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Assessor Nomination

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

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Honouring the Children

Applications to this program are ongoing, and there is no deadline to apply.

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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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Free This Week

There are no shortage of events happening this holiday season, and here are some options for you to check out for free this week! From festivals and online talks to live and in-person concerts, there’s something for everyone.

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The romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey across America at last! Broadway Across Canada is giving away a double pass to attend the show’s opening night. Enter for your chance to see Anastasia.

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Free This Week

The leaves might be mostly off the trees but Calgary’s arts community has plenty of colourful options for you to check out for free this week! From powerful, online theatre productions to live and in-person concerts, there’s something for everyone.

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October Exhibitions

While autumn is in full swing, the month of October always brings a plethora of visual arts programming to Calgary’s arts community. From new shows and workshops to a ton of socially distanced show and sales, there’s so much to see!

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Free This Week

A new week brings some serious change as September wraps up and October sees a bunch of new and free events to check out. From concerts to talks to art shows, get out of the house this week and explore these offerings.

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Calgary International Film Festival

Bringing together more than 175 films in-person and 60 virtually online, Calgary International Film Festival offers a lineup of the year’s most ground-breaking and must-see movies in a hybrid formula.

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Free This Week

Despite some cancellations and postponements, the first week of fall brings a plethora of free arts and culture events to check out including book launches, outdoor concerts, workshops, and so much more. Plan to check these out!

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Free This Week

The calendar is so full this week, we have no idea where to start. From Culture Days programming to streaming live theatrical performances, end your summer with a bang and check out these amazing—and free—events.

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Calgary Expo: Limited Edition

Come in cosplay, or come as you are! With a special three-day celebration of all things pop culture, we’re giving away a pair of weekend passes so you can let out your inner nerd and geek out at Calgary Expo: Limited Edition.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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.


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 6 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 sixth wave of results is now available.



We’re Hiring

Calgary Arts Development has extended the deadline to apply for the positions of Director, Community Investment & Impact, and Bookkeeper. Review each post closely before applying.


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Remembrance Day, November 11, 2021.


Economic Impact Report

Calgary Arts Development is requesting proposals for an Economic Impact Report for our 2021 Operating Grant Program clients. Apply by November 12, 2021.


Why Art for Social Change?

In partnership with the Trico Changemakers Studio at Mount Royal University, Calgary Arts Development invites you to join us at a free virtual gathering Why Art for Social Change? Take part November 25, 2021.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

Marichu Antonio talks with Adora Nwofor

Episode 23

This city is bursting with creativity! Each month, Adora Nwofor sits down with some amazing Calgary creatives and gets a behind-the-scenes look at their process.

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Sally Njoroge

Community builder and Program Lead for Trico Changemakers Studio, Sally Njoroge is heavily involved in Calgary’s arts community and looking at promoting artists as change makers.

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Episode 22

Each month, Adora Nwofor sits down with some amazing Calgary creatives and gets a behind-the-scenes look at their process.

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#yycLCL August 2021

After a tragic year reignited her focus on her art career, Jessica Semenoff shared this awesome capture of a painting she made on a solo hike.

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Episode 21

This city is bursting with creativity! Adora Nwofor sits down with some amazing Calgary creatives and gets a behind-the-scenes look at their process.

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Perpetual Atife

Perpetual Atife is constantly carving expressive means to weave pieces of her life’s experiences and dreams into an open box of treasure—her music.

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#yycLCL July 2021

Capturing a creative moment during summer camp, Quest Theatre shared this photo of instructor Keshia leading a group of campers through a scene.

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Pushkala Subramani

For Pushkala Subramani, creativity is like a bud that is inside all of us. With children, its bursting to blossom—all it takes is a kindling of self-confidence.

Adeola “Tola” Adedipe and Adora Nwofor talk poetry and identity on a park bench

Episode 20

Join Adora Nwofor as she celebrates Calgarians who are living authentic lives and pursuing dreams through community and creativity.

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#yycLCL June 2021

Visual and fibre artist, community activator, and social change maker, Stephanie Banszky shared this shot of her daily sketchbook practice.

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Episode 19

Adora Nwofor is back with more stories about artists and groups continuing to create and share their work with Calgarians.

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Agnes Chen

For Agnes Chen living a creative life means seeking out unique opportunities to connect community to stories of hope and resilience.

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

Trying this out to see what I get… I tried today but I think it was still curing!!! Make sure you wait the suggested drying time!!

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TO BE Continued….

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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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