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Individual Artist Program

Designed to support the artist’s overall practice, this request for proposals opens July 1, 2019.

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Operating Grant Program

Current recipients can apply for an additional one-year increase. OG+ applications are due June 28, 2019.

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City-Builder Program

Funding for the City-Builder Program has been combined with the OG+ Program for 2019.

List a Space. Find a Space. For Free.

SpaceFinder Alberta

SpaceFinder links organizations with space to rent with those who need space. Its free to list and free to search.

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Arts in Action

Arts in Action YYC captures stories and data about how arts build a city. Read and share at


What's On in Calgary

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

#EverydayQueeros by illustrator Caanan Grall and colourist Ellie Pickett

Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival

Embracing, sharing, and celebrating queer voices, Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival kicks off this week with films, documentaries, shorts, panels, live performances, a family-friendly bike ride, and so much more.

A postcard for Create – Calgary's New Children's Festival


There’s a new festival in town and it’s all about sparking a love of art in Calgary’s youngest citizens. Create is an interactive, multidisciplinary event for families that provides opportunities for the audience to engage with the arts.

Shellie Zhang's No MSG (In Memory of Lee Garden) is a neon sign with MSG crossed out by a red circle and line

Free This Week

Do you need to refresh the bank account after the long weekend but still want to go out and have fun? Thanks to Calgary’s arts community you can do just that! This week offers a bunch of incredible opportunities to hit up for free.

A poster for The Hamlet Frequency from The Shakespeare Company

The Hamlet Frequency

Hamlet has never ceased pacing his way through time, one step after another to his inexorable end. The Shakespeare Company closes out its all-Hamlet season with this cutting-edge performance.

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Free This Week

If you’re staying in town this week you are in luck! There’s no shortage of events to check out and a whole swath of them are free. Hit up readings, parties, and so much more, here’s what we’re checking out around Calgary.

A photo of the cast of The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare

The Invisible

The story of an elite team of spies made up of the unlikeliest of agents—six irrepressible young women assembled by a Canadian millionaire and tasked to help fight Hitler’s armies—don’t miss this spy noir musical.

Madeleine Lamon’s Effloresce 4

May Exhibitions

May not only brings a fresh batch of visual arts events for you to check out, it also offers the opportunity to see some of Calgary’s most anticipated shows of the year. You won’t want to miss these fabulous events.



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.

Arts Professionals Survey

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.


Our Framework

A sustainable and resilient arts sector

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Strategic Framework

In 2018, City Council approved a transformational increase to Calgary Arts Development’s base grant from the current $6.4M to $12.4M in 2019 and an additional $1M added to the base each year until 2022.



Engagement Session

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Living a Creative Life arts development strategy. Join us for an engaging research workshop on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 5:30 to 8:30pm.


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on May 20, 2019 for Victoria Day. We hope you have a fun and relaxing May long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on May 21.


OG+ Deadline Change

In consultation with the organizations in the Operating Grant Program, Calgary Arts Development has decided to move the deadline for the OG+ Program up by one month to June 28, 2019.


Share Your Best Images

Did you receive funding from Calgary Arts Development in 2018? If so, we want to share your best photos. Images must be print resolution, have caption and credit information, and be from 2018.


Chair and Board Members

Be responsible for actively participating in the effective oversight and governance of Calgary Arts Development, we’re looking for new board members. Please forward your resume in confidence by May 3, 2019.


Downtown Calgary Arts Spaces

Did you know when you walk down Stephen Avenue, you are just steps away from some of Calgary’s most intriguing arts spaces? Join us for a Jane’s Walk around downtown Calgary on May 4, 2019.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

A photo of JD Derbyshire

JD Derbyshire

An artist, writer, educator, and inclusive designer, JD Derbyshire’s background gives her unique tools to look at the complexity of the world.

A photo of Rita Sirignano

Rita Sirignano

Sometimes, the route through a creative life takes a couple twists and turns that the person living it didn’t see coming—like Rita Sirignano’s.

Detail of a painting by Rachael Gingell

#yycLCL March 2019

Rachael Gingell has discovered that allowing the creative to take root and thrive in life takes more than an aptitude, desire or interest.

Summer Dreams – Pillars of Humanity hangs in the Genesis Centre


This Forest Lawn-based arts company uses the tools of creativity to stitch together a community out of a lot of young people who may feel alone.

A portrait of Samuel Obadero

Samuel Obadero

Samuel Obadero is a skilled lifestyle photographer and a strong new voice for social advocacy in the city. Tune in to hear more about how Calgary became his home.

Thundering Nations International on stage for Our Canada, Our Story

Our Canada, Our Story

How do you grow a community out of a world full of different ones? For Action Dignity, it means working with more than 70 different cultural communities.

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