Summer of Curiosity in Capstone!

OpenStory and OpenArt

From August 13 to September 6, Capstone hosted OpenStory, a free pop-up art installation. Imagined by the creative minds of Calgary’s B!G ART, this living art gallery consisted of 8 interactive doors throughout Capstone and Historical downtown. Visitors were able to open a door, and be transported on a journey through visual storytelling.

During the OpenStory art installation, Capstone implemented an exciting calendar of active programming called OpenArt, which focused on the high traffic areas of Riverwalk and Canada 150 Square.

In addition to free yoga and fitness classes, there were workshops and art classes for water colours, mixed media, and silk painting, live music, an Access Awareness Event by Access 4 Disabilities food trucks, performances by Bard on a Box, rock painting, dance demonstrations, and a collaborative art project. You could even participate in the Art of Gardening with the Common Ground Garden Project.

Purple door frame in Canada 150 square in front of water fountain   

Purple Door in Canada 150 Square during OpenStory                       

 Two hands painted with Henna

 Henna with Sabrina Samuel during OpenArt

 Large butterfly mosaic made from public art projects 

Butterfly Mosaic Community Art Project during OpenArt 

 Country Pride dancers in Canada 150 Square

 Country Pride Dance Workshop during OpenArt

 

There was so much to see and do this year in Capstone!

Sky lit up with fireworks

The Calgary Stampede hosted the Fireworks Spectacular presented by Bell on July 9 

 

Spandy Andy riding an escooter

The City of Red Deer launched the escooter pilot program on July 14 in Canada 150 Square

 

Small puppy drinking from dog fountain in Canada 150 Square

Capstone celebrated National Hot Dog Day on July 21 by providing free hot dogs, as well as treat bags for dogs!

 

Two employees with the Red Deer Public Library Book Bike

The Red Deer Public Library book bike made regular stops in Capstone!

 

Five Indigenous Artists in Canada 150 Square performing for Truth and Reconciliation Event

On September 30, 2021 we acknowledged the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Capstone with a special event that brought us together for listening, learning, drumming, singing and yoga. Thank you Little Lights Yoga and Love Yoga Grace for organizing a thoughtful and impactful event with proceeds donated to Remembering The Children.

 

Two fencers demonstrate their skills in Canada 150 Square

The Red Deer Fencing Club celebrated World Fencing day with a fencing demonstration in Canada 150 Square.

 

Hay bales in the Common Ground Garden filled with plants

The Common Ground Garden Project, a project in Capstone by ReThink Red Deer, donated over 200 lbs of food to the Red Deer and District Food Bank and the Mustard Seed this summer!

 

Capstone Quest Woman with phone on scavenger hunt

Capstone Quest - RAIDx and Capstone hosted a successful 2-week long scavenger hunt. The Capstone Quest provided Red Deerians with a safe way to navigate the community and discover the array of new shops, boutiques and local businesses in the Capstone community and Historic Downtown.

 

Orange planters in Capstone decorated like Jack O Lanterns for Halloween

The orange planters in Capstone were decorated for Halloween, inspiring many fun photos. Capstone also provided free small bags of popcorn to movie goers over the entire Halloween weekend.

 

Red Deer Downtown Identity Survey 

You are invited to take part in a conversation about downtown Red Deer! We want to know what you love about downtown, what matters to you and how you envision the future of downtown. Click here for survey link and details…

 

Capstone's Newest Public Art

Watch muralist Paula Sommers transform the sea can by Carnival Cinemas, and see Gordon Masse's work unfold on the Jersey Barriers, with these videos!

Painted sea can with Paula Sommers standing in front
View Paula Sommers video here 
Gordon Masse standing in front of a painted Jersey Barrier

View Gordon Masse's video here