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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Indigenous Artist Microgrant Open

This program is intended to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists in the Treaty 7 region for activities related to the preservation, maintenance and revival of Indigenous culture and tradition.

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Strategic Framework

We believe that the arts have the power to build our city. Read our 2023 – 2026 Strategic Framework.  

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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.

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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.

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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February Exhibitions

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s jam-packed with visual arts at galleries across Calgary and as part of festivals like Exposure and Chinook Blast. There’s lots to see, let our February roundup guide you!

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Free This Week

From live music to lectures to film screenings, you’ll find no shortage of events to check out and get your February rolling. Read our roundup of free events, and don’t miss everything Calgary’s arts have in store this week!

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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!



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.


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.



Strategic Framework

A creative, connected Calgary through the arts, we believe that the arts have the power to build our city. Read Calgary Arts Development’s 2023 – 2026 Strategic Framework.


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.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Yvette Denby

Yvette Denby reflects on her musical upbringing and sharing her love of traditional Métis fiddle playing with her daughters Breann and Kaleena in this week’s Storytelling Podcast.


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.

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

Cotton Candy and spray paint.

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Working best under pressure…

Still not how I had envisioned the buildings… but I like it!

There will be more architectural paintings…

#practicepracticepractice !

banff #yyclcl #winsor&newton


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#contemorarywatercolour #contemporarywatercolor #banffave

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Lenny “The Fox”
Bring a pop of colour to your space with this 20x20 inch acrylic on canvas painting of Lenny the Fox. Inspired by the rich symbolism of this enchanting creature, this painting captures the essence of transformation and mischievousness. I used bright and bold colours to bring this piece to life, making it the perfect addition to any room that needs a touch of playful energy.

Available at motiveartacademy or in my website.

#foxpainting #foxart #yyclcl

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