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Report to Community

Join us as we share highlights from 2018 as well as ideas about future challenges and opportunities.

List a Space. Find a Space. For Free.

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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Individual Artist Program

Designed to support the artist’s overall practice, this request for proposals opens July 1, 2019.

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Operating Grant Program

Current recipients can apply for an additional one-year increase. OG+ applications are due June 28, 2019.

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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 artsaction.ca.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Free This Week

With a very busy week ahead, grab your calendar and fill it up with these free and fantastic events. From National Indigenous Peoples Day to Sled Island, there’s no reason to be bored. Be sure to make the most of it by checking out these cool events.

The audience at a Sled Island show

Sled Island

With more than 250 bands alongside comedy, film, and visual art lineups, Sled Island returns with five days of incredible programming. With guest curator Julien Baker leading the way, it’s a must see for any festival or music fan!

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Indigenous Music Week

The music of Canada’s Indigenous people is as broad, complex, and dynamic as the communities and traditions from which it originates. Join the National Music Centre for a week of special events and live music.

The band in Front Row Centre's production of The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer

It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée Linda leaves him at the altar. Now, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.

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The Mind Palace

A fantastical show sure to take you on a journey through the landscapes, emotions, and visions of each ensemble member, prepare for the unexpected as Momo Movement presents its first full-length production in five years.

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Free This Week

With tons of opportunities to connect with your community or get to know a new one, this week is shaping up to be spectacular. Swing by a Neighbour Day celebration or hit the road for an open studio event along the foothills, there’s lots to do.

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JazzYYC Summer Festival

Start your summer on a high note with a diverse blend of world-class jazz as the annual JazzYYC Summer Festival takes over Calgary. You can even check out late night jams, public workshops, and signature events.

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IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

Dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and presenting emerging artists of all disciplines, don’t miss this eclectic and exciting festival with theatre, dance, interdisciplinary, and site-specific offerings.

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THIRD ACTion Film Festival

Celebrating the act of getting older through film and talks, this festival features older adults in leading roles and address issues around ageing. The lineup includes nine screenings and is part of Alberta’s Seniors’ Week.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

Calgary Engagement Survey 2018

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.

Arts Professionals Survey

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.


Our Framework

A sustainable and resilient arts sector

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Strategic Framework

In 2018, City Council approved a transformational increase to Calgary Arts Development’s base grant from the current $6.4M to $12.4M in 2019 and an additional $1M added to the base each year until 2022.



Report to Community

Our Report to Community is officially sold out. Thank you to everyone who let us know they are coming. We can’t wait to see you at the Big Secret Theatre in Arts Commons on June 25, 2019.


Individual Artist Program

Interested in applying to the Individual Artist Program? Calgary Arts Development is offering two information sessions this July. RSVP to learn more about the guidelines and application process.


Report to Community

Join us as we share highlights from 2018, celebrate the accomplishments of Calgary’s arts community, and look forward to the coming year. Space is limited, RSVP by June 18. All are welcome!


Engagement Session

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Living a Creative Life arts development strategy. Join us for an engaging research workshop on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30pm.


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on May 20, 2019 for Victoria Day. We hope you have a fun and relaxing May long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on May 21.


OG+ Deadline Change

In consultation with the organizations in the Operating Grant Program, Calgary Arts Development has decided to move the deadline for the OG+ Program up by one month to June 28, 2019.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Suza Singh

Suza Singh, a Calgary-based action film director and screenwriter, was preparing to make her third film when she had an epiphany.

Lanre Ajayi stands among the shoes at John Fluevog's Calgary store

John Fluevog

Lanre Ajayi visits John Fluevog’s Calgary store to talk about the brand’s history and eclectic designs in this edition of My City Speaks To Me.

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JD Derbyshire

An artist, writer, educator, and inclusive designer, JD Derbyshire’s background gives her unique tools to look at the complexity of the world.

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Rita Sirignano

Sometimes, the route through a creative life takes a couple twists and turns that the person living it didn’t see coming—like Rita Sirignano’s.

Detail of a painting by Rachael Gingell

#yycLCL March 2019

Rachael Gingell has discovered that allowing the creative to take root and thrive in life takes more than an aptitude, desire or interest.

Summer Dreams – Pillars of Humanity hangs in the Genesis Centre


This Forest Lawn-based arts company uses the tools of creativity to stitch together a community out of a lot of young people who may feel alone.

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Samuel Obadero

Samuel Obadero is a skilled lifestyle photographer and a strong new voice for social advocacy in the city. Tune in to hear more about how Calgary became his home.

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