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Richard is an experienced everyday tourist. Over the past 30 years, his “day job” has taken him from scientist to director/curator of a public art gallery to executive director of downtown business association to director of 3D animation studio to consultant.  All the while – when travelling for work or pleasure – he honed his flaneuring skills.

For the past 10 years, he’s written on topics ranging from public art, parks, pathways, plazas and urban revitalization in Canadian cities to Dubai’s architecture and Frankfurt’s “green beach.”

Richard has served on numerous boards/committees.

Board/Committee Involvement (specific to tourism and urban issues):

2004 - 2012

Tourism Destination Region Calgary (Chair)

2005 - 2009

Calgary Public Art Board (Chair)

2006 - 2008

Calgary Planning Commission (Citizen-at-large)

2002 - 2006

International Downtown Association Board (Canadian Member)

2000 - 2006

Calgary Homeless Foundation Board (Member-at-large)

2000 - 2004

Tourism Calgary Board (Chair, Governance Committee)

1998 - 2000

Prince’s Island Master Plan Committee (Co-Chair)

1986 - 1990

Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (Chair)

1986 - 1988

Western Canada Art Gallery Association (President)

In 2000, Richard was named Calgarian of the Year by Cityscope magazine (now Avenue magazine) for his passion in championing the revitalization of Downtown, especially Stephen Avenue Walk.  In 2005, he received an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of his significant contribution through his leadership and community involvement.

Richard is as passionate an urban flaneur in his home city of Calgary, Alberta as he is in New York City or Hong Kong. His monthly column in the Calgary Herald's (Saturday Condo) section on urban living, urban design and development is widely read (samples in Articles & Media section of website). He can also be followed on twitter @everydaytourist.

Colour in the Canadian Rockies - cover

courtesy Richard White

Kicking back with Walter J Phillips

The Everyday Tourist finds a 'novel' connection with Walter J Phillips at a used book store in Salt Lake City. more

Jan 7, 2015 4:08 PM The Everyday Tourist

Jeff Deboer "When Aviation Was Young"

Richard White

Airports as art galleries - YYC and ANC

Richard White takes his Everyday Tourist on a public art exploration through airports in Calgary and Anchorage. more

Jan 2, 2015 11:12 AM The Everyday Tourist

Can art be a catalyst for change?

Richard White invites guest blogger and visual artist Teresa Posyniak to comment on the 20th anniversary of the installation of her 'Lest We Forget' sculpture at Uof Calgary Law School. more

Dec 4, 2014 12:19 PM The Everyday Tourist

Marc Fornes, "Willows" (2014)

Photo by Richard White

Public Art in Edmonton's Borden Park

Richard White's Everyday Tourist examines the public art and its setting in Edmonton's Borden Park. more

Aug 10, 2014 9:52 PM The Everyday Tourist

Stampede Park: Art Gallery / Museum

Richard White's "Everyday Tourist" does the Calgary Stampede his way. more

Jul 10, 2014 3:57 PM The Everyday Tourist

Jeff de Boer, "Rainbow"

Photo by Richard White

Jeff de Boer: Art with beauty + meaning

Our Everyday Tourist (Richard White) takes yet another look at Calgary's growing collection of public art. This time it's the Calgary Stampede's new ENMAX Park public artwork titled "Rainbow." more

May 23, 2016 10:28 PM The Everyday Tourist

Glenbow New Acquisitions

Photo by Richard White

Glenbow: Strokes of Genius?

Our Everyday Tourist blogger Richard White riffs on the merits of Glenbow's Free First Thursdays program. Spoiler: he likes it... a lot. more

Feb 19, 2016 12:26 AM The Everyday Tourist

Calgary Centennial Planetarium

Courtesy Richard White

Arts Commons / Contemporary Calgary

It is just me or do others hate the new name of Calgary’s Performing Arts Centre and the merger name of our public art galleries? more

Feb 9, 2015 9:08 PM The Everyday Tourist

"She Spoke of Love and Reality" Calgary's best kept public art secret

"...For those who take the time to notice and think about the images and text, it is like walking through a poem, maybe eavesdropping on a private conversation, or reading somebody’s diary...." more

