We’ve Moved

We’ve Moved

Calgary Arts Development has moved a few blocks west to a new office on the 14th Floor of The Edison building downtown at 150 9th Ave. SW

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Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce its 2023 grant investment programs for arts organizations, individual artists and artist collectives.

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Financial Literacy Training

You are invited to a free financial literacy workshop presented by Momentum in collaboration with Calgary Arts Development to help support artists.

Virtual Town Hall | Calgary Arts Development shares information about our 2023 grant investment programs

Virtual Town Hall

Join us on Thursday, January 26, 2023, as we share our strategic directions for 2023 – 2026, and information on our 2023 grant investment programs.

2022 Calgary Engagement Survey

The 2022 Calgary Engagement Survey shows Calgarians continue to explore and find ways to connect with the arts.

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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!

Create Calgary

Create Calgary Magazine

Calgary Arts Development is excited to announce the launch of a new arts magazine: Create Calgary.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Free This Week

January might be ending, but Chinook Blast is just getting started! Check out the free festival events and other fantastic arts offerings around town, from workshops to live music and more.

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Chinook Blast

Chinook Blast returns for a third year of celebrating the best of Calgary’s winter in the heart of the city — enjoy live music, light and art installations, theatrical performances, outdoor sport, cultural experiences, night markets and much more!

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Free This Week

January continues with Year of the Rabbit celebrations, exhibition openings throughout the city and live music to check out. Take a gander at what’s free in the arts this week!

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Free This Week

Start your year off with a book launch, lunch-hour concert or Lunar New Year celebrations. Whatever you choose, getting out there and supporting the arts community is a great way to begin the year!

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January Exhibitions

A new year brings new exhibitions to enjoy and the chance to catch ongoing exhibitions you may have missed. Use our January visual arts roundup as your guide to getting out there!

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Free This Week: Holiday Edition

From live concerts to projection mapping to film screenings, there’s still tons of art to experience this holiday season. Send off 2022 and say hello to 2023 with these free events and festivities!

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Free This Week

As we inch ever closer to the holidays, take some time to celebrate Calgary Public Library’s 110th year, as well as a few live music concerts to ward off winter’s chill. Read this week’s roundup and get planning!

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Free This Week

From book launches, creative workshops, music, celebrations and more, the coming week is full to the brim with free arts finds you need to check out. Read on to learn more and start planning your next arts outing!

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December Exhibitions & Markets

The days grow cold and descend into darkness but don’t worry, evil isn’t afoot, it’s just December and there’s no better time to check out some visual art at an exhibition or holiday market. Read our list and get planning!



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

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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.



We’ve Moved!

Calgary Arts Development has moved a few blocks west to a new office on the 14th Floor of The Edison building downtown at 150 9th Ave. SW.


Happy Holidays from Calgary Arts Development

Happy holidays and best wishes for the new year from Calgary Arts Development. We look forward to working with you and celebrating our city’s arts and creativity in 2023. 


Holiday Office Closure 2022

The Calgary Arts Development offices will be closed from December 23, 2022 to January 2, 2023.


Everyone is welcome at our Holiday Open House

Please join Calgary Arts Development as we celebrate the season. Mingle with old friends and meet some new ones at our Holiday Open House on December 12, 2022.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

Episode 35

Share some of the highlights from our 2022 Congress with keynote speaker Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Calgary Arts Development President and CEO Patti Pon, Sally Njoroge of the Trico Changemakers Studio and Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster. 

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Claudia Chagoya

Interdisciplinary artist Claudia Chagoya draws inspiration from her home country, using different materials and traditional items that reflect Mexican culture and to explore difficult and complex issues through art.

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Jeff de Boer

Local artist Jeff de Boer sees his popularity rise thanks to a global feature on his cat and mouse armour in National Geographic. Learn more about his miniature craft in this week’s Storytelling Project.

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#yycLCL December 2022

Artist Julya Hajnoczky documents the ecosystem, providing a glimpse of the things that live and grow together, especially the tiny things that often go unnoticed, and the deep connections that sustain them.

