Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Awesomeness keeps spreading and spreading!

It's been a great summer throughout the Awesome Foundation as more projects have been funded and more chapters are starting to pop up around the world!

For example, Kingston, Ontario is getting set to start up their own chapter, and AF Calgary has been assisting them as mentors, along with other cities such as Lethbridge, Alberta and Turin, Italy. In fact, another city we've been mentoring, *cough*Edmonton*cough* ;-) , is about to debut their inaugural prize this month and will be holding their Pitch Night at 6 p.m. on September 29 at Latitude 53, open to the public. If you're in the Edmonton, Alberta area, make sure to check it out! And if you're interested in applying for the Edmonton prize, you can do that here.

It's been especially exciting for us here at AF Calgary as not only are we starting to see some of the chapters that we've been mentoring start to take off, but some of the processes we've come up with here in Calgary are starting to be emulated, not only by the chapters that we're mentoring, but by some of the other AF chapters as well! For example, the very first chapter, AF Boston, is currently experimenting with the Pitch Night format, and their deadline for applications is tomorrow, September 7 (To apply for the Boston grant, you can use the main application form here).

We've only been around for five months or so, but it's really satisfying to all of us here in Calgary that we're making a worldwide impact on the whole Awesome movement. Guess we're doing something right! :-)

Here on the home front, we've been pretty busy as well. Most recently, we, along with two of our previous AF-funded projects, May 2011's Audio Mob YYC and July 2011's Calgary's Illuminated Landscapes, were invited to appear on Edmonton's AM930 CJCA's ONE with Kara Murray, a weekly radio talk show every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. that takes listeners inside the heart and soul of organizations and people who are making a difference in the community.

In the end, there was so much content that instead of cutting stuff out, they've decided to run two one-hour episodes back-to-back in the next couple of weeks instead!

First up, if you've had any questions about AF Calgary or how this whole "Awesome" thing works, then you'll want to tune into Episode 9 on Saturday, September 10 as you'll be able to learn more about the Awesome Foundation in general (and AF Calgary specifically), and hear and learn more from AF Calgary's May 2011 Fellow Kiran Somanchi about his Audio Mob YYC project.

The following week, tune into Episode 10 on Saturday, September 17 to learn more about AF Calgary and hear from AF Calgary's July 2011 Fellows Claudia Bustos and Vlad Amiot about their Calgary's Illuminated Landscapes project.

You can catch ONE with Kara Murray at 11 a.m. Saturday mornings on AM930 if you're in the Edmonton area, or live-streamed through their website at CJCA.ca. If you miss the show, you can catch episodes on-demand at ONEwithKara.com.

In other news, August 2011 AF Calgary Fellow Matt Hamel is hard at work bringing his YYC Mobile Movie concept to life and hopes to debut it in September; keep an eye out here for all the details as they become available.

We're currently finalizing the details on our September 22 pitch night as well, and we'll be announcing those details here very, very soon...

There may be a couple more announcements to make in the coming weeks also, so keep an eye on us here or on Twitter at @awesome_calgary or Facebook at facebook.com/awesomecalgary to make sure you're kept up-to-date on all the latest!

Finally, September's submission deadline for AF Calgary is getting close. This month, the deadline is Saturday, September 10 at 11:59 p.m. To apply, fill out this handy-dandy web form!

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