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Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2024 – 2026 Calgary Poet Laureate are open. This artistic ambassador creates literary works that capture the essence of our city and its citizens.

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Public Art 101 Workshops

Due to high interest in our upcoming Public Art 101 session, we rescheduled the event for February 28, 2024 at a larger venue that can accommodate more people.

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Join Our Team

We are currently recruiting multiple public art curators under a standing offer for projects that require a curatorial lens. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2024.

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Applications Open

This grant supports artistic projects honouring or in memory of the loss of life, culture, ceremony and language amongst the original peoples of this land due to residential school system.

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Applications Open

First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists in the Treaty 7 region can apply to this program for activities and expenses related to the preservation of Indigenous culture and tradition.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Free This Week

If you’re looking for free arts experiences around town, this week’s offerings include artist talks, workshops, exhibition tours, live music and more. Your calendar will be packed — make sure to get out there!

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Free This Week

Show a little love to the arts community this week by checking out some free and fabulous programming taking place across Calgary, including more festival offerings from Chinook Blast and Exposure Photography Festival!

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Free This Week

There is tons to see and do this week without spending a dime as Chinook Blast festivities continue to liven up the city. Check out a variety of programming as part of Black History Month, Exposure Photography Festival and more!

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February Exhibitions

Fill up your February with any number of art exhibitions taking place in Calgary this month. Our February visual arts roundup will guide you through what’s opening and what you may have missed!

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Free this Week

There’s plenty to see and do this week for free! Chinook Blast rolls out with events including an Indigenous Market, live music and lighting displays, while elsewhere you can take in Lunar New Year celebrations, film, art workshops and more. Get planning!

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Free this Week

There is so much to see and do this week — for free! Take in art exhibitions, join a Saturday Jazz Jam (drums provided!), enjoy free programming for Big Winter Classic, check out an art sale and much more!

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Chinook Blast 2024

Calgary’s signature winter festival returns for its fourth year this February! Embrace the spirit of winter with live music, light and art installations, theatrical performances, sport, cultural experiences, night markets and more!

Free This Week

Free This Week

Kick your January into gear with this week’s free offerings. Check out an exhibition opening, jam out at a local cafe, attend a family-friendly opera storytime, or something else that suits your fancy!

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Free This Week

Participate in an art event or explore an exhibition, attend a free concert or sing along to guilty pleasures —  you have lots of options for free and pay-what-you-can events.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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Arts and Culture Spaces

This map resource highlights where cultural activity provided by operating grant clients takes place, as well as how it relates to key resources like transportation, and how land use is defined across Calgary. 


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Standing Offer: Public Art Curators

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is currently recruiting multiple Public Art curators under a standing offer, with rolling deadlines until September 30, 2026.


Poet Laureate Nominations Open

Nominations for the 2024 – 2026 Calgary Poet Laureate are open until March 15, 2024. This artistic ambassador presents at civic events and creates literary works that capture the essence of our city and its diverse citizens. 


NPP: Chinook Blast Producer & Production Services

Calgary Arts Development on behalf of the Chinook Blast Executive Committee of the Chinook Blast Festival will release an RFP to provide Producer and Production Services to the Chinook Blast 2025 – 2027.


Office Closure for Family Day

Our staff will be taking a day off and our office will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024 for Family Day. We hope you enjoy a long weekend filled with theatre, film, dance, music and more. 


Public Art 101

Public Art 101 is a series of professional development workshops designed for artists and members of community groups and commissioning bodies who would like to learn what it takes to create  a successful public art project.


Creative Spaces Speaker Series: Steve Beatty

The Creative Spaces Speaker Series addresses the need for knowledge in funding, real estate, legal issues and risk management, and provides a platform for information sharing and networking.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Episode 48: Unganisha and an artist on skates

This week you are invited to explore, connect and dance with Woezo Africa’s film screening of Unganisha, and to meet a local figure skater competing at the upcoming Special Olympic Canada Winter Games with other artistic skills.

