ranging from our national

performance-- but it may be argued

common ground between sport and art

past time of hockey to the more obscure

that this pales in comparison to how

is a far reach. Sport is essentially about

sport of pickle ball. Art also encompasses

technology has influenced art from the

physical activity which affects a person’s

a wide range of activities such as music,

recording of sound to capturing sight.

physical fitness. Depending upon how

theatre, literature and sculpture.

many external factors come into play, one

allow the participant an avenue for

Both worlds of art and sport have the

benefits from the increased activity that

creative expression and the audience

aspect of “performance” in common: to

sport affords them. Sport is generally


interpretation. Sometimes

push the limits of endurance for athletes

competitive, requiring a degree of skill,

activities that require physical athleticism

and push the creative boundaries for

where aside from our natural born ability

are considered sport, but by the nature

artists. Both worlds touch on aesthetics,

that genetics influence, practice is our

of the activity, are considered art. Dance

so it’s amazing to witness what happens

greatest ally.

would be an example of this.

when these two worlds meet and art takes

Both worlds of art and sport have the aspect of ʻperformanceʼ in common: to push the limits of endurance for athletes and push the creative boundaries for artists. On the other hand, art is regarded more as a special faculty of the mind; although the term art was traditionally used to refer to skill or mastery. Generally, art is made with the intention of stimulating thoughts and emotions. That’s also what happens in sport if you consider the emotional carnage that happens when a person’s favorite team loses, or the elation they experience when they win a race-- but it can be argued that this is secondary to sport’s physicality. And not unlike sport, genes play a tremendous role in artistic ability, again enhanced by practice. Hundreds of sports exist, and range from individual endeavors such as swimming, marathon running and rock climbing to



on sport through the eyes of a creator. Sports usually have rules. There are many

Athletic pursuits can be deliberately

ways of deciding winners and losers,

arranged to influence and magnify a

whether it is something as simple as

person’s emotions. Sweat cascading off

crossing the line first or a set of criteria

a boxer’s bruised and bloodied brow can

used by judges. This is in contrast to art

be captured to deliver the essence of

where creative expression often trumps

pain, while a film about a skier outracing

rules and interpretation is all in the way

an avalanche teases curiosity about the

one sees it and therefore varies widely.

backcountry. The use of story-telling and cutting edge cinematography takes us to

Sports are most often played just for fun

places that we would never imagine if art

or for exercise to “stay in shape”, with little

and sport never met.

or no financial reward. Artists also play for fun-- not necessarily to stay in shape,

There are many parallels to sport and art,

but also for little or no financial reward. As

but the beauty is when art takes on sport

with many things in life, the exceptions

and the parallels intertwine to enhance

tip the scale. On one hand there are

the personal experience – inherent to

“starving” athletes and artists, on the

sport and art alike. AB

other, obscenely rich professional athletes and entertainers. Technology also has an important role in sport, whether applied to technique, equipment or methods of gauging

Both allow the participant an avenue for creative expression and the audience room for interpretation.



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Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive disease that can affect an individual’s movement to the point where they have difficulty carrying out movements and activities that we take for granted in our daily lives. In Canada, more than 100,000 people and their families are thought to be living with Parkinson’s disease and approximately 2000 of these individuals are here in Southern Alberta.

In fact Parkinson’s disease is the

second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects an area of the brain that helps to control movement and coordination. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are tremor, stiffness in muscles and joints, lack of coordination, freezing (a temporary inability to move), and slowness of movement. Walking can become particularly problematic for people with Parkinson’s disease. People living with the disease typically walk slower, take shorter steps and often do not pick their feet up as high as those without the disease, leading to a high rate of falls and injuries in this population. As Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease, symptoms typically worsen over time, and while improving Natalie deBruin, MSc, PhD Candidate, University of Lethbridge Jon Doan, PhD, PEng, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, University of Lethbridge Lesley Brown, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology & Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Lethbridge 6


