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Artist Development Microgrant

The Artist Development Microgrant is now open. Applications are accepted until February 16, 2021.

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Nominations Now Open

Nominations are open for the 2021 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. Submit by January 15, 2021.

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Cultural Vitality Fund

Donate to Calgary Arts Foundation’s new fund and help support Calgary’s artists and arts workers.

What's On in Calgary

Stay up to date with arts and culture events throughout the year

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Online This Month

With a new year and an ongoing fight to bend the curve, Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out quality content—just digitally instead of in person—and you can tune in all month long. Check out these great online events this January!

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The Yuletide Sessions

Working within the ongoing challenges that the performing arts sector is facing due to COVID-19, Calgary Opera is celebrating its first entry into the realm of digital programming with this virtual holiday concert. Tune in!

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Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us and many are trying to find the perfect gifts for those we cherish. Luckily, these great offers make it easy to give the gift of arts and culture while supporting the local community at this incredibly important time.

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Annie The Musical

After being put on hold due to new COVID-19 regulations in Alberta, StoryBook Theatre has managed to get its production of Annie The Musical online, just in time for the holiday season! Grab your tickets, tune in with the family, and enjoy.

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A Christmas Carol

Theatre Calgary presents a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic that you can enjoy in the safety and comfort of your own surroundings. This re-imagined filmed production is sure to fill the hearts of young and old with the spirit of Christmas.

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Naughty… but Nice! (Seven’s On Screen)

Everyone’s favourite sweet but risqué holiday celebration goes digital with an on-demand recording that integrates live performances with music videos and even an animated short.

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The Wizard of Oz

A brand-new commission by playwright Andrew Scanlon and directed by Haysam Kadri, Alberta Theatre Projects is thrilled to invite audiences to a special live-stream reading of the classic tale. Don’t miss The Wizard of Oz.

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Slated to be the biggest one yet, CUFF might have had to make a last-minute decision to cancel all its Globe Cinema screenings in the face of rising COVID-19 numbers, but 19 selections are waiting for you to watch online.

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GIRAF Animation Festival

The Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation—and the 16th annual offering is being held online and on demand for audiences from across Alberta.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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COVID-19 Impact Survey

In May 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts organizations in Calgary to better understand and plan for the COVID-19 disruption to the arts, culture, and creative industries.

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Calgary Engagement Survey

How a community connects with the arts can be a clear indicator of vibrancy. Overall, 93% of Calgarians are connected to the arts and culture sector in one way or another.


Wave 3 Results

The New Experience Economy

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Future of Calgary’s Live Experience Economy

Stone-Olafson is supporting experience-based organizations with timely research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic. The third wave of results is now available.



Information About COVID-19

Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about the COVID-19 outbreak. This page is updated regularly with anything that is pertinent to the local arts sector.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #4

Discussing streaming platforms and how artists and organizations have had to pivot to presenting content online, join RISE UP Calgary on January 21, 2021 for its next Relaunch Lunch.


SpaceFinder Alberta Replacement

Calgary Arts Development is extending the deadline for its request for proposals for replacing SpaceFinder Alberta. Submit by January 18, 2021.


A Message from Patti Pon

2020 has been quite a year! Patti Pon, Calgary Arts Development’s President & CEO, shares a holiday greeting and an invite to celebrate on the longest night of what seems like the longest year ever.


Holiday Office Closure

While our offices have been shut to the public since March, Calgary Arts Development will be closed from December 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021. Contact us if you need any assistance before the holidays.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #3

At 12:00pm on December 17, 2020, RISE UP Calgary discusses the concept behind the Hotels Live Balcony Concert Series. Register today and learn more about its events and what is to come.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Mariya Stokes

Combining social consciousness with her artistic career, Mariya Stokes is a local musician and songwriter who cares deeply about her community.

Adora Nwofor makes a beat at a computer at the Beat Drop studio

Episode 12

Today we learn how to drop a beat, we’ll discover what digital projection mapping is, and we’ll visit some spectacular light displays.

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Episode 11

Join Adora Nwofor as we feature the world’s youngest sitar player, a French horn player who also has a knitting podcast, and so much more.

Tony McGrath and Lanre Ajayi at the doors of The GRAND


Go behind the scenes with Lanre Ajayi and My City Speaks To Me to explore the beautiful architecture and amazing history of The GRAND.

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Episode 10

The arts might have had to pivot thanks to a global pandemic but Calgary companies are not letting that stop the creative juices from flowing.

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Cesar Cala

Working to make life better for all Calgarians, Cesar Cala believes in the power of ordinary people making extraordinary change.

Adora Nwofor and Kipling West in an artist studio filled with work on the walls

Episode 9

Bringing community together through creative living, on this episode we colour in Currie and get creepy with Calgarians who take Halloween to another level.

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Bloom - Nooks & Crannies I / 19•07•20 ...

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The weekend is here! I would love to just lay in bed all morning but with small kiddos we are up EARLY.

Weekends are for French toast, skating at the local outdoor rink and making home improvements. I’ll be setting up our front porch Valentine’s Day decor this morning and hopefully up in the Studio in the afternoon to work on my ‘dots’.

What are your weekend plans?

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Throwback to when we made a toy named Mr.Jonez. I imagined he was a happy fellow, not realizing he was un-living in an apocalypse.
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Be sure to follow HPRodeo for the latest new video from the artists you love.

It looks like it is going to be a....Starry Night, tonight as our next artist takes over HPRodeo today! After the hit, bliss (the birthday party play), premiered at the 2020 #HPRodeo, Jamie Dunsdon is back in the house! With Tools of the Trade, this Calgary based artist is a director, creator, the Artistic Director of Verb Theatre, and the Artistic Producer of Calgary Young People's Theatre.

An all new video is about to drop this afternoon on HPRodeo as part of 35 For 35 - Who Are You Now?

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