Sharon Stevens speaks on creating a compassionate space for remebrance and reflection.

Inspired by both ancient and contemporary traditions, Equinox Vigil is a creative, respectful evening to remember the deceased and celebrate the natural cycle of Life and Death itself. Each year near the Autumnal Equinox, people of all ages and beliefs gather in historic Union Cemetery. There, surrounded by fresh flowers, fluttering flags and glowing lanterns, they join members of Calgary’s vibrant arts community in creating bittersweet rituals of remembrance and reflection. Inspiring art installations, video projections, and shrines created by professional artists form the heart of the Equinox Vigil experience. Free and family-friendly.

About the speaker

Sharon’s dynamic personality, devotion to community and passion for public art has made Calgary a better place to live for more than 20 years. She has served on the boards of numerous arts associations and has won multiple awards for her own art, which focuses on public participation. Equinox Vigil represents Sharon’s profound respect for the power of art and public ritual in building strong, loving communities. She created the event after serving in 2010 as an intern and guest artist at the Night of All Souls, held annually at Vancouver’s Mountainview Cemetery. She was also inspired by her journeys to Mexico to witness traditional Day of the Dead celebrations.

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