The Container by Clare Bayley, directed by Azri Ali. Photo: Nicole Zylstra, courtesy of University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts
Artstrek 2014 Exploration III. Photo: Sui-Fan Wong, courtesy Theatre Alberta
Revv52's Inside the Wall of Sound. Photo: Doug Wong, courtesy Revv52
Chris Millar's 370H55V on display at Glenbow. Photo: Kelly Hofer, courtesy Tourism Calgary
A group of children laugh along during a performance. Photo: Kelly Hofer, courtesy of Calgary International Children’s Festival

Living a Creative Life

lclLiving a Creative Life is an arts development strategy for Calgary, by Calgarians. Learn more about the strategy and how you can get involved.

Arts in Action YYC

Our online report, Arts in Action YYC, captures stories and data about how arts build a city. Read and share at

Chamber Initiative

The Artists in the Workplace initiative connects businesses who have extra room with artists seeking work space. Learn more.

Roots2STEM: Walk-Through and Q&A

Artists in the Workplace – Roots2STEM Admin & Creation Space

Calgary Arts Development invites artists/arts organizations to submit Expression of Interest proposals regarding space within Roots2STEM’s offices (#38, 11410 27th St. SE).

The available space consists of a small classroom, approximately 13' by 12.5', and access to the Roots2STEM 4,000-sq.-ft. lab. Those interested are invited to attend a walk-through and Q&A session.

What: Artists in the Workplace walk-through
When: December 2, 2015, 11:00am –1:00pm
Where: Roots2STEM (#38, 11410 27th St. SE)

2015 Cornerstone Program Results

As with all sectors, there are certain organizations that have a history of programming that contributes to our city’s identity locally, regionally and internationally. They are often of a certain scale, and they demonstrate the capacity and intention to take on active roles as leaders and mentors to their peers and others in the community.

Within the arts sector we call these the Cornerstone Companies. Our Cornerstone Companies remind us, and help tell the world, who we are as a community and how arts contribute meaningfully to building our great city.

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce the organizations identified through the 2015 Cornerstone Program.

Assessor Nomination: 2016 Granting Programs

Calgary Arts Development is seeking artists, arts workers and community members to serve as assessors for our 2016 granting programs.

You may nominate yourself or another individual. By completing the form below, you are certifying that the nominee is aware of his or her nomination and has agreed to be contacted by Calgary Arts Development.

Levels of commitment vary from program to program. Assessors will be expected to consider applications, meet with peers and Calgary Arts Development staff, and contribute to thoughtful conversations around the arts.

Questions regarding the assessment process can be directed to or 403.476.2031.

Calgary Chamber: Artists in the Workplace Initiative

The Calgary Chamber, in partnership with Calgary Arts Development, has launched a new initiative called Artists in the Workplace. This program was kick-started by Calgary Poet Laureate, derek beaulieu, and connects businesses who have extra space with artists seeking space to work. 

The program allows businesses to identify themselves as having space available, and Calgary Arts Development will help match them with an artist or organization to animate their space. Businesses that participate in the program could be eligible for tax benefits from supporting the arts and collect some nominal rents. Calgary Arts Development will work closely with the business to help them understand what benefits are available to make the relationship mutually beneficial.

cSPACE King Edward: 2015/16 Tenant Call for Proposals

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to share the following message on behalf of cSPACE.

cSPACE is seeking proposals from non-profit arts, culture and community organizations and independent professional artists interested in becoming Tenants at cSPACE King Edward for occupancy in late 2016. 

Dedicated, below-market space for creation, production, exhibition and performance will be open in October 2016 (TBC) for non-profits and professional artists. As our flagship project, we are seeking pioneering creatives that want to shape Calgary's future to help us make cSPACE King Edward a place for people at the creative edge of change.

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