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Program Open

The Project Grant Program – Individuals and Collectives is intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary (known as Mohkinsstsis in Blackfoot), and is is now open for applications.

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Share Your Images

Did you receive funding from Calgary Arts Development in 2022? We want to share your best images and show what a creative and vibrant arts community we have!

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Project Grant Program

Learn more about the program guidelines and application process at an online information session, and/or bring your questions to our program specialist at one of two virtual ‘open office spaces.’

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Creative Green Tools Pilot Program

Deadline extended! Now April 6, 2023. Calgary Arts Development announces a new partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts to pilot a set of carbon calculation and reporting tools for the arts and culture sector.

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Artist Development Microgrant

Applications are now open for this program, which is intended to support professional and artistic skill development or business and career development activities for individual artists and artist collectives.

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Indigenous Artist Microgrant Open

This program is intended to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists in the Treaty 7 region for activities related to the preservation, maintenance and revival of Indigenous culture and tradition.

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Strategic Framework

We believe that the arts have the power to build our city. Read our 2023 – 2026 Strategic Framework.  

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What's On in Calgary

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

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Free this Week

A change of season brings a new opportunity to take in live music, film, visual art and more — all for free. Whatever you’re into, take a gander at our roundup to get your adventure started!

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Free This Week

If you’re looking for things to do this week, you’re spoiled for choice! And if you’re looking for what’s free, well, we have you covered there too. With so many events to choose from, you can take in a festival, photography, exhibition, vocal ensemble and more!

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Free This Week

Whether you’re a music lover, literary enthusiast or art aficionado, Calgary has something for everyone! Browse our list of free arts events and experience the best of the city’s creative offerings.

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March Exhibitions

Step into a world of creativity and imagination this month! Our roundup of art exhibitions showcases some of the city’s finest artists and offers a unique opportunity to experience their work.

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Free This Week

From live demos to exhibition tours to talks from acclaimed speakers, this week’s roundup of free arts happenings has got it all. You can’t go wrong with any of these events to start off your March!

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Free This Week

End off your February in artistic fashion with the finest serving of free events that the Calgary arts community has to offer — from poetry to photography to artist talks. Don’t miss out!

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Free This Week

It’s an exciting week of free events as we head into  the second half of February! From visual art and photography, to artist talks, to a debut of a new monthly poetry series, there’s lots of art to look forward to!

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Free This Week

The week ahead brings the final week of Chinook Blast festivities, talks from author Leah Horlick, artist Joshua Jensen-Nagle and new visual art exhibitions — all for free! So, start planning your next arts outing!

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February Exhibitions

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s jam-packed with visual arts at galleries across Calgary and as part of festivals like Exposure and Chinook Blast. There’s lots to see, let our February roundup guide you!



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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2022 Calgary Engagement Survey

Despite a global pandemic and rising inflation pressures, the 2022 Calgary Engagement Survey shows Calgarians continue to explore and find ways to connect with the arts.


New Resource

Phase Two Research Outcomes

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Building Experiences in the New Economy

Spring 2022 research outcomes are now available from Phase 2 of Stone-Olafson’s ongoing research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic.



Share your best images with us!

Did you receive funding from Calgary Arts Development in 2022? We want to share your best images and show what a creative and vibrant arts community we have!


Creative Green Tools Pilot Program

Calgary Arts Development is seeking up to 60 arts organizations to participate in the Creative Green Tools pilot program in 2023 to help monitor and reduce carbon emissions in the arts community.


Office Closure for Family Day

Our staff will be taking a day off and our office will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2023 for Family Day. We hope you enjoy a long weekend filled with theatre, film, dance, music and more. 


Now on Spotify!

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce that the availability of the The Storytelling Podcast and The Storytelling Podcast: Indigenous Stories, is now available on Spotify to follow and listen.


Strategic Framework

A creative, connected Calgary through the arts, we believe that the arts have the power to build our city. Read Calgary Arts Development’s 2023 – 2026 Strategic Framework.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Episode 37

Guest host Toyin Oladele introduces some of the exciting performers, vendors and contributors who took part in this year’s Ethnik Festival for Arts and Culture held in February.

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Michelle Brandenburg

Actor, clown, director, educator and lead facilitator at Inside Out Theatre, Michelle Brandenburg’s experiences with a diverse cross-section of artists has helped inspire and influence her work.

