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Feds give boost to Kaleido fest

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival received a boost from the federal government yesterday.

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival received a boost from the federal government yesterday.

MP Peter Goldring presented Christy Morin, the festival’s producer, with a cheque for $33,900 at the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse on 118 Avenue.

Goldring said the grant is in recognition of the Kaleido Festival’s contribution to revitalizing Alberta Avenue, the stretch of 118 Avenue that runs between NAIT and Northlands.

Kaleido, which began in 2006 as the Arts Alive! Festival, is one of Arts on the Ave Edmonton Society’s main projects aimed at rejuvenating the community through art. The festival runs Sept. 25 to 27 on 118 Avenue between 92 Street and 94 Street.

Over 350 visual and performing artists will take over rooftops, back alleys and parks to demonstrate this year’s theme, “Artists and Landscapes.” Morin will use the grant to pay the artists — many of whom live in the Alberta Avenue neighborhood—and to continue area revitalization.

Coun. Tony Caterina said Alberta Avenue was once a main thoroughfare in Edmonton, but became neglected over the past 30 years. Crime soared and buildings fell into disrepair until residents stepped in to reclaim their community four years ago.

“This is the best high point I’ve ever seen on this avenue,” said Caterina.

Brendan van Alstine, a resident since 2006, said there are still problems on the avenue, but it’s improving.

 
 
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