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Other Name
“CRAFT SMART”
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20130030001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
“CRAFT SMART”
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2013
Materials
STEEL, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
1
Height
1
Length
21
Width
7.25
Description
STAINLESS STEEL SCISSORS WITH BLUE PLASTIC HANDLES. ONE BLADE IS STAMPED WITH TEXT READING “STAINLESS STEEL”; THE OTHER WITH TEXT READING “CRAFTSMART”. MINOR SPOTS OF DISCOLOURATION ON BLADES. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
TEXTILEWORKING T&E
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
LEISURE
COMMEMORATIVE
History
THESE SCISSORS WERE USED DURING THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF CASA, LETHBRIDGE’S COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE, ON MAY 14, 2013, AT 230 8 ST SOUTH. ACCORDING TO CITY OF LETHBRIDGE RECREATION AND CULTURE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER LORI HARASEM, SEVEN REPRESENTATIVES HELPED CUT THE RIBBON: STEPHEN GRAHAM (ROTARY CLUBS OF LETHBRIDGE), KRIS HODGSON (PRESIDENT, ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL), GLENN MILLER (ASSISTANT TO LETHBRIDGE EAST MLA BRIDGET PASTOOR), DR. MIKE MAHON (PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE), MAYOR RAJKO DODIC, GREG WEADICK (LETHBRIDGE WEST MLA), AND JIM HILLYER (LETHBRIDGE MP). IN AN EMAIL TO COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN, HARASEM DESCRIBED THE DAY’S EVENTS, WRITING: “[THE CEREMONY], ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE ON THE ROTARY PLAZA ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE BUILDING, WAS MOVED INDOORS DUE TO THE STRONG WINDS THAT DAY. ONCE THE SPEECHES WERE DONE, AND THE RIBBON WAS CUT, THE BUILDING WAS OPEN FOR TOURS WITH ALL SPACES BEING UTILIZED BY ARTISANS TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE PUBLIC THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE FACILITY… THE RIBBON WAS IN MY POSSESSION AS I WAS PART OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE [FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY]… ONCE THE RIBBON CUTTING WAS OVER, I ASSISTED WITH MOVING THE STANCHIONS AND RIBBONS OUT OF THE WALKWAY, AND REALIZED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE RIBBON… [I] SUGGESTED WE PROVIDE IT TO THE GALT MUSEUM.” THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ABOUT CASA WAS EXCERPTED FROM THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL WEBSITE. CASA IS A COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. THIS UNIQUE FACILITY SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTS CENTRES, AND PROMOTES EXPERIMENTATION, INCUBATION, AND LEARNING. CASA WAS BUILT TO SERVE A MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMMUNITY, WITH VARYING ART SKILL SETS AND INTERESTS IN A VARIETY OF DISCIPLINES. FUNDING FOR THE 42,000 SQUARE FOOT CENTRE WAS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL BUILD CANADA FUND, THE ALBERTA MUNICIPAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE FUND, AND THE CITY OF LETHBRIDGE. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL ARTS PROGRAMMING, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS, PERFORMING ARTS SPACES, AND AN EXHIBITION GALLERY, CASA ALSO HOUSES THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE’S CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC. ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SUZANNE LINT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL, ABOUT THE OPENING OF CASA AND THE FACILITY’S IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY. LINT SAID: “IT WAS A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT DAY… YOU OPEN YOUR DOORS AND YOU EXPECTED TO HAVE PEOPLE BUT WE HAD THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. THERE WERE ABOUT 3000 PEOPLE AND AS THAT RIBBON WAS CUT, THERE WERE PEOPLE ON THE STAIRWELLS AND PACKED IN EVERY HALLWAY AND HANGING OVER THE BALCONY LOOKING DOWN INTO THE FOYER WHERE THE ACTUAL RIBBON CUTTING OCCURRED. IT WAS PRETTY AWESOME, A PRETTY EXCITING DAY… IT’S THE FULL BREADTH OF THE ARTS ARE IN THAT BUILDING, AND THAT PRESENCE IS FABULOUS TO HAVE ALL OF THE DISCIPLINES INTERMIXING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT’S HUGE. SO THAT RATHER INNOCUOUS PIECE OF RED SATIN RIBBON AND A PAIR OF RECEPTIONIST’S SCISSORS DON’T LOOK LIKE MUCH BUT THEY ARE PART OF THE OPENING OF SOMETHING THAT IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.” LINT CONTINUED: “WE WAITED A LONG TIME FOR A BUILDING LIKE THAT… A PURPOSE-BUILT CIVIC ARTS CENTRE FOR CREATING