Announcements

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Accountability + Impact Report 2021

What did the year 2021 ask of us? With another challenging year behind us, the city continues to recover from the pandemic. Read what we’ve learned about artists and arts organizations during 2021.

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2022 Celebration for the Arts

Join Mayor Jyoti Gondek and Calgary’s arts and business leaders on November 4, 2022 to connect with old and new friends, enjoy a showcase of performances by Calgary artists, and celebrate outstanding achievement in the arts.

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Watch the 2021 Report to Community

Missed attending our Report to Community in person? Watch a video recording detailing our arts activities in 2021 and looking ahead to what’s next, presented by President & CEO Patti Pon.

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Program Updates

Find out what's happening in our grant investment programs

Original Peoples Investment Program

Guidelines have now been published for the Original Peoples Investment Program. Applications for this program open on September 5, 2022.

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.

Artist Development Microgrant

Applications to the Artist Development Microgrant are open. The program is intended to support professional and business development activities for individual artists and artist collectives.

Indigenous Artist Microgrant

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the guidelines for the Indigenous Artist Microgrant supporting the preservation, maintenance, and revival of Indigenous culture and tradition. Applications open April 19, 2022.

New Guidelines Released

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the full guidelines for this year’s Operating Grant Increase Program, the Organization Recovery Fund, and the Artist Development Microgrant.

Changes to Publication Dates

Calgary Arts Development is rescheduling the guideline publication dates for the Operating Grant Increase Program, Organization Recovery Fund, and the Indigenous Artist Microgrant.

New Online Grant Platform

Calgary Arts Development is rolling out a new online platform to accept applications to grant investment programs beginning in this month. The system will go live on February 28, 2022.

Watch the Virtual Town Hall

Hosted by Patti Pon and Melissa Tuplin on January 25, 2022, this virtual town hall focused on our 2022 granting programs. Missed it? Watch on demand or read the transcript.

Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of its 2021 grant investment programs. A full breakdown of each of the programs can be found here.

Project Grant Program – Organizations

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of the 2021 Project Grant for Organizations. We were able to fund 47 applications.

Organization Structural Change Grant

In 2021, Calgary Arts Development piloted the Organization Structural Change Grant for organizations to explore and implement organizational changes.

Changemaker Grant

This 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.

Indigenous Artist Microgrant

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of the 2021 Indigenous Artist Microgrant. We supported six projects with $48,450.

Honouring the Children Grant

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to release the results of the 2021 Honouring the Children Grant. This program supported four artists and organizations.

ArtShare Program

Serving equity-seeking communities, 49 artists and organizations were funded by Calgary Arts Development through its ArtShare Program in 2021.

Artist Development Microgrant

Intended to support professional and business development activities for individual artists and artist collectives, see the 2021 results.

Operating Grant Program

Operating Grant funds may be allocated to any budget area and are confirmed on a yearly basis upon the receipt of an interim report until the end of 2022.

Grant Investment Programs

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce its 2022 grant investment programs for arts organizations, individual artists, and artist collectives.

Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a virtual town hall focused on our 2022 grant investment programs and various other projects and collaborations. Take part on January 25, 2022.

Public Art Microgrant Programs

Applying to our public art microgrant programs? Calgary Arts Development is pleased to offer this on-demand information session. Tune in online and apply.

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 Program

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

An image of the cover of the Accountability + Impact Report 2021

Accountability + Impact Report 2021

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 2021 asked of us.

A graphic for the Organization Structural Change Grant Opportunity Creation Process Narrative

Organization Structural Change Grant

In 2021, Calgary Arts Development engaged Brian Loevner of BLVE Consults to undertake an evaluation and live case study of the Organization Structural Change Grant. 

The cover of the 2020 Calgary Arts Development Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts professionals to better understand their status in Calgary. Download the full report to learn more.

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.

Fieldnotes

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

Staying on Track from Home

After working from home for the past two years, our grant coordinator Van Chu has discovered a valuable organizational tool for project management. Read all about it in this fieldnote.

A New Role

In her new role as director, community investment and impact, Melissa Tuplin shares her transformative vision for the community investment programs. Read all about it in this fieldnote.

YYCTheatreStats

In a special guest fieldnote, Chromatic Theatre shares its thoughts around the data in its YYCTheatreStats research program and observations on The 35//50 Initiative. Read on to learn more.

Looking at the Arts Professionals Survey

Why did we ask open-ended questions and conduct focus groups in the 2020 Arts Professionals Survey? Stephanie Solomon explores beyond the numbers.

Reflecting on 2021

After a momentous year in the arts sector full of deep connections and extraordinary growth, Calgary Arts Development’s President & CEO Patti Pon reflects on 2021 and looks forward to 2022 in this fieldnote.

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.