Grant Investment Programs: 2023 Results

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Grant Investment Programs: 2023 Results

The results of our 2023 grant investment programs are now available. A full breakdown of each of the programs can be found below:

Arts Organizations

The Operating Grant Program provides stable, predictable funding to non-profit arts organizations in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis. Operating Grants are committed on a multi-year cycle, and may be directed to any area of an organization’s overall budget. The Operating Grant in 2023 was confirmed on a two-year cycle for 2023 and 2024.

The program was open to non-profit arts organizations that received operating grants through the Operating Grant Program in the 2020 — 2022 funding cycle. In 2023 organizations in the Operating Grant Program received their ‘base grant’ (the amount confirmed through their previous 2020 — 2022 investment agreement) and were also eligible for a percentage-based increase to their annual operating grant for 2023 and 2024. The total sum of the base grant and the increase is considered the new operating grant amount for both the 2023 and 2024 grant years.

160 organizations received $7,668,127 through the Operating Grant Program in 2023. For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Terms of Reference for the Operating Grant Program.

NOTE: The below list does not include new organizations who were onboarded into the operating grant through the Operating Grant New Client Intake Program.

Organization Grant Amount
Adult Recreational Choir Society of Calgary $30,000
Alberta Ballet $431,420
Alberta Craft Council $55,888
Alberta Media Art Alliance Society $22,400
Alberta Playwrights’ Network $18,908
Alberta Printmakers Society $30,000
Alberta Theatre Projects $364,500
Alexandra Writers Centre Society $30,000
Alliance Francaise $44,016
Amici String Program Association $25,800
Antyx Community Arts Society $45,584
Beltline Neighbourhoods Association $30,000
Book Publishers Association of Alberta $32,816
Brazilian Community Association of Alberta $6,000
Calgary Allied Arts Foundation $10,000
Calgary Animated Objects $55,776
Calgary Bach Society $4,200
Calgary Blues Music Association $48,384
Calgary Boys’ Choir $16,800
Calgary Centre for Global Community | Humainologie $30,000
Calgary Children’s Choir Association $4,320
Calgary Chinese Orchestra $4,200
Calgary Cinematheque $28,000
Calgary Concert Band Society $6,254
The Calgary Fiddlers Association $30,000
Calgary Foothills Barbershop Chorus Society $11,092
Calgary Girls Choir $36,400
Calgary International Film Festival Society $105,490
Calgary International Fringe Festival Society $39,200
Calgary Men’s Chorus Society $7,080
Calgary Multicultural Choir Society $4,200
Calgary Opera Association $345,878
Calgary Performing Arts Festival Society $20,000
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra $462,054
Calgary Pro Musica Society $30,000
Calgary Protospace Ltd $25,000
Calgary Reggae Festival Society $21,819
Calgary Renaissance Singers & Players $10,000
Calgary Round-up Band $10,000
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers $42,000
Calgary Underground Film Festival Society $42,560
Calgary Young People’s Theatre Society $30,000
Calgary Youth Orchestra Society $24,000
Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry Society (CAMP) $15,000
Canadian Music Centre–Prairie Region $30,000
Cantare Children’s Choir Society $30,688
Casa Mexico Foundation $20,000
Chromatic Theatre $30,000
CJSW Radio – The University of Calgary
Student Radio Society
Classical Guitar Society of Calgary $8,260
Cloud’s ‘n Water Visual Production Society,
The New Gallery
Contemporary Calgary $70,000
Corps Bara Dance Guild of Calgary $10,000
Dancer’s Studio West Society $34,832
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks $209,844
Design Talks (d.talks) $30,000
Early Music Voices Concert Society $11,716
East Side Dance Festival Society $20,000
Elephant Artist Relief Society $10,000
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society $45,584
EnChor Choral Society $2,400
Evergreen Theatre Society $45,136
Exposure: Calgary Banff Photography Festival $30,128
Femme Wave Arts Society $33,600
Fire Exit Theatre Society $4,800
Fish Creek Concert and Cultural Society $3,990
Folk Festival Society of Calgary $158,436
Foothills Bluegrass Music Society $3,300
Foothills Brass Society $16,200
Footprints Dance Project Society of Alberta $26,400
Forte Musical Theatre Guild $23,400
FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary $16,000
Ghost River Theatre Society $31,024
Glenbow Alberta Institute $369,940
Gli Azzurri-Calgary Italian Folk Dancers $13,950
GlobalFest Society $37,296
Green Fools Theatre $30,352
Handsome Alice Theatre $24,800
Harmony Guzheng Ensemble Association $6,962
Hispanic Arts Society $37,408
Alberta University of the Arts, Illingworth Kerr Gallery $24,400
Instrumental Society of Calgary $10,400
International Festival of Animated Objects Society $30,000
International Festival of Song and
Chamber Music Society
Jazz Is Society of Alberta $30,464
Jeunesse Classique Ballet Company $30,000
Kantorei Choral Society $16,000
Kensington Sinfonia Society $14,600
Land’s End Chamber Music Society $22,000
Loose Moose Theatre $27,608
Lougheed House Conservation Society $57,310
Luminous Voices Music Society $30,000
Lunchbox Theatre $71,500
Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society $33,600
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival Society $10,000
Morpheus Theatre Society $20,532
Mount Royal Choral Association of Calgary $13,000
Mountain Standard Time Performative Arts Festival $30,000
Music Calgary $13,500
National accessArts Centre $85,140
National Music Centre $271,360
New Works Calgary $20,600
One Big Jam $17,400
One Voice Chorus Society $11,800
One Yellow Rabbit Theatre Association $98,010
Orchestra Society of Calgary (Calgary Civic Symphony) $12,760
ProArts Society $11,832
Pumphouse Theatres Society $48,384
Calgary Queer Arts Society (FairyTales) $34,944
Quest Theatre Society $56,870
Quickdraw Animation Society $58,520
Revv52 (formerly Calgary Choral) $35,280
Rocky Mountain Concert Band Society $7,670
Sarb Akal Music Society of Calgary $33,600
Savridi Singers Association $2,400
Second Story Art Society (Truck Gallery) $56,000
Silver Stars Musical Revue Society $6,372
Single Onion $10,000
Sled Island Arts Fellowship $101,970
Soulocentric Performing Arts Society o/a Bach Tots $8,260
Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society $1,500
Spiritus Chamber Choir $11,446
Springboard Dance Collective Calgary Society $36,736
Stage Left Productions Theatre Association $30,000
Storybook Theatre Society $55,330
Stride Art Gallery Association $48,608
Studio C, Prospect Human Services Society $30,000
Suzirya Ukrainian Dance Theatre Association $25,200
Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre Society $28,000
The Acoustic Music Society of Calgary $15,000
Association of the Inside Out Integrated Theatre Project $30,000
The Bows (formerly Untitled Art Society) $30,000
The Grand $84,700
The Calgary Jazz Orchestra Society $17,400
Caribbean Community Council $13,224
Downstage Performance Society $30,000
The Esther Honens International Piano Competition $93,060
The Festival Chorus $21,600
The League of Extraordinary Albertans $13,688
Leighton Foundation and Art Centre $43,680
Old Trout Puppet Workshop $55,888
The Shakespeare Company Theatre In The Round Guild $30,000
The Society of Alberta Dance Theatre for Young People $12,180
Theatre Alberta Society $69,300
Theatre Calgary $435,236
Theatre Encounter Performance Society $10,000
Three Left Feet Movement Creations $20,400
Trickster Theatre Society $61,930
Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble $30,240
Verb Theatre Society $18,200
Vertigo Theatre Society $134,568
W.P. Puppet Theatre Society $30,000
W&M Dance Projects of Calgary Association $19,400
West Village Theatre Society $12,064
Westwinds Music Society $30,000
Wild Mint Arts $30,000
Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. $30,000
WordFest $100,540
Writers Guild of Alberta $43,456
Youth Singers of Calgary $75,680

