Jane’s Walk is Sunday, May 3. We are meeting in front of the Cowboy’s Casino at 2 p.m. and we’d love to have you join us. Bring a camera and your art appreciation hat.
Once again the Calgary Stampede is participating in Jane’s Walk. The Public Art committee, together with the Historical committee, is set to share the art and history of the Calgary Stampede. Normally a walking tour, ours is more of an on-and-off guided trolley ride that follows the Stampede art walk.
We will visit nine sculptures and eight murals. Each one is rich in history. We love sharing our stories with the community.
The Stampede’s passion for public art dates back to 1912, when Ed Borein and Charlie Russell showcased their artwork at the Calgary Stampede. By the 1980s, the Western Art Show had become a regular feature of the 10-day Stampede. Today, the Stampede’s annual Western Art Show is one of Canada’s most significant art shows. The Stampede also celebrates art and western heritage year-round through the historical mural program and the parade of historical posters.
The Calgary Stampede Public Art committee was created in 2008 with a mandate to reach out to our community at large, to tell the story of, and retain our western heritage and values. To date, the committee has proudly unveiled four significant pieces of art: “By the banks of the Bow,” one of North America’s largest pieces of art; “100 years of champions,” featuring the winners of Stampede chuckwagon races and rodeo events; “Outlaw,” honouring one of the rankest bulls ever; and “Do Re Me Fa Sol La Si Do,” Joe Fafard’s story-telling horses which we also gifted to our sister-city, Quebec City in honour of its 400th anniversary. The first two pieces are at Stampede Park, the last two are in downtown Calgary.
The Stampede also celebrates art and western heritage year-round through the historical mural program and the parade of historical posters. The Public Art committee also works closely with the Historical Committee to showcase the most significant pieces of art at Stampede Park.
The Calgary Stampede Historical committee preserves, presents and promotes the history of the Calgary Stampede starting from its earliest days as a fair in 1884, to the first Stampede in 1912, all the way to present day.
About Jane’s Walk: Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers. More than 100 cities participate in Jane’s Walk.
About Jane Jacobs: Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building.