Announcements

Stay informed with latest news from Calgary Arts Development

Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development staff will be off on September 30, 2021, to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Share

Information About COVID-19

Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about the COVID-19 outbreak. This page is updated regularly with anything that is pertinent to the local arts sector.

Share

Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

Learn more about the Cultural Instigators, a group of artist-activists using their practices to effect change that will lead to greater racial equity in our city.

Share

Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be taking a long weekend. All staff will be off on September 6, 2021, for Labour Day.

Share

Commitment to Equity Virtual Town Hall

Hosted by Sable Sweetgrass, join us for a virtual town hall focused on our commitment to Indigenous reconciliation. Take part on August 31, 2021.

Share

Program Updates

Find out what's happening in our grant investment programs

Public Art Microgrant Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce the Community-Run Public Art Microgrant Program and the Artist-Initiated Public Art Microgrant Program.

Honouring the Children Grant

With the support of our Indigenous Advisory, Calgary Arts Development has named a $75,000 funding pool the Honouring the Children Grant. Applications are ongoing.

Project Grant Program – Organizations

Applying to the Project Grant Program for Organizations? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this online and on-demand information session.

Project Grant Program – Organizations

Looking at applying Project Grant Program as an organization? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer an online information session. Register today.

Project Grant Program – Organizations

Applications are now open for the Project Grant Program for organizations. Be sure to submit via the online grant interface before 4:30pm MT on July 12, 2021.

Project Grant Program – Organizations

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the guidelines for the Project Grant Program for Organizations. Applications open June 1, 2021 for a July 12, 2021 deadline.

Call for Assessor Nominations

Calgary Arts Development seeks artists, arts workers, and community members to serve as peer assessors for our granting programs. Nominate yourself or someone else to take part.

Original Peoples Investment Program

Applying to the Original Peoples Investment Program? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this online information session.

Original Peoples Investment Program

Applications are now open for the Original Peoples Investment Program. Submit via the online grant interface before April 19, 2021.

Original Peoples Investment Program

We are partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present information sessions about upcoming grant programs for Indigenous arts. 

Organization Structural Change Grant

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the full guidelines for the Organization Structural Change Grant. Applications are now open.

Original Peoples Investment Program

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the guidelines for the Original Peoples Investment Program. Applications open March 15, 2021.

Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of its 2020 grant investment programs. A full breakdown of each of the programs can be found here.

Changemaker Grant

The 2020 Changemaker Grant invested in artists and organizations who are using their art to make change in their community. The grants funded both the artists as well as projects.

Cultural Activation Fund

The Cultural Activation Fund emerged from City Council’s November 2018 motion with the intent to connect to economic and tourism indicators and outcomes. Read the 2020 results.

Operating Grant

In 2020, Operating Grant organizations had the opportunity to apply for a increase to their yearly grant, which was determined through a hybrid formula and peer assessment process.

Recovery Fund

Supported by The City of Calgary’s Emergency Resiliency Fund, Calgary Arts Development’s Recovery Fund supported organizations to ensure long-term sustainability.

Resiliency Fund

Supported by The City of Calgary’s Emergency Resiliency Fund, our Resiliency Fund supported initiatives which contribute to the resiliency of the arts sector.

COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding

In 2020, Calgary Arts Development allocated $1.5 million towards providing immediate relief due to COVID-19 impacts.

ArtShare Program

Serving equity-seeking communities, 32 artists and organizations were funded by Calgary Arts Development through its ArtShare Program in 2020.

Rozsa Online Programming Grant

Calgary Arts Development partnered with the Rozsa Foundation to provide one-time online programming grants in 2020.

Artist Development Microgrant

Applying to the Artist Development Microgrant? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this online and on demand information session.

Artist Development Microgrant

Applications are now open for the Artist Development Microgrant. Submit via the online grant interface before February 16, 2021.

Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce its 2021 grant investment programs for arts organizations, individual artists, and artist collectives.

Resiliency Fund

Applications are now open for the second intake of the Resiliency Fund. Be sure to submit your application via the online grant interface before October 19, 2020.

Resiliency Fund

Applications are now open for the first intake of the Resiliency Fund. Be sure to submit your application via the online grant interface before September 14, 2020.

Recovery Fund

Applying to the Recovery Fund? The letter of intent and opt-in deadline is July 27, 2020. Be sure to review the guidelines for full details before submitting.

Recovery Fund

This fund provides organizations with up to $50,000 to develop and implement strategic recovery and resiliency plans that will help ensure your long-term sustainability.

