Poetry in Motion
Take a ride on an ICE bus during September to read the literary works of the Airdrie Public Library’s Poetry in Motion contest winners.
The two winning poems and four shortlisted poems were announced at the Airdrie Public Library on September 19, 2020. The Poetry in Motion contest took place June 1 - 30 and was open to all Airdrie residents. All poems were blind-judged by Vivian Hansen, the 2020 winner of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award.
2020 Poetry in Motion winning poems:
2020 Runner up poems:
In the spring of 2019, the City of Airdrie accepted a public art donation from the Alberta University of the Arts, formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design. The work of art is an untitled metal sculpture created by Harold Weiss who won a 3rd year sculpture competition with the piece in the 1970’s at the Alberta College of Art.
Many Airdrie residents who have attended concerts at the Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary may be familiar with the sculpture as it was a fixture along the walkway to the Jubilee for close to half a century.
Upon accepting this gifted artwork, Airdrie City Council and Administration worked with a committee of community members to determine where it would be placed, and ultimately the group decided on the location in front of City Hall.
The Sculpture was unveiled officially September 28, 2019 and has been added to the City of Airdrie’s collection of public art.
Public Art Policy
The City of Airdrie recognizes that public art contributes to a healthy quality of life for its residents. There are a number of examples of public art in the city from the Canada 150 Legacy Project, the Totem Poles in Gwacheon Park, the Centennial Sphere in front of City Hall to the Out of the Blue stained glass installation at Genesis Place.
To assist with the selection and acquisition of public art in the community, the City of Airdrie is guided by the City of Airdrie Public Art policy.
Airdrie has a vibrant and active arts community. For information on some of Airdrie's community-based arts and culture groups visit:
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There are several venues in Airdrie where arts, culture and heritage are celebrated everyday. Check out the links below to find out where you can experience some culture in Airdrie.
Airdrie Public Library fosters literacy, knowledge and cultural connections. Seeking to inspire lifelong learning, imagination and creativity through their inclusive programs, services and collections.
Airdrie’s premier performing arts facility offers affordable entertainment in an intimate venue. The 377 seat facility provides audiences with a unique opportunity to experience world renowned performers in a local setting.
Take the 1.6km interpretive journey aboard one of the 1/8th scale diesel or steam locomotives at the park and get a feeling of what the railway was like in Western Canada during the pioneer days. The journey will take you over hills, across trestles and through tunnels across the varied landscape.
Big History. Little Museum. Nose Creek Valley Museum represents over 2,000 years of local history, providing an interesting glimpse into the historical aspects of Airdrie, Nose Creek and surrounding areas.