The spirit of the Boots & Kidz fundraiser is to provide at-risk youth with an opportunity to build community and self-advocacy, so the kids shape the event right down to the choreography. Last year they saw all of their preparations and hard work washed away, save the beautiful boots donated by local artists that were on display above the waterline at the SunLife Center. However, this year our kids are taking no chances! The footwear for those participating in the 2014 event will be rubber boots stunningly embellished by Calgary artists!

We hope you are able to share some of your time and join us for some terrific Stampede fun. You can don a pair of our glittering galoshes and step up to the line with the kids, sponsor another dancer through pledges, or cheer on your favourite dancer.

Susan Thorpe, Ceramic Artist-Sculptor

Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head is a mixed media artwork depicting the 2013 Calgary Flood. The narrative begins with raindrops, progressing to the need for umbrellas and culminating in raging flood waters.

Mixed Media – enamel, piercing

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Corrie Hamm, Artist

Puddle Whisperers
Amped up galoshes.

Oil based marker and acrylic

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P Susanah Windrum, Artist

Splash Line
Rubber boots that look and sound like the person wearing them is walking through water. The lower portion of the boot is painted to look like it is under the water. The rows of metal tinkling against each other higher up the boot represent the sound and movement of the splash line that occurs when you tromp through fairly deep water.

Recycled and Repurposed Post-Consumer Metal, Acrylic Paint, Plastic Tag Holders, Metal Charms, Duct Tape

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Sandra M. Civitarese, Artist

Too Soon?
Rubber boots, high waters, sea creatures devouring the golden city... Also the heroic cowboy duck, what more needs to be said?

Ceramic sculpture, acrylic paints, wire, wood and my mom's doily

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Lisa Tornack, Painter

Tsunami Safety Boots
Inspired by recent water emergencies here at home and around the globe, Tsunami Safety Boots are a whimsical take on traditional safety boots. Who says you can't be fashionable in an emergency?

Duct tape & fabric on rubber

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Alice S. Helwig, Painter

I love Pigs
These boots have risen from Alice’s unprecedented and odd love of pigs. In fact she has painted pigs on TV on her show Canvas airing on Shaw TV, and even offers How to Paint Pig classes at The Calgary School of Art. These boots celebrate our porky friends. As Winston Churchill once said, “ I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

Acrylic paint

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Ryder Richards, Artist

Pink Fish
Reflection on the flood.

Mixed Media – screen prints, nuno felt (merino wool and silk), embroidery

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Cori O’Connell, Artist

Red Knitted Boot Warmers

Mixed Media – pure wool yarn

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Dara Barrett, Artist

Rubber boots with images of clouds, water and umbrellas.

Acrylic paints, sparkles, Scintillants™ and paper umbrellas

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Mindy Andrews, Artist

Forest Breathing
Boots painted with trees and roots.

White acrylic paint

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Dance for the Kids


Rubber Boot Art Display
June 19-July 7, 2014
Sun Life Plaza –
144 - 4th Avenue SW Calgary

Vote for your favorite boots by making a donation today.

A Dance Showdown
July 9th – 1:00pm
Stephen Avenue Mall –
100 West Block Calgary

Cheer for your favourite dancer!