treatments can help to manage some of the symptoms for people with the disease, at the current time there is no cure. As a result, alternative therapies are often used to address the unresponsive symptoms of the disease and aim to improve the patient’s independence and quality of life. This is one of our areas of research in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Lethbridge. We are interested in developing individualised rehabilitation strategies that both help to improve everyday movements such as walking, and are also enjoyable and motivating for the person using the strategy. Interestingly, many people with Parkinson’s disease have noticed that some of their disease symptoms, like freezing or slowness of movement, seem to be less troublesome when they are listening to music. In fact, renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks describes a number of cases in his books where Parkinson’s disease patients who could otherwise not move become ‘animated’ when they hear music. He has described patients who were unable to walk, but who could dance very well when the ‘right’ music was playing, and another patient who was frozen for long periods of time but who could play the piano beautifully. The implication of these observations is that the ‘right’ music, music that is significant and meaningful to the individual, has the power to move us in ways that other mediums cannot. While there are many anecdotal stories of the therapeutic powers of music, there is limited scientific evidence to back them up. At the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary we are trying to change that. We are testing the phenomenon that the ‘right’ music can help people living with Parkinson’s disease

We still have a lot to learn about how and why music changes our movements and what music is the ʻrightʼ music, but we are on the way to answering these questions.

to move by asking patients to carry out a number of different everyday movements, both with and without music accompaniment. Using high speed infrared cameras we are able to monitor movements and measure subtleties of movement that cannot be captured with the naked eye or even with a video camera. In one recent study patients walked with a music accompaniment for a number of weeks to see if this improved their walking. The music was chosen for each patient by a music specialist who picked songs that were meaningful to the patient and also had a beat that was in time with the patients’ walking pace. After the training, we have found that the patients’ walking improved and we also found that they had a small improvement in some of their symptoms. While we were excited by these findings, as we all know, in Southern Alberta we can experience all four seasons in one day, so it is important that we find ways that patients can use the music in their home for times when they cannot go outside. Also, walking may not be the most effective form of exercise for some patients. Some patients may find walking too fatiguing or repetitive, or may find walking with music antisocial if they prefer to exercise as part of a group. We are in the process of investigating whether we can use music accompanied by non-traditional forms of exercise (such as ice skating) to both encourage exercise participation and benefit movement coordination. We still have a lot to learn about how and why music changes our movements and what music is the ‘right’ music, but we are on the way to answering these questions. We are hopeful that, with a little more time, we will be able to develop rehabilitation strategies that use music to effectively manage some of the movement difficulties associated with Parkinson’s disease. AB

Lethbridge Arts Days 2012 is happening September 28-30!


Want to participate?

buskers dance demonstrations music

Watch for a call for artists soon! ARTSBRIDGE


By Muffy McKay, AAC Projects Coordinator





A Sneek Peek at the 2012 Alberta Summer Games, Cultural Component The 2012 Alberta Summer Games from July 26-29 promise to be an amazing four days of sporting and cultural events, as athletes and their families join us in Lethbridge from all over the province. The Green Fools Theatre Company will have a strong presence throughout the event, with a variety of stilt walkers entertaining audiences of all ages. In the spirit of the Games, I spoke with Artistic Director, Dean Bareham about the physicality of his work. Muffy McKay: First, tell me about Green Fools Theatre -- what do you do, how many artists are in the company, and can you tell me about some of their backgrounds? Dean Bareham: Established in 1991 in Calgary, Green Fools Theatre is a non-profit, charitable society that creates, performs, and teaches physical theatre arts focusing on masks, puppets, stilts, clown and circus arts for diverse audiences locally and internationally. Green Fools Theatre reaches thousands of audience members each year through performances, community events, festivals, and creative training opportunities. We have an extensive history of local, national and international touring. The Fools have a core administrative team of 5 people and work with over 20 different artists and performers on the various projects we do. We work with actors, dancers, singers, musicians, writers and teachers. We work with numerous visual artists in our community who create the myriad of costumes and characters we use. Some of our performers have been part of the team since our inception and we train and work with new actors (“newbies”) every year. MM: Can you tell me about the physical demands of your work? What are some of the unique risks and injuries involved in a performance? DB: Physical Theatre, in particular stilt walking, is a very physical and obviously dangerous profession. Our team is selected based on physical ability and condition. It’s easy to pull a muscle or get overcome by heat exhaustion in the heat of the summer, so it’s important all the performers are in good healthy shape and know how to hydrate themselves. One has to be in good mental shape as well to be alert and aware of what and who is around you when you are stilt walking. This is especially important if you’re wearing a mask that impedes vision or a costume that is big and bulky. Falling is the number one concern for a stilt walker and keeping your wits about you at all times is a must! MM: What kind of training have you had? What are some of the complementary training techniques you find helpful in your work? Is there any particular regimen you follow to be able to do your job better/ more safely? DB: I personally trained at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. Teaching physical theatre classes regularly and going to the gym as well as practicing yoga is essential to keeping in shape. Complementary training for performers would be in the areas of dance or acrobatics. Any sport or movement technique that incorporates balance and focus could also be a benefit for our performers. Staying physically fit, eating a healthy well-balanced diet and stretching is the key to a long-term career in the physical theatre arts. MM: What would surprise readers to know about the physical demands of your work? DB: People always think you’re on bigger stilts than you are. We constantly get asked,“How tall are your stilts? 8 feet? 10 feet?” In actuality the tallest stilts we use in public are 1.5 metres, or just around 4 feet tall. Also, stilt walking is hard on the hip joints but great for your butt. The amount of weight one has to lift every time you walk on stilts helps to build a great gluteus maximus! 8 ARTSBRIDGE