The Operating Grant New Client Intake Program was open to non-profit arts organizations in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis who did not receive an operating grant from Calgary Arts Development from 2020 – 2022. Successful applicants to this program are streamed into the Operating Grant Program and receive an annual operating grant for 2023 and 2024.

The Operating Grant Program provides stable, predictable funding to arts organizations in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis. Operating Grants are committed on a multi-year cycle, and may directed to any area of an organization’s overall budget.

We received 72 eligible applications requesting $1,802,500, and were able to support 38 organizations to a total of $800,000. For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Terms of Reference for the Operating Grant New Client Intake Program.

Organization Grant
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association $30,000
Alberta Music $20,000
Alcove Centre for the Arts $30,000
Ballet Bodies YYC $18,000
BJP Music Foundation $30,000
Burnt Toast Studio $15,000
Calgary Black Film Festival $30,000
Calgary Women’s Chorus $10,000
Canadian Artists Against Poverty $30,000
CARFAC Alberta $15,000
CIF Reconciliation Society $30,000
Cirque Nuit Arts Foundation $15,000
CKUA Radio Foundation $30,000
Concino Chorus and Collaborative Arts Society $10,000
Dance YYC Community Outreach and Engagement Initiative $20,000
Edmonton Movie Club $20,000
Ethnik Festivals Association $30,000
FascinAsian Film Festival $20,000
Girls Rock Camp Calgary $20,000
Health Arts Society of Alberta $15,000
Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary $10,000
Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation $30,000
International Avenue Arts and Culture $15,000
Jupiter Theatre Society $30,000
Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre $15,000
LOUD Art Society $20,000
Music Mile Society of Calgary $20,000
Otafest Film & Cultural Festival Planning Committee $20,000
Prairie Debut Inc. $12,000
Sage Theatre $25,000
Sankofa Arts & Music Fdn $25,000
Seniors Acting Lab Society $15,000
SpanicArts $30,000
The Kinkonauts Improv Theatre Society $15,000
Third Action Film Festival $20,000
Tribe Artist Society $30,000
Venezuelan Canadian Association of Calgary $20,000
Young Alberta Book Society $10,000

The Project Grant Program for Organizations provided one-time project funding to registered non-profit arts organizations in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis. Projects could include research, creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work. Projects could also include experimentation or development of new or adapted approaches to the operations or the administration of the organization.

We received 93 eligible applications requesting $1,980,131, and were able to support 37 projects to a total of $757,996.

For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Terms of Reference for the 2023 Project Grant for Organizations.

Organization Project Grant
Alberta Vocal Arts Association Alberta Vocal Arts Presents: Die Fledermaus – The Champagne Operetta $25,000
AUArts Students Association Show + Sale Winter Market Program 2023 $16,378
Bridges Social Development A Youth Explosion 2023 $20,000
Calgary Black Film Festival 2024 Calgary Black Film Festival – 4th Edition $25,000
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra “Orchestral Wonders of the World” workshops and concerts with Andrés González $25,000
Contemporary Calgary Resistance and Respiration: Public Programming Partnership with the National accessArts Centre $22,975
Downstage Performance Society Theatrical Skills for Professional Progress $25,000
Ethnik Festivals Association A Cultural Trilogy 2023 $25,000
Exposure: Calgary Banff Photography Festival Exposure Conversations $19,680
FascinAsian Film Festival FascinAsian Film Festival – 2024 – Year of the Dragon $25,000
Spindle Films Foundation Spindle Films Foundation Inaugural Intensive $16,535.92
WordFest Wordfest EDIA Initiative $20,000
Antyx Community Arts Society antyx $25,000
Chromatic Theatre Design Workshop for Static by Ashley King $13,985
Evergreen Theatre Society Pop-up Puppet Theatre–Theatre on wheels where communities congregate $6,000
International Festival of Animated Objects Society Puppetry and Mask Incubator $15,000
Jupiter Theatre Society Under the Plaza $25,000
National accessArts Centre Speculative Fiction Short Film $25,000
Quickdraw Animation Society Creative Captioning for Animators $17,613.85
Tall Feathers Inc. Tall Feathers School Program $24,975
Urban Society Aboriginal Youth New Tribe Magazine: Food Edition (Indigenous Family Cook-Off Film) $25,000
Fire Exit Theatre Society A live production of “Cantata: Rumours of my Crazy, Useless Life” by Clem Martini $10,000
FLC Acting Club Exploring and Advancing Creativity in Seniors – Phase II $16,326.50
Ghost River Theatre Society The Room Sculpture Experience $24,150
Girls Rock Camp Calgary Girls Rock Camp Calgary – 2024 Spring Break/Summer Camp Series $24,785
Lougheed House Conservation Society Restore & Revive: Featuring “10 Alberta Old Buildings” $25,000
Madhuban Performing Arts Madhuban Performing Arts presents “Jeevan” $25,000
Mountain Standard Time Performative Arts Festival ISSAY! Magazine $25,000
Oscill8 Electronic Performing Arts Society Sampler Showcase: Rekindling Calgary’s Audiovisual Arts Community Through Educational Workshops and Performance Events $25,000
Sled Island Arts Fellowship Sled Island All-Ages Strategy $12,095
Springboard Performance Spire On Fire & OFF FTA Platforms $25,000
The Bows Audie Murray and Nico Williams Summer 2024 Program $21,675
W&M Dance Projects of Calgary Association WILDDOGS International Screendance Festival $10,822
Wagonstage Theatre Wagonstage Theatre: Summer 2024 Green Space Activation $25,000
Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. UNGANISHA: Explore. Connect. Dance. $25,000
YYC Music Awards Foundation 2023 YYC Music Awards Gala $10,000
Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble “Dzvinka” – Tryzub’s 50th Anniversary Production $10,000