Feb 9, 2015 10:53 AM The Everyday Tourist

Colour in the Canadian Rockies - cover

courtesy Richard White

Kicking back with Walter J Phillips

The Everyday Tourist finds a 'novel' connection with Walter J Phillips at a used book store in Salt Lake City. more

Jan 7, 2015 4:08 PM The Everyday Tourist

Jeff Deboer "When Aviation Was Young"

Richard White

Airports as art galleries - YYC and ANC

Richard White takes his Everyday Tourist on a public art exploration through airports in Calgary and Anchorage. more

Jan 2, 2015 11:12 AM The Everyday Tourist

Marc Fornes, "Willows" (2014)

Photo by Richard White

Public Art in Edmonton's Borden Park

Richard White's Everyday Tourist examines the public art and its setting in Edmonton's Borden Park. more

Aug 10, 2014 9:52 PM The Everyday Tourist

Helicopter Park

Photo by Richard White.

Public Art vs Playgrounds in the 21st Century

Richard White conjectures that no longer are a few simple swings, metal slide, teeter-totter and “rocking” duck or horse sufficient for the 21st century playground. more

Jun 17, 2014 10:20 PM The Everyday Tourist

Jimmy Descant "Robot"

Photo by Richard White

"Scrounging" for art in Denver

Richard White takes his Everyday Tourist on an exploration of "Scrounged" art in Denver's tallest office building. more

Apr 30, 2014 9:30 PM The Everyday Tourist

Saks Las Vegas

Courtesy Richard White

Saks: Art Gallery or Department Store

Richard White takes his Everyday Tourist on some comparison viewing of high-end department stores and a modern art museum. more

Apr 3, 2014 10:29 PM The Everyday Tourist

Passage Gallery

Courtesy Richard White

Have you wandered Ramsay lately?

Join Richard White as his 'Everyday Tourist' finds the Fun, Funky and Quirky in a tour of the Ramsay industrial district in Calgary. more

Feb 28, 2014 1:18 PM The Everyday Tourist

Jack Shadbolt "Wild Grass Suite - Quintet" (1979)

Courtesy Richard White

Iconic Canadian art in lobby of office building in downtown Calgary

Richard White directs his "Everyday Tourist" blog to where Jack, Jack, Jean, Jean-Paul, Ray and Marcelle can be found in downtown Calgary. more

Dec 29, 2013 7:55 PM The Everyday Tourist

Just what is it that makes Canada’s coldest Big city such a happening place for artists? more

Dec 31, 2012 12:00 AM , EXHIBITIONS

Paul Butler, "get a dog"

Courtesy Jessica Bradley Art and Projects.

You celebrate your 100th anniversary only once, so the Winnipeg Art Gallery capitalized on the opportunity with an edgy must-see exhibition – Winnipeg Now. more

Nov 1, 2012 3:30 PM EXHIBITIONS

"This Place: Calgary 2004 to 2011" Cover

Courtesy Richard White

George Webber and Aritha van Herk "This Place: Calgary 2004 to 2011", published by Frontenac House Media Ltd. more

Dec 3, 2011 12:00 AM BOOKS

Upon walking into The Art Gallery of Calgary’s (AGC) Media Gallery, one is immediately transformed into a different sense of place. more

Dec 31, 2010 12:00 AM EXHIBITIONS

This exhibition covers a lot of territory - from landscape to portrait and from still life to narrative. more

Dec 31, 2010 12:00 AM EXHIBITIONS

Though the exhibition was curated and hung according to four themes - Lyrical, Dynamic, Rigorous and Explosive - there may not be any discernable difference for the average viewer. more

Apr 30, 2010 12:00 AM EXHIBITIONS

When entering the Nickle Arts Museum’s first gallery, I was immediately confronted with a large-scale triptych with three skeletal humanoid forms on each side panel. more

Dec 31, 2009 12:00 AM EXHIBITIONS

In 1959, five senior Calgary artists — H.B. Hill, Wes Irwin, Douglas Motter, Jim Nicoll and Marion Nicoll — built the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation with a small initial endowment. more

Dec 31, 2009 12:00 AM EXHIBITIONS

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