Arts in Action YYC Stories and data about how arts build a city

Arts in Action

Arts in Action YYC captures stories and data about how arts build a city. Read and share at

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Individual Artist Program

Designed to support the artist’s overall practice, this request for proposals opens July 1, 2019.

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SpaceFinder Alberta

SpaceFinder links organizations with space to rent with those who need space. Its free to list and free to search.

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Operating Grant Program

Current recipients can apply for an additional one-year increase. OG+ applications are due June 28, 2019.

What's On in Calgary

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

Fans support a guitarist at the Coca-Cola Stage

Summer Festivals

With over 40 festivals taking place between now and the end of September, there’s something new to check out every weekend—it’s a festival paradise. Grab your calendar and start planning, it’s going to be an amazing season!

Detail of Jennifer Weihmann's Pending Storm

July Exhibitions

If you haven’t had a chance to get to know Calgary’s awesome visual arts community, this summer offers you a great time to do so. With a mix of ongoing exhibitions and special events, there’s plenty to see and do. We can’t wait to explore this July.

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Canada Day

The City of Calgary has once again partnered with dozens of local cultural organizations to program a day filled with fun, family-friendly, and free events taking place on July 1. Find our can’t miss highlights of the day here.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

An annual summer tradition, join Theatre Calgary as it presents one of the bard’s most popular works for Shakespeare by the Bow. A thrilling chase of love, identity, and confusion, don’t miss this production.

Teens on stage at the King Eddy

Free This Week

With the first long weekend of the summer looming large, if you’re staying in town be sure to check out these free events. There’s a chance to dive into Canada Day celebrations, lots of live music, and so much more, so you have no reason to stay home.

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Free This Week

With a very busy week ahead, grab your calendar and fill it up with these free and fantastic events. From National Indigenous Peoples Day to Sled Island, there’s no reason to be bored. Be sure to make the most of it by checking out these cool events.

The audience at a Sled Island show

Sled Island

With more than 250 bands alongside comedy, film, and visual art lineups, Sled Island returns with five days of incredible programming. With guest curator Julien Baker leading the way, it’s a must see for any festival or music fan!

An Indigenous dancer performs in full regalia

Indigenous Music Week

The music of Canada’s Indigenous people is as broad, complex, and dynamic as the communities and traditions from which it originates. Join the National Music Centre for a week of special events and live music.

The band in Front Row Centre's production of The Wedding Singer

The Wedding Singer

It’s 1985, and rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party until his own fiancée Linda leaves him at the altar. Now, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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.

Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2017, Calgary Arts Development conducted an Arts Professionals Survey to better understand the arts ecosystem and all of its complexities.


Our Framework

A sustainable and resilient arts sector

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Strategic Framework

In 2018, City Council approved a transformational increase to Calgary Arts Development’s base grant from the current $6.4M to $12.4M in 2019 and an additional $1M added to the base each year until 2022.



First Flip Stampede Breakfast

It’s time to holster a hotcake, Calgary! Help us kick off the 2019 Calgary Stampede at the First Flip Stampede Breakfast on July 4. Join us from 7:30 to 10:30am outside the TELUS Convention Centre.


Summer Hours

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August, as well as July 1 for Canada Day and August 5 for Heritage Day. Be sure to enjoy some of Calgary’s summer festivals!


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on July 1, 2019 for Canada Day. We hope you have a full and fun long weekend with your friends and family. Our office reopens on July 2.


Report to Community

Our Report to Community is officially sold out. Thank you to everyone who let us know they are coming. We can’t wait to see you at the Big Secret Theatre in Arts Commons on June 25, 2019.


Individual Artist Program

Interested in applying to the Individual Artist Program? Calgary Arts Development is offering two information sessions this July. RSVP to learn more about the guidelines and application process.


Report to Community

Join us as we share highlights from 2018, celebrate the accomplishments of Calgary’s arts community, and look forward to the coming year. Space is limited, RSVP by June 18. All are welcome!


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

Lanre Ajayi at Heritage Park

Heritage Park

Heritage Park is a gem hidden from plain sight. Go behind-the-scenes of this historical treasure trove in this special three-part series of My City Speaks To Me.

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Suza Singh

Suza Singh, a Calgary-based action film director and screenwriter, was preparing to make her third film when she had an epiphany.

Lanre Ajayi stands among the shoes at John Fluevog's Calgary store

John Fluevog

Lanre Ajayi visits John Fluevog’s Calgary store to talk about the brand’s history and eclectic designs in this edition of My City Speaks To Me.

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JD Derbyshire

An artist, writer, educator, and inclusive designer, JD Derbyshire’s background gives her unique tools to look at the complexity of the world.

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Rita Sirignano

Sometimes, the route through a creative life takes a couple twists and turns that the person living it didn’t see coming—like Rita Sirignano’s.

Detail of a painting by Rachael Gingell

#yycLCL March 2019

Rachael Gingell has discovered that allowing the creative to take root and thrive in life takes more than an aptitude, desire or interest.

Summer Dreams – Pillars of Humanity hangs in the Genesis Centre


This Forest Lawn-based arts company uses the tools of creativity to stitch together a community out of a lot of young people who may feel alone.

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