Pink Flamingo and Calgary Phil mix murals and music in unique anti-racism collaboration
On 2 June 2021, Pink Flamingo announced a request for proposals and qualifications for a Black Lives Matter mural series to be completed in Calgary this summer. This first-of-its-kind project demonstrates the City of Calgary’s commitment to anti-racism and public art. It will employ and represent BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Calgarians in a way that has never been done before. It is led by the populations it aims to represent.
The Calgary Phil is thrilled to build on our partnership with Pink Flamingo as part of this project, which is supported by Calgary Arts Development, the City of Calgary, artist Katie Green, and the Beltline Urban Murals Project. Four BIPOC artists will create four murals in response to I Rise, a new work composed by Laura Hawley and based on the poem by L.R.Knost, commissioned by the Calgary Phil, and performed by our Chorus. The result will be a series of videos by THOTNATION documenting the creation of each mural and set to this new choral work, as well as four new public works of art representing our city’s anti-racism journey.
This project begins to bridge the gap between two artistic cultures that have historically been separated. By inviting the mural artists to honestly respond to the Calgary Phil’s commission, we can reflect on where we are at on the journey. This collaboration shows us a genuine representation of what is possible when these two artistic practices are allowed to collide.