Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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Living a Creative Life | Photo: Jason Stang

Thank you to everyone involved in the creation of Living a Creative Life for their commitment, contributions and insights that have generated a vision for all Calgarians to live a creative life.

In particular, we would like to acknowledge the work and leadership provided by those listed below.

Our gratitude goes to the following people and organizations for their support of Living a Creative Life:

Calgary artists, arts organizations and arts administrators: Your dedication to your vocations makes Calgary a more vibrant place to live.

Citizens from every corner of the city, who co-create our vibrant culture every day—especially those who have contributed ideas online and in person.

The board and staff of Calgary 2012 for sharing your wisdom and for your organization’s financial support of the Citizens’ Reference Panel.

The 36 members of the Citizens’ Reference Panel for volunteering over 1,000 hours to help your city: Laeeq Ahmad, Beatriz Almirante, Max Aranguiz, Lauren Bell, Leslie Berenbaum, Laurel Bridges, Andrew Clapperton, Mary Clark, Robert Cooper, Vincent Dansereau, Charlene Delisle, Canary Ha, Carolyn Haddock, Pam Hansen, Tim Hohm, Honor Humphreys, Muhammad Irfan, Mike Khalil, Stephen Kohan, Sandy Lawlor, Jennifer Lowndes, Luke Maddaford,  Habeb Moowafag, Pamela Mullins, Masimba Murisa, Kristi Nelson, Alma Newton, Maydeline Nunez, Bryan Parachoniak, Robert Perry, Mehboob Premji, Chris Pryce, Chris Richardson, Donna Stauffer, Mark Sutter and Oscar Ticas. Thank you also to MASS LBP for overseeing the citizen engagement process.

The boards and staff of Calgary Economic Development, the Calgary Public Library, the Calgary Stampede, The City of Calgary and Tourism Calgary for your collaboration on Calgary’s bid to be a Cultural Capital of Canada.

Colleagues at the Alberta College of Art + Design, ArtsCan Cooperative, Bow Valley College, Calgary Board of Education, Calgary Catholic School District, The Calgary Foundation, Federation of Calgary Communities, The City of Calgary’s Public Art Board, Downtown Calgary, International Avenue BRZ, Mount Royal Conservatory, Mount Royal University, Propellus, Save Our Fine Arts, the University of Calgary, Youth Central and many more who have contributed to this strategy.

Shannon Litzenberger and Ian David Moss, our ‘consulting critics,’ for inspiring us to think differently to develop the arts in Calgary.

Our Calgary visionaries who wrote articles that challenged us to envision a new future for the arts in Calgary: Dick Averns, Christine Cheung, Kris Demeanor, Shyra De Souza, Dr. Patrick Finn, Michael Green, Sam Gregory, Colin Jackson, Mark Lawes, Cory Mack, Kevin McKendrick, Mireille Perron, Andrew Phung, Lara Schmitz, Jeffrey Spalding, Rosanna Terracciano, Shivani Thakkar, Dale Turri,  Aritha Van Herk, Tim Williams and Johann Zietsman.

Thank you to our photographer, Jason Stang, and the Calgarians who appear in Living a Creative Life‘s photos: Anita Bailey, derek beaulieu, Maya Dholoo, Kendra Garcia, Caitlin Graham, Tristan Johnston, Haysam Kadri, Natasha Korney, Eileen Kosasih, Dayo Oyelusi, Erin Reynolds, Janiffer Rios and Myla Southward. Thanks also to JoAnn Reynolds, Calgary Airport Authority and WestJet for their contributions. Special thanks to our tireless designers, Gillian Hickie and Chris Wharton at GOOD Company.

Former and current members of Calgary City Council, including those who have served on the Community and Protective Services Committee, our colleagues throughout City Administration and Mayor Naheed Nenshi for his ongoing leadership and championing of the arts.

Finally, a thank you to the Calgary Arts Development board, staff and consultants who contributed to Living a Creative Life: Christine Armstrong, Julie Baratta, Julie Barton, Jordan Baylon, Charis Birchall, Lindsay Bowman, Peter Boyd, Brian Pincott, Joni Carroll, Joe Ceci, Col Cseke, Dr. Daniel Doz, Patti Dibski, Lynn duFort, Sheldon Dyck, Peter Hemminger, Linda Hohol, Mark Hopkins, Judy Lawrence, Anila Lee Yuen, Laurie Leier, Greg Lindsey, Judy MacLachlan, Cadence Mandybura, Tom McCarthy, Cherie McMaster, Emiko Muraki, Erin O’Toole, Brent Pickerl, Patti Pon, Dean Prodan, Sally Raab, JoAnn Reynolds, Dr. Terry Rock, Pat Schneider, Mike Scullen, Natalie Sit, Hannah Stilwell, Lisa Tornack and Meg Van Rosendaal.

Special thanks to Dr. Terry Rock, Calgary Arts Development’s founding President & CEO, whose leadership and vision in the creation of Calgary Arts Development and guiding the Arts Plan process has built enormous momentum and made it possible for every Calgarian to live a creative life.

Arts Development Strategy Steering Committee

Business for the Arts (Toronto): Nichole Anderson, President & CEO

Calgary 2012: Karen Ball, Executive Director

Calgary Arts Development Board of Directors:

  • Peter Boyd (Board Chair through May 2013)
  • Dr. Daniel Doz
  • Anila Lee Yuen (through February 2013)
  • Judy MacLachlan
  • Brent Pickerl (through May 2013)
  • Councillor Brian Pincott
  • Patti Pon (President & CEO as of August 2013)
  • Dean Prodan (Board Chair as of May 2013)
  • Terry Rock (President & CEO through July 2013)
  • Pat Schneider (Steering Committee Chair)
  • Hannah Stilwell
  • Meg Van Rosendaal (through December 2013)

The Calgary Foundation: Dan Thorburn, Vice President, Grants & Community Initiatives

Canada Council for the Arts (Ottawa): Kelly Wilhelm, Head, Policy, Planning & Partnership Section

The City of Calgary, Administration:

  • Kurt Hanson, Director of Recreation, Community Services & Protective Services (Acting General Manager, February 2013 through October 2013)
  • Erika Hargesheimer, General Manager, Community Services & Protective Services (through February 2013)

The City of Calgary, Public Art Board: Chip Burgess, Chair, Public Art Board

The City of Calgary, Mayor’s Office: Chima Nkemdirim, Chief of Staff

Department of Canadian Heritage (Vancouver): Patrick Tobin, Regional Executive Director, Western Region

Government of Alberta and Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton): Jeffrey Anderson, Executive Director