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Commitment to Equity Town Hall

The third part of our Racial Equity Town Halls, Toyin Oladele hosts guests Kadra Yusuf, of EMMEDIA and CONTRA, a director, producer, musician, curator and creative strategist.

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You’re Invited

You’re invited to join Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Calgary’s arts and business leaders at the 2023 Celebration for the Arts on October 18, 2023.

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Opening Soon

Looking to give your community a public art boost? Applications open soon for our Community-Run Public Art Microgrant.

Calgary Arts Development logo | Guidelines Comm Run Public Art Microgrant

Guidelines Released

This program recognizes that public art opportunities can come from grassroots ideas that are initiated and led by communities.

Map Highlights

Map Highlights

In 2023, Calgary Arts Development undertook a mapping exercise to visualize where spaces being used for arts programming are found across Calgary and beyond.

What's On in Calgary

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

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

From art exhibitions, film screenings, theatrical productions, talks, markets and more, take part in some of the many events being held to mark this year’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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Free This Week

As we wrap up September and head into a new month, make sure to check out a number of free events from live music to workshops to visual art taking place, as well as tons of ways to commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation!

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Free This Week

As we head into Autumn, check out a number of free arts offerings over the coming week from live music to exhibition openings to hands-on workshops. Read the roundup to learn more!

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Free This Week

It’s an exciting week ahead when it comes to art with both fan-favourite festivals like Beakerhead and intriguing new entries like LobbyFest in store! Check them out alongside an array of markets, concerts and visual art.

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Free This Week

A new week brings a fresh selection of free events to savour. Enjoy everything from live music to visual art this week – take a look at what’s on and be sure to get out there!

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Free This Week

Embrace the joy of art and usher in September with an array of free arts events, including live music, markets and the annual Pride Parade and Festival!

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September Exhibitions

Venture out and immerse yourself in art at several exhibitions at local galleries this September. Read our roundup and be sure to check them out!

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Free This Week

Discover an array of creativity without spending a dime — this week’s free arts roundup promises to enrich your week with live music, festival offerings and much more!

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Free This Week

There’s no way better spend your August than by being outside, and this week’s roundup of free arts offerings has plenty of that in store with outdoor concerts, movie screenings, theatre performances, markets and more!



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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Arts and Culture Spaces

This map resource highlights where cultural activity provided by operating grant clients takes place, as well as how it relates to key resources like transportation, and how land use is defined across Calgary. 


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Phase Two Research Outcomes


Racial Equity in the Workplace III

Racial Equity in the Workplace III is a virtual town hall hosted by Toyin Oladele and focused on the challenges that BIPOC arts leaders have had getting hired in the arts community.


Office Closure for Staff Retreat

Our office will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2023 for a Calgary Arts Development staff retreat where will be planning ahead for 2024. 


Office Closure for Labour Day

Our staff will be off and the office will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023 for Labour Day. We hope you enjoy a long weekend filled with festivals, theatre, film, dance, music and more. 


With You With Pride Murals Revealed

Rogers together with Shaw commissioned four temporary art murals by four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams for the four corner entrances of Memorial Park in celebration of Calgary Pride 2023.


Calgary Arts Development Board Candidates

Calgary Arts Development is recruiting a number of new members to our board of directors. Applications accepted until September 30, 2023 at 4pm MT.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Sarah Good Medicine

DJ, aspiring B-girl and trans artist Sarah Good Medicine finds it’s often easier to communicate through rap than through conversation. Hear more in this week’s Indigenous Stories podcast.

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Episode 43

In this episode we meet creator Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed of ALCLA Native Plants, discover East Asian cuteness culture with ceramics by Mao Projects, and learn about Inuit Art with Sophia Lebessis.

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Patti Pon

Patti Pon is a community leader and a champion for the arts in Calgary. Tune into this week’s podcast to hear more about Pon’s enthusiasm for the city’s arts scene and the people that make it happen.

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Jacqueline Huskisson

Artist Jacqueline Huskisson considers how her artwork fits into the realm of narrative and how narrative can be used in alternate forms such as public art and beyond.

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Olha Bosak

Drawing from a career in the global energy sector and a talent for painting, Olha Bosak is a Ukrainian artist and innovator bridging her passion for art with the complexities of renewable energy.

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Episode 42

This week we visit Chinatown’s latest mural by artists Rawry and Pohly, meet Lisa Kwong who combines fashion with social issues, and learn how Stride Gallery helps creatives experiment with their craft.

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Danielle Hanson

An early morning drive in the pouring rain started makeup artist Danielle Hanson down a creative road that has her bringing characters to life on shows like HBO’s The Last of Us.

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Episode 41

In this week’s web series, see Katie Ohe’s sculpture in motion, stop by the arcade with artist Teresa Tam, and visit the places we leave behind with Ryle Ramirez.

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Savanna Harvey

With a theatre background and an interest in the digital realm, Savanna Harvey harnessed her skills to help artists and arts organizations navigate the shift to online-only performances when audiences were staying home.

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Lisa Congo

Helping others to tap into their creativity in order to heal is what Lisa Congo of Sonshine Community Services aims to do with women and children who have experienced domestic violence and trauma.

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Not meant to be a shadow puppet but everything is a shadow puppet to me! Prototype for the one and only juan_dawn . Check out her show “One For Sorrow, Two For Joy” premiering in the Festival of Animated Objects March 2024. #oneforsorrowyyc #puppetfestival #puppets #puppetshow #yyclcl #festivalofanimatedobjects #fao #faoyyc #puppetfest #oneforsorrow ...

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It’s Tuesday! That means the show is today! Come on down to the Ironwood. Starts at 7:30pm $15 cover. #musicmileyyc #inglewoodyyc #ceciculture #ironwoodstageandgrill #yyclcl #yycdatenight ...

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I’ve enjoyed performing on Stephen Avenue this summer. Thanks to downtowncalgary for supporting the music on the avenue. Hard to believe I first performed my one-man band on this roadway 32 years ago. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve got 1 more performance there on Thursday September 28th at lunchtime. #yyclcl #yycliving #jailhouserock #onemanband #yycmusic #nationalmusiccentre #yyceconomicdevelopment #yyctourism mark_downtowncalgary ...

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Una Oda a las Hermanas, las de sangre, las de vida. For my sisters 💕
#sisterlove #hermanas #sister #love #forests #forest #woodlands #fishcreek #calgary #yycartists #yyclcl #yycvisualarts #yycphotographers #artistasbolivianas #fotografa #photography #longexposure #photoart

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