MM: You mentioned Green Fools Theatre offers classes. Can you tell us if you’ve ever had any competitive athletes take your classes and what is the benefit they derive from this kind of training? DB: I have taught youth that were heavily active in sport how to stilt walk. They tend to be relatively good at it right away as they usually have good core strength and balance. Hockey players are good at it as they’re particularly tough when it comes to falling, something that inevitably happens when you’re learning stilts. The main benefit for athletes and anyone who takes a stilt walking or a physical theatre class is the confidence to try something that may be intimidating or scary. It’s an amazing self-esteem booster and challenges them to try something new and go somewhere out of their own comfort zone. Physical theatre is a non-competitive place to learn so it gives you the freedom to learn at your own pace. And if you’re someone who may be short in stature, it gives you a whole new outlook on life...literally. MM: Finally, how do you self-identify as a performer? Athlete or artist first? DB: I would definitely say that I’m an artist first. AB

2012 Alberta Summer Games Cultural Activities July 26-29 Schedule of Events

March 19

2012 Alberta Summer Games Cultural Launch LSO Master Series IV featuring Contemporary A capella Aboriginal Womenʼs Trio ASANI with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra: 8pm Southminster United Church Join other arts & sports lovers as we officially launch the cultural programme of the 2012 Alberta Summer Games in Lethbridge. Aboriginal Music Award winners Asani team up with the LSO Master Series IV for a unique concert featuring Aboriginal songs arranged for the trio and the LSO. The music will encompass the spectrum of songs that reflect Asaniʼs First Nations and Metis musical traditions. The Master Series IV program includes Glen Montgomery, piano and the world premiere of the orchestral arrangement of Shining Mountains by Howard Cable.

May 5

Alberta Heritage School Fair Galt Museum & Archives Students in grades 4-9 explore Canadian and Albertan history, including sports in this unique event. Displays will include stories about the heroes, legends, milestones, events and achievements to celebrate Canadaʼs and Albertaʼs diverse and colorful history. Watch for an exhibition of sports-related displays at this yearʼs 2012 Alberta Summer Games (location to be announced).

May 12 – September 9

Champions and Challenges in Sports: Special Exhibit developed by the Galt Museum & Archives Sports have long been an indelible part of Alberta culture as people like to challenge one another and themselves to achieve physical and mental success. Involvement in sports helps humans stay healthy, improve physical strength and dexterity, develop team spirit and, above all, have fun. During the summer of 2012, the Galt Museum & Archives will celebrate sports with an exhibit that features current participants, sports stories, and historic and current memorabilia. The exhibit will explore the challenges and successes of local sports personalities including athletes, coaches and managers, officials, sponsors, casual athletes and the fan. We will also explore the importance of sports in Lethbridge and southwestern Alberta with respect to local economics, recreational infrastructure and community identity.

