Stay informed with latest news from Calgary Arts Development

Living A Creative Life Web-Series

Tune in on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 3:00pm for the first episode of our brand new web-series celebrating creative living in Calgary.


Watch the Anti-Racism Virtual Town Hall

A second Town Hall exploring issues around anti-Blackness, deep-seated racism, and anti-racist policies and practices, Calgary Arts Development hosted this virtual town hall.


Anti-Racism Virtual Town Halls

To continue the conversation about the deep-seated racism that exists within our communities and systems, we have scheduled anti-racism virtual town hall gatherings for every other Wednesday in July and August.


Virtual Town Hall

Join Calgary Arts Development for a second conversation about deep-seated racism within our communities and systems, and how we can further develop anti-racist policies and practices governing our work.


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.


Program Updates

Find out what's happening in our grant investment programs

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.


Useful information and research

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.

Accountability Report 2018 graphic

Accountability Report 2018

In late November of 2018, City Council approved a transformational increase to Calgary Arts Development’s budget, which will help build a more sustainable, resilient arts sector.

Calgary Engagement Survey 2018

Calgary Engagement Survey

How a community connects with the arts can be a clear indicator of vibrancy. Overall, 93% of Calgarians are connected to the arts and culture sector in one way or another.

Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2017, Calgary Arts Development conducted an Arts Professionals Survey to better understand the arts ecosystem and all of its complexities.


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

Historic Times

Calgary Arts Development’s Director, Communications & Engagement Helen Moore-Parkhouse looks at what this moment in time is asking of us and why it is important to slow down to consider the question.

Public Dollars for Public Good

Calgary Arts Development President & CEO Patti Pon breaks down how we are a public agency, stewarding public dollars in the interests of the public good, and why it matters.

COVID-19 Response FAQ

On March 25, 2020, Calgary Arts Development President & CEO Patti Pon hosted a Facebook Live virtual town hall to update the community on what we are learning, what we are thinking, and what actions we are taking.

Poet Laureate Nominations

It’s the time again! As Sheri-D Wilson’s two-year term comes to an end, Calgary Poet Laureate nominations are open! Here are a few things to consider before the March 20, 2020 deadline.

The Matrix

Learning from some best practices and really looking at clarifying definitions, we are introducing a program criteria matrix in 2020 to help our juries, artists, and arts organizations have common scoring criteria.

Nomination Packages

Calgary Arts Development has been hard at work getting ready to open nominations for the eighth annual Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. Here are a few things to consider.

Pop-Ups for Building Owners

Retail space sitting empty? What to keep things interesting for your other tenants? The City of Calgary has made it easier to animate short term spaces with engaging pop-ups.

YYC What’s On

Launched just last week, YYC What’s On is a simplified, searchable, and free events calendar highlighting Calgary arts and culture events. And getting your event included is simple—we just need to know all the details! 

Sharing Your Events

You’ve spent time planning, you’ve got all of the details for your arts event in place, now you just have to get the word out to ensure people attend! Our What’s On In Calgary page is a great place to start.