Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

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.

Please join us for a virtual town hall 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. Come learn about how it started, and how by sharing a common concern this group has gathered funding to propel an artist-activist project called Bringing Power to Truth. Kelli Morning Bull from the Indigenous led Spiral, Wunmi Idowu from the Black led Spiral, and jaqs gallos aquines from the Racialized led Spiral will be contributing to the conversation. The last Chat and Chew, held on September 21, 2021, focused on the question Are you Ready to Hear the Truth: Every Child Matters. A video of that session can be viewed here.

The November 2, 2021, virtual town hall takes place through Zoom from 2:00 to 4:00pm MT and will be interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL) with a live transcription available. Register at to take part.

Registering for this town hall confirms that you have read and agree to our group agreements as amended for this meeting. If you have questions, please send them to


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