July 27 & 28

Street Performers and Buskers: Various times & locations Watch for magical stilt walkers and roving buskers and performers at major sporting and cultural events throughout the weekend. Green Fools Theatre, along with local musicians and performing artists will bring the arts to the Summer Games. Interactive and engaging, theyʼll be sure to delight and entertain audiences of all ages!

July 27 & 28

Downtown Jazz: Various locations, downtown Lethbridge Join the Lethbridge Jazz Society as they pair talented Jazz musicians with local restaurants and pubs downtown. Enjoy the flavors of our local food scene with a backdrop of live jazz.

July 28

Art Market: 12-8pm, The Gate A day long arts market featuring the work of local artists. Bring the spirit of the games home with local, handmade art and craft. Gallery Hop: 7pm, various locations, downtown Lethbridge Major arts venues such as the Bowman Arts Centre, Southern Alberta Art Gallery and alternative exhibition venues and studios will open their doors for a Gallery Hop. At each stop, gallery-hoppers can sample a unique wine and cheese combination while enjoying the exhibitions and live music and performances. This event promises to be a unique opportunity for the community to mix and mingle with visitors from other cities who have traveled here for the Games.

Summer Games programs (including the cultural program) will be available this spring. Find out more at the Games website:




Le t h b r i d g e’s N e w Co m m u n i t y A r t s Ce n t r e :

A Place to

Learn, Live and L ve the arts Lethbridge’s new Community Arts Centre (CAC) is taking shape at the corner of 3 Avenue & 8 Street S. It is expected to be completed and open by early 2013. Watch for information on the Grand Opening soon! For now, here’s a peek at the operations model developed by the Allied Arts Council (AAC), who will be managing the centre.

It has been designed to maximize:

• Access • Use • Program development • Affordability • Safety and security



Rates & Rentals

Adapted from the Community Arts Centre Stakeholder presentation given on October 19, 2011 at the Bowman Arts Centre

Fees: Studio Access • Access to all visual art studios • Includes parking pass • Option to pay annual fee using monthly debit Proposed Fee Schedule: • Annual - $200 • Monthly - $30 • Daily - $5 Bookable spaces include: • Community Room • Meeting Rooms • 2D & 3D Classrooms • Visual Art Studios (note: limited rentals) • Dance Studio Rental Fees: Rooms Proposed Rental Fee Schedule: • AAC Members - $15/hr • Other Not-for-Profit Organizations and non-member artists - $20/hr • Corporate - $30/hr • Special Event Bookings – $650 (Extra staffing and other incidental costs will be charged to Special Event bookings) *Special equipment will be available for rent

Rental Fees: Storage Storage Rooms • $8.87 per square foot • Renewal confirmed annually Large Lockers • $300 annually • Renewal confirmed annually • Groups only Individual Lockers • $60 annually • $5 monthly (when available) • Booked in conjunction with annual access fee

RENTALS Room rentals will be available for performances, special events, workshops, lectures, film screenings, receptions and much more. These rentals will be coordinated by the Facility Manager and determined annually. The price of rentals will be based on a sliding fee scale and spaces will be assigned based on intended use and numbers.

SHOWCASES The Community Arts Centre will have showcases (similar to the Bowman Arts Centre) available to groups and individuals in all disciplines that are associated with the CAC. Two of these showcases will be used as an “Arts Store” where items can be displayed and sold. Showcases will be booked through a submission/curatorial process with the Facility Manager. The other showcases will be used for display purposes and will be bookable by groups or individuals by submitting an annual application.

SPECIAL EVENTS One of the most exciting parts of the new centre will be the possibility for an expanded special events schedule. Potential events include a Facility Open House where the public can tour the centre to learn more about the art being created there from the user artists and groups. Seasonal Artist Markets, much like the Bowman Arts Centre’s Christmas & Spring sales, can take place both indoors and outdoors. The increased space available at the centre will allow a larger number of artists and artisans to participate in the sales.

SAFETY & SECURITY SCHEDULING An annual schedule will be developed based on a September 1 to August 31 program year. The Centre’s schedule will include programs, rentals and information which will be published in an annual program calendar. Artists and arts group interested in using the space will submit their requests for classes and workshops, arts partnerships and artist residencies, casual bookings and ongoing weekly/monthly rental bookings and group storage to the AAC in the spring of each year.

