Back in the saddle again with a six-shooter and a bag o’ cash

The start of a new year means it’s time to bring back everybody’s favourite fourth-Thursday-of-the-month event.  I’m talking about, of course, Awesome Calgary’s Thousand Dollar Thursday.

This month, you can find our recap of the event on Storify, which is also embedded below for your reading pleasure.

The winner for this month was Neil Egsgard with Kensington Interaction, a space built by Neil to showcase local knowledge and to connect community in the neighbourhood of Sunnyside.  You can see Neil’s project submission on the main AF website here and read our micro-grant announcement on the International AF blog here.

Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to join us at our event yesterday, and thank you to all of our Top4 Finalists for the month of January.  We hope we were able to bring you some exposure to your Awesome Ideas, and you never know who’s out there watching…

Big thanks to Chinook Centre for graciously hosting us this month as well.

And thank you to everyone who submitted an idea for consideration this month too.  It’s always hard to whittle down all the monthly submissions into our short lists, and we encourage you to resubmit your idea if you wish.  We’re currently accepting submissions for our February prize; if you’d like to put forward an idea, simply fill out this handy-dandy web form.  The deadline for submissions this round is Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

Finally, we’re on the look out for new Trustees and new volunteers across a wide variety of positions.  If you feel that you have something to contribute to the Awesome Movement in Calgary (or if you’re a venue interested in hosting one of our events this year), send a message to [email protected].

Until next month, Stay Awesome!

Kensington Interaction – AF-Calgary’s January 2013 Grant


Awesome Foundation – Calgary’s January 2013 $1,000 micro-grant went to Neil Egsgard with Kensington Interaction, a space built by Neil to showcase knowledge and to connect community in the Calgary neighbourhood of Sunnyside.

Based on the concepts of constructive communication and respect, Kensington Interaction is a public display space and message board where information from the neighbourhood and art from local artists can be found and seen by the thousands of Calgarians who live in the region and commute through it everyday due to its visibility in a high traffic area.

AF-Calgary’s $1,000 will allow Neil to take his space to the next level by creating four new displays containing a wide variety of knowledge such as how to effectively choose food from various providers based on knowledge provided by local chefs and health/fitness professionals, presentation of Governor General award-winning research on conflict resolution in African refugee camps provided by a local scholar, and finally, showcasing local art and stories created by local artists.

You can check out video of Neil’s 90 second pitch at our January 2013 Awesome Calgary Thousand Dollar Thursday event on here.

If you’re in the Calgary area, be on the look out in Kensington for the new displays coming soon, or visit the space now to see what is currently being showcased.

Another four great ideas were showcased at our January Awesome Calgary Thousand Dollar Thursday event. To relive the all the action, check out <a href="

After taking a small break for the holidays, AF-Calgary returned to award another $1,000 micro-grant to an Awesome Idea for the month of January.”>our recap on Storify!

Photo Credit: Tristan Bauer

Source: The Awesome Foundation