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A garbage bin decorated with flowers and the words "Do what feels right"

Community-Run Public Art Microgrant

Recognizing that public art opportunities can come from grassroots ideas that are initiated and led by communities, Calgary Arts Development invites proposals for community-run public art projects. The program is intended to promote economic revitalization in the city of Calgary.

Year: 2022
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Multicoloured hands reach to the stars in a colourful mural.

Artist-Initiated Public Art Microgrant

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

Year: 2022
Medium: Various
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The Centre City Banner Program – Jarett Sitter (2021 – 2022)

The Centre City Banner Program – Jarett Sitter (2021 – 2022)

When Jarett first began the process for the banner project, he was thinking a lot about Alberta wildlife and the different environments they live in. As the year 2020 went on, things got weirder, quarantines went into effect and people became more isolated. It became increasingly important to him to create something that could bring a sense of happiness to people who would see the banners.

Address: Downtown Calgary
Year: 2022
Medium: Banners
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Six banners of outdoor locations near Calgary by artist Curtis Sorensen

The Centre City Banner Program

The Centre City Banner Program engages local artists to create artwork for banners displayed on light poles and bridges leading into the core, acting as gateways to Calgary’s downtown and cultural district.

Year: 2023
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A man plays music on a keyboard and sings while another musician accompanies him on a thabla.

Save Afghan Art Musical Night

The Pamir Canadian Multiculturalism Council held a public event to support refugees from Afghanistan who have found a new home in Calgary.

Address: Dawat Hall Westwinds, 9 4825 Westwinds Dr. NE
Year: 2022
Medium: Music, Social Practice
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A garbage bin decorated with flowers and the words "Do what feels right"

Hidden Valley: Inspire our Future

This grassroots awareness and beautification project created art for traffic light utility boxes and outdoor refuse bins throughout the community, promoting community pride.

Address: Throughout the Hidden Valley community
Year: 2022
Medium: Vinyl covering for environment, traffic and utility infrastructure
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A collection of photos showing the De Waal building in historic states

Excavation: Unearthing the Story and History of a Space

The group examined artifacts found in the De Waal building, collected written and recorded stories from the public, and held land-based photography workshops, which began with and were guided by Indigenous Knowledge Keepers.

Address: Sparrow Artist Space: de Waal Block, 36 4th St. NE
Year: 2022
Medium: Various
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Four sculptures outside the Banff Community Association. Each sculpture is of a feather, and each features a unique animal: an eagle, a bear, a bison and a wolf.

Banff Trail Blackfoot Art Installation

The Banff Trail Community Association invited artist Irvin Tom Manyguns to create an outdoor sculpture meant to deepen connections with the Siksika Nation and celebrate Blackfoot culture.

Address: Banff Trail Community Association, 2115 20th Ave. NW
Year: 2022
Medium: Sculpture
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Community members are painted onto the wall of the Mount Pleasant Community Association in an abstract and whimsical style.

Mount Pleasant Community Engagement Mural

Through a social media and poster campaign, Mount Pleasant residents sent their input on what they love about their community. Artist Conz took this feedback to create a mural of community members of all ages coming together in local parts and nature.

Address: Mount Pleasant Community Association, 602 22nd Ave. NE
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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A colourful mural featuring women, hand-in-hand, reaching upward with the Calgary downtown painted behind them.

Filipinx Female and Youth Empowerment Murals

The FilipinX Kasaganaan Artist Collective created two public murals to showcase Filipino community and culture.

Address: 302 10th St. NW & 1323 Centre St. NW
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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Journey’s Home

Journey’s Home

This 5,000 sq ft mural, painted onto the side of the Calgary Dream Centre, explores the meaning of home and the stories of people currently experiencing homelessness.

Address: Calgary Dream Centre, 4510 Macleod Tr. SW
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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A mural featuring flowing rivers and plants growing from concrete is painted on a wall underneath a bridge.

Mother Nature Reclaims What Belongs to Her

Under generations of development under the Bow Trail overpass, artist duo NASARIMBA discovered a community skate park has grown and developed using bridge architecture and salvaged building materials. Among this brutalist architecture, the duo created a mural.

Address: 2042 10th Ave. SW
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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Beyond Resiliency

Filmmakers Amber Skye Cox and Madine Kanayeva will explore success stories from local Indigenous business owners to empower traditionally overlooked communities.

Year: 2022
Medium: Documentary Film
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A mural which features a confluence of people and foods from different cultures.

Dim Sum Sends

Artist Yiting Hui’s mural used food as a whimsical way to tell a story about the confluence of cultures in Canada.

Address: South wall of the Centre Street Bridge, 122 Riverfront Ave. SW
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

Kitchen Feminism Art Society worked with eight women from diverse backgrounds to collaborate on a series of images and short videos to explore the ways in which women’s societal roles have been “rolled back in time” as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Address: 822 11th Ave. SW & Online
Year: 2022
Medium: Photography
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The walls of the Nose Hill Park entrance, painted with Indigenous flowers and plant life.

Nose Hill Entrance Mural

With guidance from Blackfoot Elders Cindy Daniels and Rod Scout, artist Tiffany Wollman painted plants and flowers meaningful to the Blackfoot people in phase one of the project which started in 2020.

Address: Nose Hill Park — North Haven Northern Entrance, 64th Ave. NW & 14th St. NW
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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Spring (Qing Ming) Festival 2022

Spring (Qing Ming) Festival 2022

Qing Ming is a time to honour ancestors, celebrate family bonds and herald the arrival of spring. Visitors were treated to sample teas, plant workshops, music, arts and a scroll exhibition, which gave a glimpse into everyday life in ancient China.

Address: Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre Association, 197 1 St SW
Year: 2022
Medium: Workshop, Social Practice
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A mural filled with colourful lines create an abstract landscape.

Renfrew Community Association South Patio Wall Mural

With a theme of whimsey, joy, beauty and hope, artist Billie Rae Busby created a mural in his signature abstract landscape style. Busby developed her design by interviewing staff at the nearby Stanley Jones School.

Address: Renfrew Community Hall south patio, 811 Radford Rd. NE
Year: 2022
Medium: Mural
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North Haven — South Nose Hill Entrance Mural

This project will contract an Indigenous artist to design a mural referencing the Indigenous history of Nose Hill and install is at the pedestrian tunnel entrance to the community.

Year: Est. Summer 2023
Medium: Mural
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Concept art of a Chinese dragon with the head of a bison.

The Bison and The Dragon: Untold Tales

Comprised of three wall-mounted panels, two at Pho City on 1st St. SE, and one at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, each represents a fusion of animals important to both cultures.

Address: Pho City, 207 1st St. SE, Calgary Immigrant Women's Association, 138 4th Ave SE
Year: Est. Summer 2023
Medium: Mixed Media
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