Get Tickets to Avenue’s Future of the Past Panel and Reception

On May 2, join the leaders transforming Arts Commons, Glenbow, Heritage Calgary and Chinatown for a discussion on how to build an inclusive, forward-looking city.

The panel speakers. Photographs courtesy of Nicholas Bell, Alex Sarian, Josh Traptow and Terry Wong (clockwise from top left).

This event is part of Avenue‘s Future of the City Festival, running May 2 to 11. For information on all festival events, read How to Experience Avenue‘s New Future of the City Festival.

Calgary is a vibrant city with engaged citizens and endless possibilities for the future. As we look to push our city forward toward the future, an understanding of what that future could hold also requires a recognition of our collective past and shared histories. On May 2, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., join Avenue for a panel discussion on the Future of the Past as part of our first Future of the City Festival.

The discussion, moderated by Avenue special projects editor, Tsering Asha, includes Alex Sarian, president and CEO, Arts Commons; Josh Traptow, CEO, Heritage Calgary; Nicholas Bell, president and CEO, Glenbow; and Terry Wong, City Councillor for Ward 7. The discussion will touch on the historical significance and adaptive redesign of our built forms, naming conventions for parks, pathways and buildings and those cultural implications, the importance of decolonization and our perspectives on preserving artifacts, the cultural revitalization of communities such as Chinatown and more.

The event also includes a feature exhibit from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape’s Year End Show and a cocktail reception following the discussion. Tickets are available now and can be purchased online.

Avenue‘s Future of the City Festival is made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors and community partners, the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Calgary Economic Development, Arts Commons and Glenbow.

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