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Land Acknowledgments

The first in our series of Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Halls focuses on Land Acknowledgments, led by Michelle Robinson on June 19, 2027. Register now. 

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Report to Community 2023

You’re invited to attend Calgary Arts Development’s annual Report to Community, on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 at Studio Theatre at cSpace Marda Loop.

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Update: Grant Timeline Changes

Calgary Arts Development is adjusting the timeline for both the Project Grant Program – Individuals & Collectives and the Artist Development Microgrant for 2023.

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Listen on Spotify

Calgary Arts Development’s regular monthly podcasts — The Storytelling Podcast and The Storytelling Podcast: Indigenous Stories — are available on Spotify.

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Applications Open

Applications are now open for the Operating Grant New Client Intake Program for applicants who did not receive an operating grant from Calgary Arts Development for 2020 – 2022.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Free This Week

Another week of June brings a delightful serving of free events you must check out. From live music to exhibition to workshops, there’s no shortage of things to do so be sure to get out there!

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June Exhibitions

This month is teeming with great exhibitions you’ll love. Whether you head out to a gallery you visit often or discover a new favourite, make sure to take in some visual art this June!

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Free This Week

As we inch closer to the start of summer, take a look at this week’s free arts roundup featuring various film screenings, a few markets, exhibition openings and other events!

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Free This Week

Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of free artistic delights this week with the first of many summer markets, unique exhibition openings and a chapbook launch with local authors! Get your planning started!

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Free This Week

Take in a music festival, enjoy Korean cultural performances and learn about two 1920s Calgary authors — all in our roundup of free offerings for the upcoming week!

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Free This Week

It’s shaping up to be a great week to experience some local art with two festivals, new exhibitions and a whole lot more to explore in this week’s free arts roundup. Don’t miss out!

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May Exhibitions

The month ahead has plenty of visual arts in store, from locally curated shows and sales, to unique gallery experiences with artists from around the world. Read our roundup and be sure to check out some art this May!

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Free This Week

The first week of May not only brings good weather but a chance to check out Calgary’s arts scene with live music and visual arts, plus plenty of art sales to get your Mother’s Day shopping on!

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Free This Week

An International Jazz Days concert. An EU Film Series screening. A book launch with local authors. These free arts events are just a few ways to cap off your April this upcoming week.



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.


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Phase Two Research Outcomes


Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Halls

We are hosting a series of town halls to support and nurture diverse art and artist-led city building and to achieve a truly equitable, inclusive and accessible city where everyone belongs.


You’re Invited: Report to Community

Join us at this free event for a report of our arts activities in 2022, followed by a reception and a chance to meet and mingle with our staff and others from the arts community.


Meet the Artist: Chinatown Public Art

A new public art project is coming to Calgary’s Chinatown this summer and you’re invited to see the designs and meet the artist at events on May 27 and 28, 2023.


Office Closure for Victoria Day

Our staff will be off and the office will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2023 for Victoria Day. We hope you enjoy a long weekend filled with theatre, film, dance, music and more. 


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Martin Askew

Martin Askew’s artwork is rooted in the land but his elaborate wood ‘paintings’ are the result of a visionary imagination. Learn more about his decades-long creative journey in this week’s The Storytelling Project.

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Episode 39

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with us as we meet some of the people involved with this year’s FascinAsian Film Festival and learn how exploring the world of television and film helps them live creatively.

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Lana Manyfingers

Meet an artist whose connection to her community and love of sharing her culture and creativity led to an extraordinary opportunity to add her own flair to an Indigenous-inspired room display.

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#yycLCL Photo of the Month

Artist Mae Logullo’s in-progress painting, The sacred things, captures childhood nostalgia through the familiar traditional Chinese tea cups and dinner bowls, bringing back memories of shared eating rituals and moments in Chinese culture.

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Griffin Cork

Actor, podcaster and arts communicator Griffin Cork believes that one of the best ingredients for a creative life is the spice of variety. Learn more about Cork’s prolific start to his career in this week’s The Storytelling Project.

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Melrene Saloy EagleSpeaker

Native Diva Creations owner and designer Melrene Savoy EagleSpeaker has found an international audience for authentic, culturally appropriate accessories and jewelry that everyone can wear respectfully.

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Episode 38

In this episode we talk with artist Curtis Van Charles’s about blending mediums, slam master Babs Penhale about poetry (and spreadsheets), and friendly neighbourhood rapper KtheChosen about identity and community.

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Katherine Ylitalo

Tune in to learn more about public art in Calgary in our latest podcast series hosted by Brandy Dahrouge and featuring art historian and curator Katherine Ylitalo.

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Ali Bryan

Releasing no less than three books this year, Calgary novelist Ali Bryan exercises her creative muscle regularly and embraces curiosity to make space in her busy family life for writing.

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#yycLCL March 2023

Linnea Martina’s watercolour painting of the iconic Banff Avenue captures the breathtaking streetscape and its picturesque backdrop during the stillness of an evening snowfall.

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Crissy Red

Tune in to hear performance artist, standup comedian and actor Crissy Red discuss her work and the obstacles she and other transsexual and transgender women in the community are trying to overcome.

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Artist Spotlight

Marquita Poulson

Marquita developed a passion for drawing at a very early age. Sketching came naturally to her and consequently her love of art continued into adulthood. She continues to draw and paint here in Calgary and is part of a growing community of artists.

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Did you catch the latest episode of the #yycLCL The Storytelling Podcast?

We chat with Lana Manfingers, an artist whose connection to her community and love of sharing her culture and creativity led to an extraordinary opportunity to add her own flair to an Indigenous-inspired room display at Ikea Calgary.

Listen now (link in bio)! #yycArts

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What a treat it was to listen to the blues of John Rutherford at last month’s variety show. This month’s show is June 27th. More great artists! Hope to see you there! #musicmileyyc #yyclcl #yycblues #yycartist ...

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