Safety & Security are prime considerations in this community facility. Some of the measures being put in place include: • Appropriate information and safety packages and equipment available in all studios • Facility attendants and/or technicians available during regular hours of operation • Demonstrated proficiency and studio orientation required for studio access • Traceable swipe cards for building and studio access • Buddy system for after-hours studio access. AB



Arts Re:Building: The Final Piece of the Puzzle


Performing Arts Theatre Project Update

Lethbridge Community Arts Centre Since 2007, the Allied Arts Council and the arts community of Lethbridge have worked together on the Arts Re:Building Together initiative, which addresses concerns regarding the City’s arts facilities and proposes the concept of a “Cultural Corridor” for Lethbridge. In this campaign three buildings were identified as needing urgent care or replacement. First up was a renovation and expansion to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, which was completed in September 2010; currently in process is a new Community Arts Centre to replace the Bowman Arts Centre, which is scheduled to open in early 2013. The final piece of the puzzle is a new Performing Arts Theatre, which would provide increased performing arts capacity in the City of Lethbridge. Increased capacity is greatly needed in Lethbridge due to lack of booking availability at other performing arts venues such as the Yates Theatre. The Lethbridge Performing Arts Centre Steering Committee was formed in March 2009 to lead a process for the functional planning and preliminary design of a Performing Arts Theatre. The Steering Committee with the assistance of a consulting team of Ferrari Westwood Babits/Theatre Projects Consultants/ Threshold Acoustics/Webb Management Services completed a needs assessment, functional program, preliminary concept design, capital cost estimations and a business plan for facility operations. This study presented to Lethbridge City Council in the spring of 2010, was approved in principle and filed for further reference by the City of Lethbridge. The committee was then directed by City Council to research funding opportunities and review the study and its recommendations and report back by the fall of 2011. Schick Shiner Associates was chosen by the Steering Committee to do the review during the spring & summer of 2011. On October 20, 2011, the Steering Committee, along with Richard Schick of Schick Shiner Associates, presented the results of the review to Lethbridge City Council. Mr. Schick suggested the proposed location for the facility is ideal because it will become part of the Cultural Corridor. But, the scope of the project including seating capacity and spaces allocated for the lobby, technical areas, loading docks, dressing rooms, patron lounge and orchestra pit may be too large.

Performing Arts Theatre

Key recommendations made by Schick Shiner Associates: 1) Reduce the seating capacity for the large theatre from 1250 to 950. 2) Keep the small theatre but make it more multi-purpose. 3) Utilize space in the Community Arts Centre as support space for Performing Arts Theatre activities when required. 4) Lower staffing levels. 5) Update/renovate the Yates theatre, which is still a viable facility. These, along with other recommendations would lower the cost of the facility from 70 million dollars; required for the original plan, to approximately 45 million dollars. Identification of Funding Sources A short list of possible sources of funding from the federal and provincial governments was provided, as well as some general fundraising ideas and suggestions for municipal funding arrangements. Unfortunately, the current economic conditions in Canada and the rest of the world do not look good for arts funding. This will be true for both operational and capital funding for a new Performing Arts Theatre. Most of the funding will have to come from the City of Lethbridge, businesses and the community at large. A Performing Arts Theatre would complete the vision of a Cultural Corridor for Lethbridge. The Cultural Corridor would be a place where our community can showcase the artistic talent we have. Performances, festivals, exhibitions, markets, workshops and classes are just a few of the activities that would happen in Lethbridge’s Cultural Corridor. It would be a centralized, ‘onestop-shop’ for citizens of Lethbridge to engage in the arts and culture of our city. Just as the new Community Arts Centre took over twenty-five years from the initial idea to completion, the need for a new Performing Arts Facility will require ongoing support from both the arts community and broader public. A great place to live includes a wide variety of community activities for everyone to participate in and enjoy! AB



The Schick Shiner Associates report was received as information and referred to the 2014 – 2023 Capital Improvement Program for further consideration by the City of Lethbridge.

