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City-Builder Program

Applications are now open for the April 29, 2019 deadline. Contact program staff to arrange a meeting.

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Organizational Access Program

Providing equitable access to operational funding, Letters of Intent are due May 10, 2019, 4:30pm MST.

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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

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April Exhibitions

A new month means a fresh batch of visual arts events for you to hit up. April always brings a bunch of awesome exhibitions to check out alongside a ton of show and sales, pop-ups, and much more.

A poster for Alchemy: Festival of Student Work at the University of Calgary


A celebration of dance, drama, music, and interdisciplinary performance, the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts’ festival of student work unites disciplines for a collaborative program.

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Free This Week

Looking for something fun and free to do this week? Calgary’s arts community has you covered with a bunch of awesome events! Check out book launches, screenings, Earth Hour celebrations, and more.

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Not a battle of sexes but a battle of sexual orientation, Cock tells the story of a gay man who unexpectedly falls for a woman. This award-winning work makes its Calgary debut with Artists’ Collective Theatre.

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HAMLET: A Ghost Story

Rediscover the spirit of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and join The Shakespeare Company, Hit & Myth, and Vertigo Theatre for this macabre re-imagining of one of the Bard’s greatest works.

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Free This Week

From storytellers to openings to the YYC Free Market, the first week of spring brings a ton of fresh opportunities to expand your circle and your mind. Get out of the house and checkout these awesome events.

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March Exhibitions

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

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Win Tickets to Crucifixus

Celebrate the upcoming Easter season with the Calgary Bach Choir as it performs reflective and joyful music in the gorgeous setting of Knox United Church. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets.



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 2017

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.


Mayor's Lunch

Celebrating Calgary's Arts Champions

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2019 Recap

On March 13, 2019, 650 Calgarians from all sectors gathered to recognize and celebrate the many ways that they champion the arts in our city. Congratulations to the recipients of the Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. 



Project Grant Program – Organizations

Applying to the Project Grant Program as an organization? Calgary Arts Development has updated the guidelines and is offering two information sessions.


Cultural Directory

Calgary Arts Development has taken over The City of Calgary’s Cultural Directory and is looking for updated information about various organizations in order to better serve Calgarians.


Artist Directory

Calgary Arts Development is creating an artist directory for Calgary and is looking for information about your practice. Interested in this free listing opportunity? Fill out this handy form or contact us for details.


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 for Family Day. We hope you have a fun and relaxing long weekend with your friends and family.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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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.

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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.

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The Film Centre

The tone of the articles told one story. The data told another. The Calgary Film Centre generated $178 million in spinoff economic activity in 2017 alone.

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#yycLCL January 2019

Calgary-based actor, writer, and director Christi Dos Santos-Wing shared this photo of her script. Just Ask is currently in production through Herland.

Project participant David Munoz introduces his interpretive experience of Lougheed House

Lougheed House

How do you connect a museum to its community? That’s the question the people who run Lougheed House ask a lot these days.

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Patti Pon

We’re pleased to be expanding our Storytelling Project into the realm of oral tradition with the first edition of The Storytelling Podcast.

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Cheryl Foggo

Cheryl Foggo has been published and produced extensively as a journalist, screenwriter, poet, playwright, and writer of fiction and non-fiction.

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Paige K Boudreau

Filmmaker Paige K Boudreau began her career as an editor, cutting lifestyle TV among other projects and is always looking for the next interesting collaboration.

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Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson is an artist and musician from Calgary. Known as an old-time banjoist and singer/songwriter, her debut album drops in April 2019.

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