Watch the Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

Calgary Arts Development is committed to bettering our systems regarding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA). As a public agency stewarding public dollars for the benefit of ALL Calgarians, we aspire to foster a resilient and sustainable arts sector that is safe and welcoming for all, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical, or mental abilities.

The Commitment to Equity virtual town hall on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, focused on our commitment to racial equity.

In May of 2020 community organizers and social justice advocates Cesar Cala and JD Derbyshire organized an online chat and chew—an informal space for Calgary artists to get together and explore: “What is this moment asking of us?

Since then, the chat and chews, which were open invitations that anyone could join, have led to the formation of the Cultural Instigators, a group of artist-activists using their practices to effect change that will lead to greater racial equity in our city.

Riel Manywounds led the session, featuring members of the Cultural Instigators who shared information about the evolution of the group as well as a description of their major project Bringing Power to Truth.

The town hall was hosted on Zoom and was interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). A transcript of the town hall is available below as well as an unedited version of the chat and a list of links that were shared.