Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Kitchener

From the City of Kitchener website http://www.kitchener.ca/news/MediaDetail.asp?tid=18741

 

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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Kitchener

KITCHENER -Thursday, April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The City of Kitchener and community partners have organized a variety of events to celebrate and we encourage residents taking part in the many activities around the region.

”Earth Day is all about empowering and encouraging Canadians to take environmental action in their communities,” said Councillor Berry Vrbanovic, council vice-chair of the city’s environmental committee.  ”Citizens are encouraged to get involved whether they volunteer to pick up litter, visit the Bloomin’ Earth Festival or learn more about energy and wildlife conservation through one of our activities.”
 
Each year the city organizes a number of events to mark Earth Day including litter clean ups for residents, businesses and schools, festivals and entertainment and planting and stewardship opportunities.
 
Kitchener’s Earth Day events for 2010 include the following:
 
20-Minute Makeover
Friday, April 16 at 2 p.m. near home or work.
Businesses and residents are encouraged to take 20 minutes on Friday, April 16 to get out there and pick up litter close to their place of work or residence. The city provides garbage bags and gloves to all registered participants while supplies last. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/earthday or call 519-741-2227.
This activity happens simultaneously in Waterloo and Cambridge.
 
Tim Hortons Community Clean-up
Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon outside the Victoria Park Pavilion (80 Schneider Ave.).
Citizens are invited to pitch in and help out with the annual Tim Hortons Community Clean-up. Enjoy refreshments and a chance to win prizes. Pre-registration is not required. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 519-741-2227. 
This activity happens in locations in Waterloo and Cambridge.
 
Kitchener Natural Areas Program (KNAP) Celebration
Saturday, April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Huron Natural Area (801 Trillium Dr.).
Canadian Raptor Conservancy will have live birds of prey shows starting at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. Families will have the opportunity to build and take home a bird box (limit of one per household). There will also be opportunities to plant trees and go on nature walks. For more information, contact 519-741-3400 x3349 or knap@kitchener.ca.
 
Operation Spring Clean – school clean-up
Schools are encouraged to clean up their own schoolyards and/or adjacent public space. The city provides gloves and garbage bags. Visit www.kitchener.ca/earthday for more information.

Community organized clean-ups

The City of Kitchener also supports groups looking to organize their own clean up by providing free bags and gloves, as well as tip sheets on how to organize a clean up. During April, Tim Hortons provides prizes and supplies for those who organize their own clean-up. Register at www.kitchener.ca/earthday or by calling 519-741-2227.
 
Living Earth Festival
Join this vibrant, grassroots celebration, revealing our living connection to each other and the earth. Events include the Blooming Earth Artisan Market, Procession of the Species Parade and Earth Day Eco-Showcase along with many others. Visit http://www.livingearthfestival.org for more details.
 
Earth Day art installed in Grand River Transit buses
In conjunction with Earth Day 2010, running through April and May for a month, City of Kitchener Artist In Residence, Stefan Rose, will be exhibiting photographs and poems of the Grand River. The artwork is part of Rose’s project Grand River: Grand Conversations, which examines Kitchener’s geography and history, residents’ sense of place, and the environment using photographs and poems to stimulate dialogue. The five panels will be randomly placed inside the fleet of buses. More information about the project can be found at http://grandconversations.spaces.live.com
 
Background:
First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement. More than six million Canadians will join one billion people in over 170 countries worldwide to heighten awareness of local environmental issues. 
 
Recently, the City of Kitchener joined millions around the world by during, turned off non-essential lights in city facilities to celebrate Earth Hour.
 
The purpose of these initiatives is to help raise awareness about environmental issues by encouraging as many people, businesses and other organizations as possible to participate. For more information, visit www.kitchener.ca/earthday
 

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Earth Day art installed on city buses

 From the City of Kitchener’s news site at http://www.kitchener.ca/news/MediaDetail.asp?tid=18872
 
 
For Immediate Release
Monday, April 19, 2010
Earth Day art installed on city buses
 
KITCHENER – Grand River Transit buses may be an unlikely place to find a new display of art work.
 
In conjunction with Earth Day 2010, running through April and May for a month, Grand River Transit buses will feature poetry and photographs by Stefan Rose, the 2010 City of Kitchener Artist In Residence in their interior advertising panels.
 
The artwork is part of Rose’s project Grand River: Grand Conversations, which examines Kitchener’s geography and history, residents’ sense of place, and the environment using photographs and poems to stimulate dialogue. The five panels will be randomly placed inside the fleet of buses, so frequent Grand River Transit passengers will be lucky enough to see all five!
 
”I’m interested in hearing from Kitchener residents why the Grand River is significant to them,” Rose explains. ”I hope to initiate conversations that will be reflected in the creation of photographic images, poetry and video that can be placed in various settings within the community.” 
 
Throughout the program, Rose will organize artist talks, engage in conversation with residents about their experiences with the river, and conduct photo critique sessions for the public. E-mails can be sent to GrandConversations@live.ca
 
Stefan Rose, a Waterloo artist, is interested in creative and documentary forms using photography, videography, and poetry. He uses a large-format banquet camera, among others, for his creative work. He has exhibited his photographs in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and has collaborated with other artists across many media, including several video works commissioned by the Penderecki String Quartet to accompany their performances across Canada and internationally.
 
