Our annual Report to Community takes place on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. | We hope you will join us at Studio Theatre at cSpace King Edward for this free event!

Report to Community 2022

You’re invited to attend Calgary Arts Development’s annual Report to Community on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.  

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Assessor Nominations

Calgary Arts Development seeks artists, arts workers, and community members to serve as peer assessors.

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Artist Development Microgrant

Applications are open for the Artist Development Microgrant. The second intake closes on July 4, 2022.

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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!

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Operating Grant Increase

Current Operating Grant clients can submit a letter of intent for this program before April 4, 2022.

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Project Grant Program

Applications are open for individuals and collectives. Submit by April 19, 2022.

What's On in Calgary

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

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Summer Festivals

It’s officially outdoor festival season in Calgary. From live music to comedy to film, there’s a ton of action over the next few months, so get out there and experience everything summer in the city has to offer!

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Free This Week

Summer is upon us! This week, check out an Indigenous artisan market, participate in a public art tour, enjoy an afternoon of live entertainment by a global cast of performers, and more!

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Free This Week

This week might be a rainy one, but it’s also packed with free things to see and do! With visual arts, literary and music performances, plus a brand-new film festival, there’s a lot worth heading out there for!

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June Exhibitions

Summer is around the corner and Calgary’s visual arts community is busy making things happen.  From gallery exhibitions to art sales to hands-on workshops, there are tons of things to see and do. Read on to find out what’s on this June.

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Free This Week

It’s a bit of a quieter week as we inch closer to summer, but there’s still a few free offerings from ProArts Society, Truck Contemporary Art, the NMC for Senior’s Week, and more! Get planning and get out there!

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Free This Week

June is here and with the promise of summer, it’s the perfect time to scope out what’s happening around town. Check out a selection of events for Empathy Week, live music concerts by ProArts and Youth Singers of Calgary, and the much-awaited return of Lilac Festival. There’s lots to do!

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Bringing Power to Truth

Bringing Power to Truth Part 1: Artists Grappling Stolen Land, Stolen Lives and Stolen Labour is an Unconference co-designed with community engagement facilitated by the CI during their monthly Chat & Chew meetings.

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Free This Week

May comes to a close with all the things you love to do this time of year! Check out a spring pottery sale, wander an outdoor night market in Calgary’s hippest new north-west neighbourhood, and or hit up a Korean cultural celebration. There’s all that and more in this week’s round-up of free events. Start planning and see what Calgary’s arts have on offer!

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Free This Week

As we’re graced with May’s warm embrace, take advantage by checking out arts events around town. This week, National accessArts Centre takes over various venues, TRAction launches their #climateartweb network, and the Puppet Power: Festival of Ideas kicks off. That’s not all — check out the full list of free offerings and mark your calendars!



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. 

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Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts professionals to better understand their status in Calgary. Download the full report to learn more.


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.



You’re Invited: Report to Community

Join us for a report of our arts activities in 2021, a community conversation about why the arts matter and where we are now, and an opportunity to meet some of our staff.


We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is currently recruiting for a permanent full-time position. Please read the posting carefully and apply by June 22, 2022, for best consideration.


Calgary Arts Development Board Candidates

Calgary Arts Development is seeking new members for our board of directors to provide insight and foresight to the organization in support of the arts in Calgary for the benefit of all Calgarians.


Shaw Pride Marches On

Shaw, in partnership with Calgary Pride, The City of Calgary, and Calgary Arts Development, seeks the participation of four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams with public art experience.


Calgary Celebrates New Poet Laureate

Known as one of Canada’s most powerful professional performance poets, Wakefield Brewster was named Calgary’s sixth Poet Laureate today.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Jyotsna Vaidee

Jyotsna Vaidee uses an ancient form of classical dance to bring her creativity to life, bringing original music and poetry into her productions to create socially relevant dance works.

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Callie B. Elwayns 

Executive coach, mentor, somatic movement educator, storyteller, and performer Callie B. Elwayns helps women step into their voice and own their story in order to realize their full potential.

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Jaspreet Singh

In the 15 years that he has been based in Alberta, Jaspreet Singh has been inspired by the mountains, and written novels, short stories, personal essays, and poems, in addition to his most recent works.

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Vandy Midha

Vandy Midha has found a way to transform her creative life into a thriving small businessk, helping to make Calgary spaces more creative and beautiful while supporting the careers of local artists.

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Episode 28

This month, planner, author, and artist Ashley Bristowe dreams of building a city that nurtures creatives, calligrapher Simon Wong shares how his art has evolved, playwright Sable Sweetgrass explores self-discovery through storytelling, and artistic director Stafford Arima talks about the importance of taking risks.

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Pam Tzeng

Dancer, choreographer, multidisciplinary artist and maker, Pam Tzeng is a community organizer with work focusing on transformational change, equity diversity and accessibility in the arts sector.

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Barbara Amos

Calgary artist, social innovator, and teacher Barbara Amos uses art to tackle political issues and view community through a new set of eyes. Her latest project helps older people explore their creative lives. 

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Staci Duchene

Artist and activist Staci Duchene talks about how traditional beadwork has been passed down through her family, and what inspires her about the future of Indigenous artists.

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Episode 27

For National Poetry Month, tune in to this episode and have some fun with an established poet, find healing through story, and see poetry in action.

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Sayonara Cunha

Community Liaison Sayonara Cunha explores resources and connections to support artists, and discovers her own creative practices during the pandemic.

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Episode 26

An old school art form gets an update, an artist finds herself in her paintings, and a theatre collective is revived to feed souls. Tune in this week!

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Sandi Somers

Award-winning filmmaker and director, theatre maker, and mentor, Sandi Somers brings her artistic experiences together to create and to inspire.

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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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