The Future Focus Program is a joint initiative of Calgary Arts Development, the Rozsa Foundation and the Calgary Foundation aimed at supporting Calgary-based arts organizations to investigate, plan and implement significant strategic adaptations in their operations. The goal of the program was to assist organizations in making strategic changes or decisions about their model, operations or focus that may inform how existing and future programs are developed and delivered. Through this program, organizations access funds to develop strategies and engage expertise to build their capacity and assist them in their journeys to navigate the questions, challenges and opportunities they face.

In the 2023 grant year, the Future Focus Program supported 18 organizations to a total of $253,239. Grants made through the November 2023 intake were paid in the 2024 grant year. For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Guidelines for the Future Focus Program. Due to the sensitive or confidential nature of work completed through this program, grantees will remain anonymous.

In addition to the joint inititiave Future Focus Program, Calgary Arts Development maintains the Organization Structural Change program to address emerging needs related to organizational capacity activities that do not fit within the program goal of the Future Focus Program or occur outside of intake periods. These grants are made by the leadership team at Calgary Arts Development.

In 2023, five (5) organizations received $42,800. Due to the sensitive or confidential nature of work completed through this program, grantees will remain anonymous.

Individual Artists & Collectives

The Project Grant Program for Individuals and Collectives was intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. Projects could include research, creation, development, production, presentation or dissemination of artistic work, or the experimentation or development of new or adapted approaches to practice.

This program was supplemented by Calgary Arts Foundation through gifts from the Auxilium Foundation, Calgary Foundation, and Individual Donors.

We received 509 eligible applications requesting $7,085,175, and were able to support 163 projects to a total of $2,303,306. For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Terms of Reference for the 2023 Project Grant for Individuals and Collectives.

