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My name is Amy Shostak, and I am an artist from Edmonton. In May 2012, I took a trip to China and was inspired by the park life there. Parks were vibrant places, where people of all ages intermingled and learned from one another. When I returned home, I thought about Edmonton's often-empty parks, and my Dido (grandfather) who is 83 and a very active senior citizen.

On March 21, 2013, the Make Something Edmonton Initiative kicked off; encouraging Edmontonians to create a project in their community that they are passionate about - my response is THE SLOW FLASH MOB. 

The event will take place on July 20th from 12-4pm in Louise McKinney Park in downtown Edmonton. You can check out an interview with my Dido here.

I am lucky enough to be co-presenting THE SLOW FLASH MOB, with Creative Age Edmonton (www.creativeageedmonton.ca), an organization focused on encouraging more opportunities for older adults to become engaged in the arts year-round.  RAPID FIRE THEATRE is also co-presenting the event.

After a successful funding campaign, we are now moving into our next phase of planning.  We raised a whopping $1500 on our Indie Go Go Campaign, and while we could still use more money to cover the costs of rentals and instructors, the event is definitely going forward!

Now we'd like to focus on raising awareness.  Please, share this event.  Invite friends to our Facebook event.  Tweet about it.  Heck, call your grandma!

You can help by spreading the word about the event, or volunteering, but most importantly, showing up on July 20th alongside your grandchild or grandparent.

 

Event details:

12-4pm in Louise McKinney Park

Parking: There is a charter ETS bus leaving from Central Lions Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street) starting at 11:45pm and running every half hour after that. The last shuttle leaves Louise McKinney at 4:15pm. You can park at Central Lions for free and hop the charter to avoid downtown parking.

 


Workshop Schedule
 
12-12:45 – Song Circle – Gazebo (Area C)
 
12-12:45 – Tai Chi – Field (Area B)
 
12:30–1:15 – Swing Dancing – Stage (Area A)
1-1:45 – Performance Storytelling – Gazebo (Area C)
1-1:45 – Improv Comedy – Field (Area B)
1:15-2 – Zumba  - Stage (Area A)
2-2:45 – Song Circle – Gazebo (Area C)
2-2:45 – Tai Chi – Field (Area B)
2:15-3 – Swing Dancing –Stage (Area A)
3-3:45 – Zumba – Stage (Area A)
3-3:45 – Performance Storytelling – Gazebo (Area C)
3-3:45 – Improv – Field (Area B)
4pm – Event End
 
Karaoke & Board Games throughout the day.
 

Collaborators on this Project

  • Thanks to our first funders; Ryan Hildebrandt, Brandy Huff, Caron Smith, Apple Box Boutique, and some anonymous heroes!
  • We have raised $425 for The Slow Flash Mob, thanks to the amazing Mike Hudema, the lovely Meryl Lawton & David Laurie, the intrepid Alice Major, and the generous Deborah Merriam!
  • A huge thank you to Tait Lawton for his contribution of $150! We're that much closer to getting this slow flash mob on it's way!
  • UPDATE: I have confirmed a number of the instructors who will be leading workshops for The Slow Flash Mob! More info to come, but for a start let's just say Sugar Swing Dance Club is in! Thanks to Rebecca Montoya for the kind contribution!
  • Thanks to the kindness of Shelly and Zac, Rebecca Montoya, and our anonymous donors, we have now raised $1,215! That is 48% of the way to our goal. There's 11 days left, let's get 'er done!
  • Thanks to Nathan Setterland, Ben Gorodetsky, and Saul Ansbacher for contributing! We're at 51% of our funding goal!
  • We're excited to announce Andrea Beça as our Zumba instructor for The Slow Flash Mob. Come experience a fitness storm on July 20th!
  • Thanks to Dan Corbett for the generous donation! The Indie Go Go Campaign has closed, but that doesn't mean port-a-potties don't cost $700.
  • We've arranged a charter bus from Central Lions Recreation Centre to Louise McKinney Park. You can leave your car at Central Lions, come to the event, and catch the charter back! A convenient reprieve from downtown parking trauma! Hooray!
  • We've arranged a ETS chartered bus from Central Lions Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street) to Louise McKinney Park. You can leave your car at Central Lions to avoid parking downtown.
  • A Note on Parking: There is a charter bus leaving from Central Lions Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street) starting at 11:45pm and running every half hour after that. The last shuttle leaves Louise McKinney at 4:15pm. You can park at Central Lions for free and hop the charter to avoid downtown parking.
  • Thank you to each and every person who came out to this event; who supported me by telling folks about it, by donating time and money, and by reminding me how great our city is. I learned so much in this process about the importance of serving our community, and about planning events. I'm not sure if there will be another SLOW FLASH MOB next year, but if there is, it will be even better. Thank you all again!

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