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When you look at the movement of the body according to an athlete’s movements or a dancer’s movements, they are very similar: both prepare for a jump with a bent

By Lise-Anne Talhami, Owner, Ammena Dance Company


knee, inhale as they jump and exhale as The relationship between athletics and dance is a continual topic

they come back to the ground. A jump, a

of debate in the world of dance. This topic has most recently been

turn, a sway, the rotation of the hip, and the

publicized “Is dance recognized as a sport to be entered into the

placement of the foot is all the same. The


amount of endurance and stamina a dancer undergoes in a performance is extreme,

Ballroom dance is one of the main topics of discussion; should

just as any football or hockey professional

ballroom dance be considered a sport to be entered into the

player would exert in a game.

Olympics? In 1997, ballroom dance at a competitive level was recognized by the International Olympic Committee renaming it

I grew up dancing and participating in

DanceSport. DanceSport is classified as a physical activity that has

sports all my life. My feeling is that dance

a high level of difficulty and endurance that is governed by a set

should be recognized as a sport, purely on

of regulations from the WDSF (World DanceSport Federation) that

the amount of exertion, discipline, stamina

overlooks the level of competition and what is necessary to become

and endurance a dancer must have. The

a DanceSport competitor.

level of injury in dance is just as high as in athletics; the level of education and torture

According to Wikipedia the word sport is define as “all forms of

of the body is the same as in athletics. The

physical activity which, through casual or organized participation,

level of competition in the dance world is

aim to use, maintain or improve physical fitness and provide

aggressive and mandates dancers to strive

entertainment to participants... Sports are usually governed by a

to be their best, like athletes.

set of rules and customs”. Dance is a physical activity, whether done casually or professionally. It aims to maintain and improve physical

Martha Graham, an American modern

fitness and provides entertainment to participants and viewers.

dancers and choreographer, said a dancer

Dance is a disciplined art which is governed by a set of rules that have

becomes an “athlete of God” by practicing

been passed down from centuries of educated professional dancers.

dancing. With that said, how would you

Dance is a sport according to Wikipedia’s definition.

answer the question, “Is dance a sport?” AB

The amount of endurance and stamina a dancer undergoes in a performance is extreme, just as any football or hockey professional player would exert in a game. Photo courtesy of Jan Tanjar



By Jonathan Legg, Sculptor, BA, BEd, MEd



in Art and Sport



Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.

Your heart is fully in this. There is passion in your play. Sure, there are rules, but these only define the field and focus, and intensify the game. You are part of the game. You are an artist. Art is sport. It has the same intrinsic motivation, requires the rigorous physical discipline, endurance, practice and skill, and enjoys the same creative play. Like a good coach, artist Robert Genn says that like in sport, “In art, everyone who plays wins.” As a stone sculptor, I typically put in about 20-30 hours on a medium-sized piece. My “game” consists of putting on full body protection such as coveralls, eye goggles, ear protection and dust masks, working with angle or die grinders, steel chisels, or rasps, and carving soapstone, alabaster, sandstone, limestone, marble and granite. If this doesn’t sound crazy enough, I often do this in cool temperatures, for hours at a stretch, or in challenging spaces or for difficult projects. Sound a little like a hockey goalie? So, like the hockey goalie, why would I put myself through such abuse? All artists understand the physical discipline involved in the “game”; it’s part of the development of the necessary skills. To make a mark well, one must train for dozens of hours for the eye and hand to move as intended. Like a good athlete, the art is more likely to hit the mark if practiced.

Like a good athlete, the art is more likely to hit the mark if practiced.