ARTWORK IN MANY DISCIPLINES, WHICH IS ALMOST NOT HEARD OF. I DON’T THINK ANYTHING LIKE IT EXISTS OFF A UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE CAMPUS… IT IS A PROJECT THAT THE ARTS COMMUNITY [IN LETHBRIDGE] HAS WORKED ON FOR 20 – 30 YEARS… WE HAVE ENGAGED A WHOLE NEW COMMUNITY THAT WASN’T REALLY ACTIVE OR PARTICIPATING AT THE BOWMAN ARTS CENTRE… THE BOWMAN, WHICH SERVED THE COMMUNITY AMAZINGLY WELL, [WAS] REALLY BUILT ON A MODEL OF ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES AND SPACES, [WHEREAS CASA] WAS DESIGNED TO BE AN OPEN CONCEPT AND REALLY INCLUSIVE SO THAT INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND OTHER DISCIPLINES WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BUILDING… ANYBODY CAN COME… YOU TAKE YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND YOU CAN COME IN AND WORK… THIS BUILDING IS BUSY, WITH NEW GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AND IT’S ALSO ATTRACTING PEOPLE FROM AWAY… WE’RE SEEING A DIVERSITY OF PROGRAMMING THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE BEFORE; THE VERY NATURE OF THE BUILDING WE HAVE THE COMMUNITY ROOM WHICH ALLOWS FOR CERTAIN THINGS TO HAPPEN, THERE’S THE DANCE STUDIO, VISUAL ARTS STUDIOS AND ALL THE SPACES FOR MUSIC… WE’RE SEEING PEOPLE WHO WEREN’T ENGAGED IN THE GENERAL COMMUNITY BECOMING ENGAGED. WE’VE GOT A WHOLE BRAND NEW GROUP OF ARTISTS AND MUCH BROADER DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP OF ARTISTS FROM ALL AGES COMING IN… WE’RE OFFERING MORE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THE BOWMAN HAD THE CLASSES FOR ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BUT WE ARE NOW DOING SOME WORK WITH HOUSING FIRST CLIENTS WHO ARE TRANSITIONING. WE’VE GOT A RELATIONSHIP AND SOME FUNDING FROM ATB THAT IS ALLOWING US TO TRY AND BUILD SOME FIRST NATIONS PROGRAMING… ARTISTS ARE DEVELOPING PROGRAMS AND WE ARE FACILITATING THEM AND DELIVERING THEM. SO IT’S REALLY GRASSROOTS… IT’S A MUCH BIGGER COMMUNITY. NOT JUST THE SIXTY PEOPLE THAT USED TO BE BOWMAN ATTENDERS. [NOW] THERE’S 100,000 PEOPLE [WHO] VISITED THE BUILDING IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION.” LINT CONCLUDED: “THAT BUILDING, SEEING IT RISE AND THE NATURE OF WHAT IT IS, IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF WORK THAT I’VE WORKED ON, BUT IT ALSO REPRESENTS A TIME IN HISTORY WHERE THERE WAS THIS SERENDIPITOUS GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED TOGETHER AROUND AN IDEA. SO THE COUNCIL WAS RIPE, THE CITY ADMINISTRATION WAS RIPE. WE HAD A FABULOUS BOARD THAT REALLY WENT TO THE WALL AROUND ARTS IN THIS COMMUNITY ENSURING THAT THEY SURVIVED… I THINK THAT’S THE KIND OF COMMUNITY IT IS. I THINK WE’RE ISOLATED ENOUGH THAT WE DO SOME FAIRLY CRAZY AND WILD THINGS. WE CAN BE PRETTY INVENTIVE AND PROGRESSIVE. THERE’S A REAL COMPONENT OF THAT AND A CREATIVE KIND OF COMMUNITY WHICH WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE TO LIVE IN. THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT IT IS SURROUNDED BY THE MOST SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE PEOPLE. SO IT SOMETIMES FEELS TO ME LIKE A SPLIT COMMUNITY, [BUT] THERE IS THIS REALLY STRONG PROGRESSIVE, CREATIVE, INTUITIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE, LOVE IT, AND CONTINUE TO BE HERE.” ON OCTOBER 8, 2015 MACLEAN INTERVIEWED CAROL THIBERT, FORMER CITY OF LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAM CO-ORDINATOR. THIBERT WAS THE CITY LIAISON TO THE ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL DURING THE PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION, AND OPENING OF CASA. THIBERT SAID: “PART OF MY JOB WAS ORGANIZING THE OPENING CEREMONIES… [THE RIBBON CUTTING] WAS EXTREMELY WELL RECEIVED. THE COMMUNITY WAS VERY, VERY EXCITED. IT WAS FULL – THE MEZZANINE, THE MAIN AREA, AND PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN… THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT WERE THERE TO SPEAK, SO IT WAS A GALA AFFAIR… IT WAS A LONG TIME COMING. I WAS ON THE COMMITTEE THAT STARTED LOOKING INTO WHAT A COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE WOULD LOOK [LIKE]. WE WENT TO CALGARY AND EDMONTON AND DID TOURS OF [THEIR] FACILITIES, AND [CASA] IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, FORWARD-THINKING COMMUNITY ART CENTRES IN OUR PROVINCE, MAYBE EVEN IN CANADA. SO IT’S SOMETHING TO BE VERY PROUD OF.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS AND HARDCOPIES OF NEWSPAPER ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES ABOUT CASA.
Catalogue Number
P20130030001
Acquisition Date
2013-07
Collection
Museum
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