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Project Grant Program

Applications are now open for the Project Grant Program for individuals and collectives.

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What's On in Calgary

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

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Online This Month

From Mother’s Day offerings to fantastic festivals, this month brings another batch of digital offerings for you to explore! Calgary’s amazing arts community continues to have a ton of online shows and events to check out so stay home and stay safe.

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Calgary Underground Film Festival

With 10 days of cutting-edge cinema and inspired special events coming straight to your home, the 18th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival provides the thrills that you have come to expect!

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Online This Month

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel with warmer weather ahead and vaccines rolling out but we’re not quite there yet. Thankfully, Calgary’s arts community has a ton of digital offerings for you to explore this April making it easy to stay safe.

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Online This Month

March 2020 saw Calgary’s theatres go dark, music venues go quiet, and all sorts of planned offerings cancelled indefinitely. But, a year into COVID-19 restrictions, Calgary’s arts community continues to adapt and put on events for you to explore.

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Chinook Blast

Launching a new festival during a global pandemic and a polar vortex might seem like an impossible task, but for more than 30 local programming partners, it’s a challenge that epitomizes the can-do Calgary spirit.

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Online This Month

There might be a chill in the air but you don’t have to bundle up to enjoy these offerings as Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out awesome online events. Go digital and check out these great shows this February!

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Online This Month

With a new year and an ongoing fight to bend the curve, Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out quality content—just digitally instead of in person—and you can tune in all month long. Check out these great online events this January!

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The Yuletide Sessions

Working within the ongoing challenges that the performing arts sector is facing due to COVID-19, Calgary Opera is celebrating its first entry into the realm of digital programming with this virtual holiday concert. Tune in!

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Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us and many are trying to find the perfect gifts for those we cherish. Luckily, these great offers make it easy to give the gift of arts and culture while supporting the local community at this incredibly important time.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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COVID-19 Impact Survey

In May 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts organizations in Calgary to better understand and plan for the COVID-19 disruption to the arts, culture, and creative industries.

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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.


Wave 5 Results

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 fifth wave of results is now available.



Information About COVID-19

Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about the COVID-19 outbreak. This page is updated regularly with anything that is pertinent to the local arts sector.


Virtual Town Hall

It has been a while since we hosted a virtual town hall and it’s time to share some information with the community about what’s happening at Calgary Arts Development. Join us on May 6, 2021.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #7

Join local advocacy groups to discuss relaunch strategies and what is needed to get events, artistic endeavors, and festivals back up and running. The next lunch has been rescheduled to May 6, 2021.


Anti-Racism Statement

We need to confront racism every day. At Calgary Arts Development, we stand firmly against these racist acts and will act in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, Asian, and people of colour.


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Good Friday. All staff will be off on April 2, 2021. Have a good and safe break!


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Lalit Jain

Lalit Jain believes yoga provides an avenue to tap into the abundant creativity that resides within each of us, unifying body, breath, and mind.

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Gayathri Shukla

Gayathri Shukla knows the importance of storytelling and how story crafting allows her to be her authentic self. Tune into this week’s podcast to hear her story.

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Episode 16

Join Adora Nwofor for another celebration of creative Calgarians who live their most authentic lives while making our city so vibrant.

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#yycLCL March 2021

Using the unique attributes of watercolour on canvas to her advantage, Linnea Martina’s intention is to spark personal recollections in the viewer.

Karen Begg and Adora Nwofor in the Studio West Bronze Foundry, working on a bronze chicken statue

Episode 15

Join Adora Nwofor and meet some uniquely talented Calgarians who are taking their creativity to new heights by diversifying and sharing their skills.

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Kayla Browne

Kayla Browne decided that if the choice was to blend in to get along or to take a stand, she was going make architecture a brighter place.

Julie Freedman Smith in front of a snowy Max Bell Arena

Episode 14

Join Adora Nwofor to celebrate those Calgarians who follow inspiration and pursue passion to enjoy the benefits of living creatively.

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Colin Menzies

Talking about their practice and projects in the worlds of mental health and creativity, tune in to learn about leaning into the arts as a way of wellness.

Yukichi Hattori putting on stage make-up

Episode 13

Join Adora Nwofor as we celebrate those Calgarians living their most creative lives along whatever avenue they’re fueled to follow.

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Mariya Stokes

Combining social consciousness with her artistic career, Mariya Stokes is a local musician and songwriter who cares deeply about her community.

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

We are so delighted about this collaboration between dana_prather and rosemary.m7 🌸

They’re working with other super rad artists on Good Grief! as part of Downstage's #StageIt program. Find out more about their #PodPlay on our website (link in bio). Dana and Rosemary began with Downstage as Student Ambassadors in 2019! Now, they’re with us as they create this "personal exploration of what it means to grieve", which will be available online in June. Stay tuned for details about accessing this new work.

"Dana and Rosemary put the fun in funeral!"

Creative Team

Dana Prather, Creator/ Performer

Rosemary Morrison, Creator/ Performer

Lauren Han, Dramaturg

Liz Page, Sound Designer

photo of Dana by Isabella Morton
photo of Rosemary by Tim Nguyen

#Mohkinstsis #yycarts #yyclcl #yyctheatre #GoodGrief #NewWork #NewPlayDevelopment #EmergingArtists #FreshWork

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“JUST KEEP SWIMMIN’” has SOLD. Byron the Grizzly will be shipped to his new home this weekend. ...

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Turbulence. What a week! Holding onto the big picture took some effort. And daily walks. ...

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Warrior 2/3. Don’t be fooled, she’d kill you as soon as look at you; and not break a sweat.

#fantasyart #comicbookart #amazonwarrior #conceptart #concept #drawing #pencildrawing #realisim #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artofinstagram #calgaryartist #calgaryart #yycartist #yycart #yyclcl

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