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The Hispanic Arts Society’s Resilience Art Project Showcases New Sculptures Painted by Five Artists from Alberta

Calgary, AB – The Hispanic Arts Society (HAS) is proud to present the Resilience Art Project, an initiative that supports and showcases the work of Alberta artists.

The Resilience Art Project began in September 2022 and will be presented to the public for the first time this month. HAS invites people of all ages and backgrounds to the Resilience Art Project opening reception at the Telus Convention Centre (Macleod Hall Rooms C&D) on March 31, 2023, at 7:00 PM.

This free event includes a sculpture unveiling ceremony, the opportunity to talk to participating artists, a Resilience-themed storytelling session and powwow dance by Indigenous artist Tony Tootoosis (Four Winds Indigenous Market and Showcase co-founder), and a live music performance by The BrazilNutz Band.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be offered to attendees.


The Resilience Art Project included an open call inviting artists to submit their proposals for painting a surface design on one of five sculptural canvases. HAS received a high volume of applications from emerging and established artists from all over Western Canada. After a rigorous selection process, the independent jury selected five artists to participate in the project.

The selected artists are Michelle Ku, Layla Folkmann, Alana Halliday, Autumn Whiteway, and Jorge Antonio Fuentes. Each artist will receive $1,200 plus $300 for material expenses to bring the 3D canvases to life.

The 3D canvases are identical in form, creating a heart-shaped silhouette when viewed from front and back angles at a distance of at least 15 feet. The form of the sculpture becomes increasingly abstract as the viewer moves closer and around the sculpture. This playful illusion required detailed planning by HAS’s in-house design team led by Daniela Szeoke. The team created the design in a perceptual style to invite viewers to contemplate the endless variations in the way we see and experience resilience. 

The final painted sculptures will be displayed at different indoor and outdoor locations in Calgary/Mohkinstsis, including the day of the inauguration ceremony at the Telus Convention Centre and Prince’s Island Park, during the Expo Latino Festival on August 18, 19, & 20. We cordially invite venue owners and administrators to contact us to showcase the Resilience Art Project’s sculptures at their locations.

“The Resilience Art Project is an important initiative that supports the arts community in Alberta,” said Mariela Parra, President of HAS. “We are thrilled to showcase the work of these talented artists, who have brought their unique perspectives and styles to create pieces that celebrate the resilience of community members during and after the lockdown. We want to see art leaders, organizations, and citizens supporting us on March 31 at the Telus Convention Centre. We are ready to contribute to the creation of a vibrant city.”

HAS is grateful to Canadian Heritage for its generous support, which has made this project possible. The organization would also like to thank F&D Scenes Changes for fabricating the sculptures.

The Resilience Art Project exemplifies HAS’s commitment to supporting local artists and providing a platform for diverse voices and perspectives to be heard. HAS is a 35-year-old non-profit organization based in Calgary, AB, Canada.

For more information about the Resilience Art Project, visit HAS’s website at

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