On Saturday, June 17th, 2017 the What Flamingo Photography Workshop was lead by Marlene Hielema. She shared her skills and stoke for skateboard photography with this rad crew who will be documenting the all girls skate tour later this week. Thanks Marlene!
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
We are so exited to be offering a free photography workshop as part of What Flamingo. From DIY zines, to glossy mags, to Instagram, photography has been telling the story of skateboarding for decades. Of all of the associated art forms - music, fashion, drawing, video etc. - photography is the one that so clearly captures the spirit and culture of skateboarding. Whether it is shooting a sweet trick, a bunch of buds hanging out at a skate spot, or somebody's bloody knee, skate photographers capture an urban art form. By combining elements of street, sport, and portrait photography into image after image, skate photographers continue to inspire us to skate. And we want more women skating in Calgary, which means we need more women photographing women skaters!
This free workshop will be led by 100% Skate Club member and professional photographer Marlene Hielema (who has been doing a pretty amazing job over the past couple of years, photographing the Calgary skate scene).
Who are we looking for
This workshop is for women aged 16+ in the Calgary skate community. We will prioritize women who are skaters or really dig skate culture (skaters at heart). This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers interested in learning more about skatepark photography and working with skaters. Participants must have their own, or have access to, adjustable digital camera (DSLR or Mirrorless).
In addition to the in class instruction, hands on photography shoots, and online participation, photographers must be able to attend 3 out of the 5 days of What Flamingo events as part of the photography team.
What you need to know about the workshop
- Classroom instruction: Saturday June 17th, 10 am - 4 pm
- There will be an online component for review of the classroom lessons, notes, instructional videos, and photo sharing with other students
- A dedicated outdoor hands-on shooting session at a skatepark with models: (one of these dates)
- Sunday June 18th, morning
- June 19 or June 20, evening (in case it rains on the Sunday)
- Follow up critique of the practice session (in the online space)
- Participants will also be part of the photography team for the What Flamingo events from June 21-25
- Participants will submit their best 20 photos of the all events combined as part of the final assignment for the course
- Photos will be shared to the event’s social media channels (Instagram and Facebook)
Your instructor – Marlene Hielema
- Marlene has taught photography in the classroom at ACAD, SAIT and RDC from 2001 to 2015, and online since 2010.
- Marlene is an avid skater but also loves photographing the variety of people that she gets to know at the skateparks.
- She is a member of the 100% Skate Club, and does the photography and social media for the club.
- You can usually find Marlene skating at Huntington Hills skatepark in the middle of the day.
- For more info about Marlene, check her website: imagemaven.com and see her skate photos on Instagram @imagemaven
We are so stoked to announce the temporary public art skatepark programming we have planned for this summer! What Flamingo is the second phase of the Skate School for Women that we ran last year. More women skateboarding = the best!
We have partnered with our buds over at 100% Skate Club (an all girls skate group) to bring Melanie Mercier and Annie Guglia to skate, hang out, and be rad for a week in June. Melanie Mercier is the co-founder of Chickflip in Vancouver and skates with Silly Girl Skateboards. Annie Guglia hails from Montreal and among many other sweet things, rides for Meow Skateboards. These two women have had a huge impact on their local women's skate scenes and have international networks that we hope will continue to inspire the Calgary community.
There is gonna be a number of rad open skate sessions, the Calgary premier of "Quit Your Day Job" - an all women's skate video that Annie is featured in, 100% Skate Club is holding a fundraiser, and Melanie is going to launch the 2nd issue of her amazing Dame Skatezine! And and and.... Marlene Hielema will be running a free skateboarding photography workshop for women! Plus so much more!
We are so stoked about this amazing video that Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi (Nur Films) produced for us about the three skate park projects we did last summer. Ramin not only shot and directed the doc, he also conducted some great interviews (maybe the best interviewer we've ever worked with), captured some amazing footage of Skate School wipe outs, triumphs, and the overall intention of the projects. Thanks Ramin!
Thanks also to all of the amazing participants and our wonderful instructors Zev Klymochko, Erica Jacobs, Laura Langille, Ben Kwiatek, and Quinton David.
We are so stoked about these pins! The rad ladies from Skate School for Women that we ran last year generated a bunch of ideas and we brought them together into this pin. A merit badge like no other!
