Monday, March 17, 2014

Awesome Calgary Presents: A 'Meat-Filled' Zebra Piñata Party!



As we countdown to our chapter’s relaunch in April 2014, we’ll be hosting various events and activities during the lead up inspired by Awesome Foundation grants awarded in other cities around the world.

Thus far, we’ve performed a Valentine’s Day Balloon Scavenger Hunt on Stephen Avenue Walk and Barclay Mall in partnership with Downtown Calgary in honour of the Valentine’s Day Love Letter Scavenger Hunt project funded by AF-San Francisco back in January 2013 (as well as the Poetry+QR Codes project funded by AF-Chicago back in November 2011), and a “Strings-Attached” Speed Gaming event inspired by the Speed-Gaming! project funded by AF-Ottawa back in January 2013.


Up Next: Our take on the Meat-Filled Zebra Piñatas project that Awesome Foundation - Boston funded in January 2013.

The original AF-Boston funded project contributed to the creation of meat-filled zebra piñatas as a way to engage lions at the zoo in various animal enrichment activities to help stave off cabin fever (yes, apparently, it’s A THING).

Our Awesome Calgary ‘Meat-Filled’ Zebra Piñata Party will pay homage to the project that AF-Boston funded with us creating our own GIANT-SIZED Zebra Piñata (oh no, this ain’t no store-bought piñata at all) in partnership with the piñata experts (i.e Heather Ilsley and Derek Mah) over at ThePinataProject.com. You’ll also be able to follow along in the creation of this special piñata over on their blog.

In fact, meticulous thought is being put into the creation of this piñata as we speak, including how it’ll break, the impact of the visuals as its guts get eviscerated onto the floor, and even what the ‘meat’ filling will be (and we’re DELIGHTED to announce that there will be meat-treats (in addition to traditional piñata fare like candies and toys) courtesy of our friends over at Big Chief Meat Snacks! Mmm…BITE ME! :-) ) The ‘lions’ will be people (wearing lion-themed blindfolds, of course) and the evisceration will take place using baseball bats (or possibly hockey sticks), but after seeing this piñata in the flesh, you’ll agree that it’s less a piñata and more a form of art, and an experience so rich that you’ll regret missing out on it if you don’t attend.

This will also be an opportunity to meet the creators and experts behind ThePinataProject.com and learn more about why they’re creating a piñata a month and documenting it from construction to destruction (or deployment to destroyment, as they like to put it), as well as to pick their brains about all things piñatas in case you were interested in creating one yourself.

Finally, you’ll also be able to meet some fantastic people and learn more about Awesome Foundation - Calgary directly from the people involved with it in a fun, casual environment.

So yes, it’ll be a “Meat-and-Greet” event with the folks at Awesome Calgary and ThePinataProject.com. And as always, all of our events are free to attend and open to the public. We hope you can make it down!

 

Agenda:

  • Doors and “Last Chance” Piñata Photo Ops at 6:00 p.m.
  • Eulogy at 8 p.m.
  • Zebra Evisceration at 8:20 p.m.
  • Lamentations, Reminiscing and After Party at 8:45 p.m.


More programming details to come as we get closer to the event (although in the meantime, feel free to read up on our behind-the-scenes feature Deconstructing the Construction of a “Meat-Filled” Zebra Piñata (as well as Part 2) for a look at the early stages of construction of this thing), so stay tuned and make sure to save the date! It'll be...Awesome. :-)

And in the meantime, thanks again to Big Chief Meat Snacks for sponsoring the meaty bits that we’ll be stuffing into our Zebra Piñata! Mmm…Bite Me!

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