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Telling Our Stories

The surge of creativity and entrepreneurship by Indigenous designers is happening alongside the truth and reconciliation journey of many Canadian institutions and individuals.

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Bethel Afework

Executive director and co-founder of The Alcove Centre for the Arts, Bethel Afework has helped create a community recreational space where people can spend time, learn something, perform or take in a performance themselves.

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Episode 47: Chinook Blast Part 2

Take a deeper dive behind the scenes of Chinook Blast! Big Art’s Paul Magnusson says what he’s looking forward to, Jeff Hessel of Tourism Calgary shares the inspiration behind the festival, and Shannon Reinholdt of aGoGo reveals how she keeps warm.

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Mario Obeid & Zaria Rajha

Duo with rich background in dance and a desire to capture of essence of the diverse human experience embarks on a journey to merge their artistic passion with the demands of life as newcomers.

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Episode 46: Chinook Blast Part 1

Explode into winter with Chinook Blast and a few of the fabulous artists that help make the winter festival a memorable event—JiaJia Li’s instrumental band Ginger Beef, Paul Magnuson’s Big Art, Tracy Marie of aGoGo and local musician Chris Maric hosts One Big Jam.

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Ishita Singla

Local dancer and choreographer Ishita Singla creates opportunities within her community in an attempt to break down barriers and showcase the talented performers within it.

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#yycLCL Photo of the Month

Sonny Tomic grew up in an old, picturesque city in Croatia where he discovered that historic architecture, visual arts, music and poetry intersect in his mind in a very creative way.

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Priscille Bukasa

An early love of poetry inspired Priscille Bukasa to become a writer and a spoken word artist. Bukasa now inspires others in the community as a Cultural Instigator championing Art for Social Change.

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Tedra Rogers

Tedra Rogers talks about the unexpected bump on her creative path that took her from dancing to acting, her first big role in a made-in-Calgary film, and the new directions she is heading as a writer and producer.

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Episode 45

This week, P. Susanah Windrum turns found metal objects into jewelry; Justine Bui sheds light on the harmful practice of colourism; and Trish Weatherup of ARC says when members sing for the community, they get back as much as they give.

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Heather Campbell

This week’s Storytelling Podcast features Calgary Arts Development’s Manager of Public Art Heather Campbell sharing her thoughts on the value of public art and what’s in store for the public art team in 2024.

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Perpetual Atife

Perpetual Atife was studying to become a medical doctor when she switched to music, turning her passion into a career as an award-winning vocalist and saxophonist on the rise.

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We’re so excited to be heading down to Missoula next week for the World Premier of ‘Iniskim-Return of the Buffalo’.  This is certainly the year of the buffalo as we’re one of three films about buffalo that got shortlisted for the Big Sky Award.

‘Iniskim came about because we knew we needed to celebrate the return of the buffalo.  Soon after that I had a chance meeting with master puppeteer Pete Balkwill. The rest is history.’ Amethyst First Rider- producer of Iniskim-Return of the Buffalo.

Details of our screenings at Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula Montana
Feb 22 at 2pm ZACC Theatre
Feb 24 at 2:45 ZACC Theatre

Iniskim- Return of the Buffalo : Trailer

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In this week’s episode of Living a Creative Life, we celebrate Black History Month with Woezo Africa (@woezoafrica) and its upcoming premiere of Unganisha, a film that celebrates African traditions and dance, and some of the local artists that bring it to life with their talent and vision.

Watch the full episode online (link in bio) and search for events happening across Calgary like the Unganisha film screening and discussion at

#yycArts #yycLCL

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Tickets on sale today! I`m thrilled to be presenting my sophomore release Horns of Hope with my world class band, The New Assembly.
Concert takes place Theatre 1308 on April 6, at 7pm.
The New Assembly is Carsten Rubeling, Mark DeJong, Andre Wickenheiser, Jon Wielebknowski, Mark Limacher and Dan Gaucher.
Tickets available at the link in bio.
#yycJazz #yycLCL #hornsofhope #mothermusichood #vocaljazz

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