Grantee Project Grant
Aaron Giovannone Tales from the Top Rope: The World of Calgary Pro Wrestling $7,220
Ado Nkemka “Death By Estrangement” Album Recording $15,000
Adrian Gonzalez De la Peña Naualli Short Film $15,000
Alana Bartol Is This For You? $8,088.20
Alex Rettie Complete Poetry Manuscript $10,468
Alexa McGinn Celexia $15,000
Alicia Buates McKenzie Mestisa Shields, Mestisa Graves $15,000
Andrew Cooper Among Us Short Film $15,000
Angela Boehm Minus 30 Art Photobook Publication $15,000
Angela Waldie Flyway $12,972
Anna Kinderwater Wait for Me $15,000
Anna Shannon The Untold Story of Mrs. Buell $14,700
Ari Agha Reimagining Key of T: Engaging Audiences for Social Justice $14,338.95
Asim Overstands and Kiran Sthankiya City Portraits $20,000
Asiya Iskander Ballroom Dance After-School Program for Immigrant Kids $15,000
asmaa al-issa Paintings for Hedayet $14,806
Belle Auld Sandra Botting and the History of Midwifery in Alberta $14,095
Brandi Sidoryk Songwriting and Building of a Demo Portfolio $15,000
Brandon Prince Sunrise and Sunsets $8,162.05
Brayden Bell Brayden Bell – Box Office Bomb $15,000
Brock Geiger Steps Taken, Alexander – Collaborative Video Production $14,300
BrownCow Collective (Ryan Maschke) BrownCow Collective’s Production of “Ride The Cyclone” $20,000
Bruce Miller Conviction – Development $15,000
Bukky Wonda 8 Week Filmmaking Workshop $15,000
Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett Idle Worship: mobile art exhibition $20,000
Calgary Concert Opera (Barbara King) Calgary Concert Opera presents Nabucco in concert by Verdi $20,000
Cameron Macgowan SEED Completion $15,000
Carlan Hughes Fifty Fifty Print Distro $12,200
Carly Reirson Diary of a Beating Heart Album Recording $15,000
Carol Beecher Songs of the Quickdraw Animation Society $15,000
Cassandra Suche Concrete Mould Sculpture Explorations $10,531.84
Catherine Hayward Coalescent-Contemporary Dance Production $13,600
Cecilia Alcaraz Literary Work – contemporary novel with historical elements $14,978.72
Chad Blain Road To The Mecca – Documentary Film – Production Phase $14,430
Cholo Cabarroguis Tavern Trail $14,983.94
Christal Cam Dragons and Bots Young reader Graphic Novel $15,000
Christina Krentz Hiding & Revealing Through Abstraction $15,000
Christine Brubaker Digital Dramaturgy and Direction for Rella’s Cambrian Dream $15,000
Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ (Sarah Houle-Lowry) Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ Marketing and Visuals $20,000
Conscious Calligratherapy (Michelle Housley) Calligratherapy: Mindfulness practice for you and your family. $17,879
Crystal Eyes (Erin Jenkins) Crystal Eyes 2023 Recording Project $10,000
Daniela Szeoke Large-Scale Mural in Downtown YYC $15,000
Deanna Witwer Deanna Witwer choreographic commission $12,600
Dempsey Bolton Creation of 7-Track Album $11,500
Dick Averns Illuminating Language $14,952.70
Douglas Winnipeg The Pendleton Man $15,000
EDJE Dance Theatre (Jocelyn Leiver) Tempel Anneke $5,464.00
Elle McAndrews Project Ember LP $15,000
Eric Hamelin Writing and demo recording for upcoming Eric Hamelin collaborative project $7,014.02
Fatemeh Tara Vahab Women!Life! Freedom! $15,000
Firuze Avci A Reflection on Migration and Belonging $9,032.54
Geraldine Fuenmayor Tuberose, ginger, and other essences – World Premiere $15,000
Ghoul Nexus (Taylor Nodrick) Shattered Dreams $20,000
Gillian McKercher Lucky Star – spring shoot and score creation $15,000
Ginger Beef (Jiajia Li) Ginger Beef Music Video “Takeout” Production $20,000
Harpreet Dayal Love Notes $15,000
Ingrid Vargas Zero Hour $15,000
Isis Grace Graham Versions Family-Friendly Patio Parties Season 10 $10,879
J Stevens Threadbare $7,922
J.E. (Jayne) Barnard Rooftop Scientists $6,000
Jacqueline Huskisson Miasma- Glogauair Residency Berlin $11,290.18
Jamie Konchak LiLuune $15,000
Jamie Tognazzini 2–week Songwriting phase of New Interdisciplinary Musical creation $10,621
Janey Luc-German Play With Arts $15,000
Jared Tailfeathers Collective Unconscious $15,000
Jason Filiatrault “Now, I Am A Bear” $15,000
Javier Vilalta Developing The Strategy of War with Downstage $15,000
Jen Zhao Finding Nathan (With Jen Zhao) $15,000
Jennifer Stables Sparrow Artspace Puppetry Art Residency $15,000
Jeremy Gignoux Violin Trio Creation with Clown $14,800
Jerome de Gourville Losing In Vain – Rome IX Debut Album $14,550
Jessica McMann Album Release Tour – Prairie Dusk $15,000
Jill Roberts The Werewolf of Bowness $5,346.08
John Wayne’s Teeth (Kaytlyn Turner) The Wild Sheriff $19,755
Jose Macasinag Flutter $7,107.99
Jude Griebel Revenants: New Sculptural Works $15,000
Kamran Ahamed Kam Prada Album $15,000
Kara Bullock Motherhood Project Residency $14,916.66
Karl Hirzer Crystal Clear $15,000
Karolina Goldyn Goldyn & Bespoke $15,000
Kat Simmers Pass Me By: Lily $14,614.52
Katharina Schier Choreographic Research $5,500
Katie Green Family Constellation $15,000
Kayla Williams Recording new music- Nostalgic Magic four-song EP $15,000
Kaytlyn Turner Puddy Tat $14,408.97
Kenna Burima Creativity and The Song $15,000
