Poet’s Walk

Poet’s Walk

Poet’s Walk sponsored by Rockwood Custom Homes

— October 2019 —

This artwork, located along the strip separating cSPACE in Marda Loop at cSPACE, is the result of a partnership with our neighbours at Rockwood Custom Homes. It features three poetic art installations that acknowledge the importance of the land, the legacy of the former King Edward School, and the creative transformation of the site. Because of places like the Poet’s Walk, cSPACE is an inspired place to support communities of artists, nonprofits and entrepreneurs working in the culture and creative sector.

Along the Poet’s Walk you’ll find a poem by Dr. Leroy Little Bear, who was inducted with The Alberta Order of Excellence in 2016. In the poem, he speaks to the cultural importance of acknowledging the land.

Next is a poem by Calgary’s first Poet Laureate Kris Demeanor. cSPACE commissioned Kris in 2011 to create a poem to be read during the groundbreaking ceremony, initiating the redevelopment of King Edward School into the present day arts hub.
Finally, there is a poem by Clara Anne Johnson, a former teacher at King Edward School. The poem was discovered in a centennial yearbook from 1967.

Top row, left to right: Quote from Dr. Leroy Little Bear*; Quote from Clara Ann Johnson*; crowd gathers for the unveiling in October 2019.

Middle row, left to right: President and CEO Deeter Shurig; Board Director Ken Lima-Coelho; Patti Pon from CADA (Calgary Arts Development)

Bottom row, left to right: Kris Demeanor, installation crew at work, Kris Demeanor addresses the crowd

*Photo credit Katy Whitt Photography