2022 Holiday Open House

Please join Calgary Arts Development Monday, December 12, 2022 | 4 – 7pm as we celebrate the season. Mingle with old friends and meet some new ones.

Create Calgary

Create Calgary Magazine

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

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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!

Economic Impact Assessment of Calgary Arts Development Grant Recipients

Economic Impact Assessment

Learn about the economic impacts of Calgary Arts Development’s operating grant recipients.

Accountability & Impact Report 2021

Report to Community 2022

As the recovery from COVID continues, more than 4 million people took part in 20,000+ arts activities in 2021.  

What's On in Calgary

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

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Free This Week

Wrap up November in creative style! This week’s roundup of free arts offerings features winter markets, live music, and artist-led talks and exhibitions. Don’t miss out!

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Free This Week

You’ve had a relaxing long weekend, the weather is a touch more bearable and you’re raring to go explore some art. If that sounds like you, we’ve got you covered with a fresh new roundup of free arts events.

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November Exhibitions

The month of November is the perfect time to check out some of the visual art on display around town while also getting a head start on holiday shopping. Read this month’s exhibition roundup and get planning!

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Free This Week

Don’t let the snow stop you – get out there this month and enjoy the arts with more free art sales, Free Art Fridays at YYC/LRT, a Block Party in East Village and more. Don’t miss out!

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Free This Week

November kicks off with a Flint & Feather and Friends concert, an open house at Quickdraw Animation Society and plenty of arts and craft show and sales. There’s plenty to see and do, so make sure to get out there!

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Free This Week

There’s so much arts and culture to check out as we head into Halloween weekend, so cap off your October with these free spooky and not-so-spooky events happening across Calgary!

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Free This Week

The week ahead is filled with a variety of free arts experiences. Take a self-guided artists’ studio tour, join a lantern parade, brave, a Halloween book launch and tons more — we’ve got all the details!

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Free This Week

From literary celebrations to musical journeys to a discussion on arts and advocacy, check out a range of free events this week. Use our roundup as your guide to getting out there!

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October Exhibitions

Check out a spectacular variety of exhibitions across Calgary this October alongside art sales and unique opportunities to meet and interact with the artists themselves.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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Organization Structural Change Grant

In 2021, Calgary Arts Development engaged Brian Loevner of BLVE Consults to undertake an evaluation and live case study of the Organization Structural Change Grant. 


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.



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.


2022 Congress: Imagining the Future Together

Register to save your spot at Calgary Arts Development’s 2022 Congress: Imagining the Future Together on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Central Public Library.


Creative Spaces Mentoring Network Program

The Creative Spaces Mentoring Network is a year-long program for cultural workers focused on strengthening business and management skills needed to oversee, renew and develop creative spaces.


We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a full-time Public Art Engagement Specialist position. Apply by September 9, 2022 for best consideration.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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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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Miguel Cortines

Miguel Cortines created the Casa Mexico Foundation in 2009 to share and promote Mexican arts and culture. Tune in to hear his enthusiasm about the arts in the Latin American community.

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Malcolm Lim

Acting principal percussionist for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the CEO of Rhythm Mastery, Malcolm Lim fuels his creativity by exploring the rhythms of different cultures.

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Troy Emery Twigg

A dancer and choreographer, Troy Emery Twigg was always fascinated by the movement of the body as a means of expression, but it took some time before he started using the art form to tell his own stories.

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Episode 32

This month, explore a Two-Spirit mural in Kensington, celebrate a songwriter’s country roots, catch up with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and celebrate local filmmakers at CIFF.

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Mary Grace Linton

After discovering a love of arts in high school, this maker finds joy and satisfaction in painting, paper crafts and playing with Lego. Now she hopes to inspire other to embrace their creativity as well.

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

Trying this out to see what I get… I tried today but I think it was still curing!!! Make sure you wait the suggested drying time!!

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TO BE Continued….

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Ghost Stories YYC Presents - A Symphony of Darkness

Coming Nov 5-7, 2021

A collection of macabre tales visualized by Canadian Fine Artists.

More details soon.

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