Communication and Culture Master of Arts student Dana Lupypciw and her partner, Martin Machacek â€“ a local artist whose paintings and drawings were recently put on display at Steeps Teahouse - are planning a cross-Canada tour to highlight Canadian heritage architecture.
Together, Martin and Dana have brainstormed a way to expand on their skills and experiences and to contribute something meaningful to Canadian culture and heritage. Inspired by this year's Alberta-wide centennial tour by Matt Masters as well as by the ongoing community art project known as PostSecret, they are preparing a cross-Canadian tour to highlight and celebrate heritage buildings in Canada.
Community participation will be encouraged on an individual (and voluntary) level in a way similar to PostSecret's ongoing postcard submissions, and it will also be more formally arranged and coordinated with various school boards, public libraries, and other institutions across Canada. By encouraging people's input, stories, and perhaps even drawings or photographs, they hope to strengthen a commitment to community involvement and participation. Moreover, they hope to include as many people as possible into our celebration of Canadian places and history.
Following their extensive tour, they plan to both display the collection of artwork amassed and to publish a book on their adventures and experiences. Both the artwork and the book will be made as accessible as possible. Overall, their goals are to encourage awareness and appreciation of Canadian architectural landscapes, to connect with people and to celebrate spaces that are personally meaningful and relevant to them, and to make both Canadian architecture and the artistic process more accessible to a greater range of people.