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Relaunch Lunch

Join RISE UP Calgary for its first virtual event on November 5, 2020. Register today.

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Accountability & Impact Report

Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. Learn all about our 2019.

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Cultural Vitality Fund

Donate to Calgary Arts Foundation’s new fund and help support Calgary’s artists and arts workers.

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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Deer Woman

Lila, one missing girl’s big sister, refuses to stand idly by. A solo-warrior-woman story of righteous vengeance that asks audiences to re-imagine justice, join Downstage as it offers the Turtle Island premiere of ARTICLE 11’s Deer Woman.

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Series

Starting small and gradually building toward the day when it can have all 66 musicians back together onstage, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra goes digital for this new series.

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Calgary International Film Festival

Bringing together more than 175 films, Calgary International Film Festival features a lineup of the year’s most ground-breaking and must-see movies with a unique hybrid model.

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Explore the electric connection between our senses and the imagination, and join Ghost River Theatre for a surprising experience tailored for these unexpected times. SensoryBox takes blindfolded audiences on a tactile adventure.

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Wordfest 25@25

A virtual extravaganza featuring 13 never-before-done conversations between some of Canada’s most famous and compelling authors, Wordfest knocks it out of the park with its landmark 25th anniversary fall festival.

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Spring Awakening

A season opening that looks and feels very different, StoryBook Theatre isn’t letting COVID-19 stop its upcoming production of Spring Awakening. The show explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion.

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Win a Copy of Sea Dreams

Calgary’s professional chamber choir Luminous Voices is celebrating the release of its newest album, Sea Dreams. Coming from Leaf Music, enter before 12:00pm on August 4, 2020 for a chance to win a copy.

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Canada Day

It might feel a bit different but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Canada Day with amazing local talent and incredible events! Canada Day goes online thanks to offers from The City of Calgary, Fort Calgary, and the Calgary Public Library.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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COVID-19 Impact Survey

In May 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts organizations in Calgary to better understand and plan for the COVID-19 disruption to the arts, culture, and creative industries.

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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.


Wave 2 Results

The New Experience Economy

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Future of Calgary’s Live Experience Economy

Stone-Olafson is supporting experience-based organizations with timely research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic. The second wave of results is now available.



RISE UP Calgary Relaunch Lunches

Are you someone working in the arts or the hospitality industry who is looking for ways to collaborate amid the COVID-19 pandemic?


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.


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 October 12, 2020 for Thanksgiving.


Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

Our next anti-racism town hall on October 7, 2020 acts as a wrap-up to the series of conversations we have hosted over the summer and what we are thinking about as we move forward. Register now.


Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

With a focus on the distinction of allyship versus accompliceship, and community care, Calgary Arts Development hosted our latest town hall on August 26, 2020. Watch the recording.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Episode 8

Join Adora Nwofor and explore different methods of self-expression. From murals to illustrations to Lego, tune in to see what drives people to create.

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Aya Mhana

The recipient of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award, Aya Mhana is a Syrian-born singer, songwriter, and oud player.

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Episode 7

Filling in for Adora Nwofor, join Scott Henderson as he introduces us to a group of Calgarians who share the drive and passion to create.

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Ebony R. Gooden

With a unique voice that has intersectionality layers, Ebony R. Gooden is the only Black Deaf artist in Calgary. She is an artist, filmmaker, and activist.

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Emmanuel Ho

Emmanuel Ho is an animator and experimental filmmaker based out of Calgary. His describes himself as a bit of a “discovery” artist.

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Episode 6

Going for a deep dive in unexpected times, join Adora Nwofor as she explores how Calgarians are expressing themselves creatively in new ways.

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Dj Stagez

Dj Stagez began his eclectic artist career combining spoken word, dancing, and drumming. He works to showcase the remarkable legacy of Black people.

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Laura Anzola

Working with animation, new media arts, and design, Laura Anzola has always been fascinated with images and has led her to work with visual arts.

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We had a lovely conversation with dear artist, Stephanie Damus, visual artist. Please follow her page to view more of her artworks coming up soon!

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I’ve known joececindp for about as long as I’ve been in Calgary. 25 years. My wife and I got married 25 years ago. Joe entered the political arena 25 years ago. Here’s to 1995! Congratulations to Joe and thanks for fighting for the little guys and gals of Alberta. You are a man of integrity. #25for25 #yyc #albertalegislature #yyclcl #yycartist ...

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I’ve known joececindp for about as long as I’ve been in Calgary. 25 years. My wife and I got married 25 years ago. Joe entered the political arena 25 years ago. Here’s to 1995! Congratulations to Joe and thanks for fighting for the little guys and gals of Alberta. You are a man of integrity. #25for25 #yyc #albertalegislature #yyclcl #yycartist ...

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Today from 2-5 rubertoostberggallery
Come and take a gander and the amazing visual storytelling group art show!
Running until November 13.
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Take a moment to RESET.
I’m a big believer in the power of colour and the positive impact of surrounding yourself with art.
Colour trends tell us a lot about what’s happening in the world, so I’m always watching to see what the trends mean for the coming year and how I can incorporate them into my art.
benjaminmoore just released their colour of the year 2021, Aegean Teal. The colour is meant to be intriguing , balanced, and deeply soothing. I think we could all do with a sense of calm!

#seethelove #colourtrends2021 #benjaminmoore #colortrends2021 #contemporaryart #artoftheday #artwork #modernart #instaartist #yyc

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