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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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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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Deimon Slagg and Val Duncan in Digby and Glass

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.

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Two pianists play 176 Keys at the Honens Festival

Free This Week

If you want to get out of the house and not break the bank, Calgary’s arts community has you covered. With a post-long weekend lineup, this week brings a mix of talks, music, markets, screenings, and so much more! Read on to learn more.

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A painting in the CIFRS Indigenous Art Exhibit

September Exhibitions

There’s a certain crispness in the air which can only mean one thing—Calgary’s visual arts happenings are ramping up again. From art crawls to new exhibitions to special, hands-on programming, read on to find out what’s on this September.

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Children watch a performer at an outdoor pop-up ArtsXpeditions show

Free This Week

Music, and film, and art—oh my! This week sees a number of free offerings to check out including the extension of Arts Commons’ popular pop-up performance series, ArtsXpeditions. Make the most of the first week of September!

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A musician plays for a pre-COVID crowd at Heritage Park

Free This Week

You might feel like fall is on the way thanks to the chill in the air and the fact that a number of Calgary’s summer concert series are winding down but there’s still plenty to squeeze into the last week of August. Hit up these free events.

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A photo of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre’s company of dancers

Free This Week

Another week brings another lineup of free and awesome events to check out! From your last chances to explore Glenbow as it currently stands to a couple of sweet festivals to visit, there’s a ton to see—and for cheap.

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Research

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.

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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 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.

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Announcements

Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development staff will be off on September 30, 2021, to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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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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Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

Learn more about the Cultural Instigators, a group of artist-activists using their practices to effect change that will lead to greater racial equity in our city.

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Office Closure

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 September 6, 2021, for Labour Day.

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Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

Hosted by Sable Sweetgrass, join us for a virtual town hall focused on our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation. Take part on August 31, 2021.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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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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Keshia leads Quest Theatre campers through a scene

#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.

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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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A sketchbook painted with colourful clouds and a paper airplane

#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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A still of Ador Nwofor and Livvy Skates rollerskating

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.

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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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Chantal Chagnon drumming by the river

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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Adora Nwofor and Anna Ko set up for an interview at the Korean Art Club

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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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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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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