CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: SKATE SCHOOL FOR WOMEN!
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.
To learn more about the Skateboard Parks Amenities Strategy Public Art component visit: