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Project Grant Program

Applications are now open for the Project Grant Program for Organizations. Submit before July 12, 2021.

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What's On in Calgary

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

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Online This Month

As Alberta steps closer to reopening a lot of questions remain. But whether you’re ready to go out and about or content to stay at home a bit longer, Calgary’s arts community is stepping up with tons of virtual events this month.

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Online This Month

From Mother’s Day offerings to fantastic festivals, this month brings another batch of digital offerings for you to explore! Calgary’s amazing arts community continues to have a ton of online shows and events to check out so stay home and stay safe.

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Calgary Underground Film Festival

With 10 days of cutting-edge cinema and inspired special events coming straight to your home, the 18th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival provides the thrills that you have come to expect!

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Online This Month

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel with warmer weather ahead and vaccines rolling out but we’re not quite there yet. Thankfully, Calgary’s arts community has a ton of digital offerings for you to explore this April making it easy to stay safe.

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Online This Month

March 2020 saw Calgary’s theatres go dark, music venues go quiet, and all sorts of planned offerings cancelled indefinitely. But, a year into COVID-19 restrictions, Calgary’s arts community continues to adapt and put on events for you to explore.

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Chinook Blast

Launching a new festival during a global pandemic and a polar vortex might seem like an impossible task, but for more than 30 local programming partners, it’s a challenge that epitomizes the can-do Calgary spirit.

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Online This Month

There might be a chill in the air but you don’t have to bundle up to enjoy these offerings as Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out awesome online events. Go digital and check out these great shows this February!

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Online This Month

With a new year and an ongoing fight to bend the curve, Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out quality content—just digitally instead of in person—and you can tune in all month long. Check out these great online events this January!

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The Yuletide Sessions

Working within the ongoing challenges that the performing arts sector is facing due to COVID-19, Calgary Opera is celebrating its first entry into the realm of digital programming with this virtual holiday concert. Tune in!

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Research

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.

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Wave 5 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 fifth wave of results is now available.

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Announcements

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.

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Summer Hours

Calgary Arts Development will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August, as well as July 1 for Canada Day and August 2 for Heritage Day. Explore our events calendar and start planning.

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We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a number of new full-time positions. Please review each posting closely before applying. We are hoping to fill each position over the summer.

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Sara Bateman Is Moving On

Some big changes here at Calgary Arts Development—Sara Bateman will be leaving her role as Director, Community Investment and Impact. Her last day in the office will be June 30, 2021.

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We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a number of new full-time positions. Please review each posting closely before applying. We are hoping to fill each position over the summer.

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Artists and Entrepreneurship

Can a thriving art practice and forays into entrepreneurship coexist? Join a panel of working artists as they explore what it means to be a self-employed artist and the tensions they navigate along the way.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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#yycLCL May 2021

Chad Budyk is an award-winning strength and conditioning coach but, in his free time he likes to make pictures. These are some of his tools.

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Episode 18

Observing National Indigenous History Month, we are pleased to share this very special episode of Living a Creative Life featuring Aisinna’kiiks.

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Alex Sarian

Coming to Calgary via New York City, Alex Sarian has worked with artists and arts organizations in 15 countries spanning five continents.

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Episode 17

Back for another week, join Adora Nwofor as she shares stories of those pursuing their inspiration and living their most authentic lives.

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Lalit Jain

Lalit Jain believes yoga provides an avenue to tap into the abundant creativity that resides within each of us, unifying body, breath, and mind.

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Gayathri Shukla

Gayathri Shukla knows the importance of storytelling and how story crafting allows her to be her authentic self. Tune into this week’s podcast to hear her story.

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Episode 16

Join Adora Nwofor for another celebration of creative Calgarians who live their most authentic lives while making our city so vibrant.

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#yycLCL March 2021

Using the unique attributes of watercolour on canvas to her advantage, Linnea Martina’s intention is to spark personal recollections in the viewer.

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Karen Begg and Adora Nwofor in the Studio West Bronze Foundry, working on a bronze chicken statue

Episode 15

Join Adora Nwofor and meet some uniquely talented Calgarians who are taking their creativity to new heights by diversifying and sharing their skills.

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Kayla Browne

Kayla Browne decided that if the choice was to blend in to get along or to take a stand, she was going make architecture a brighter place.

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

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