Individual Artist Program graphic

Individual Artist Program

Designed to support the artist’s overall practice, proposals are due August 6, 2019.

Arts in Action YYC Stories and data about how arts build a city

Arts in Action

Arts in Action YYC captures stories and data about how arts build a city. Read and share at

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SpaceFinder Alberta

SpaceFinder links organizations with space to rent with those who need space. Its free to list and free to search.

What's On in Calgary

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

Two small dogs and a sign that says, dog parade here, July 20

Garden Festival

Bigger and better than ever, you need to head to the Lougheed House for this free summer festival. With six days of programming in the heart of the Beltline, it’s your chance to enjoy concerts, games, tours, live performances, and so much more.

Bianca Miranda and Keshia Cheesman sit on a picnic blanket

Free This Week

Post Stampede might seem like a quiet time for our city, but that’s certainly not the case. Summer ramps into high gear with tons of concerts, pop-up events, festivals, and so more, here’s what we’re checking out this week!

Participants in the First Nations Parade

Free This Week

Money can be a bit tight this week with big ticket events like the Stampede taking place, but there’s still tons to do without spending a buck. From concerts and pancake breakfasts to festivals and art receptions, you can take your pick!

A performer in a glittering outfit stands in the Grandstand crowd

Calgary Stampede

From food to music, agriculture to rodeo, the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth is bound to amaze. This year’s Calgary Stampede is home to a stellar lineup of events, so make the most of it with these tips and not-to-be-missed attractions.

Paul Brandt and Jann Arden in the Stampede Parade

Free This Week

With the Calgary Stampede just around the corner, the free offerings for the week have a distinct western feel. But if country music and pancakes aren’t your thing, why not hit up a classical raga concert or a performance piece?

Fans support a guitarist at the Coca-Cola Stage

Summer Festivals

With over 40 festivals taking place between now and the end of September, there’s something new to check out every weekend—it’s a festival paradise. Grab your calendar and start planning, it’s going to be an amazing season!

Detail of Jennifer Weihmann's Pending Storm

July Exhibitions

If you haven’t had a chance to get to know Calgary’s awesome visual arts community, this summer offers you a great time to do so. With a mix of ongoing exhibitions and special events, there’s plenty to see and do. We can’t wait to explore this July.

Fireworks off of the Centre Street Bridge

Canada Day

The City of Calgary has once again partnered with dozens of local cultural organizations to program a day filled with fun, family-friendly, and free events taking place on July 1. Find our can’t miss highlights of the day here.

Performers on stage in Legends of Country

Legends of Country

If there’s one thing that Stage West Calgary does really, really well, it’s the dinner theatre’s original tribute shows. And this summer sees country take the spotlight—just in time for the Stampede. It’s sure to stir up fond memories for any fan.



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.



New Board Members

With five new board members including a new chair, Calgary Arts Development would like to welcome Brian Frank, Sophia Lebessis, Kathleen McNally-Leitch, Chima Nkemdirim, and Caitlyn Ducasse.


First Flip Stampede Breakfast

It’s time to holster a hotcake, Calgary! Help us kick off the 2019 Calgary Stampede at the First Flip Stampede Breakfast on July 4. Join us from 7:30 to 10:30am outside the TELUS Convention Centre.


Summer Hours

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August, as well as July 1 for Canada Day and August 5 for Heritage Day. Be sure to enjoy some of Calgary’s summer festivals!


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on July 1, 2019 for Canada Day. We hope you have a full and fun long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on July 2.


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.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

Lanre Ajayi at Olympic Plaza

Canada Day

Canada Day has come and gone but Lanre Ajayi has some beautiful moments to share with you. Enjoy this special edition of My City Speaks To Me.

Crescent Heights Community Association shows off a mural on the the corner of 8th Avenue and 1st Street NE

#yycLCL June 2019

One of five intersection murals soon to be completed in the community, the Crescent Heights Community Association shared this awesome shot.

Youth pose for a photo at the WordsWorth summer camp


A summer camp for language lovers, WordsWorth participants use the Kananaskis woods to fuel imaginations as they write the stories of their lives.

A photo of Wunmi Idowu

Wunmi Idowu

The founder and director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre, Wunmi Idowu began performing traditional African dance styles at the age of three.

Lanre Ajayi at Heritage Park

Heritage Park

Heritage Park is a gem hidden from plain sight. Go behind-the-scenes of this historical treasure trove in this special four-part series of My City Speaks To Me.

A promotional photo of Suza Singh

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.

A photo of JD Derbyshire

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.

A photo of Rita Sirignano

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.

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