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A year of inspiring Indigenous stories

As 2022 comes to a close, hosts Sable Sweetgrass and Cherie McMaster of our Storytelling Podcast: Indigenous Stories reflect on the inspiring artists featured this year, sharing some of their favourite moments and what these artists have taught them. 

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Wakefield Brewster

Listen to this week’s podcast to learn more about Wakefield Brewster’s journey from music to poetry, to becoming an advocate for literacy and being named the city’s Poet Laureate, and much more.

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#yycLCL November 2022

Local mixed media and collage artist Claudia Lorenz is inspired by themes of home, memories from childhood, feelings of belonging and melancholy. Here she gives us insight into her art making process.

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Sarah Uwadiae

Sarah Uwadiae is making her mark on Calgary’s theatre and film community. Learn more about the 2022 RBC Emerging Artist Award recipient’s decision to call Calgary home and her love of storytelling through the arts.

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Episode 34

This city is bursting with creativity! In this month’s webisode, learn about an arts organization that champions the craft artists, an artist-run gallery’s efforts towards accessibility, and discover what it means to be a surface designer.

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Sundeep Morrison

Actor Sundeep Morrison looks back fondly on their childhood spent in Calgary, discusses their family’s influence on their art, and explores racism in their solo show, Rag Head: An American Story.

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Allan Rosales

In this week’s podcast, Allan Rosales discusses his creative path – from artist to art therapist and community connector, to his new role as Community Investment Manager at Calgary Arts Development.

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#yycLCL October 2022

Kara Rowley, a teacher and artist who’s passion is finding a way to capture an animal’s essence with her driftwood-inspired paintings, shared this piece on Instagram.

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Jarret Twoyoungmen

Filmmaker Jarret Twoyoungmen’s creative journey started early as a daydreamer with a love of films and comic books. Listen to this week’s Indigenous Storytelling podcast to learn more.

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Episode 33

This month, meet an up-and-coming special effects makeup artist, explore aging, learn a bit about theatrical masks and enter the world of horror fiction.

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I finished a drawing!! 🎉🎉 also why is it so low quality on ig? i have high quality upload enabled and all but it always looks like trash when i upload stuff here. I don't understand. The details under the jaw are a bit lost 🤔
#yyclcl #chanapuri #mauritianartist #artismorisien #cyborg #procreateartist #desiartist #peinturedigitale #yycartist #idkmanimbadatthese #mru #portraitdigital

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Our latest episode of the #yycLCL Web Series features some highlights from our 2022 Congress: Imagining the Future Together, held last November.

Hear from keynote speaker Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Calgary Arts Development President and CEO Patti Pon, Sally Njoroge of the Trico Changemakers Studio, Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster, and others on the role artists play in shaping our future.

Watch it now on our website! #yycArts

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Pinch me! I came across this photo of our goal board and it’s such a good reminder of where we were just over 5 years ago.

We were married and living in my parents basement, dreaming of our future. Every year I write down goals and pin them to a board, and I must say, it works! If you haven’t done this, I highly recommend!

#brittneytoughartist #watercolorsketch #fabricart #fabriccolors #watercolorartist #watercolourartist #watercolourdesign #canadianartist #yycartist #textilepainter #textileartist #modernquilter #yycLCL #watercolourpainting #watercolorpainting #textiles #mystoneground #2023goals #artgoals #lifegoals❤️ #artistgoals

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A 'Conceptual Portrait ' c.1998 Once again, here I am experimenting with different styles and mediums. Art-making will always be my favourite unfettered adventure. 😊🤺🎨 # adventure #drawing #painting #explore #experiment #inspire #create #flow albertauarts cityofcalgary calgaryisbeautiful tourismcalgary yycarts street_worldartists Albertaculture cgyliving calgaryartsdev #yycLCL #begin ...

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Tape ASMR 🤩 look at those clean lines!!

#calgaryartist #canadianartist #albertaartist #localartist #emergingartist #yycartist #yycart #yycarts #artyyc #yycLCL #mural #muralart #muralist #calgarymural #yycmural #yycmurals #calgarymuralist #ladieswhopaint #muralartist #sunset #sunsetmural #sunrise #sunrisemural #asmr #tapeasmr

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