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Neighbour Grant Pitch Night at Soul of the City

Hard work, creativity and collaboration truly are the soul of a city.

When Karen Go created Studio 17 to bring free high-quality urban dance instruction and a basketball drop-in league into the Forest Lawn community Karen Go knows that early exposure to high quality dance instruction shaped her adult life. At the Soul of the City Neighbour Grant Pitch Night, Karen pitched to an audience to help support her to secure space, bring together other instructors and coaches and run the Studio 17 program this summer.

At the fourth annual Soul of the City Neighbour Grant night, nine community groups came together to pitch Dragon’s Den style for one of five $10,000 grants courtesy of The Calgary Foundation and The RBC Foundation. The proposals came from across the city included community gardens, a block party celebrating multiculturalism.

Many of the pitches were inspiring and #soulofyyc trended on Twitter. 

The TIkkun Olam Makers (TOM), for example, connects people with disability with makers – designers, engineers, industry professionals, and tinkerers – at a makeathon event to create custom solutions to solve their challenges in 72 hours. The teens involved with Fourth Avenue Flyover ended their pitch by turning the heartfelt notes they read into paper airplanes to show how dreams can take flight.

The YMCA’s Ken Lima-Coelho, local celebrity foodie Julie Van Rosendaal, Youth Central volunteer Karl Bhuler, and Joan Shilling, Corporate Community Engagement Manager at Calgary Economic Development were the guest panelists and Andrew Phung was the emcee for the evening. Audience members voted for their top five projects.The groups receiving grants to complete there projects were:

1.4th Avenue Flyover

2.TOM:CGY 2017

3.Silver Springs Pool Mural

4.Studio 17

5. Geodesic Dome Garden

The Soul of the City speaker series was kicked off in 2012 with Dr. Katherine Loflin, a recognized leader in place-making and the human side of place, examining what makes people love where they live and why it matters. Since then, the Soul of the City speaker series have covered community-centric topics including sustainability, commerce, urban design, art, food, music, culture, creativity, education, poverty and diversity.

Learn more about our previous Soul of the City Neighbour Grant projects.

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