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Recovery Fund

This fund provides up to $50,000 to develop and implement strategic recovery and resiliency plans.

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Information About COVID-19

Pertinent information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Calgary arts sector.

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Project Grant Program

Register for an online information session for individuals and collectives on July 6, 2020.

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Operating Grant Increase

Be sure to apply for the Operating Grant Funding Increase Program by July 6, 2020.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Online Offerings

With Calgary working hard to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, the local arts community is making sure we all stay connected to art, artists, and creative ideas. Check out these upcoming online events.

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Canada Day

It might feel a bit different but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Canada Day with amazing local talent and incredible events! Canada Day goes online thanks to offers from The City of Calgary, Fort Calgary, and the Calgary Public Library.

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Romeo & Juliet

One of Calgary’s summer traditions, Shakespeare by the Bow moves into the virtual sphere in order to bring audiences this beloved tale. Watch as the young star-crossed lovers meet their fate straight from the comfort of your home.

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Calgary Underground Film Festival

Elevating Calgary’s cultural landscape with the best in international independent cinema, the 17th Calgary Underground Film Festival returns with an eclectic lineup you can enjoy from a safe distance.

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IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

With fresh faces and an entirely distanced format, the 15th annual IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists returns with a stellar lineup of 14 original productions across four series of performing arts.

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Tomorrow’s Child

Adapted from the Ray Bradbury story by Matthew Waddell, Eric Rose, and David van Belle, Vertigo Theatre and Ghost River Theatre have joined forces to bring this critically-acclaimed audio experience to an online audience.

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Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival

As the 22nd annual Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival opens, things are going to look a bit different. For starters, it’s taking place in your own living room! You can even watch 38 LGBTQIA2S+ stories from 14 countries.

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International Jazz Days Festival

Get ready, one jazzy party is about to begin in your own home! Moving into the digital sphere, Calgary’s own JazzYYC collective is heading online with this month-long festival in partnership with Jazz Home Delivery.

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Free This Week

It’s the last full week of winter and it feels like spring weather is just around the corner—so inject some fun into your week and check out these awesome free events. We’re looking forward to exploring gallery openings, lunch hour concerts, and more!

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Research

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.

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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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The New Experience Economy

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Future of Calgary’s Live Experience Economy

Stone-Olafson is supporting experience-based organizations with timely research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic. The first wave of results is now available.

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Announcements

Living A Creative Life Web-Series

Tune in on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 3:00pm for the first episode of our brand new web-series celebrating creative living in Calgary.

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Watch the Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

A second Town Hall exploring issues around anti-Blackness, deep-seated racism, and anti-racist policies and practices, Calgary Arts Development hosted this virtual town hall.

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Anti-Racism Virtual Town Halls

To continue the conversation about the deep-seated racism that exists within our communities and systems, we have scheduled anti-racism virtual town hall gatherings for every other Wednesday in July and August.

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Virtual Town Hall

Join Calgary Arts Development for a second conversation about deep-seated racism within our communities and systems, and how we can further develop anti-racist policies and practices governing our work.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Louise Day

Always writing about meaning and purpose as an aging senior, Louise Day is the president and producer of the Seniors Acting Lab.

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Brad Simm

For Brad Simm, the secret ingredient to living a creative life might come down to something he describes as “dirty sound.”

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#yycLCL December 2019

Helen Hajnoczky shared this awesome photo of her practicing on a little Dorothy loom. Read on to learn about her weaving journey and family connections.

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Remembrance Day

Visiting the ceremony at Calgary’s Memorial Park, My City Speaks To Me took a moment to reflect on the day’s meaning and capture some of the traditions.

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

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: tinybearjaws + rapidfiretheatre present "httpeepee" starring belyeache and sydsgayday 😎

SHOW DESCRIPTION⠀
Take my Wifi, please! Syd and Elena of queer sketch duo “Gender? I Hardly Know Them” channel their debilitating loneliness into httpeepee, 55 minutes of non-stop laughs, coming at you live from their very own houses! Put an end to your FOMO and get ready to ROFLMAO, ya DILFs!⠀

This is an online show! To participate you will need access to Zoom and a reliable internet connection. Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive instructions on how to log in. All tickets are Pay-What-You-Can-Afford.⠀
Suggested rating: 14+⠀

PWYCA TICKETS AVAILABLE AT RAPIDFIRETHEATRE.COM.
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2 versions. A study of a local scene, I added a little dramatic narrative to it for the bottom one.

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A weekend painting study of a local scene, I added a little dramatic narrative to it for fun. I call this "Um That doesn't Look Good"

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Blocks - Ray Arnatt. This sculpture was originally intended for installation near Anderson Road in Calgary but the city was concerned about driver distraction. Instead, it makes its home at kiyookaoheartscentre and Sculpture Park. Arnatt taught sculpture at the ucalgary for 23 years and passed away in 2004. Photo credit Stephen Marsters. #kiyookaoheartscentre #koac #sculpturepark #rayarnatt #rayarnattsculpture #sculptureart #contemporaryart #canadiansculptor #blocks #yycartscene #yycartist #yycsculptor #yycartsandculture #yycarts #yyclcl #tourismcalgary ...

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