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

For the last 10 years, he has written on topics ranging from public art, parks, pathways, plazas and urban revitalization in Canadian cities to Dubai’s architecture and Frankfurt’s so-called green beach.

He has served on numerous boards and committees.

Board and 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 downtown revitalization, especially Stephen Avenue Walk. In 2005, he received an Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of 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. He can be followed on Twitter @everydaytourist.

People are busy. Money is tight. The second story in our two-part series looks at what visitors pay to see art at public art galleries. Read more

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Check out Bob Rennie’s private museum in Vancouver – but only if you book a tour. Read more

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

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Glenbow New Acquisitions

Photo by Richard White

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

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Calgary Centennial Planetarium

Courtesy Richard White

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? Read more

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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." Read more

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Colour in the Canadian Rockies - cover

courtesy Richard White

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

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Jeff Deboer "When Aviation Was Young"

Richard White

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

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Marc Fornes, "Willows" (2014)

Photo by Richard White

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

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Helicopter Park

Photo by Richard White.

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. Read more

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Jimmy Descant "Robot"

Photo by Richard White

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

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Saks Las Vegas

Courtesy Richard White

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

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Passage Gallery

Courtesy Richard White

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

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

Courtesy Richard White

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

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

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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. Read more

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"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. Read more

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

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

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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. Read more

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Colour in the Canadian Rockies - cover

courtesy Richard White

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

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Jeff Deboer "When Aviation Was Young"

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

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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. Read more

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Marc Fornes, "Willows" (2014)

Photo by Richard White

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

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

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