Original Peoples Investment Program graphic

Information Sessions

Register for an upcoming information session about upcoming grant programs for Indigenous arts.

Get Our Weekly Newsletter graphic

Get Our Newsletter

Want to stay up-to-date with both what we’re working on and what’s going on? Sign up for our newsletter.

What's On in Calgary

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

Two people look at a light up art installation in winter

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.

Marker drawings courtesy of Mike Hooves

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!

A still from The Reason I Jump

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!

A photo of people decked in Christmas pajamas watching The Yuletide Sessions on a laptop

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!

A family looks through toilet paper rolls on their front steps in Porchtraits by Neil Zeller

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us and many are trying to find the perfect gifts for those we cherish. Luckily, these great offers make it easy to give the gift of arts and culture while supporting the local community at this incredibly important time.

Alexa Andrews on stage as Annie

Annie The Musical

After being put on hold due to new COVID-19 regulations in Alberta, StoryBook Theatre has managed to get its production of Annie The Musical online, just in time for the holiday season! Grab your tickets, tune in with the family, and enjoy.

Stephen Hair in A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Theatre Calgary presents a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic that you can enjoy in the safety and comfort of your own surroundings. This re-imagined filmed production is sure to fill the hearts of young and old with the spirit of Christmas.

A collage of the cast of Naughty... but Nice! (Seven's On Screen)

Naughty… but Nice! (Seven’s On Screen)

Everyone’s favourite sweet but risqué holiday celebration goes digital with an on-demand recording that integrates live performances with music videos and even an animated short.

Tenaj Williams, Kiana Wu, and Kevin Corey on the stage behind music stands

The Wizard of Oz

A brand-new commission by playwright Andrew Scanlon and directed by Haysam Kadri, Alberta Theatre Projects is thrilled to invite audiences to a special live-stream reading of the classic tale. Don’t miss The Wizard of Oz.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

COVID-19 Impact Survey graphic

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 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.


Wave 4 Results

The New Experience Economy

Future of Calgary's Live Experience Economy graphic

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 fourth wave of results is now available.



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.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #6

Discussing hotel spaces and how artists and hoteliers could work together to activate these spaces, the next RISE UP Relaunch Lunch takes place on March 4, 2021. Register to take part!


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Family Day. All staff will be off on February 15, 2021. Have a good one!


RISE UP Calgary Song Contest

With over 100 talented Calgary musicians submitting their original songs, the winner of the RISE UP Calgary Song Contest is Emily Triggs with her song, Light You Up. Congratulations!


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #5

Breakout into smaller groups to discuss and share ideas on how to move new projects forward. Join RISE UP Calgary on February 4, 2021 for its next Relaunch Lunch—register to take part.



The City of Calgary is offering small business ecommerce support through ShopHERE grants, allowing free online stores for up to 400 businesses and artists. The offer is first come, first served.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

A photo of Kayla Browne dressed in bright and stylish colours

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.

Julie Freedman Smith in front of a snowy Max Bell Arena

Episode 14

Join Adora Nwofor to celebrate those Calgarians who follow inspiration and pursue passion to enjoy the benefits of living creatively.

A photo of Colin Menzies and a small dog

Colin Menzies

Talking about their practice and projects in the worlds of mental health and creativity, tune in to learn about leaning into the arts as a way of wellness.

Yukichi Hattori putting on stage make-up

Episode 13

Join Adora Nwofor as we celebrate those Calgarians living their most creative lives along whatever avenue they’re fueled to follow.

A promo photo of Mariya Stokes

Mariya Stokes

Combining social consciousness with her artistic career, Mariya Stokes is a local musician and songwriter who cares deeply about her community.

Adora Nwofor makes a beat at a computer at the Beat Drop studio

Episode 12

Today we learn how to drop a beat, we’ll discover what digital projection mapping is, and we’ll visit some spectacular light displays.

A still of Ayush Gosh playing a sitar

Episode 11

Join Adora Nwofor as we feature the world’s youngest sitar player, a French horn player who also has a knitting podcast, and so much more.

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

Just days away from opening my e-commerce store!
#buyart #buyartonline
#emergingartist #yycartist
#canadianartist #yyclcl
#abstractart #geometricart
#newshop #artforsale
#artforyouroffice #artlovers
#newstore #newstoreopening
#onlineshop #onlinestore
#artstore #artshop

4 2

Art Hive happiness. #arthive #arthiveyyc #communityart #artforall #artheals #yycarts #yyclcl #rubberstamps #artkits ...

0 0

Cube no.19 // Hello New Followers! 👋🏽😃 I want to take a moment to re-introduce the work I’ve been releasing since the beginning of the year to catch yall up! 😊

This is CUBE. It is a personal exploration of emotional states as they relate to re-learning how the world worked in 2020. Isolation, anxiety, existentialism, and claustrophobia examined through dance and movement; exacerbated and distorted through use of an ultra wide angle lens. An un-reality developed to look inward. Some of the most personal work I’ve created to date. I hope it resonates for you.

I’ve been editing like crazy in the evenings trying to get CUBE to a cohesive point and ready-er to show than the January roll out. I think I’m finally there. Got 22 more CUBES to show y’all over the next few days, startingggggg now!

📸 timnguyen.co with zachrunningcoyote

#wideangle #wideanglelens #nikon1424 #studiophotography #dancephotography #dance #dancer #dancersofinstagram #dancephotography #yyc #yyclcl #yycartist #timnguyen #timnguyenco #yycphotographer #yycsmallbusiness #calgaryphotographer #calgaryartist #photoshop #photoshopart #compositing

95 5

We had a friendly and educational conversation about art, creativity and health with dear Manisha Bharadia founder of OBLIQUITY.

گفتگویی دوستانه و آموزنده داشتیم در مورد هنر، خلاقیت و سلامتی با منیشا بهارادیا عزیز موسس سازمان آبلیکوییتی.

#artiststories #artistsoftheworld #creativeprofessionals #publicartist #singers #fashiondesigner #visualartists #multidemensionalartist #actors #songwriters #poets #globalartscommunity #artists #creativeliving #yyclcl #indianartist #yycartists #artandculture #artandhealth #artandmentalhealth #emotionalintelligence #instagramlive

#داستانهنرمندان #هنرمندانجهان #افرادخلاق #هنرمندان #زندگیهنرمندان #هنرمندانامروزی #هنروسلامت #اینستاگرملایو

22 0