Kirti Bhadresa Identity, Labour and Love: A Journey Through A Lifetime of Work $10,738.95
KODAE (Eric Osborne) KODAE Debut Album Marketing Support $20,000
Kodie Rollan One Month Writing Workshop for Act II of Little Elves the Musical (Collective application — Kodie Rollan & Alix Cowman) $14,986.40
Kyle Whitehead Monograph Cinema – Public Screenings and Workshop 2023/2024 $8,500
Lara Schmitz Weak Constitution $9,450
Laura O’Grady The Thunder of Clouds $15,000
Levi Holwell I Was Supposed To Be Happy By Now — Short Film $15,000
Lili Tayefi Unveiled Traditions: Navigating Identity by Merging 2D/3D Artistic Practice for Feminist Exhibition $15,000
Linda Kee Magpahayag (to usher in): A Filipinx Forum Theatre Exploration $15,000
Liquid on Stage (Fangzheng Wang) Liquid on Stage presents: They Must Have Smoked, in Calgary Fringe $20,000
Lo-fi Spectacle Club (Marina Buston) medicine cabinet $19,853
Lorrie Matheson Lorrie Matheson // solo album project $15,000
Louie Fermor The Devil Finally Gets His Rest: First Draft $14,979.35
Luis Tovar Venezuelan-Jazz Fusion EP $13,350
Luminous (James Ziegler) Traces of Consciousness Immersive Events $20,000
Major Matt Mason Collective (Evan Medd) Love & Rage – First Phase of Development $11,700
Matteo Barbi Versvs – The Bridge $15,000
Meadowsweet (Alice Hedley) A musical exploration of darkness and light $16,905.80
Melanie Henderson Batycky Not Forgotten $8,000
Mercedes Webb / ma̱lidi and Kaylee Maciejko Masus weλəɫəʔos? I hear Omhkoohkaa $20,000
Mewael Hadera MIZAN – Debut Music Album by Moël $15,000
Mexican Women Artist Collective (Almendra Vergara) “Be Yourself, Feel Free, Empowering Women and Children. Multidisciplinary Art project $9,522.80
Mia + Eric (Mia Rushton) Art School $20,000
Michele Moss Why Dance? Vol. 5 – A culminating community event $15,000
Michelle Ku Mind Body – Moving Paintings $14,996
Miesha & The Spanks (Miesha Louie) Video Assets – “Unconditional Love In Hifi” $20,000
Molly Caldwell On The Mend: Textiles and Healing (II) $15,000
Morgan Ermter Crow $15,000
Mudfoot Theatre Collective (Geneviève Paré) Bow River Boat Pageant $6,525
Muntalus Music Band (Sajith Ellepola) CGS 2023 & 2024 $18,565
NASARIMBA (Mikhail Miller) NASARIMBA Inglewood Mural $19,896.82
Natasha Jensen Plant Hunter $14,014.64
Nathan Krentz Exploring the Intersection of Traditional and Contemporary Music and Sound $12,275
Neil MacGonigill Ian Tyson – “Payphone In Paradise” – recording project $5,960
New Blood Collective (Austin Ladouceur) New Blood Documentary $19,545
Nia Devetzis Percussion and Drum Institute at the Mount Royal Conservatory $4,600
Nura Ali Exhibition Catalogue for a group exhibition of Black Prairie Artists at the Bows and Stride Gallery in September 2023 $14,965
Olamide (Mide) Kadiri Breakthrough $15,000
Pansy Club (Cal Gibbens) Pansy Club Collective $20,000
Paola Contreras Arreaga Duck $15,000
Patrick Njapa Calgary Intercultural Youth Choir $15,000
Paulo da Costa Hummingbird Memory $11,850
Priscilla Cherry The Oratory $15,000
Project InTandem (Sylvie Moquin) Creation & Production of new dance work Exile by Meghann Michalsky $20,000
Randy Bradshaw The Manifest Life of Lady Bella Lougheed $13,011
restnotatrest (Rebecca Bruton) 100 Tiny Gestures: Phase One – Development Residency $14,936.50
Sean MacAlister project spaces publication $15,000
Sebastian Hutchings Songs of Manyselves $12,000
Seniors Acting Lab (Louise Day) Senior Matters III $19,501.10
Serenella Sol Argueta Where am I from? – A Performance Creation $15,000
Sharon Stevens Artifact? (or fiction) $2,400
Shelby Charlesworth Create & Develop: Impacts of the Opioid Epidemic in Canada $15,000
Shivering Strings (Teresa Baird) Shivering Strings Calgary Fiddle Workshop 2024 $4,800
Sofiya Iurkevych Lullaby of Reeds $15,000
Spencer Burgess The Water $15,000
Stephanie Alexandre Kindling $1,642.17
Sub Chakra (Blaine Kingcott) Sub Chakra Sound System $20,000
SunCross Productions (Hrachya Tokmajyan) Mayr $20,000
Sunflower Collective Theatre (Eden Middleton) Date Night $14,715.70
Susan Forest First draft of a historical novel, The Shadow Spy’s Daughter $5,000
Tadpole (Isaac Szeto) Tadpole $20,000
Tara Wilson Exploring the interaction of dance and video projection $15,000
Tekoa Predika The Faces of Calgary Through a Historical Lens: A Tintype exploration. $15,000
The Femme Arts (Ximena Rios) Back Road $13,856
Trevor Solway Tales From The Rez Season 2 $15,000
Vahe Tokmajyan The Balance of Power $6,850.83
Val Duncan OMG SOMEONE DIES! 2024 $15,000
Valerie Chin Bridgeland Community Art Installation – Mandala Reflections $14,606.46
Vicki Chau An Operatic Heart $15,000
Vikramjeet Johal Time + Spaces $15,000
ViNa Nguyễn A Void Filled In (novel) $13,304.44
Vivek Shraya “Hate Club” music video $15,000
Winston Soyer Rhydrum Drum Instructor Development $15,000
Wyatt Louis Wyatt C. Louis Chandler Marketing 2023-24 $15,000
Yvonne Mullock Solo interactive exhibition at FAB Gallery, University of Alberta in January 2024 $15,000
Zachary Green Cancer Szn $15,000
Zaire Nahum Sealy When You Meet Yourself Album $14,475

