Tactical Plan: Creative Communities

The text below is from the second Living a Creative Life tactical plan, current to March 2015. Please refer to the Tactical Plan section for background on what tactical plans contain and how they will be used.

The outcomes and visions of Living a Creative Life will be realized through the work of signatories. Calgary Arts Development will continue to engage signatories throughout the life of the strategy and will support them in aligning their current and future activities to the tactics below. Calgary Arts Development will also be responsible for collecting data and reporting back on success indicators annually.

Vision: Calgary’s communities enjoy access to a rich spectrum of arts experiences.

Outcome One: A wide variety of arts experiences are embedded in neighbourhoods across the city.

Encourage the private, public, community and arts sectors to incorporate the arts into the daily lives of Calgarians in both purpose-built and alternative arts spaces.

  • Create artist residency programs across all sectors and neighbourhoods.
  • Embrace the opportunity to include arts spaces where artists can live and work in new developments across the city.
  • Maintain or increase investment in publicly accessible art.
  • Broker connections between the arts and the private sector to encourage an arts presence in corporate and commercial space.
  • Create incentives for artists and arts organizations to bring their work to neighbourhoods that currently have little or no arts presence.
  • Increase understanding between permitting bodies and those seeking to create public arts experiences.

Driver: Increase awareness within the arts community of opportunities to create and present work in neighbourhoods throughout Calgary, in both purpose-built and alternative arts spaces.

  • Create a centralized agency or roster that connects artists, freelance arts educators, arts organizations, families and community groups to ease the process of bringing the arts into homes and communities.
  • Create a city-wide inventory of available arts spaces, both purpose-built and alternative.
Success Indicators
  • Quantity and usage of arts spaces across the city, measured by:
    • Number of available purpose-built and non-traditional arts spaces.
    • Number of nights arts spaces are occupied.
    • Total audience capacity of spaces in inventory.
  • Quantity and diversity of arts events across the city, measured by:
    • Number of arts events (classes, performances, exhibits, etc.) in the city.
    • Percentage of arts events by on discipline.
  • Calgarians’ engagement in the arts, measured by:
    • Percentage of Calgarians who volunteer in the arts.
    • Percentage of Calgarians who attend arts events.
    • Percentage of Calgarians who undertake a personal artistic practice.
    • Percentage of Calgarians who engage with the arts through media consumption (watching TV, downloading music, reading magazines, etc.).
Outcome Two: Calgarians’ arts participation and the arts sector itself are reflective of Calgary’s diversity, its inclusivity and the desire of Calgarians to learn more about one another.

Encourage cross-cultural collaboration during the artistic process to create more diverse arts programming that will attract audiences from across the city.

  • Work with the private, public and arts sectors to create and maintain opportunities to fund and promote citizen-led artistic initiatives.
  • Encourage cross-cultural exchange and networking between arts organizations, artists and cultural groups.

Driver: Increase support for Calgary-based artists who are new to Canada.

  • Work with the private, public and arts sectors to create funding, promotion and recognition opportunities for new Canadian artists in Calgary.
  • Ensure that new Canadian artists feel welcome in Calgary and are aware of opportunities for networking with the arts community.

Driver: Diversify the range of cultural, social, geographic and economic voices within the arts community.

  • Increase the dialogue about how arts organizations can diversify their boards of directors, staff and artists.
  • Invite and encourage diverse populations to engage in arts-related public consultations or review processes.
Success Indicators
  • Artists and arts participants represent diverse populations, measured by:
    • Percentage of arts engagement by race/ethnicity, age, geographic location and socio-economic status.
    • Number of new Canadians making a living as an artist.
  • Quantity and variety of diverse arts events across the city, measured by:
    • Number of organizations that serve underrepresented or specific populations through the arts.
    • Number of arts events in the city that intentionally serve diverse populations.

The following signatories are currently contributing to tactics in the Creative Communities focus area:

  • 4th Street BRZ
  • 4th Street Festival Society
  • Afrikadey! Arts and Culture Society
  • Alberta Craft Council
  • Alberta Printmakers Society
  • Alberta Theatre Projects
  • Alliance Française de Calgary
  • Alberta Media Artists Alliance Society
  • Antyx Community Arts
  • Artpoint Gallery and Studios
  • ArtsCan Cooperative for Artists
  • Beakerhead
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary
  • Brookfield Residential
  • Cab City
  • Calgary Animated Objects Society
  • Calgary Arts Development
  • Calgary Boys’ Choir
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society
  • Calgary Chamber, The
  • Calgary Downtown Association
  • Calgary Folk Music Festival
  • Calgary International Fringe Festival Society
  • Calgary Men’s Chorus
  • Calgary Opera
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Calgary Public Library
  • Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers
  • City Repair Calgary
  • create! in the East Village
  • cSPACE Projects
  • Dancers’ Studio West
  • Design Talks Institute
  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks
  • Evergreen Theatre
  • Foothills Brass
  • Fort Calgary
  • Honens
  • Inglewood BRZ
  • Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Calgary Chapter
  • International Avenue BRZ
  • International Avenue Mural Society
  • International Avenue Arts and Culture Centre
  • Loft 112
  • LoveCraft Gallery
  • Montgomery BRZ
  • Mount Royal Conservatory
  • National Music Centre
  • New Urban Development
  • PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture)
  • PCL Construction
  • Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta
  • Revv52
  • Southern Alberta Heritage Language Association
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
  • Springboard Performance
  • Strategic Group
  • Structured Abstraction
  • Studio C, Prospect Human Services
  • Talent Pool Development Society of Calgary
  • TELUS Spark
  • Theatre Alberta
  • Theatre Calgary
  • Timeraiser
  • University of Calgary, Faculty of Arts
  • Visual Arts Alberta Association
  • Wolf Willow Studio
  • Wordfest
  • Writers’ Guild of Alberta
  • YMCA Calgary
  • Youth Central