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Calgary Arts Development will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August.

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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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July Exhibitions

After a very quiet year in Calgary, things are springing to life again with galleries opening back up and new exhibits launching. Most are offering pre-bookings, lots of safety protocols, and tons of great art so be sure to check out what you can.

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Online This Month

With the province opening up more and more this month, Calgary’s arts community is slowly starting to shift to in-person events. But that doesn’t mean that the virtual ones are going away! There are still lots of online offerings to check out this July!

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Online This Month

As Alberta steps closer to reopening a lot of questions remain. But whether you’re ready to go out and about or content to stay at home a bit longer, Calgary’s arts community is stepping up with tons of virtual events this month.

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Online This Month

From Mother’s Day offerings to fantastic festivals, this month brings another batch of digital offerings for you to explore! Calgary’s amazing arts community continues to have a ton of online shows and events to check out so stay home and stay safe.

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Calgary Underground Film Festival

With 10 days of cutting-edge cinema and inspired special events coming straight to your home, the 18th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival provides the thrills that you have come to expect!

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Online This Month

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel with warmer weather ahead and vaccines rolling out but we’re not quite there yet. Thankfully, Calgary’s arts community has a ton of digital offerings for you to explore this April making it easy to stay safe.

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Online This Month

March 2020 saw Calgary’s theatres go dark, music venues go quiet, and all sorts of planned offerings cancelled indefinitely. But, a year into COVID-19 restrictions, Calgary’s arts community continues to adapt and put on events for you to explore.

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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.

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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!

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Research

Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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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 5 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 fifth wave of results is now available.

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Announcements

We’re Hiring

In case you missed it, Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a number of new full-time positions. Please review each posting closely before applying. We are hoping to fill each position this summer.

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We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a number of new full-time positions. Please review each posting closely before applying. We are hoping to fill each position over the summer.

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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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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 July 1 and 2, 2021. Take care and stay safe.

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Summer Hours

Calgary Arts Development will be closed on Fridays throughout July and August, as well as July 1 for Canada Day and August 2 for Heritage Day. Explore our events calendar and start planning.

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We’re Hiring

Join our team! Calgary Arts Development is recruiting for a number of new full-time positions. Please review each posting closely before applying. We are hoping to fill each position over the summer.

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Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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#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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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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Lalit Jain

Lalit Jain believes yoga provides an avenue to tap into the abundant creativity that resides within each of us, unifying body, breath, and mind.

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Gayathri Shukla

Gayathri Shukla knows the importance of storytelling and how story crafting allows her to be her authentic self. Tune into this week’s podcast to hear her story.

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Episode 16

Join Adora Nwofor for another celebration of creative Calgarians who live their most authentic lives while making our city so vibrant.

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#yycLCL March 2021

Using the unique attributes of watercolour on canvas to her advantage, Linnea Martina’s intention is to spark personal recollections in the viewer.

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

Can you believe Green Fools News premieres tomorrow? Before then We want to introduce you to Lee one of our writers on Green Fools News!

Lee Zimmerman, aka the Puppet Guy, has been creating and performing with puppets all over the world, from Canada to Singapore. He began performing his rock and roll marionette show in 1983 while earning a degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Lee took his show to California in 1990, where he quickly became a regular at The Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs in Hollywood and Las Vegas and in 1993, he created a show for Universal Studios CityWalk Attraction that ran for the next nine years: "Hollywoodstock."He's appeared in several films, including "Eddy Presley" with Quentin Tarantino and worked for numerous television shows, including "Seinfeld" and "The Drew Carey Show." Lee's also done command performances for many celebrities and dignitaries, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hugh Hefner, Frank Zappa, KISS, Guns n' Roses and the Sultan of Brunei.

Since 1998, Lee's been working as an Instructor/Performer with several circus arts programs, including the Green Fools Social Circus programs and the Winnipeg International Children's Festival's Circus And Magic Partnership (CAMP) in Manitoba.

Join us tomorrow for the Green Fools News Drive-In telus_spark! Tickets are $25 per vehicle and the show starts at 3pm.
Purchase tickets through the link in our bio!

Thank you to CanadaCouncil, AFA1991, CalgaryArtsDevelopment, RozsaFoundation, CalgFoundation for making our work possible!

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How does a theatre company makes a kids TV show? Meet Joel Goundry and the team at RoadwestPictures! They took Green Fools News to the next level with their film expertize.

As a Calgary-based video production house focused on creative, entertaining and engaging content, our projects vary widely, and range from a documentary series about Caregiving, to promotional material for the egg industry, to fundraising material for the Calgary Public Library Foundation. Through all of this, what we value most are the connections we make - the connections that make us dig deeper to really understand. Joel Goundry, the company’s Artistic Producer & Production Manager, has a background in children’s entertainment, having run a touring children’s theatre company in Calgary for 10 years prior to entering film. Roadwest’s work has spanned many genres and approaches, and Joel’s recent work producing the 13-episode documentary web-series Being There (produced in participation with TELUS Fund) speaks to the integrity of his work: on projects dealing with emotionally sensitive subjects and participants, it is the relationship between collaborators that Joel feels is so important. Since its inception, Roadwest is very familiar with the necessary aspects to see a project through to completion, and highly values creating an emotionally impactful and visually strong final product.

Join us on Saturday for the Green Fools News Drive-In at the TELUS Spark Science Centre! Tickets are $25 per vehicle and the show starts at 3pm.
Tickets at the link in our bio.

Thank you to CanadaCouncil, AFA1991, CalgaryArtsDevelopment, RozsaFoundation, CalgFoundation for making our work possible!

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Our campers create skits with the guidance of our talented instructors and the craziest things can happen. ⁠⁠
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