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Centre City Banners

Artists are invited to apply to design banner artworks for six bridges and streets in the downtown.

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Applications Open

Apply to the Project Grant Program – Organizations for one-time funding. The deadline is September 6, 2022.

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Summer Office Hours

Our office will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August, and on Monday, August 1 for Heritage Day.

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2022 Celebration for the Arts

Join Mayor Jyoti Gondek for a celebration of outstanding achievement in the arts on November 4, 2022.

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Get Our Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with what we’re working on and what’s going on in Calgary—sign up for our weekly newsletter!

Accountability & Impact Report 2021

Report to Community 2022

As the recovery from COVID continues, more than 4 million people took part in 20,000+ arts activities in 2021.  

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’s no better time of year to be out and about! In addition to various festivals this week, you’ll find pop-up concerts, visual arts events, a photo walk, and more in this week’s round-up of free arts events. Check out the list and start planning your next outing!

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August Exhibitions

With summer in full swing, August is a great time to explore Calgary’s finest visual art, from spectacular outdoor murals to unique works on display at a gallery near you. Check out what’s on exhibition this month and make sure you get out there!

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Free This Week

Start your August off right by getting out there and seeing what the city has to offer. Check out Free First Thursdays at Contemporary Calgary, kick-off of this month’s BUMP Festival, or reflect at the Floating Lantern Peace Ceremony. Find out what’s free this week!

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Free This Week

There’s tons to check out this week, so get out there and enjoy the summer vibes all while supporting Calgary’s arts community! Choose from live outdoor concerts, cultural celebrations, a comedy movie show and more.

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Free This Week

Take advantage of the summer heat and catch a live outdoor concert, participate in a historical walking tour, explore local vendors and more — the week ahead is jam-packed with free things to do.

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Free This Week

Whether or not you’re headed down to the Stampede grounds, it’s a great time of year to check out what Calgary’s arts community is up to. This week you can experience live music, live theatre and a lively pancake breakfast filled with entertainment!

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July Exhibitions

Before you put that cowboy hat on and walk out that door, plan ahead to enjoy some visual art this month! We’ve got you covered with our list of July exhibitions featuring everything from famous fails, to drawings by Adrian Norvid.

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Free This Week

The city is alive and the smell of pancakes is in the air for the arrival of Stampede. Make sure to check out a range of free arts events around town this week, as well as a chance to hit up the first pancake breakfast of the season with us!

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Free This Week

There’s a lot in store this week when it comes to arts events around town including a few different ways to spend the Canada Day holiday. From Fort Calgary to 17th Avenue in the Beltline to Bowness, there’s lots to do!



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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Organization Structural Change Grant

In 2021, Calgary Arts Development engaged Brian Loevner of BLVE Consults to undertake an evaluation and live case study of the Organization Structural Change Grant. 

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Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts professionals to better understand their status in Calgary. Download the full report to learn more.


New Resource

Phase Two Research Outcomes

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Building Experiences in the New Economy

Spring 2022 research outcomes are now available from Phase 2 of Stone-Olafson’s ongoing research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic.



We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a full-time Public Art Engagement Specialist position. Apply by September 9, 2022 for best consideration.


Shaw Pride Marches On

Shaw sought the participation of four LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC artists or artist teams with public art experience to create four temporary art mural installations. Congratulations to the artists selected.


Watch the 2021 Report to Community

Missed attending our Report to Community in person? Watch a video recording detailing our arts activities in 2021 and looking ahead to what’s next, presented by President & CEO Patti Pon.


Call to Artists: Centre City Banners

Calgary Arts Development and The City of Calgary invite artists to apply to design banner artworks to be installed on streetlight poles on six bridges and streets in the downtown area.


Accountability + Impact Report 2021

What did the year 2021 ask of us? With another challenging year behind us, the city continues to recover from the pandemic. Read what we’ve learned about artists and arts organizations during 2021.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Melanee Murray-Hunt

A prolific and talented actor, Melanee Murray-Hunt’s creative journey has spanned a career in theatre, television, film, as well as working for social change within the arts.

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Adrian Stimson

A member of the Siksika Nation, interdisciplinary artist Adrian Stimson says his creative journey started when he was a child, but it took a long time before he considered himself a professional artist.

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Episode 30

Learn how a young comic book artist explores his creativity, how a local singer shares her enthusiasm for music, and discover a musical collaboration that will whet your appetite.

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Brandy Dahrouge

Brandy Dahrouge regards public art as a reflection of how we see ourselves and the world, a commentary on the time that we’re in, and a coming together of artist and community.

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Episode 29

Learn about The Grappling and the anti-racist work that is being done within the arts sector by the cultural instigators in this month’s episode of Living a Creative Life.

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Jyotsna Vaidee

Jyotsna Vaidee uses an ancient form of classical dance to bring her creativity to life, bringing original music and poetry into her productions to create socially relevant dance works.

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Callie B. Elwayns 

Executive coach, mentor, somatic movement educator, storyteller, and performer Callie B. Elwayns helps women step into their voice and own their story in order to realize their full potential.

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Jaspreet Singh

In the 15 years that he has been based in Alberta, Jaspreet Singh has been inspired by the mountains, and written novels, short stories, personal essays, and poems, in addition to his most recent works.

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Vandy Midha

Vandy Midha has found a way to transform her creative life into a thriving small businessk, helping to make Calgary spaces more creative and beautiful while supporting the careers of local artists.

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Episode 28

This month, planner, author, and artist Ashley Bristowe dreams of building a city that nurtures creatives, calligrapher Simon Wong shares how his art has evolved, playwright Sable Sweetgrass explores self-discovery through storytelling, and artistic director Stafford Arima talks about the importance of taking risks.

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Pam Tzeng

Dancer, choreographer, multidisciplinary artist and maker, Pam Tzeng is a community organizer with work focusing on transformational change, equity diversity and accessibility in the arts sector.

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Barbara Amos

Calgary artist, social innovator, and teacher Barbara Amos uses art to tackle political issues and view community through a new set of eyes. Her latest project helps older people explore their creative lives. 

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Staci Duchene

Artist and activist Staci Duchene talks about how traditional beadwork has been passed down through her family, and what inspires her about the future of Indigenous artists.

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

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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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