Arts Professionals Survey

What’s it like to be an artist, arts professional or arts educator in Calgary? Add your voice by October 9.

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Cultural Vitality Fund

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

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Resiliency Fund Open

Applications are now open for the second intake of the Resiliency Fund. Submit by October 19, 2020.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Online Offerings

With Calgary working hard to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, the local arts community is making sure we all stay connected to art, artists, and creative ideas. Check out these upcoming online events.

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Calgary International Film Festival

Bringing together more than 175 films, Calgary International Film Festival features a lineup of the year’s most ground-breaking and must-see movies with a unique hybrid model.

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Explore the electric connection between our senses and the imagination, and join Ghost River Theatre for a surprising experience tailored for these unexpected times. SensoryBox takes blindfolded audiences on a tactile adventure.

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Wordfest 25@25

A virtual extravaganza featuring 13 never-before-done conversations between some of Canada’s most famous and compelling authors, Wordfest knocks it out of the park with its landmark 25th anniversary fall festival.

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Spring Awakening

A season opening that looks and feels very different, StoryBook Theatre isn’t letting COVID-19 stop its upcoming production of Spring Awakening. The show explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion.

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Win a Copy of Sea Dreams

Calgary’s professional chamber choir Luminous Voices is celebrating the release of its newest album, Sea Dreams. Coming from Leaf Music, enter before 12:00pm on August 4, 2020 for a chance to win a copy.

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Canada Day

It might feel a bit different but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Canada Day with amazing local talent and incredible events! Canada Day goes online thanks to offers from The City of Calgary, Fort Calgary, and the Calgary Public Library.

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Romeo & Juliet

One of Calgary’s summer traditions, Shakespeare by the Bow moves into the virtual sphere in order to bring audiences this beloved tale. Watch as the young star-crossed lovers meet their fate straight from the comfort of your home.

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Calgary Underground Film Festival

Elevating Calgary’s cultural landscape with the best in international independent cinema, the 17th Calgary Underground Film Festival returns with an eclectic lineup you can enjoy from a safe distance.



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 2 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 second wave of results is now available.



Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

Our next anti-racism town hall on October 7, 2020 acts as a wrap-up to the series of conversations we have hosted over the summer and what we are thinking about as we move forward. Register now.


Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

With a focus on the distinction of allyship versus accompliceship, and community care, Calgary Arts Development hosted our latest town hall on August 26, 2020. Watch the recording.


Grant Interface Outage

Calgary Arts Development’s online grant interface will be unavailable on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 from 4:00pm MDT to approximately 8:00pm MDT. We apologize for any inconvenience.


RISE UP Weekend

RISE UP Weekend is bringing Calgarians the 2020 summer music festival programming they have been missing. Tickets are now on sale for this live concert event in support of Calgary’s live music community.


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.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Ebony R. Gooden

With a unique voice that has intersectionality layers, Ebony R. Gooden is the only Black Deaf artist in Calgary. She is an artist, filmmaker, and activist.

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Emmanuel Ho

Emmanuel Ho is an animator and experimental filmmaker based out of Calgary. His describes himself as a bit of a “discovery” artist.

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Episode 6

Going for a deep dive in unexpected times, join Adora Nwofor as she explores how Calgarians are expressing themselves creatively in new ways.

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Dj Stagez

Dj Stagez began his eclectic artist career combining spoken word, dancing, and drumming. He works to showcase the remarkable legacy of Black people.

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Laura Anzola

Working with animation, new media arts, and design, Laura Anzola has always been fascinated with images and has led her to work with visual arts.

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Episode 5

Looking at the positive impacts of living creatively, join Adora Nwofor as she explores a few unexpected ways Calgarians are creating and connecting.

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Adora Nwofor

Born and raised right here in Calgary, Adora Nwofor is a comedian, a stylist, an activist, an anthropologist, a mom, and web series host. Hear her story.

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Episode 4

Tune in and take some inspiration from fellow Calgarians who follow their passion, have vision, and drive to live their authentic lives.

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𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙤 200 𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙙𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝗔𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 👻🌹🌙

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Check out this free workshop this Sunday at 2 PM.
It’s a zoom workshop!!
designed for us creative peeps looking for some tips around art cultivating your art practice during uncertain times
check out my stories for more details DM me or Facebook for event information
#yyc #freeworkshop #mindfulart #covidartist #yycart #yyclcl

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I’ve been doing all the work in this series in black and white, but I can’t seem to let these greens go. It’s been rainy the last few days here at empireofdirtresidency and the mosses are loving it - we are surrounded by a sea of green and the smell of the forest is heavenly 💚🌲✨
#alfrescosciencemachine #yycLCL #biophilia #getoutside #outdoorsisbetter #outsideisfree #wearestillwild #keepitwild #letswander #livebravely #wherewillwegonext #justdrive #treehugger #wildlife #friluftsliv #森林 #sciart #canadianart #climateart #artaboutscience #botany #mycology #bryophytes #tidepools #forestvibes #campvibes #homeiswhereyouparkit #teardroptrailer #parkscanada #explorebc

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WE NEED YOU MORE THAN EVER! Support Springboard Performance's on-going activities and initiatives with the gift of time at our semi-annual charitable casino fundraiser - November 20 & 21, 2020 at Cash Casino (4040 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary).⠀

// DID YOU KNOW? // Volunteering just ONE shift at this fundraiser gifts our organization over $2,000 (your time is worth about $250/hour!), making this one of the most meaningful ways to volunteer with Springboard and support the arts in Calgary.⠀

Training for all positions is provided at the beginning of your shift. Free meal and beverages are provided, as well as much gratitude plus a chance to interact with like-minded people in the arts community.⠀

// YOUR SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US // Casinos are required to comply with the Chief Medical Officer of Health guidelines. This includes maintaining enhanced cleaning and health protocols, such as frequent cleaning of premises, providing sanitizer stations and ensuring physical distancing between patrons. Wearing a mask is required.⠀

SIGN UP through the LINK IN OUR BIO or contact Frances MacDonald at for more info.

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Check out the latest episode of round the campfire with Mackenzie! We talk about HP Lovecraft cosmic horror existential dread or as artist say: what the f*** am I doing with my life. Link in bio!
#yyclcl #yycpodcasts #artoninstagram #art #artistlife #creativelife

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Today’s SCW virtual Show & Tell declares it’s officially scarf season! This felted beauty was created by SCW member Paula. #calgaryarts #yycarts #albertaarts #fibrearts #textileguild #weaversofinstagram #spinnersofinstagram #feltersofinstagram #albertacraftcouncil
#quiltersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #yycknits #makersgonnamake #handknits #makersmovement #yycworkshops #slowclothing #yycmarkets #albertacraft #yycevents #slowtextiles #millarvilleracetrack #weaversguild
#creativeyyc #SupportLocalArt #CalgaryArts #Craftyear #ccffcma albertacraftcouncil #yycLCL

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