Calgary Animated Objects Society

Calgary Animated Objects Society (CAOS) is a non-profit charitable arts organization based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2003, CAOS is dedicated to the arts of mask, puppetry and animated objects, and to building community through different art. CAOS's major projects include the biennial International Festival of Animated Objects, and "Spirit of White Buffalo": a large-scale animated puppet and arts residency.

Calgary Animated Objects Society
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
FounderXstine Cook
TypeNon-governmental organization
Headquarters1030 20 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 1M6

Origins and GoalsEdit

CAOS provides artistic opportunities through its activities, and initiates youth and community activities such as Young Spirit Voices, an aboriginal youth drama project, the Ramsay[1] "Halloween Scream" and "The Great Ramsay[1] Kinetic Sculpture Race".[2]

CAOS is led by founder Xstine Cook, a mask and puppet artist, who ran the Green Fools Theatre for 13 years prior to founding CAOS. Xstine trained at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California.[3]

CAOS and the festival propel a very active local mask and puppetry tradition into an international arena, all the while bringing international attention to the city of Calgary. Extensive coverage for the organization can be found in FFWD magazine-Calgary's weekly arts & culture publication: "Calgary is a hotbed of original, unorthodox puppet work" (quote from an article written to cover CAOS's festival).[4][5]

Spirit Of White BuffaloEdit

CAOS also produces original art works, such as Spirit of White Buffalo. Guided by Cook, this giant kinetic sculpture[6] was built by incarcerated men in Drumheller Institution, in collaboration with local artists, Jeff De Boer, and youth. "Spirit of White Buffalo" appeared at the 2007 Calgary Stampede Parade, and was awarded first place in "Best Western Theme".[7][8]

Media coverage and recognitionEdit

The organizations' activities can be read about in various media: CBC Radio, CKUA Radio, CTV, and Citytv, CJSW Radio, The Calgary Herald, Legacy Magazine, This Magazine, The Gauntlet, Metro News, BeatRoute Magazine and numerous community-level publications.[9][10][11]

Calgary Animated Objects Society has received national coverage for its activities consistently since 2005. The Globe and Mail credited CAOS with "putting Calgary in the pop-culture vanguard" in recognition of the International Festival of Animated Objects' programming, and the same article also drew attention to how "Calgary...has become one of the most fertile spots in North America for ground-breaking puppetry".[12]

CAOS was awarded the "Innovative Business Practices Award" from the Rozsa Foundation for Arts Management.[13][when?]


  1. ^ a b Ramsay, Calgary
  2. ^ Animated Objects
  3. ^ "Dellarte". Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  4. ^ "FFWD Weekly". Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  5. ^ "FF Weekly". Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  6. ^ Kinetic sculpture race
  7. ^ "Travel Canada". Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  8. ^ "Animated Objects". Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  9. ^ "Parade". Archived from the original on 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  10. ^ "Arusha". Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
  11. ^ "High Performance Rodeo". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06.
  12. ^ The Globe and Mail
  13. ^ "Calsun".

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