Stay informed with latest news from Calgary Arts Development

SpaceFinder Alberta Replacement

Calgary Arts Development is issuing a request for proposals to assess the feasibility of replacing SpaceFinder Alberta. Submit by January 11, 2021.


Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. Check to see the upcoming deadlines and read the guidelines.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunches

With two upcoming lunches, be sure to join RISE UP Calgary this December to chat about creative ways to collaborate amid the COVID-19 pandemic and plan for future recovery.


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.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #2

At 12:00pm on December 3, 2020, RISE UP Calgary discusses micro festivals and how smaller, scalable events could be created and taken to different communities throughout the city.


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Remembrance Day. All staff will be off on November 11, 2020.


Program Updates

Find out what's happening in our grant investment programs

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.


Useful information and research

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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.

Directories, Directories, Directories

Back in 2019 we began to expand our website with directories. Calgary Arts Development’s Database Coordinator shares a bit of the ongoing process.

Improving Online Accessibility

While we are constantly making improvements to our own online presence, Calgary Arts Development’s Content Manager breaks down some of the accessibility tweaks we have already made.

Dogs & Pandemics

Eight months into working from home, Calgary Arts Development’s Research and Policy Manager Greg Burbidge shares some personal reflections and, of course, data.

Updates on Pop-Ups & Interim Uses

Retail space sitting empty? Want to keep things interesting for your other tenants? Pop-ups and interim uses are evolving in Calgary!


Increasing efficiency and security while saving paper, Calgary Arts Development’s Grants Coordinator Van Chu breaks down this important community investment tool. Learn about DocuSign and how we use it.

New in a Time of Change

With no baseline for this experience, Calgary Arts Development’s Research and Policy Coordinator Stephanie Solomon reflects on starting a new job in the middle of a pandemic.

Let’s Talk Graphics

Calgary Arts Development’s Website Coordinator Nick Heazell shares some of the pitfalls that can happen with digital images and even provides some resources to help you submit your content.

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.