Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions, nominate an outstanding Calgary Artist

Nominations Now Open

The deadline for nominations for the Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards is November 22, 2019.

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Individual Artist Program

Supporting the artist’s overall practice, the deadline for Phase 2 applications is October 22, 2019.

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SpaceFinder Alberta

Free to list and free to search, SpaceFinder links groups with space to rent with those who need it!

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

What's On in Calgary

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

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Win Tickets to Beauty of the Eye

Calgary’s professional string ensemble Kensington Sinfonia opens its season with a concert featuring works inspired by the world of visual art—and you can enter to win a pair of tickets!

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Win Tickets to Dowland Lachrimae

Now in its 21st season, Calgary’s Early Music Voices concert series presents local and touring artists performing music from the medieval, renaissance, and baroque periods. Enter to win tickets!

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Nymphs of the West

Calgary’s professional chamber choir adds a touch of colour to an upcoming symposium on Malcolm Forsyth. Don’t miss Luminous Voices’ incredible season opener, the afternoon also sees the premiere of a new work by Ross-Molyneux!

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A searing debate about race, identity, power, and privilege, Alberta Theatre Projects presents this hot-button, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Nigel Shawn Williams. The show is sure to hold audiences on the edge of their seats.

Participants in Jeffrey Gibson's To Name An Other performance

Free This Week

Can you believe it’s already the middle of October? Time might be flying by, but you can make the most of it by checking out these free events. Explore readings, workshops, artist talks, sales, screenings, celebrations, and so much more.

Actors on stage during Sage Theatre's production of King Kirby

Sage 20th Birthday Celebration

For the past two decades, Sage Theatre has been exploring deep into characters and sharing stories that look into what it means to be alive today. Join in the celebrations and check out four plays in four nights!

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A powerful one-act, Canadian-born piece that follows three imperfect characters through their relationships with money, greed, and righteousness, join Theatre Calgary for this not-to-be-missed work from Nichols Billon.

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Fluid Fest

Featuring extraordinary local, national, and international artists, Fluid Fest ignites the city with performances, workshops, and happenings to inspire and connect. It’s your chance to celebrate the vast spectrum of what dance can be.

Authors on stage at last year's Imaginairium festival

The Imaginairium

Calling all book nerds, literary lovers, and fans of all things wordy. Here’s your chance to dive into Calgary’s liveliest celebration of authors and ideas. Featuring 71 authors, The Imaginairium by Wordfest is sure to be a breath of fresh air.



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.


New Report

Calgary Economic Development


Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. The deadline for uploading packages is November 22, 2019.


Spaces Workshop

Attention owners and operators of bookable space! Are you new to renting out your space? Have a board that is concerned about liability? Participate in a free workshop this October. Sign up today!


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on Monday, October 14, 2019 for Thanksgiving. We hope you have a safe and warm long weekend. Our office reopens on October 15.


Arts Professions Act

The Government of Alberta is looking for input on ways it can better recognize and support artists. Provide your thoughts through an online survey by October 3. It will take about 10 minutes to complete.


Spaces Workshops

Attention owners and operators of bookable space! Are you new to renting out your space? Experienced but want to up your marketing skills? Register for a free workshop this October.


Alberta Best Practices

CARFAC Alberta has released its newly-drafted Alberta Best Practices for craft and visual artists. Everyone is invited to review them and provide comments any time before November 23, 2019.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Joni Delaurier

Growing up in Swan River, Manitoba, in a musical-minded home, Joni Delaurier, like a lot of bright but isolated Canadian kids, needed an escape hatch.

A painting of pink flowers created by Sania Dsilva

#yycLCL July 2019

Lucky enough to have an artistic outlet to practice mindfulness, Sania Dsilva shared a photo of this piece created during her 100-day project.

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

Here is another of my loose florals I did yesterday and got me thinking... what if you come and try painting with me. Keep in mind is that painting loose florals aren't perfect, which is why they are so fun to create. Each time you attempt it, they will look different and teach you something in the process.⁣ ⁣ My Watercolour Workshop will teach you everything you need to know about watercolour painting and we will practice the basics of watercolour, pulse and precision to be able to create a beautiful painting of a bouquet at the end of our class. ⁣ ⁣ I hope to see you this Friday! ⁣ ...

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FLUID KIKI BALL October 18, 9:30pm at Dickens Pub Celebrate Vogue/Ballroom culture at the first “Fluid Kiki Vogue Ball”, a collaboration between VOGUEYYC and Ralph Escamillan, co-presented by Fluid Fest, Calgary Queer Arts Society and Fake Mustache Drag King Troupe. Spectators, competitors, and judges celebrate people within their communities and compete against each other in different categories. Open to all, competitors are invited to serve their art history knowledge and werk their favourite works of art for a chance to win cash prizes and more! More about Vogue culture and how to register to walk at FLUIDFEST.COM. #fluidfest #yycarts #yycmusic #yycdance #yegdance #albertadance #dance #abarts #movement #contemporarydance #yyc #calgary #performance #YYCevents #yycliving #yycnow #calgaryarts #YYSCENE #CalgaryBuzz #iamdowntown #iamdowntownYYC #ShareCalgary #CalgaryLife #YYCtoday #Calgaryism #Canada #calgaryisbeautiful #yyclcl #datenight ...

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✨❄️✨ All #eyeSnowScape pieces made with my late father Steve Pisti Hajnoczky 💗 . . #yycart #yycarts #albertaarts #albertaartist #calgaryart #yyclcl #abstractexpressionism #calgarypainters #abstractartwork #abstractpainting #abstractphotography #watercolour #watercolor #abstractwatercolor #abstractwatercolour #contemporarypainting #contemporaryphotography #contemporaryart #arteveryday #artdaily #collaborativeart #collaborativeartproject #collaboration #canadianart #painting #art #artoninstagram ...

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From concept to garment, NCC favourite riyoko_ca is locally produced by designer Kristi Woo and her sewers in Calgary, AB. Each Riyoko piece is thoughtfully quality-made-to-last. Kristi also believes in conscious fashion, a lower carbon footprint, and a smaller consumption footprint. Materials are sustainably sourced in Canada and the US and are used to the fullest, to be as zero waste as possible, and all off-cuts are donated to educational institutions and professional artists. • • • • #newcraftcoalition #riyoko #design #sustainableycc #yycdesigner #functionalfashion #yycfinecraft #canadianart #citizensofcraft #Fall #yycdesign #yychandmade #madeincanada #contemporarycraft #yycart #yyc #canadiandesigner #calgary #shoplocalyyc #canadianartist #yycmaker #calgaryculture #yyclcl #buylocalyyc #ncc #ininglewood #inglewoodcalgary ...

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Want to learn to carve and print? This is a great skill to have with Christmas approaching! Still room in this weekend's class! inglewoodart #yyclcl #yyc #yycart #yycartclasses #calgaryartclasses #calgaryarts ...

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