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Doug Driediger of Metrographics is working on a major exhibit renewal currently underway for the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre, with 10-foot high murals that will provide an immersive experience for visitors

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Hebert Poll Gutiérrez

Calgary poet, playwright, writer and aspiring filmmaker Hebert Poll Gutierrez grew up in Matanza with parents who passed creativity on to him, and who believes you don’t have to be an artist to live a creative life.

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Morgan Possberg

Visual artist and Calgary Arts Development’s Indigenous Program Specialist Morgan Possberg didn’t have any Indigenous friends growing up in a suburb, but connected to her Cree/Métis culture and found community through art.

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Episode 36

In this episode we meet a rising pop rocker, get the inside scoop on the upcoming Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture, and learn about an exciting residency taking place at the new cSPACE hub in Eau Claire.

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Kenna Burima

Musician and songwriter Kenna Burima opens up about struggling to find inspiration, inviting creativity in challenging times, and her love of community and connection in this week’s podcast. 

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#yycLCL January 2023

Moe Bader is a local visual artist exploring a broad range of styles and mediums including watercolour, acrylic painting and most recently soapstone sculpting and casting. He enjoys using vibrant colours to bring out emotional responses and is inspired by the mountains, beautiful landscapes, Canadian wildlife and people.

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Brandon Brown

For Calgary director and cinematographer Brandon Brown, before there was an image, there was sound. He set out on his filmmaking journey with the idea of teaching himself the craft by making 100 films.

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Yvette Denby

Yvette Denby reflects on her musical upbringing and sharing her love of traditional Métis fiddle playing with her daughters Breann and Kaleena in this week’s Storytelling Podcast.


Episode 35

Share some of the highlights from our 2022 Congress with keynote speaker Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Calgary Arts Development President and CEO Patti Pon, Sally Njoroge of the Trico Changemakers Studio and Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster. 

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Claudia Chagoya

Interdisciplinary artist Claudia Chagoya draws inspiration from her home country, using different materials and traditional items that reflect Mexican culture and to explore difficult and complex issues through art.

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Jeff de Boer

Local artist Jeff de Boer sees his popularity rise thanks to a global feature on his cat and mouse armour in National Geographic. Learn more about his miniature craft in this week’s Storytelling Project.

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#yycLCL December 2022

Artist Julya Hajnoczky documents the ecosystem, providing a glimpse of the things that live and grow together, especially the tiny things that often go unnoticed, and the deep connections that sustain them.

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🧜‍♀️🐠🌊 I’m in creation mode. There is no plan and no concept. I’m simply doing the things that energize me in the studio and I’ll see where it leads. Right now, I’m enjoying the beauty of colour. That’s it.

What do these colours remind you of?

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I created my own Hall of Fame for my Papa Bear jimmythebeardocumentary 🏆 2022 Canadian Snooker Hall of Fame award for Jimmy Bear. Photos by thatiamreallylike - Jimmy The Bear stills talented photographer. A big #thankyou to Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association & c_thorburn1957 for such an honour for my father Jimmy Bear. There is so many people to thank for helping me bring #jimmythebeardocumentary story together. #calgaryartsdevelopment #sparrowartspace #cliffthorburn #jimwych #imherewithmag #thecornerbank #thehiddenspotyyc #theinnyyc #predatorcues #winnipegarchives #lloydminsterarchives #flinflon #glenbowmuseum #snooker #indigenousfilm #billiards#snookerlegend #cityofcalgary #womeninfilmandtv #exposurephotofestival #vancouvermagazine #bridgelandyyc bull_Buffalo #runningbuffalo #yyclcl #media ...

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Perfect day for a #rakufiredceramics

It’s a tough job, but I’ll do it here if I have too…

#vessel #sculpture #beautiful, #enduring #ceramics
#yyclcl #gifts

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Join guest host Toyin Oladele as she introduces some of the exciting performers, vendors and contributors who took part in this year's Ethnik Festival for Arts and Culture in Episode 37 of the #yycLCL Web Series (link in bio)! #yycArts ...

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Working on some fresh ideas at the moment. As I have my studio windows wide open, I can hear cars rolling through slush and gravel; the sounds of spring are peeking in. 🌤 Feeling the days getting brighter inspires a new spark of colour; mixing mediums and continually discovering new ways of achieving a desired look. 🎨✅ #explore #discover #spring
#springequinox #sun #slush #gravel #paint #draw #collage albertauarts calgaryevents cityofcalgary calgaryisbeautiful tourismcalgary yycarts street_worldartists Albertaculture communicationarts cgyliving calgaryartsdev cbcarts avenuemagazine #yycLCL

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