Original Peoples Investment Program | Calgary Arts Development

Applications Open

Applications open September 5, 2022 for the Original Peoples Investment Program.  

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2022 Celebration for the Arts

Join Mayor Jyoti Gondek for a celebration of outstanding achievement in the arts on November 4, 2022.

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Stay up-to-date with what we’re working on and what’s going on in Calgary—sign up for our weekly newsletter!

Accountability & Impact Report 2021

Report to Community 2022

As the recovery from COVID continues, more than 4 million people took part in 20,000+ arts activities in 2021.  

What's On in Calgary

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

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Free This Week

Be sure to check out some of the really cool free events happening this week. From live music concerts to an astonishing mash-up of art and science, you’ll definitely want to get out there!

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Wordfest’s Imaginairium

Calgarians are invited to come alive again at Wordfest’s Imaginairium, a lively literary festival featuring more than 60 of the world’s best writers in 40+ events crafted to spark connection. 

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Free This Week

Whether you choose to tour artist studios, hit up a block party or attend an Alberta Culture Days celebration, this week brings a whole swath of free arts events ranging from live concerts to literary celebrations!

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September Exhibitions

September is bursting with visual art for you to enjoy! Between new and ongoing exhibitions and the odd market or sale, Calgary’s visual artists are creating some incredible work. Head on over to a gallery near you!

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Free This Week

There’s plenty to do in Calgary this week with new exhibition openings, film screenings and festivals, as well as a whole slew of free concerts and events in celebration of Country Music Week and Alberta Culture Days.

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Country Music Week

Country Music Week showcases diverse and talented artists from Calgary and across Canada, with programming including performances, Fanfest, the Off-Country Music Festival and more.

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Free This Week

From lectures to live music and networking events — not to mention all the Calgary Pride festivities — you will find no shortage of free events to explore around town this week. Read our weekly round-up to see what Calgary’s arts have on offer!

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Free This Week

Enjoy free workshops at the Woezo Africa Cultural Festival, discover Squonk with Arts Commons and listen to Joshua Whitehead at Wordfest! If that’s not enough, there’s tons of live music across Calgary this week – get on out there!



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. 


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.



We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a full-time Public Art Engagement Specialist position. Apply by September 9, 2022 for best consideration.


Shaw Pride Marches On

Shaw sought the participation of four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams with public art experience to create four temporary art mural installations. Congratulations to the artists selected.


Watch the 2021 Report to Community

Missed attending our Report to Community in person? Watch a video recording detailing our arts activities in 2021 and looking ahead to what’s next, presented by President & CEO Patti Pon.


Call to Artists: Centre City Banners

Calgary Arts Development and The City of Calgary invite artists to apply to design banner artworks to be installed on streetlight poles on six bridges and streets in the downtown area. Note: Applications are now closed.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Troy Emery Twigg

A dancer and choreographer, Troy Emery Twigg was always fascinated by the movement of the body as a means of expression, but it took some time before he started using the art form to tell his own stories.

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Episode 32

This month, explore a Two-Spirit mural in Kensington, celebrate a songwriter’s country roots, catch up with Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society and celebrate local filmmakers at CIFF.

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Mary Grace Linton

After discovering a love of arts in high school, this maker finds joy and satisfaction in painting, paper crafts and playing with Lego. Now she hopes to inspire other to embrace their creativity as well.

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Kevin Littlelight

Indigenous film director and writer Kevin Littlelight’s creative journey involved some difficult choices in an effort to pursue a rewarding career in filmmaking.

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Episode 31

Discover how NUTV provides students with media skills to explore filmmaking, how a local visual artist draws from her roots and meditates on family, and meet a talented composer telling stories through songwriting.

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Melanee Murray-Hunt

A prolific and talented actor, Melanee Murray-Hunt’s creative journey has spanned a career in theatre, television, film, as well as working for social change within the arts.

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Adrian Stimson

A member of the Siksika Nation, interdisciplinary artist Adrian Stimson says his creative journey started when he was a child, but it took a long time before he considered himself a professional artist.

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Episode 30

Learn how a young comic book artist explores his creativity, how a local singer shares her enthusiasm for music, and discover a musical collaboration that will whet your appetite.

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Brandy Dahrouge

Brandy Dahrouge regards public art as a reflection of how we see ourselves and the world, a commentary on the time that we’re in, and a coming together of artist and community.

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Episode 29

Learn about The Grappling and the anti-racist work that is being done within the arts sector by the cultural instigators in this month’s episode of Living a Creative Life.

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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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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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