||The Tuscany LRT site was chosen for a Community Cultural Development (CCD) project as it is located within communities that are deeply invested in the development of the LRT station. The communities adjacent to the new station (Rocky Ridge, Royal Oak and Tuscany) stated an interest in a hands-on participatory art experience. For that reason, the public art allotment for this station was divided into two components; a standard public art project which resulted in the permanent roger that public art piece located at the station itself, and this Community Cultural Development (CCD) project. For this project, the selected artists were required to engage the community in the evolution of the design of the artwork, fostering a participatory approach to community interaction.|
CCD is a recognized arts-based community-building tool that promotes a sense of place, empowerment, and public participation through arts projects and programming. CCD fosters individuals expressing their own stories, engaging in skill-building, and actively developing their culture through art. Through art, individuals gain respect for their own and others' histories, resources, hopes, and dreams, building a stronger sense of connection to their community as well as ownership and pride over the final work of art.
||Currently in development by the artist team, The Rover (a working title) is a hand-pushed, rolling observation station that will draw transit riders and area residents to engage, interact, and capture connections with each other and with the Tuscany, Royal Oak, and Rocky Ridge neighbourhoods. The Rover, and complimentary programming, is being designed around the ideas of exploration and creation, in order to create opportunities for both individual and collective engagements. Designed for deployment to a diversity of sites, The Rover holds a collection of tools (for example, telescope, magnifying glasses, shovel, sound recorders) that participants can use to investigate their environments and to create representations, records, and reflections of what they find. This pairing of exploration and art-making harnesses the power of art to engage, understand, and actively imagine into the surrounding environments, and to further foster participants’ connection to place.|
The artist team currently has a call to artists open. They are looking for local Calgary artists to work with them on executing a series of events that will involve community members in the exploration and the making of art, using The Rover concept.