COVID-19 Response FAQ


On March 25, 2020, Calgary Arts Development President & CEO Patti Pon hosted a Facebook Live virtual town hall to update the community on what we are learning, what we are thinking, and what actions we are taking.

Emphasizing that things are not business as usual but, rather, business as UNusual, Patti underscored that future 2020 grant investment programs are all under review so we will be able to respond to the needs of the arts sector through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. She also announced a $1.15 million COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Fund, which will be available to organizations and individual artists with the most urgent immediate needs. Medium- and long-term strategies have not yet been announced.

The list below represents the most frequently asked questions we have received about funding during the pandemic. We hope it is helpful. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us through and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner.

Frequently Asked Questions


COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding graphicThe Calgary Arts Development leadership team includes President & CEO Patti Pon, Director, Community Investment & Impact Sara Bateman, and Director, Communications & Engagement Helen Moore-Parkhouse.

As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. We invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Our programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives, and ad hoc groups in Calgary.