Skate with 100% SKATE CLUB Wednesday evenings to get yours.
There are nine awesome police from Calgary learning to skateboard as part of our temporary public art project. Check out a few of them learning to ride up and down the quarter pipe at CKE.
Oh yeah! Check out the sweet skills at the Skate School for Women! Small steps to big shredz!
Our good bud Ramin from Nur Films is making a series of videos for us that document the three different projects we are creating around several new skateboard parks in Calgary! Check out this sweet promo video.
Check out some sweet pics of the "skaters from around here (and elsewhere) zines in some random mailboxes in Southwood and Huntington Hills.
CBC interviewed Eric last week about the Skate Schools we are running. There is an audio component to the web article. We're just waiting for it to come online.
Helen Pike of Calgary Metro gave us a call yesterday to learn more about the skate schools we are running. Take a look at the article below.
Tuesday night we had some real rad officers learning to skate. CTV came out to see our first sessions in action. Check it out below. We have three more classes this June that will take place at CKE, Huntington Hills, and Southwood skate parks.
Video here: http://bit.ly/24kIQeG
We are Eric and Mia - local artists who are creating art projects for the new skateboard parks being built in Calgary.
This spring we are running a Skate School for Police Officers and we are looking for two teenagers to be lead instructors. This is a paid gig.
The skate school will teach 5 to 10 officers the basics of skateboarding: balance, pushing, stopping, turning, ollie, and ramp riding. At the end of the course officers will have the skills to confidently use the new skateboard parks in a meaningful way. The hope is to create a sense of camaraderie between police officers and the skateboard community. It is a small step towards a larger goal.
Our teenage instructors will be working alongside two adult skaters to teach specific skills and introduce skate culture to the police officers. We are looking for skaters who are outgoing, have some leadership or teaching experience, and have mastered the basics of skateboarding.
Session dates and times are as follows (all are on Tuesday evenings):
May 31, 7:00-9:00 pm (Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove, and Eagle Ridge)
June 7, 7:00-9:00 pm (Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove, and Eagle Ridge)
June 14, 7:00-9:00 pm (Southwood)
June 21, 7:00-9:00 pm (Huntington Hills)
June 28, 7:00-9:00 pm (Huntington Hills) - Contingency for bad weather
THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE WONDERFUL SUBMISSIONS. THE CALL IS NOW CLOSED.
We are Eric and Mia - local artists who are creating art projects for the new skateboard parks being built in Calgary.
We are offering a free skate school for those who identify as women ages 16 years-old and up. With this project we are looking to increase the number of women using the new skate parks and within the skateboard community city wide. The hope is to create a core group of skaters who will become leaders and mentors for women of all-ages in the community. Participants will learn the basics of skateboarding: balance, pushing, stopping, turning, ollie, and ramp riding. All participants will be provided with the necessary basic equipment to participate in the course (skateboard and helmet) if needed.
The course will be taught by Erica Jacobs (founder of 100% Skate Club - an all girls skateboard club) and Calgary skater and advocate Zev Klymochko.
At the end of the course we will work with the participants to create a plan of action to engage young women and to encourage participation in skateboarding. To accompany the plan, participants will collaborate with Eric and Mia to design an embroidered patch that mentors can distribute to other women skaters as a way of showing solidarity.
Priority will be given to residents living in communities where new skateparks have already been opened. These include: Huntington Hills, Thorncliff, Chinook Park, Kelvin Grove & Eagle Ridge, and Southwood. But women from across the city are encouraged to apply.
It is expected that participants will be in attendance for each lesson and will attend at least three 100% Skate Club sessions that runs Wednesday evenings throughout the course (6:30-8:30).
Please note that there are two contingency sessions scheduled just in case we encounter bad weather.
Session dates and times are as follows:
Thursday: June 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday: June 5, 11:00am-1:00 pm
Thursday: June 9, 7:00-9:00 pm (Contingency day)
Sunday: June 12, 11:00am-1:00 pm
Thursday: June 16, 7:00-9:00 pm
Sunday: June 19, 11:00am-1:00 pm
Thursday: June 23, 7:00-9:00 pm (Contingency day)
Sunday: June 26, 11:00am-1:00 pm
Thursday: June 30, 7:00-9:00 pm
There are only a limited number of spaces available to participate. We thank everyone for applying! Only those selected will be contacted.
