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Organizational Access Program

Providing equitable access to operational funding, Letters of Intent are due May 10, 2019, 4:30pm MST.

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SpaceFinder Alberta

SpaceFinder links organizations with space to rent with those who need space. Its free to list and free to search.

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Arts in Action

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


What's On in Calgary

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

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March Exhibitions

Another busy month for the visual arts community, March brings a huge variety of exhibitions, pop-ups, workshops, talks, and much more, so grab your calendar and plan to fill it with these great offerings.

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Showcasing a society that has begun to unravel as an effect of propaganda and manipulation, join Calgary Cinematheque for its next Contemporary World Cinema screening, Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass.

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History Happenings

A new series fuelled by entertainment and exploration, head to Lougheed House for History Happenings. It all kicks off this February with a chance to immerse yourself in the dynamic history of post-war celebrations.

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Free This Week

March is nearly upon us and although time might be speeding by, you can take a moment for yourself and checkout Calgary’s arts scene with these awesome—and free—events. Here is what we’re hitting up this week.

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We’ve Read This

Have a great chat about what you’ve read with an equally engaged group of book lovers and join Wordfest for its monthly book club. This February, read The Immortalists and take part in the conversation.

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The Scarlet Letter

Hester Prynne has been branded an adulterer by her Puritan village and forced to wear a scarlet letter. But in this modern adaptation, she is unashamed of her actions and proudly subverts society’s rigid standards.

A dancer performs in Making Treaty 7's new production, Okotoks


Telling the story of Holy Bear Woman, Okotoks follows a young Blackfoot girl who survived the Baker massacre where almost 300 Elders, women, and children were killed while the men were in search of buffalo.

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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

Shake off the winter blahs with the best in blues and check out the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest as it returns with a full week of concerts, workshops, screenings, and so much more. Don’t miss this top-notch lineup.

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A Red Carpet Affair

Offering a tempting selection of food and drink as well as live entertainment, winner prediction ballots, and a silent auction, watch the Oscars via a live stream on the big screen with the Calgary International Film Festival.

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Inner Worlds

Featuring Jean Sibelius’ String Quartet, Op. 56, Voces Intimae and Leo Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2, Intimate Letters, these two rarely heard quartets offer a glimpse into the personal crises of their respective composers.

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Let the People Sing

Performing with the internationally-touring Vancouver Chamber Choir, lead by the illustrious Jon Washburn, join The Festival Chorus in celebrating its 60th season anniversary with one of its most eclectic concerts yet.

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The Bright Side Festival

Celebrate the grand opening of Calgary’s newest performance and art space, Theatre 1308, with eight days of music, improv, film, philosophy, poetry, and stand-up comedy. Don’t miss the inaugural Bright Side Festival.

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Attempting to sing 100 hymns in six hours, join the Choir of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer and sing from the pews this Saturday. Funds raised benefit the cathedral’s choir tours and events with guest musicians.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2017, Calgary Arts Development conducted an Arts Professionals Survey to better understand the arts ecosystem and all of its complexities.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

In 2017 Calgary Arts Development undertook an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion survey of Calgary’s arts sector, as represented by the non-profit arts organizations who receive annual operating funds.


Mayor's Lunch

Celebrating Calgary's Arts Champions

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Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions

Tickets are now sold out for the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. We can’t wait to celebrate with you on March 13, 2019.



Cultural Directory

Calgary Arts Development has taken over The City of Calgary’s Cultural Directory and is looking for updated information about various organizations in order to better serve Calgarians.


Artist Directory

Calgary Arts Development is creating an artist directory for Calgary and is looking for information about your practice. Interested in this free listing opportunity? Fill out this handy form or contact us for details.


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 for Family Day. We hope you have a fun and relaxing long weekend with your friends and family.


Grant Investment Programs for 2019

As a public agency stewarding public dollars to the benefit of all Calgarians, Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce 2019’s Grant Investment Programs.


Office Renovations

Please note that the Calgary Arts Development offices will be under construction from February 1 to March 1, 2019 and there may be some disruption to our phone service and meeting rooms.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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The Film Centre

The tone of the articles told one story. The data told another. The Calgary Film Centre generated $178 million in spinoff economic activity in 2017 alone.

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#yycLCL January 2019

Calgary-based actor, writer, and director Christi Dos Santos-Wing shared this photo of her script. Just Ask is currently in production through Herland.

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Lougheed House

How do you connect a museum to its community? That’s the question the people who run Lougheed House ask a lot these days.

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Patti Pon

We’re pleased to be expanding our Storytelling Project into the realm of oral tradition with the first edition of The Storytelling Podcast.

Cheryl Foggo and Clem Martini with their daughters in Ward 1’s ravine park

Cheryl Foggo

Cheryl Foggo has been published and produced extensively as a journalist, screenwriter, poet, playwright, and writer of fiction and non-fiction.

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Paige K Boudreau

Filmmaker Paige K Boudreau began her career as an editor, cutting lifestyle TV among other projects and is always looking for the next interesting collaboration.

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson is an artist and musician from Calgary. Known as an old-time banjoist and singer/songwriter, her debut album drops in April 2019.

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Olivia Golosky

A proud Métis, Olivia Golosky is a two-spirit artist from Treaty 8, Fort McMurray, with a background in theatre, film, radio, and music festival production.

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Achiru Wong

Achiru Wong has been creating webcomics since 2002 and acts as the artist, writer, and director of her own meta-physical comic production studio.

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Sisay Shimeles

Sisay Shimeles studied art at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and has participated in several group exhibitions and community-oriented projects.

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Lanre Ajayi

Lanre Ajayi is an emerging Nigerian artist and fashion designer based in Calgary. He is driven to develop and launch his ethical fashion line in Canada.

Tom Marten's It's Nobody | Image: Courtesy of Indefinite Arts Centre