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Artist-in-Residence Kathryn Calder leaves a legacy of calm and joy

Kathryn Calder’s musical collaborations will continue to bring joy and calm even as her tenure as Artist-in-Residence comes to an end.

The musician, songwriter and recording studio owner has had a busy two years doing everything from hosting concerts online to collaborating with community members from young to old in from creating resources for teachers, to co-creating a calm helpline that residents can call when they need a little lift on a hard day.

Calder was unanimously chosen as Artist-in-Residence by the selection jury in 2019, due to her solid reputation as an artist and collaborator in various disciplines, and her proven track record of working on community projects.

During her residency, Kathryn worked collaboratively with City staff and the community to identify and develop creative artwork and capital projects. Some of the highlights include:

Youth mobilization
Kathryn met with students from three schools to discuss their ideas for Victoria’s music community. This led to the creation of the online youth songwriting program Opening Act and the non-profit community group Space Blanket Society, a youth-led, artist-run collective.

Opening act
Opening Act is an online songwriting and performance program for young people aged 14-24. Through an open call, 29 participants were selected to attend online workshops with special guests and one-on-one sessions with Kathryn.

Be calm
Kathryn, in collaboration with Emily Hamel, created 1-877-2BE-CALM — a toll-free hotline to bring calm and joy to your day. The project featured soothing stories and soundscapes from artists, poets, elders, youth and animals from Victoria and across Canada. These recordings can also be enjoyed here.

Intergenerational learning
Kathryn worked with a group of elders and elementary school students from James Bay Community School, sharing their knowledge, singing songs and answering questions about their lives. A learning guide, created with professors Leigh Pharis and Lynda Fraser, is available here for other educators to use.

Patched, Lee Mong Kow way
This art, light and sound installation, located along the walkway between Centennial Square and Fisgard Street, was inspired by the early days of the global pandemic when the urban environment fell silent and the voices of songbirds became more audible. The project is a collaboration between students and teachers at Victoria Chinese Public School and artists Jesse Campbell and Meghan Hildebrand, computer programmers Andrew Schloss and Duncan MacConnell, and musicians Marek Tyler and Eddie Mau.

City of Victoria Music Strategy, as part of Create Victoria
Kathryn chaired the city’s Music Advisory Committee, which included local musicians and music industry professionals, to create the city’s first-ever strategy dedicated to promoting and supporting a music industry. growing music.

The City of Victoria’s Artist-in-Residence program aims to “keep art in mind”, providing the opportunity for a professional artist to work in collaboration with City staff and the community to identify and develop original works of art. art and creative projects over a two-year period. The aim is to provide a unique creative and collaborative approach to enhancing the value and aesthetic appeal of upcoming capital projects in Victoria, while expanding community participation in the arts. The next call for artists in residence will be launched this spring.

See and listen to all of Kathryn’s Artist-in-Residence projects here.

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