More information about Stefan Rose’s 2010 City of Kitchener Artist In Residence program can be found at http://grandconversations.spaces.live.com
 
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Public Talk – Large Matters: Contemporary Canadian Large-Format Photography

Large Matters: Contemporary Canadian Large-Format Photography
Sunday February 21st, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
Conestoga Room, Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener, ON, N2G 4G7
 

Have you recently seen a photographer using a large camera with bellows, and a black cloth over his head? Do you think they only exist in old movies? You might soon be surprised! Join photographer Stefan Rose for an insightful look beneath the dark cloth. Find out why large cameras that use sheets of film (up to 8 inches x 20 inches in size) are still relevant in the digital age and important to today’s artists, and who these Canadian artists are, including photographers in Kitchener-Waterloo. This is the first in a series of public talks by City of Kitchener’s 2010 Artist-In-Residence, Stefan Rose.

In addition to artist talks, as Artist In Residence Rose will explore the effects of landscape and geography on people’s community-building experiences, using photography, videography, and poetry. The year-long program, entitled “Grand River: Grand Conversations,” will be showcased in a number of locations, including the Rotunda Gallery, and inside Grand River Transit buses, along with a publication, and video.
“The project will visually investigate the Grand River and its tributaries, and the place they occupy within the geography and the imaginations of the residents of Kitchener and area,” said Rose. Throughout the program, Rose will engage in conversation with residents about their experiences with the river. “I’m interested in hearing from Kitchener residents why the Grand River is significant to them; e-mail can be sent to GrandConversations@live.ca.”
 

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Recent Press Information

 
You can find out more information about me and the Artist In Residence appointment at the following news sites.
 
Waterloo Chronicle community newspaper, Jan. 6, 2010. Shutterbug, written by Charlotte Prong Parkhill.
http://www.waterloochronicle.ca/arts_and_entertainment/article/198988
 
Your Kitchener (City of Kitchener newsletter), Jan./Feb. 2010.
http://www.kitchener.ca/pdf/yourkitnews_2010_jan_feb.pdf
 
Grand Actions (Grand River Conservation Authority newsletter), Jan./Feb. 2010. (forthcoming)
http://www.grandriver.ca/GrandStrategy/2010_janfeb_grandactions.pdf
 
If you had been watching television (you may be able to get it on the Rogers On Demand service):
Rogers Cable daytime television interview, Monday Dec. 7, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
 
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City of Kitchener Press Release

From the City of Kitchener’s news site at http://www.kitchener.ca/news/MediaDetail.asp?tid=17631
 
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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2010 artist in residence announced

KITCHENER – Landscape and the Grand River will be the main feature in Stefan Rose’s work as the City of Kitchener artist-in-residence for 2010.  Rose, a Waterloo artist, was appointed by city council earlier this week.
He has designed a program of photography, poetry and video to explore the effects of landscape and geography on people’s community-building experiences.
The year-long program, entitled ”Grand River: Grand Conversations,” will be showcased in a number of locations, including the Rotunda Gallery, and inside Grand River Transit buses in conjunction with Earth Day. The bus exhibits would be also interpreted as a booklet for distribution at library branches, and as a PDF file for distribution through the internet.
"The Grand River is as important to the lives of 21st century residents as it was to the original settlers of Berlin," said Cheryl York, arts and culture co-ordinator for the City of Kitchener. "It will be exciting to see how this project develops a relationship between art and environment."
In addition, a video of the Grand River would be created for exhibition on the Cube, on the Berlin Tower at city hall. Throughout the program, Rose will organize artist talks, engage in conversation with residents about their experiences with the river, and conduct two photo critique sessions for the public.
”I am interested in the way that landscape and geography inform a community’s identity,” said Rose. ”How do sometimes inaccessible waterways connect to the Grand River and the nearby inhabitants?”
Rose, who was born in Leeds, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1977, is interested in creative and documentary forms, using photography, videography, and poetry. He uses a large-format banquet camera, among others, for his creative work. 
Fourteen artists responded to the call for applications for the 2010 program. On October 15, the Public Art Working Group met to review the submissions and select an artist. Criteria for selection were:
.   Demonstrated artistic excellence in the artist’s practice;
.   Strength/professionalism of the submission;
.   Relationship of the artist’s proposed workshops and programming to this diverse community; and
.   Proposed program’s potential to build meaningful exchange between artists and citizens.
The Public Art Working Group selected two artists whose proposals were equally compelling. The group accommodated both artists, assigning appointments in successive years. Sean Puckett’s ”A Portrait of Kitchener” will be accommodated in the 2011 artist-in-residence program.

 
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Grand River: Grand Conversations

Grand River: Grand Conversations
 
A year-long artistic investigation of the Grand River and its tributaries around Kitchener, Ontario, and the place they occupy within the geography and imaginations of the residents of Kitchener and area, using photography, poetry, and video.  I am interested in hearing from Kitchener residents why the Grand River is significant to them; e-mail can be sent to grandconversations@live.ca.
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