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Operating Grant Increase

Applications are now open for Operating Grant funding increases. Apply by July 6, 2020.

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Information About COVID-19

Pertinent information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the Calgary arts sector.

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Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is continuing to monitor and assess the impact of COVID-19.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Online Offerings

With Calgary working hard to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, the local arts community is making sure we all stay connected to art, artists, and creative ideas. Check out these upcoming online events.

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Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival

As the 22nd annual Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival opens, things are going to look a bit different. For starters, it’s taking place in your own living room! You can even watch 38 LGBTQIA2S+ stories from 14 countries.

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International Jazz Days Festival

Get ready, one jazzy party is about to begin in your own home! Moving into the digital sphere, Calgary’s own JazzYYC collective is heading online with this month-long festival in partnership with Jazz Home Delivery.

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Free This Week

It’s the last full week of winter and it feels like spring weather is just around the corner—so inject some fun into your week and check out these awesome free events. We’re looking forward to exploring gallery openings, lunch hour concerts, and more!

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Arod Quartet

Described as the leading light of the young generation of string quartets, Calgary Pro Musica is proud to present the local premiere of the Paris-based Arod Quartet for the only Canadian stop on the group’s current world tour.

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The Festival Chorus on stage

No Business Like Show Business

With a collection of popular hits from Broadway and Hollywood told through the tried-and-true classical lens of The Festival Chorus, No Business Like Show Business is a fun nod to film and musical theatre.

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Men Express Their Feelings

A lightning speed comedy that takes us to a community hockey rink, grab your tickets to the rollicking world premiere production of Sunny Drake’s new work. These 90 hilarious minutes redefine what it means to win.

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Village Session with Nia Devetzis

The Kensington Sinfonia Village Session at the Village Brewery Taproom features the unlikely combination of a string quartet paired with a rotating guest artist and, of course, beer!

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Free This Week

Looking for a way to get out and about without breaking the bank? Calgary’s arts community always has great free events to check out and this week gives you the chance to explore galleries, hear music, and so much more.

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Research

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.

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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.

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Announcements

BounceBack YYC

Calgary Arts Development is excited to be partnering with BounceBack YYC, an initiative to support local community organizations and businesses through this difficult time. Learn more and join in.

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Casting Call

Bamboo Shoots, in association with Calgary Arts Development, is looking for a dynamic person to host a web series that celebrates creative living in Calgary. Submit your short video by May 29, 2020.

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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.

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Share Your Best Images

Did you receive funding from Calgary Arts Development in 2019? If so, we want to share your best photos. Images must be print resolution, have caption and credit information, and be from 2019.

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Long Weekend

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be taking a long weekend. All staff will be off on May 18, 2020 for Victoria Day.

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Rozsa Foundation COVID-19 Programs

Calgary Arts Development joins the Rozsa Foundation and Calgary Foundation in a key partnership to help the arts to find new ways to connect with audiences.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Louise Day

Always writing about meaning and purpose as an aging senior, Louise Day is the president and producer of the Seniors Acting Lab.

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Brad Simm

For Brad Simm, the secret ingredient to living a creative life might come down to something he describes as “dirty sound.”

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#yycLCL December 2019

Helen Hajnoczky shared this awesome photo of her practicing on a little Dorothy loom. Read on to learn about her weaving journey and family connections.

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Remembrance Day

Visiting the ceremony at Calgary’s Memorial Park, My City Speaks To Me took a moment to reflect on the day’s meaning and capture some of the traditions.

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

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// CALL FOR BIPOC ARTISTS - MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET // ⠀
Produced by Springboard Performance, featuring Joshua Whitehead (jwhitehead204)⠀

The MAKING LOVE WITH THE LAND ONLINE CABARET is a series of online performances inspired by Joshua Whitehead’s forthcoming book "Making with Love With the Land" in which artists will explore selected excerpts of the book and creation in a post-pandemic world. This will consist of an online creation and development process beginning in June and ending in September, with all works presented online during the 2020 Fluid Festival, October 14-24, 2020. Artists will be able to connect with the writer, mentors, dramaturgs, and other participating artists throughout this process via online means, including correspondence via email and video calls, as scheduling and accessibility to these platforms permits. Springboard Performance staff will help coordinate online platform access and training throughout the developmental and presenting periods. ⠀

We are seeking 8 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) artists from all arts disciplines to interpret and be inspired by a section of Joshua Whitehead’s “Making Love with the Land.” Works will be presented online in performance slots between 5-10 minutes in length. Joshua Whitehead will select the excerpts of writing, and may read selections live as a part of the online performance. Artistic mentorship and online training and support will be provided. Artists are invited to suggest potential mentors and writers they wish to work with.⠀

While BIPOC artists located anywhere are encouraged to apply, attention will be given to invest in Western Canadian artists. Selected artists will represent a broad range of experience with representation of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. ⠀

Contributing artists will be selected by Joshua Whitehead in consultation with Springboard Performance and developmental and presentation practices will be developed to best support live performance artists and artistic creation in times of physical distancing. (CONTINUED IN THE COMMENTS)
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// Nicole Mion’s 5 Bold Ideas// ⠀



In March/April 2020, rozsafoundation's Rozsa Executive Arts Leadership (REAL) participants shared their final presentations online instead of in-person. Each REAL participant was to identify 5 BOLD ideas to address a complex issue that they are facing in their arts organization, which was then elevated to an arts-sector issue. A complex issue can be defined as an issue that has multiple perspectives, multiple parts, and multiple solutions. Specific to this year, the participants developed 4 of the 5 BOLD ideas prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 5th idea became an idea related to the COVID-19 situation. ⠀ ⠀


Our Artistic Director & Executive Producer, Nicole Mion explored the complex issue: "How can the arts re-imagine and respond to the changing political and economic landscape?" Nicole’s 5 BOLD IDEAS focus on both crisis and optimism: a shifting from what art is, to what art does. She hopes that her five bold ideas can encourage us to develop our cultural inter-connectedness that defines us as a city, region, or country. She believes we need to consider how we express without fear of failure, how we inhabit and respect the land, how we cultivate our distinct creative perspective, and how we enhance our cultural contexts and networks as a means to thrive. ⠀

To read more about Nicole's 5 Bold Ideas, we invite you to take a closer look at Sam Hester's wonderful illustration and see their slides.⠀ You can also watch the presentation at the LINK IN OUR BIO.
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TOMORROW we have another Iso-PLAY-tion with Claire and Nova Lea! Join them for an hour of fun drama centred activities. ⁠⠀
Registration closes tomorrow morning at 10am MST. Ages 9-12. Link in bio.⁠⠀
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