Artist-Initiated Public Art Microgrant Program

Applications Open: September 9, 2021
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2021, 4:30pm MT
Notifications: Results will be sent out by early December 2021
Funds: Grant money will be released beginning in December 2021
Download Program Guidelines as a PDF

Calgary Arts Development public art microgrant investment funds are provided through the Government of Alberta and The City of Calgary. We thank these funders for their generous support.

This microgrant program recognizes that public art opportunities can come from grassroots ideas that are initiated by professional artists.

Professional artists are defined as artists who are actively pursuing a career in the arts, who have invested in the development of their artistic skills, voice, and goals, and who primarily create artistic work on their own. Professional artists may have formal training, have shared their work publicly, have been compensated for their work, and have a relationship with their artistic communities and peers. Artists do not need to be working professionally in the arts full-time.

Calgary Arts Development invites Calgary and area artists or artist teams to submit their project ideas to create art in public spaces. Professional artists of all experience levels are encouraged to partner with community associations, businesses or private landowners to explore any form of public art in any part of the city.

This opportunity is open to Calgary-based professional artists of all disciplines. Individual artists or artist teams or collectives are eligible. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

The program seeks to inspire Calgarians and support local artists that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing an opportunity for artist-initiated public art projects.

Please note that this is a request for proposals and an initial artwork concept is required. Artist or artist teams will be expected to complete community engagement after they are commissioned to inform the final artwork concept.

Applications must be submitted by the stated deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. If you have any questions or need any help with completing an application, please contact us as soon as possible so we can get you what you need.

Applications are accepted through the online grant interface. If this is your first time applying to Calgary Arts Development you will need to create a profile from the login page. If you have any questions or need assistance in setting up a profile or creating an application, please contact

The public art microgrant programs follow many of the same guidelines as Calgary Arts Development’s other granting programs. Please see Investment Program FAQ for answers to common questions.

Please note that Calgary Arts Development staff are continuing to work remotely. If you have any questions about this program please contact Ophelia Liew, Public Art Engagement Liaison, at or 403.264.5330.