Calgarians invited to weigh in on Calgary’s first Arts Plan

For immediate release
April 11, 2013

Calgary Arts Development will share the working draft at a series of open houses

(Calgary AB) – In May of 2012, Calgary Arts Development embarked on a yearlong process to create Calgary’s first Arts Plan, a long-term strategy for arts development and investment in Calgary and a legacy of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada. Now, after almost a year of consultation with the artistic community and the public, Calgary Arts Development is inviting Calgarians to learn about the Arts Plan working draft, ask questions and provide input at a series of open houses held throughout April and May.

The public are invited to attend any of the following open houses:

April 15, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Marda Loop Community Association
Lower Level, 3130 16th St. SW

April 17, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Acadia Recreation Complex, Multipurpose Room
240 90th Ave. SE

April 25, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Parkdale Community Centre and Facilities
Lower Level, 3512 5th Ave. NW

May 6, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Genesis Centre, Multipurpose Room A
7556 Falconridge Blvd. NE

Calgary Arts Development will also be hosting targeted meetings for each artistic discipline. A full schedule of these meetings is available at

“Public input has been key to the creation of Calgary’s first Arts Plan, and we want to continue the dialogue with citizens as the Arts Plan takes shape,” says Terry Rock, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “Arts Plan is a historic opportunity for Calgarians to articulate our goals for the arts and lay the groundwork for achieving them.”

The completed Arts Plan will be presented at a public meeting of The City of Calgary’s Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services on June 5, 2013.

About Calgary’s Arts Plan
Calgary’s Arts Plan is the long-term strategy for arts development and investment in Calgary and a legacy of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada. The arts inspire our children’s futures, connect our communities, drive our city’s economic growth and energize our lives. Our goal is to work with citizens, artists, arts organizations and other partners to craft a bold and integrated plan that sets clear, long-term targets for the resources and collaborative work necessary to support a thriving arts sector in Calgary. Visit and search Twitter hashtag #yycArtsPlan for the latest updates.

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