However, artists also understand the joy. Art is done for its own sake. If you asked a basketball player or a painter why they would put in so many hours they would likely tell you one of two things, “because I want to get better” or ”because I need to.” We do it because we want to; we do it because we must. Besides the artists and players, I believe even the audiences of either set of games understand this joy, but more in its outcome -- the alluring expression of unique beauty. Our interest in sport is the same as our interest in art – the intrigue of something creative and excellent being created before our very eyes. Who would gather in a stand or behind a game to cheer on a routine or a game we could predict? The wildly postmodern architect Frank Gehry said about this type of creativity, “If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it?” We applaud the risky, sweaty unknown or the perfection of the craft. The best art and sports are often those with elegant surprises and uncommon skill. Both artists and sportspeople understand this need for creative play unfolding before us. Philosophers and psychologists agree. The paradoxical Heraclitus said, “Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” Our contemporary Abraham Maslow adds that “almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” Indeed, it is this purposeful, serious play where the “happy accidents” occur – the new ideas, techniques and goals. Finally, most artists and athletes alike have shared a sense of “flow.” This optimal experience of intrinsic motivation, ideal and focused challenge, and positive feedback resulting in “in-the-moment timelessness” was studied and coined by psychologist Mihaly Csiksczentmihalyi. We share this experience of being in the “zone,” attention directed solely on our goal and at serious, creative play. And we wouldn’t trade it for the world. The question is not why we do it, but what next? So to those who craft with chisels or ice skates, play with paint brushes or soccer balls, and have experienced “the moment,” may your next game be soon and your next art a masterpiece... AB



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Annual General Meeting Thursday, March 22, 2012 7 pm, Bowman Arts Centre 811 5 Avenue South • • • •

Presentation of the annual financial statements Presentation of the annual reports Appointment of auditors Election of Directors Reception to follow

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LUNCHEON ...for business & the arts

Do you know an individual, organization or business that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Lethbridge? The Allied Arts Council is looking for nominations for arts awards to be presented at the 7th Annual Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts on September 27, 2012. 2012 Allied Arts Council Excellence (AACE) Awards: Recognizes members of the community that have made substantial philanthropic contributions that enhance the arts. Categories: • Individual • Service Organization • Business 2012 Joan Waterfield Memorial Award: Recognizes and individual who has made a substantial contribution to our community in the area of the arts; dance, film/new media, literary, music, theatre or visual arts.

Nominations Due: May 31, 2012

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of events calendar of MARCH


Ammena Dance Company An Explosion of World Dance and Music March 3, 7pm Yates Theatre Bowman Arts Centre Drawings by Leila Armstrong March 10 - April 14 Empress Theatre Caladh Nua March 15 & 16, 8pm

Lethbridge Scottish Country Dance Club Beginners’ Workshop March 3, 9am – 6pm St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series IV March 2, 8pm Southminster United Church

Galt Museum & Archives Artists Legacy Until April 22 Lower Level Gallery

2012 Alberta Summer Games Cultural Launch/Master Series IV Featuring Aboriginal Women’s Trio Asani with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra March 19, 8pm Southminster United Church

Archives Exposed... New People, New Opportunities Until May 20 Main Level Meeting Rooms

New West Theatre The Kitchen Witches March 8 - 17 Sterndale Bennett Theatre

Geomatic Attic Suzie Vinnick & David Gogo March 5, 8pm

Southern Alberta Art Gallery SAAG Cinema: Pink Ribbon, Inc March 28, 7pm La Cité des Prairies 2104 6 Ave S

Lethbridge Community Gold Band Memory Lane: Celebrating 25 Years March 31, 7:30pm College Drive Community Church Lethbridge International Film Festival March 19 – 23: 7pm nightly, March 24: 2pm Theatre Gallery, Lethbridge Public Library Lethbridge Folk Club Andrew and Zachary Smith March 24, 8pm Lethbridge Public Library Gallery Work by Bekk Wells March 1 - 31 Lethbridge Registered Music Teachers’ Association General Recital March 10, 2:30pm Lethbridge Pubic Library



APRIL april

Bowman Arts Centre Drawings by Leila Armstrong Until April 14 Paintings by Donna Bilyk April 21 - May 20 Paintings by Jim Robinson April 21 - May 20

MAY Galt Museum & Archives Artists Legacy Until April 22 Lower Level Gallery Archives Exposed... New People, New Opportunities Until May 20 Main Level Meeting Rooms Lethbridge Folk Club Willy Blizzard band April 21, 8pm Lethbridge Public Library Gallery Out on a Limb April 1 - 30

U of L Art Gallery Annual Curated Student Exhibition 2012 March 9 - April 12 Main Gallery Reception: March 9, 8-10pm

Southern Alberta Art Gallery Charles Stankievech: Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar Until April 29