The Artist Development Microgrant provided one-time funding to individual artists and artist collectives in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis working in any artistic discipline who pursue a professional practice. This program supported applicants with their professional and artistic skill development or business and career development activities. The goal of the program was to contribute to the skills and knowledge required to advance artists’ careers and develop artistic practices.

This program was supplemented by Calgary Arts Foundation through gifts from the Auxilium Foundation, Calgary Foundation, and Individual Donors.

We received 398 eligible applications requesting $1,638,816, and were able to support 127 applications to a total of $490,352. For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Terms of Reference for the 2023 Artist Development Microgrant.

Grantee Grant Amount
Ado Nkemka Intake 1 $2,260
Alexa Bunnell Intake 1 $5,000
Alpheus Johnson Intake 1 $4,534
Andrew Cooper Intake 1 $4,729.30
Annika Cheyne Intake 1 $4,467.52
Aroop Rayu Intake 1 $5,000
Ashley Johnston Intake 1 $5,000
Bob Acton Intake 1 $4,209.50
Brenden Lengsfeld Intake 1 $5,000
Carly Reirson Intake 1 $3,262.68
Chris Nevile Intake 1 $5,000
Colin Wintz Intake 1 $5,000
Diane Din Ebongue Intake 1 $4,997.24
Elio Alcindor Intake 1 $2,908
Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan Intake 1 $4,203
Eric Flores-Moreno Intake 1 $3,448.81
Erin Aisha Boyce Intake 1 $5,000
Eunice Faye Dionisio Intake 1 $2,080
eva birhanu Intake 1 $2,024
Geraldine Ysselstein Intake 1 $1,960
Hannah Muirhead Intake 1 $5,000
Heidi Grogan Intake 1 $3,945
J Stevens Intake 1 $4,995
Jacqueline Russell Intake 1 $3,443.60
Jared Herring Intake 1 $5,000
Jennifer Poppe Intake 1 $2,760
Jillian Fleck Intake 1 $966.42
Jonathan McCaslin Intake 1 $3,660
Jordan Wieben Intake 1 $3,079
Julya Hajnoczky Intake 1 $5,000
Justin Larioza Intake 1 $3,460
Kaiya Gamble Intake 1 $5,000
Kathryn Hood Intake 1 $5,000
Kelly Kaur Intake 1 $5,000
Kenzie Housego Intake 1 $1,275.05
Lael Chmelyk Intake 1 $654.17
Landon Jesse Krentz Intake 1 $5,000
Leo Sato Intake 1 $5,000
Lexie Angelo Intake 1 $4,900
Lily Maria Sigie Intake 1 $4,909.31
Maggie MacKenzie Intake 1 $2,406.52
Mia + Eric (Mia Rushton) Intake 1 $5,000
Michael Lang Intake 1 $3,775
Mike Tod Intake 1 $5,000
Nice Horse (Krista Wodelet) Intake 1 $5,000
Nyakurthe Mayain Intake 1 $2,200
Omar Javaid Intake 1 $1,500
Pamela Norrish Intake 1 $3,400
Paul Zacharias Intake 1 $4,953.37
Rami Abdelnour Intake 1 $5,000
Sarah van Sloten Intake 1 $3,860.03
Sepidar Yeganeh Farid Intake 1 $1,260
Serenella Argueta Intake 1 $4,998.90
Shea Proulx Intake 1 $1,749.05
Shelby Charlesworth Intake 1 $1,852.60
Sweater Weather (Aaron Giovannone) Intake 1 $4,632.30
Val Duncan Intake 1 $1,820
Vinson Chan Intake 1 $5,000
Xinyu Li Intake 1 $5,000
Zahra (Zara) Baseri Intake 1 $1,078.57
Adrian Gonzalez De la Peña Intake 2 $4,905
Alex Kwong Intake 2 $4,999.95
Alita Laurie Intake 2 $4,390
Allan Sinclair Intake 2 $5,000
Amelie Patterson Intake 2 $5,000
Anna Cooley Intake 2 $2,948
Ashley Bedet Intake 2 $5,000
Bruce Miller Intake 2 $5,000
Calgary Without Patriarchy (Jacqs Walker) Intake 2 $3,000
Chris Sies Intake 2 $5,000
Christina Dongqi Yao Intake 2 $4,375
Christy Herdman Intake 2 $3,136.54
Cîpayak ᒌᐸᕀ (Sarah Houle-Lowry) Intake 2 $5,000
Claudia Chagoya Intake 2 $2,547.05
Corey Brereton Intake 2 $1,105
Delirium Street Party Brass (John Abraham) Intake 2 $4,000
Eden Middleton Intake 2 $5,000
Eveline Kolijn Intake 2 $3,500
Ezgi Turker Intake 2 $1,076.25
Fadi Alkhouri Intake 2 $5,000
Gisela Romero Intake 2 $5,000
Immigrant Lessons (Kevin Fraser) Intake 2 $5,000
J.R. McNeil Intake 2 $2,212
James McLane Intake 2 $4,460
Janey Luc-German Intake 2 $1,678.15
Jared Clark Intake 2 $5,000
Javier Vilalta Intake 2 $4,744
Jen Schier Intake 2 $4,720.33
Jenna Turk Intake 2 $3,932.98
Jeremy Gignoux Intake 2 $874.41
Jose Macasinag Intake 2 $3,611.49
Kamran Ahamed Intake 2 $5,000
Katie Green Intake 2 $4,926.98
Katriona Dunn Intake 2 $1,900
Kayam Khalfan Intake 2 $5,000
Kelsey Merkeley Intake 2 $5,000
Kevin Dong Intake 2 $3,900
Lara Schmitz Intake 2 $2,475.03
Laurie Radford Intake 2 $3,351.01
Leah Petrucci Intake 2 $5,000
Leia Guo Intake 2 $4,278.05
Louie Fermor Intake 2 $1,215.20
Madalyn Faunt Intake 2 $4,082
Mao (Kun) chen Intake 2 $4,800
Meaghan Thompson Intake 2 $1,975
Michelle Ku Intake 2 $2,696
Noeline Hofmann Intake 2 $5,000
Nyssa Orr Intake 2 $5,000
Omatta Udalor Intake 2 $5,000
Paige Feurer Intake 2 $2,512
Paulo da Costa Intake 2 $2,972.87
Phillip Bandura Intake 2 $2,000
Project InTandem (Sylvie Moquin) Intake 2 $4,984.56
Qingping Yu Intake 2 $1,645.74
Raeann Cheung Intake 2 $5,000
RAZA (Laura Caraballo) Intake 2 $4,765.62
Sean Haid Intake 2 $1,638.20
Shae McLean Intake 2 $5,000
Shone Thistle Intake 2 $5,000
Sonia Deleo Intake 2 $5,000
Tayyaba Walayat Intake 2 $5,000
Teresa Baird Intake 2 $2,600
Tyenne Bentor Intake 2 $5,000
Tyler Klein-Longmire Intake 2 $5,000
Vikramjeet Johal Intake 2 $5,000
Vincent Ho Intake 2 $2,800
Wunmi Idowu Intake 2 $5,000

First Nations, Métis, Inuit Artists & Organizations

The Original Peoples Investment Program provided one-time project funding to First Nation, Métis and Inuit individual artists, artist collectives and Indigenous-led and centred arts organizations in Treaty 7. This program supported the innovation, preservation and revitalization of First Nations, Métis and Inuit art through art-based projects that are supported and validated by FNMI artists, community, Elders and Knowledge Keepers. We recognize and support both traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists and arts practices within this program.

We received 50 applications requesting $855,488 and were able to support 40 applications to a total of $695,488. For information about how this program was assessed, please see the Terms of Reference for the 2023 Original Peoples Investment Program.

