Calgary Arts Development announces Arts For All Grant Program

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Calgary Arts Development announces Arts For All Grant Program

For immediate release
October 3, 2013

New funding program will focus on east Calgary

(Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development announced today that it will be piloting the Arts for All Program in 2013 and 2014. The new funding program’s goal is to invest in arts activity outside of the downtown core, with a focus on east Calgary. The first community to host this program will be Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrook Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview).

Calgary Arts Development is partnering with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) to engage artists and arts organizations of diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds, as well as local businesses and community members. This partnership has also produced the creation of a new multipurpose arts space, artBOX on 17E, located at 1807 42nd St. SE, which officially launched today.

The Arts for All Program is open to individuals, collectives and organizations and will fund art projects that will increase artistic activities and opportunities within the Greater Forest Lawn community. Preference will be given to applicants who are located in Greater Forest Lawn, although applicants from outside the community will also be considered if their projects value participation from local artists and community members as well as the participation of artists, organizations and community members from diverse backgrounds. Applicants are encouraged to connect with International Avenue BRZ early in their project planning to get acquainted with the community and learn about opportunities available, such as artBOX on 17E.

The program will also include an award of $5,000, intended to cover at least two months of living expenses for the recipient to devote their time to artistic work. The award is open to professional artists living and practicing in Greater Forest Lawn. The application deadline for the award is November 15, 2013 at 4:30pm.

“Calgary Arts Development believes that the arts are a crucial element of healthy and creative communities, and we are proud to be partnering with International Avenue BRZ to help foster the cultural vibrancy of Greater Forest Lawn,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “The Arts for All Program is an opportunity for us to engage with and learn about communities outside the downtown core.”

Application deadlines for project funding are November 15, 2013 at 4:30pm and May 30, 2014 at 4:30pm. Access to the online application, detailed instructions and a printable reference copy will be available at next week. Applications will be accepted online through Calgary Arts Development’s online grant interface starting mid-October.

About International Avenue BRZ
International Avenue BRZ’s mandate is to promote, improve and create a more pleasant community to shop and live. We represent over 435 businesses on 17th Avenue SE from 26-61 Streets and area. The organization continues to be innovative and has received many awards including the Safer Calgary Award 2008, Congress of New Urbanism Award for the International Avenue Design Initiative—Charrette #1 Envisioning International Avenue with the University of Calgary team in 2005.

About Calgary Arts Development
Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role to promote, foster and direct investments that develop the capacity of Calgary’s arts sector to achieve public and artistic impact. As the city’s designated arts development authority, we are a central hub that learns about, promotes, connects, advocates for, and leads strategic initiatives in the arts to animate Calgary as a vibrant cultural centre. Calgary Arts Development allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary through granting programs that support operations and innovation for more than 190 arts organizations in Calgary.


Further Information
Cadence Mandybura
Community Manager, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: 403.264.5330 x 201 (office) | 403.585.5390 (cell)

Alison Karim-McSwiney, BA, MIPM
Executive Director,
 International Avenue BRZ
Phone: 403.608.7288

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