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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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Short-Term Relief Funding

Applications for this program have been closed as of the first assessment cut off date.

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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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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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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.

Kensington Sinfonia performs in the Village Brewery Taproom for Village Sessions

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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March Exhibitions

Another busy month for the visual arts community, March brings a huge variety of exhibitions, pop-ups, show and sales, workshops, talks, and much more. Grab your calendar and plan to fill it with these great events.

The audience and performers at the Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture

Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture

One of Alberta’s premier Black History Month celebrations, Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture is a not-to-be-missed showcase of diverse cultural displays in an all-inclusive environment.



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.


New Report

Calgary Economic Development


Information About COVID-19

Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about how to prepare for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from our colleagues in the arts sector.


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 April 10, 2020 for Good Friday.


COVID-19 Calgary Arts Sector Town Hall

Please join us at 3:00pm MDT on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 for a virtual town hall meeting with Calgary Arts Development President & CEO, Patti Pon.


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.

Lanre Ajayi points at his poppy at the Remembrance Day at Memorial Park

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.

Lanre Ajayi at Beakerhead


An exhibition of awe-inspiring artworks, and contemporary curiosities, join Lanre Ajayi for a look at Beakerhead’s Spectacle.

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

Introducing… "LIGHTS UP!: A Shoutout to our Creative Community Partners”. ___________________________________
Here at Springboard Performance, we are called to be part of a larger community and to find solace in each other during these unprecedented times. We have benefitted greatly from our creative community partnerships and would love to share with others how much we appreciate their continuous support and love.
Stay tuned for our first #LightsUp shout-out coming tomorrow across all our social media platforms! ✨✨

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Another excellent & timely carfacab offering this evening, via webinar: Art As a Vehicle to Connect Communities. Thank you Mark & Risa! #communityart #socialpracticeart #carfac #yyclcl ...

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