We just had 45,000 zines that profile skaters from around Calgary delivered to our studio! The zines will be delivered to houses around 8 new skateboard parks over the next year or so. The community of Chinook-Kelvin Grove-Eagle Ridge will have theirs delivered in the coming weeks.
Hey Calgary skaters!
We are making a zine that profiles skaters from Calgary. Think of it as a “yearbook” of Calgary skaters. The zine will have drawings and information about each person and will be delivered to thousands of households around the new skateparks the City is building beginning this fall. The idea is to put a face and a first name to the skaters using the parks—let’s show people that skaters come in all ages, have different styles, do different things, and live all over the city.
Entries are now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who submitted!
We started our engagement process by asking: what does a citizen skater look and act like in Calgary? The answers we found were both anticipated and surprising, cliche and unpredictable. We learned that skaters as citizens shape the city through both formal and informal processes; that skaters are integrated into many different networks and communities; that their presence in the city both while skateboarding and in their “daily lives” have impact on the culture of place; and that there is an etiquette to skating that suggests camaraderie and inclusiveness. Skaters are a creative bunch who continually expect more of themselves, the community, and the city. We wondered how we might work with the skate community to advance these goals.
We met with several members of the skateboard community citywide and with folks from the neighbourhoods where the parks are to be built. Common concerns emerged out of these conversations: 1) that the parks need a diversified group of users; 2) that trust between the skaters and the surrounding communities needs to be strengthened; and 3) that regulating the parks needs to be a shared responsibility between users and non-users. Working with the theme of “creating capacity, creating trust,” we have created three projects and a legacy component that address each of the numbered points above. Designed in consultation with members of the skate community and different community associations, these projects are generative and collaborative. We are excited by the way in which the projects propose alternative ways for stakeholders to engage one another in around the parks.
Skate School for Women
With this project we are looking to increase the number of women users at the new skate parks and within the skateboard community city wide. The hope is to create a core group of skaters who will skate together on a regular basis and become leaders and mentors for other women of all-ages in the community. At the end of the course we will work with the participants to create a mandate or plan of action to engage young women and to encourage participation in skateboarding. To accompany the plan we collaboratively design a “logo” that represents female skaters in Calgary. The logo will be turned into an embroidered patch that mentors can distribute to other women skaters at parks throughout the next year or as long as supplies last as a way of showing solidarity.
Skate School for Police Officers
Skate School for Police Officers will be a key piece of engagement for the new skate parkS. We are looking to run a one-time skateboard workshop for police officers—particularly Community Resource Officers and School Resource Officers. The workshop will be run by three qualified instructors—two teenagers and one adult—who will teach the participating officers the basics of skateboarding: balance, pushing, stopping, turning, ollie, and ramp riding. At the end of the course officers will keep their equipment and skateboards and will have the skills to confidently use the new skateboard parks. It is our hope that by bringing together the skateboard community and neighbourhood police that long-lasting relationships might be forged through a meaningful shared experience. We love the idea that officers can engage the city’s youth at the new skateboard parks as skaters. We love the idea that officers will keep their skateboard in their office at a high school or in the trunk of their patrol cars and when time permits, engage the community and the city’s youth at the new skateboard parks and elsewhere in the city.
"Skaters from around here and elsewhere" Newspaper
We started this process with the false perception that skaters and park users were going to be largely teenagers. This is a perception shared by many of the different folks we met from the neighbourhoods where the new skateboard parks are being built. Of course, the skateboard community is much more diverse—with users occupying different genders, ages, and socio-economic positions. We want to convey this information to residents by introducing them to skaters in their neighbourhood and from across Calgary. To do this we are creating a newspaper (think of it as a “yearbook”) that will profile park users—particularly from the skate community. By putting a face and a name to a person, we hope to dispel some myths about skateboarders and skate culture.
Documentation, Legacy Project
The projects we are proposing are about relationships and experiences and they have been designed specifically to generate new ways of engaging others in and around the skate parks. Other than a newspaper and an embroidered patch (that perform largely unseen tasks), there will be very little physical material at the end of the process. In this regard, it is important that the projects be carefully documented so that we can create a legacy for the work. It is our intention to create a video and a small publication that helps to share with stakeholders and others what took place and how the projects laid a foundation for possible future results.