Casa Arts Facility in Lethbridge, AB Turns One Year. Here are some shots of the celebrations from this morning. Attending were the Mayor of Lethbridge, staff and volunteers of Casa and the Allied Arts Centre, members of city council, members of the press, various artists and users of the facility and members of the public helped celebrate this one year birthday.
Suzanne Lint - Allied Arts Concil
Front Reception Area. Artist for desk - George Heagle, Edmonton.
Lethbridge City Mayor Chris Spearman, the artists, Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew, AAC President, Kris Hodgson. Title of installation: "Mirrored Earth"
The jumbo outdoor screen. Installed this week! Awesome short artists video streaming until 10:00 pm.
ARTICLE FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - MAY 15, 2014 BY NICK KUHL
Casa ‘the hub of creativity’
Called a “hub of creativity” by the artist who designed its reception desk and “the centrepiece of Lethbridge” by the mayor, Casa, the community arts centre downtown, has officially turned one year old.
“We have much to celebrate today,” said Kris Hodgson, president of the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge, during a first-birthday celebration Wednesday morning.
“Whether it’s to take an art class, browsing a gallery, watch a performance, or learn how to play a musical instrument, Casa has provided the citizens of Lethbridge and area with increased opportunities to explore the arts.”
“What a success this has been,” added Mayor Chris Spearman. “The arts are now a focal point of Lethbridge with the Casa building. This whole surrounding is so welcoming.”
“I really do think that the arts is the centre of our downtown; it’s really our future,” he continued. “It’s what’s going to attract people downtown. This really is the centrepiece of Lethbridge. We’re going to build on this when we build a performing arts centre.”
About 100,000 people have visited Casa since it opened last May. It has also been a location for weddings, dance productions and a flood relief concert, and it was the new staging area and starting point for the Moonlight Run earlier this year.
Designers for three of Casa’s public artworks were also on hand for Wednesday’s ceremony and helped cut official ribbons.
Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz of Vancouver, who created the Mirrored Earth display in the main corridor, Edmonton’s George Heagle, who designed the reception desk, and Marta Timmer of Lethbridge, who created an exterior gate, all took time to explain their works.
Timmer based her piece on digital art and the use of pixels as part of an image.
“I related it to how Casa is a cluster of different arts and how they come together and form this great community centre,” she said. “The aesthetic of that (the gate) reflects the aesthetic of the architecture of the building as well, with the sharp lines and the clusters.”
Heagle drew his inspiration from the local landscape, coulees and University Hall, designed by architect Arthur Erickson, and said he is overwhelmed by the facility.
“It is a cultural heartbeat of this community, but more importantly of a wider community,” he said. “This is remarkable. This truly is the hub of creativity.”
“Casa has become an important part of the community,” Hodgson said. “We look forward to contributing to the vibrancy of Lethbridge in the years to come.”