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Organizational Access Program

Application process opens on February 18, 2019 with Letters of Intent due May 10, 2019, 4:30pm MST.

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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.

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Arts in Action

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


What's On in Calgary

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

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February Exhibitions

February might be a short month, but Calgary’s visual arts community is buzzing with excitement. From the Exposure Photography Festival to fantastic new shows at Glenbow, there’s tons to see and do.

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The Bright Side Festival

Celebrate the grand opening of Calgary’s newest performance and art space, Theatre 1308, with eight days of music, improv, film, philosophy, poetry, and stand-up comedy. Don’t miss the inaugural Bright Side Festival.

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Sultans of String with Orchestra

A true definition of world music, Sultans of String bring Spanish flamenco, Cuban rhythms, East Coast Celtic, and Gypsy jazz to the Jack Singer stage in a celebration of musical fusion and human creativity.

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Composer Competition

Sharing its pay-what-you-can concert for the season, join Timepoint Ensemble as it presents this world premiere from the winner of the 2018/19 composer competition. Hear Proximity by Jordan Berg and more.

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Block Heater

This winter music extravaganza brings together a multi-faceted roots, blues, country, and indie program that injects a summer vibe into what can be a bleak month. Warm up your February with Block Heater.

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Election Deep Dive

Offering a fresh perspective on the upcoming provincial election, join Wordfest as it co-presents this stellar lineup, all of whom exemplify Alberta Views magazine’s trademark intellectual rigour.

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Free This Week

With the last full week of February ahead of us, this is a great time to get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. There’s so many awesome ones to check out—here’s what we’re hitting up.

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SoundOff Summit

Bringing together key national and international music industry professionals to highlight the 40 talented Calgarian artists selected to perform, join Music Calgary for the fifth edition of the SoundOff Summit.

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Doug Saunders

Join the Centre for Newcomers and Wordfest to celebrate the launch of the 30th Anniversary Legacy Gift to the Community featuring an unforgettable conversation with Doug Saunders, author of Maximum Canada.

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Just Acts Play Festival

Four local playwrights tackle the theme of humanity as Knox Theatre Collective and Urban Stories Theatre present Just Acts—a one act play festival of new work written about social justice issues.

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Bobby McFerrin & Gimme5

An exhilarating musical escapade, Bobby McFerrin takes the stage with members of his new group Gimme5 to lead Circlesongs, a series of choral pieces based on grooves that are freshly composed each night.

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Ellen Adams

Singer-songwriter Ellen Adams works in folk and country traditions, with songs exploring longing, queerness, and the lies we tell ourselves and others in love. Hear her live this Family Day at Koi.

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Music with Mandy & The Kiddonauts

Don’t know what you’re doing for Family Day? Neither do the performers in this upcoming show. Don’t miss a day full of improv theatre and jazz for kids.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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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.

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

In 2017 Calgary Arts Development undertook an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion survey of Calgary’s arts sector, as represented by the non-profit arts organizations who receive annual operating funds.


Mayor's Lunch

Celebrating Calgary's Arts Champions

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Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions

Mayor Naheed Nenshi invites you to the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions on March 13, 2019. Tickets are selling fast so get yours today.



Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 for Family Day. We hope you have a fun and relaxing long weekend with your friends and family.


Grant Investment Programs for 2019

As a public agency stewarding public dollars to the benefit of all Calgarians, Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce 2019’s Grant Investment Programs.


Office Renovations

Please note that the Calgary Arts Development offices will be under construction from February 1 to March 1, 2019 and there may be some disruption to our phone service and meeting rooms.


Original Peoples Investment Program

The Original Peoples Investment Program guidelines are ready and applications open on January 25, 2019. The deadline to apply is 4:30pm MST on March 11, 2019.


Original Peoples Investment Program

This is an important message for all First Nations/Métis/Inuit in Treaty 7. Join us for a free day-long workshop on January 19, 2019 at SAIT’s Chinook Lodge.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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#yycLCL January 2019

Calgary-based actor, writer, and director Christi Dos Santos-Wing shared this photo of her script. Just Ask is currently in production through Herland.

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Lougheed House

How do you connect a museum to its community? That’s the question the people who run Lougheed House ask a lot these days.

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Patti Pon

We’re pleased to be expanding our Storytelling Project into the realm of oral tradition with the first edition of The Storytelling Podcast.

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Cheryl Foggo

Cheryl Foggo has been published and produced extensively as a journalist, screenwriter, poet, playwright, and writer of fiction and non-fiction.

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Paige K Boudreau

Filmmaker Paige K Boudreau began her career as an editor, cutting lifestyle TV among other projects and is always looking for the next interesting collaboration.

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson is an artist and musician from Calgary. Known as an old-time banjoist and singer/songwriter, her debut album drops in April 2019.

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Olivia Golosky

A proud Métis, Olivia Golosky is a two-spirit artist from Treaty 8, Fort McMurray, with a background in theatre, film, radio, and music festival production.

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Achiru Wong

Achiru Wong has been creating webcomics since 2002 and acts as the artist, writer, and director of her own meta-physical comic production studio.

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Sisay Shimeles

Sisay Shimeles studied art at the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and has participated in several group exhibitions and community-oriented projects.

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Lanre Ajayi

Lanre Ajayi is an emerging Nigerian artist and fashion designer based in Calgary. He is driven to develop and launch his ethical fashion line in Canada.

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Ami Kenzo

Ami Kenzo is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, and activist. A self-proclaimed harvester of stories, unique experiences fuel her passion for advocacy.

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