Emergency Resiliency Funds

Calgary Arts Development has been granted $2,000,000 by The City of Calgary in one-time Emergency Resiliency Funds and will be invested through two programs.

Project Grant Program – Organizations

The Project Grant for Organizations will no longer be offered in 2020 and is replaced by the Resiliency Fund for non-profit arts organizations.

Operating Grant Increase

The Operating Grant Program provides stable, predictable funding to arts organizations in Calgary. Applications are now open for Operating Grant funding increases.

COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding

As the entire available pool has been distributed, we are unable to reopen applications for the COVID-19 Short-Term Artist Relief Fund.

COVID-19 Short-Term Relief Funding

As announced at Calgary Arts Development’s town hall, $1.15 million has been allocated toward providing immediate relief.

Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce its 2020 grant investment programs for arts organizations, individual artists, and artist collectives. Learn more about the changes.

Original Peoples Investment Program

Calgary Arts Development is hosting a Community Circle and Information Session on February 8, 2020 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Organizational Access Program

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of the 2019 Organizational Access Program.

Individual Artist Program

Supporting the artist’s overall practice and removing financial barriers, Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of the 2019 Individual Artist Program.

OG+ Program

Providing one-time funding to organizations funded through the Operating Grant program, Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of the 2019 OG+ sub-program.

Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development will be announcing its 2020 grant investment programs for arts organizations, individual artists, and artist collectives on January 7, 2020.

Individual Artist Program

Interested in applying to the Individual Artist Program? Calgary Arts Development is offering two information sessions this July. RSVP to learn more about the guidelines and process.

Operating Grant Program

In consultation with the organizations in the Operating Grant Program, Calgary Arts Development has decided to move the deadline for the OG+ Program to June 28, 2019.

City-Builder Program

The Calgary Arts Development board of directors approved combining the funding for the City-Builder Program into the OG+ Program for 2019. This change does not alter the amount available.

Organizational Access Program

Get an overview of the full Organizational Access Program guidelines and learn how to best tell your story through the application process.

Grant Investment Programs

As a public agency stewarding public dollars to the benefit of all Calgarians, Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce 2019’s Grant Investment Programs.

Original Peoples Investment Program

Our free day-long workshop for the Original Peoples Investment Program takes place on January 19, 2019 at SAIT’s Chinook Lodge.

Publications

Useful information and research

Calgary Arts Development's Accountability + Impact Report 2020 cover

Accountability + Impact Report 2020

We are the city’s designated arts development authority, created to support and strengthen the arts to benefit all Calgarians. Read on to see what 2020 asked of us.

COVID-19 Impact Survey

In May 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts organizations in Calgary to better understand and plan for the COVID-19 disruption to the arts, culture, and creative industries.

Accountability & Impact Report 2019 grpahic in blue

Accountability & Impact Report 2019

Download this report to find information about our programs and activities, meet our staff, and see a smattering of examples of the great work being done by our grant investees.

Fieldnotes

Observations, thoughts, and tips from Calgary Arts Development's staff and board

Scamalot

With fraud, scamming, and phishing on the rise, Calgary Arts Development’s Website Coordinator Nick Heazell shares some of the pitfalls surrounding your digital safety in this fieldnote.

Getting the Word Out

Trying to organize an event is complicated—to say the least—even in the best of times. With things changing all the time thanks to the pandemic, it’s even more important to keep your audiences updated these days.

Finding Longer-Term Space

Looking for space for your artistic practice or organization? Arts Spaces Consultant Joni Carroll shares a few tips for arts organizations wanting to secure longer-term agreements, including (almost) free space. 

The Feels are Strong These Days

Focusing on abundance, opportunity, gratitude, and equity, grant specialist Taylor Poitras reflects on how strong emotions can be both a blessing and a challenge in this personal fieldnote.

Programming with COVID

Looking at what is possible, what is artistically valuable, and most importantly, what is safe, Operations Manager Lesley Hinger shares her thoughts on programming seasons in a pandemic.

Change the Process

While incredibly challenging, 2020 was a landmark year for the community investment team. Community Investment & Capacity Manager Melissa Tuplin shares her thoughts.

Looking Back & Looking Forward

The arts community defines the heart and soul of our city. Calgary Arts Development Grants Specialist for Arts Organizations, Marta Ligocki, shares reflections a year into her new role.

Reflections from 2020

Summer Data Entry Clerk Haider Ali reflects on his directories and research work with Calgary Arts Development and shares some thoughts on Calgary’s anti-racism efforts this year.