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Assessor Nominations

Calgary Arts Development seeks artists, arts workers, and community members to serve as peer assessors.

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Nominations Now Open

The deadline for uploading completed packages for the Cultural Leaders Legacy Arts Awards is now May 16, 2022.

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Artist Development Microgrant

Application are open for the Artist Development Microgrant. The first intake closes on May 2, 2022.

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Get Our Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with what we’re working on and what’s going on in Calgary—sign up for our weekly newsletter!

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Operating Grant Increase

Current Operating Grant clients can submit a letter of intent for this program before April 4, 2022.

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Project Grant Program

Applications are open for individuals and collectives. Submit by April 19, 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 May 18 – 24

As we’re graced with May’s warm embrace, take advantage by checking out arts events around town. This week, National accessArts Centre takes over various venues, TRAction launches their #climateartweb network, and the Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas kicks off. That’s not all — check out the full list of free offerings and mark your calendars!

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Free This Week

What do a lunchtime concert downtown, an opening reception at Wallace Galleries, and an East Village art walk have in common? They’re all art and things you’ll find in this week’s list of free offerings — make sure to get planning and get out there!

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Free This Week

May is here and seemingly so is spring — fingers crossed — which means it’s a perfect time to explore the city. This week enjoy free events at Contemporary Calgary, shop spring art markets, join a Jane’s Walk, and more!

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May Exhibitions

May is jam-packed with visual arts for you to enjoy. Take advantage of the warmer weather to visit new or ongoing exhibitions at your favourite gallery, or to discover somewhere you haven’t been to yet. You’re bound for a treat either way!

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Free This Week

April closes with a plethora of free events for you to enjoy including an artist talk, live music, and literary readings. We’d tell you to get out there, but with plenty of online options, you could also choose to stay home!

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Free This Week

The month of April winds down with a wide range of free offerings! Shop at one of several spring markets, celebrate Earth Day with festivities at Southcentre Mall, or attend a community wellness initiative. Whatever you do, make sure to get out there!

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Free This Week

There’s lots happening around town as we head into the Easter long weekend. Be sure to check out all the live music, art exhibitions, film screenings, and talks in this week’s free offerings—you’ll definitely find something to your liking!

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Free This Week

As we dive headfirst into April, don’t forget about all of the free arts offerings around town including a ProArts@Noon concert, the opening of Glenbow’s satellite location, and the launch of a community art project. Make sure to get out there!

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April Exhibitions

With in-person events getting back into full swing and spring in the air, April is the perfect time to experience visual arts around Calgary. With both new and ongoing exhibitions to choose from, you’ll have no trouble finding something to do!



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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Organization Structural Change Grant

In 2021, Calgary Arts Development engaged Brian Loevner of BLVE Consults to undertake an evaluation and live case study of the Organization Structural Change Grant. 

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Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts professionals to better understand their status in Calgary. Download the full report to learn more.


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.



Office Closure

Calgary Arts Development will be taking a long weekend. All staff will be off on May 23, 2022, for Victoria Day. Be sure to explore our events calendar to make the most of Calgary’s amazing arts community!


Calgary Arts Development Board Candidates

Calgary Arts Development is seeking new members for our board of directors to provide insight and foresight to the organization in support of the arts in Calgary for the benefit of all Calgarians.


We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is currently recruiting for a temporary, full-time position. Please read the posting carefully and apply by May 13, 2022, for best consideration.


Shaw Pride Marches On

Shaw, in partnership with Calgary Pride, The City of Calgary, and Calgary Arts Development, seeks the participation of four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams with public art experience.


Calgary Celebrates New Poet Laureate

Known as one of Canada’s most powerful professional performance poets, Wakefield Brewster was named Calgary’s sixth Poet Laureate today.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Episode 28

This month, planner, author, and artist Ashley Bristowe dreams of building a city that nurtures creatives, calligrapher Simon Wong shares how his art has evolved, playwright Sable Sweetgrass explores self-discovery through storytelling, and artistic director Stafford Arima talks about the importance of taking risks.

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Pam Tzeng

Dancer, choreographer, multidisciplinary artist and maker, Pam Tzeng is a community organizer with work focusing on transformational change, equity diversity and accessibility in the arts sector.

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Barbara Amos

Calgary artist, social innovator, and teacher Barbara Amos uses art to tackle political issues and view community through a new set of eyes. Her latest project helps older people explore their creative lives. 

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Staci Duchene

Artist and activist Staci Duchene talks about how traditional beadwork has been passed down through her family, and what inspires her about the future of Indigenous artists.

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Episode 27

For National Poetry Month, tune in to this episode and have some fun with an established poet, find healing through story, and see poetry in action.

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Sayonara Cunha

Community Liaison Sayonara Cunha explores resources and connections to support artists, and discovers her own creative practices during the pandemic.

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Episode 26

An old school art form gets an update, an artist finds herself in her paintings, and a theatre collective is revived to feed souls. Tune in this week!

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Sandi Somers

Award-winning filmmaker and director, theatre maker, and mentor, Sandi Somers brings her artistic experiences together to create and to inspire.

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Cindy Yu

Cindy Yu’s love of being active and passion for fitness has led her creativity to educate, motivate, and support her clients achieve their fitness goals.

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Episode 25

Celebrating Black History Month with an artist and brewery collaboration, breaking barriers through public art, and an artist who finds her voice.

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Dave Dormer

Journalist Dave Dormer is educating people on the history and evolution of cannabis through his popular History of Cannabis Tour at Heritage Park.

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TO BE Continued….

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Ghost Stories YYC Presents - A Symphony of Darkness

Coming Nov 5-7, 2021

A collection of macabre tales visualized by Canadian Fine Artists.

More details soon.

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