Local Work Therapy Program, Redefin’d, Connects Young People to Purpose through Public Art

Calgary, AB – Redefin’d Calgary provides meaningful work opportunities in a compassionate environment for at-risk young people navigating barriers to employment. On Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14, with financial support from the Calgary Foundation’s Stepping Stones grant, the Redefin’d Krew will give new life to a community bench in Calgary’s Southwood Community Garden that has been vandalized.

The bench turned public art will serve as a symbol for the fostered growth between the Redefin’d Krew and community of Southwood in overcoming public perception of young people in Calgary. The project will introduce the Krew to placemaking and community engagement, and members of the community will be introduced to a population that they may not have had a chance to connect with otherwise.

“Work is about dignity and purpose, and if we are intentional, it can also be highly therapeutic,” says Liz Duerholt, executive director of Redefin’d. “Mastering a craft is a calming, almost meditative experience and can be an effective tool in trauma recovery. This will be an excellent opportunity for the young people to learn new skills in sustainable building, contribute to the community in a unique and meaningful way, and give them a space to feel accomplished,” adds Duerholt.

The bench will be constructed using cob, an affordable sustainable building material made from local clay, sand and straw. Working with cob is a hands-on experiential learning opportunity requiring teamwork, creativity, physical and sensory engagement.

When: Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14 (weather permitting)

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: 11 Sackville Dr. SW, Calgary AB

Redefin’d Mission Statement
Empowering young adults to break the cycle of trauma through kinship and innovative community engagement.