Grantee Project Grant
Adam Solway Saiksisttoo (Come Into View) $15,000
Amy Hill powwow threads $15,000
Autumn Whiteway Thank You Edward Curtis, But We’ll Take It From Here $15,000
Bruce Miller Research and Development of Web Series “Warrioress” $15,000
Dan Cardinal McCartney Where the Three Rivers Meet: Painting Series $14,981.92
Martin Heavy Head Ahkoinimaan- The Making of Pipes $15,000
Morgan Black kacatqa (rising) $15,000
Priscilla Boulay Calgary’s Art Market $15,000
Robert Dodginghorse The Calling $15,000
Sade Auger Woman Who Stands Strong Phase Three $15,000
Shea Iles Métis fingerweaving and beading $12,350
CIF Reconciliation Society ReconciliACTION and Healing through art workshops $25,000
Stephanie One Spot They Had Names Before This $15,000
Tracy Breaker Buffalo Spirit-The Creation of a Women’s Traditional Outfit $15,000
Trevor Solway Settler Post Production $15,000
Awowaakiiks Awowaakiiks $25,000
Alyjah Ermine Neil The Editing Phase of Alyjah Ermine’s book offering: ‘Medicine in the Soil; Magic from the Stars’ $15,000
New Blood Documentary Collective New Blood Documentary $19,300
Berkley Brady Summer of Bitter and Sweet – Feature Film Script Writing and Language Study $14,995.75
Brad Spence Brad becoming a Stone Carver/Sculpting Artisan $15,000
Chance Bellegarde Roots Redirected $20,000
Thundering Drums Making Connections thru Traditional Arts $20,000
Wasakamapiwak Wearing Our Stories $20,000
Dorienne Proulx Our Voices $15,000
Tribe Artist Society Tribe Artist Society & Sober Crew Drumming Club (Free Lessons for all Peoples) 12 Months $25,000
Elijah Wells Dance Theatre for Young Audiences and Workshop week $25,000
Blackfoot Community Radio Station Blackfoot-led Community Radio Station $20,000
Jace Eagle Bear Gailan Ensemble Commission Piece $14,946
Jessica McMann Concerto Commission Project $15,000
Kristy North Peigan Indigenous Futurism (Likely will be changed) $15,000
Leah Nicholson Aaron Daniels – Last of the Highwood Winds Grass Dancers $20,000
Highland Wind Grass Dancers IndigiWELLNESS $25,000
The Land Holds us Our Best Exhibitions $20,000
Making Treaty 7 Indigenous-led Creation Residency $25,000
MUSKEGO Little People $19,965
Randy Parsons Reconnecting with ribbon skirts $15,000
Sandra Lamouche Santa Fe Art Institute – Soveriegnty residency – Exploring the role of art and storytelling in soveriegnty using land based practices. $14,000
Sikapinakii Low Horn Blackfoot Skateboard Designs $14,950
Walter MacDonald White Bear Website & Electronic Press Kit $15,000
William Ward Walking the Path $15,000

The Indigenous Artist Microgrant provided one-time funding to First Nation, Metis and Inuit individual artists and artist collectives living and working in the Treaty 7 region working on the preservation, maintenance and revival of Indigenous culture, traditions or forms. The program supported projects related to the crafting and creation of regalia and projects related to traditional methods and forms, including mentorship, training and knowledge sharing.

We were able to support 12 applications to a total of $59,617. 

Grantee Project Grant
Cowboy Smith x Blackfoot pictographs + protocols research $5,000
Kevin Guillion Metis fiddle creation $5,000
Staci Duchene Micro Spring Summer Collection $4,678.62
Melissa Victor Talk about cedar weaving at Indigenous Resiliancy Festival $5,000
Sophia Lebessis Inuit Art Cube Phase 2 $4,938.78
Bobby Tatti Ribbon skirts, shirts and belts $5,000
Aba Proulx Regalia creation $5,000
Kyle Eagle Child Beadwork and ribbonskirt collection $5,000
Allyson Dennehy Regalia purchase and creation $5,000
Patricia Grimwood Metis Pattern sharing online $5,000
Seth Cardinal Dodginghorse Creation of Ceremonial shirt $5,000
Jonathan Fox Queer Blackfoot culture exploration $5,000

The Honouring the Children Grant is specifically for Indigenous artists or Indigenous arts organizations who live and work on Treaty 7 territory. It supported artistic projects responding to, honouring or in memory of the loss of life, culture, ceremony and language amongst the original peoples of this land because of the residential school system.

We were able to support five (5) applications to a total of $56,653. 

Grantee Project Grant
Glenna Cardinal University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills Artpiece $6,000
Alberta Williams Northern Trip $11,890
CIF Reconciliation Society Honouring the Children residency program $15,000
Making Treaty 7 O’Kosi Production $20,000
Autumn Whiteway Interview Gertrude Magnusson $3,763.22

Other Programs

The ArtShare Program was intended to provide one-time project funding to individual artists, artist collectives and arts organizations in Calgary / Mohkinsstsis who self-identify as equity-seeking, or which are led by and serve equity-seeking communities. Calgary Arts Development program staff work one on one with applicants to develop grant proposals and funding amounts.

Calgary Arts Development 2023 grant investment programs for individual artists and artist collectives were supplemented through the Cultural Vitality Fund of the Calgary Arts Foundation, with donations from individual donors, the Auxilium Foundation, and an Anonymous Donor to the Edmonton Community Foundation. We thank these donors for their generous support.

We were able to support 43 applications to a total of $512,000.