University Of Lethbridge Faculty of Fine Arts The Tree of Life (New Media Film Series) March 1, 6:30pm Lethbridge Public Library Theatre TheatreXtra March 1-3, 8pm, Matinee March 3, 2pm David Spinks Theatre

Vox Musica Spring Choral Celebration April 1, 3pm Southminster United Church

Bowman Arts Centre Artist Societies and Guilds Spring Sale April 28, 10am - 4pm

Trianon Gallery Petra Mala Miller- The Voice Reached us Through the Floor, but the Words Themselves Were Lost March 10 – May 15 Opening Reception: March 10, 9pm

Concertino March 2 – April 6 Helen Christou Gallery

University of Lethbridge Art Gallery The 1960s Helen Christou Gallery, April 13 – June 1 Main Gallery, April 26 – June 1

Karen Romanchuk Live Music at Mocha Cabana April 21, 6-9pm

Chris Kline: Bright Limit Until April 29 SAAG Cinema: Starbuck April 25, 7pm La Cité des Prairies 2104 6 Ave S Trianon Gallery Petra Mala Miller- The Voice Reached us Through the Floor, but the Words Themselves Were Lost March 10 – May 15


Bowman Arts Centre Paintings by Donna Bilyk Until May 20 Paintings by Jim Robinson Until May 20 Lethbridge Folk Club Tim Williams May 12, 8pm Lethbridge Public Library Gallery Eric Camron May 1 - 31 Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series V May 4, 8pm Southminster United Church Master Series V May 7, 8pm Southminster United Church Oldman River Potters Guild Spring Sale May 3 – 5, 10am – 8pm Bowman Arts Centre Southern Alberta Art Gallery Art’s Alive and Well in the Schools Opening Reception May 6, 1 - 5pm University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music Feel the Beat Concert Series Presents Beethoven Lives Upstairs May 15, 10am & 12pm May 16,12pm Southminster United Church





Bowman Arts Centre Paintings by Hiroshi Shimazaki Until July 7

Bowman Arts Centre Paintings by Hiroshi Shimazaki Until July 7

Lethbridge Folk Club Fish and Bird June 2, 8pm

Work by the Oldman River Potters Guild July 14 - September 17

Lethbridge Jazz Society Lethbridge Jazz Fest 2012 June 14 – 17 Various Locations

2012 Alberta Summer Games Cultural Activities July 26-28 Various Locations

Lethbridge Pride Fest June 16 - 26 Various locations


Lethbridge Public Library Gallery Along the River Road June 1 - 30 Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization LSCO Rocks the Block June 9, 12-9pm Civic Centre Field Seniors Week-An Exhibition of Art Work June 4 – 8 Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization



Allied Arts Council Lethbridge Arts Days 2012 September 28 – 30 Downtown Lethbridge Bowman Arts Centre Work by the Oldman River Potters Guild Until September 17

Lethbridge Public Library Gallery Get Caught Reading September 1 - 30


Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society Blackfoot Arts & Heritage Festival August 6-8 Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Bowman Arts Centre Work by the Oldman River Potters Guild July 14 - September 17

Contact information for each event/organization: Allied Arts Council 403.320.0555

Lethbridge International Film Festival 403.328.2854

Oldman River Potters Guild

Ammena Dance Company

Lethbridge Jazz Society

New West Theatre

Blackfoot Canadian Cultural Society

Lethbridg Pride Fest Society

Karen Romanchuk

Bowman Arts Centre 403.327.2813

Lethbridge Public Library

Southern Alberta Art Gallery

Empress Theatre

Lethbridge Registered Music Teachers’ Association

Trianon Gallery 403.381.8888

Galt Museum & Archives The Geomatic Attic Lethbridge Community Band Lethbridge Folk Club

Lethbridge Scottish Country Dance Club Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra

U of L Art Gallery U of L Faculty of Fine Arts 403.329.2616 Vox Musica 403.320.8933 2012 Alberta Summer Games

On the Cover: Ammena Dance Company - Photo by Jan Tanjar

ArtsBridge Spring/Summer 2012  

This issue focuses on relationships between arts and sports.

ArtsBridge Spring/Summer 2012  

This issue focuses on relationships between arts and sports.