Grantee Project Grant
Alia Aluma-Baigent Yesterday, Last Year $15,000
Anastasia Allan Novel and portfolio development $15,000
Andrea Greening imMORAL injury $15,000
Andrew Abildgaard Six Month Training and Development $3,700
Anerin (Rin) Wright Untitled Progressive Music Development $15,000
Anne Azucena Exploring Traditional Crafting Practices in the Philippines $14,858
Anubhav Theatre – Multilingual $14,000
Anvita (Annie) Bhatti Professional development in graphic art and design tools $6,432
Centre For Newcomers Let’s Paint Program (with Apiow Akwai) $12,650
Cleo Williams SOAP Studios – Fashion Artist Development $15,000
Colleen Peters Travel to New York to sing a World premiere of Twilight Mass by Ola Gjeilo with Vocal Latitudes Choir $3,645.36
Curtis Running Rabbit-Lefthand No Spiritual Surrender Documentary Series $15,000
De-Ann Weekes Dunham Legacy Revisited (Dance Intensive) at Jacobs Pillow $5,650
Emmanuel Ilondior Foreign Path II – Film $15,000
EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society BLACK2THEFUTURE $20,000
Erin Aisha Boyce Artist Accelerator Program and Guitar Lessons (note: this amount topped up their 2023 Artist Development Microgrant) $2,617.94
Fadi Alkhour The Human-Animal Connection Project $15,000
Fall of Earth (Alex Rye) Fall of Earth Tour + Professional Development $20,000
Gentil Misigaro A Song With A Story – Live Concert & Recording $15,000
Grand Komanda Grand Komanda Mischievous 2024 Comedy Special $15,000
Haneyeh (Honey) Jalali My Pillow: A Further Exploration $15,000
Hebert Poll Gutierrez To present lectures about Afro Cuban storytelling on three Cuban cultural events in January 2024. $4,986.52
Heritage Weavers and Spinners Guild of Calgary Support for relocation from ArtPoint Studio & Galleries to Austrian Canadian Cultural Centre $9,099.48
Incipio Modo (Danira Miralda) The Procession: Phase 1 $20,000
jacqs walker Voice affirming vocal training and community workshops $6,200
Janet Turner Among Other Things $15,000
Jared Herring Calgary House Workshops with Sekou $2,595
Kamika Bianca Guerra-Walker Finding My Way Back to You feature film production $15,000
Lara Schmitz Convergence – Writing & Development $15,000
Luis Tovar Album Recording (Pt.2) $12,000
Mariah Udalor Attend Sundance academy Script Writing Courses and purchase equipment and materials $4,971
Melika Forouzan Pour Preparation & exhibition at Snap Gallery in Edmonton May 2024 $6,264
Melissa Victor New York Fashion Week with Runway7 $14,000
Noble Seggie Untitled Pysanky (Ukrainian Easter Egg) Project $13,231.04
Paityn Savoie Launch online-storefront and support in-person vending opportunities $5,000
Priscilla Boulay Advance jewelry and silversmithing career through courses & mentorship $15,000
Rebecca Dawn Luminous Revolutions $15,000
Silvia Temis Opera Flamenca $13,000
Sofia Huarte Aguilar To participate in Chromatic Theatre’s 2023-24 Playwrights Unit and develop an original solo show based on my Mexican cultural roots. $5,000
Suzanne Dzus Mohawk beadwork $5,000
Tha Bloc (Sam Obadero) Tha Bloc: cSPACE Residency/Activation $21,100
The Louis Brothers Brand/Business Development plan for Louis Brothers $5,000
TheMarriageAdvocates Canada Musical Dinner Theatre: A Tale of Two Immigrant Couples $21,000

The Cultural Activation Fund supports projects that align with civic partner and City of Calgary strategies, priority areas and initiatives such as Downtown Revitalization, Chinook Blast and Rise Up, and the Creative Economy Strategy. cSpace’s annual operating grant is also funded through the Cultural Activation Fund, as well as collaborations with other funders such as support for non-qualified donee applicants to the Rozsa Foundation Capstone Grant program. In 2023, additional funding was received from the City of Calgary to be allocated towards grants and sponsorships through the Rise Up Downtown Vibrancy program.

Grantee Project Grant
cSpace Projects Annual Grant $240,000
Dancers Transition Resource Centre On the Move Career Development Conference $2,500.00
LobbyFest Urban Innovation Society LobbyFest 2023 $10,000
Marilyn Milavsky RiverFestYYC 2023 $25,000
National accessArts Centre COP28 $15,000
Tourism Calgary Chinook Blast 2024 $125,000
Trevor Solway Tales From the Rez $4,100
cSpace Projects Creative Spaces Playbook & Meanwhile Lease Program $50,000
Antonio Machado RAMP – Capstone Project $5,000

Rise Up Downtown Vibrancy Program

Rise Up invites individuals and organizations to propose creative projects, events and programs that will transform existing venues and spaces in the downtown area with the support of the RISE UP Downtown Vibrancy Program.

Grantee Project Grant Sponsorship
3rd Verse Records Jollof n Jam $5,000
Ado Nkemka A.N.’s first single release party $2,861.35
Aklas Comics Team Aklas Comics, The installation $5,000
The Alcove Center for the Arts The Alcove Window Case Concert $5,000
Black Arts and Culture Council Pop up and Pull up $5,000
The Blaze Group I Love Afro Beats $5,000
Calgary Underground Film Festival Society 11th CUFF.Docs; Documentary Film Festival $5,000
Casa Mexico in Alberta Foundation Traditional Mexican Posada $5,000
Closet Art Studio Closet Art Studio $5,000
Empath Theatre Collective Emily Parkhouse $2,550
Empowering Artists Empowering Artists Presents: Winter Jam $4,677.25
Fredy Rivas “Tremenda Luz” (Great Light) $5,000
Good Neighbour Community Market Magic Happens Here $4,700
Hebert Poll Gutierrez WE ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS BUT HUMANS. $5,000
Hispanic Arts Society Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos $5,000
ICARUS Sound Jam Session – Show Dem Camp $5,000
Kenna Burima The Eau Claire Hub Holiday Cafe $5,000
Lydia Tesfaye Blossom $5,000
LYT Studio Community Connection through Clay $5,000
Misha Maseka/Village Girls Honey & Cocoa: A Broadway Cabaret $5,000
Moey Blanco Moey Blanco presents “Please Don’t Feed the Artist”, A pop up activation $4,468.33
Paloma Negra Fiesta de la Piñata $5,000
Philippe Burns & Katlin Mathison Philippe Burns & Katlin Mathison $3,828.07
Rockit Vocal Studios Interactive Songwriting Workshop and Showcase $5,000
Seconds.Collective Seconds. $4,700
SpanicArts Hispanic / Latin American Heritage Day $5,000
Steven Morton Drag Me to the Opera $5,000
The Definitive Rock Rythm Festival $5,000
The Oratory The Oratory $5,000
Three Left Feet Candy Cane Carnival $3,965
Volly Ltd Chinatown Popup Movie Club $3,250
YYC Music Awards Foundation YYC Music Awards Holiday Spotlight $5,000

The Changemakers Program invests in artists and organizations who are using their art to make change in their community and which use art for social change. Our Trico Changemaker partnership and Artist as Changemaker cohort is funded from the program. The intention of this program is to partner with the community to use art to create conversation and solutions to our communities’ most challenging problems.

Grantee Project Grant
Action Dignity Art in Community – Nepalese Community $25,000
Cultural Instigators Development and Podcast $50,000
Green Tools Grants Participant Microgrants for Tools Onboarding $35,000
Ladies in the Family Fdn Light up our Podium $30,000
Trico Changemakers Studio Art for Social Change Network $30,000

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