- Posted March 5th, 2014
After a rigorous 20-month consultation process, the complete Living a Creative Life: An Arts Development Strategy for Calgary publication is now available at LivingCreative.ca. The strategy outlines visions and outcomes for the arts in Calgary, divided into five major focus areas:
- Creative Communities: Calgary's communities enjoy access to a rich spectrum of arts experiences.
- Centre City Arts District: Calgary's Centre City radiates creative energy from the core out, making it a destination for Calgarians and visitors alike.
- Arts Incubation: Calgary strongly attracts artistic talent to live, work and achieve artistic excellence.
- Artistic Exchange: Calgary is regarded as a world-class city because its artists, arts organizations and presenters import and export the highest quality of work on regional, national and international markets.
- Youth & Education: Calgary's youth become highly engaged and innovative citizens as they connect with their communities through the arts.
The outcomes and visions of Living a Creative Life will be achieved through the work of signatories, i.e., organizations that will contribute to one or more tactics outlined in Living a Creative Life and agree to consider the strategy’s overall framework during their own strategic planning. Calgary Arts Development will continue to engage signatories throughout the life of the strategy. See the complete list of signatories and read through Living a Creative Life's tactical plan.
Calgary Arts Development presented the publication to The City of Calgary’s Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services on March 5, 2014. The committee heard from Living a Creative Life signatories including Calgary Economic Development, International Avenue BRZ, Theatre Calgary and YMCA Calgary, and praised the collaborative nature of the strategy. Calgary Arts Development will present its four-year business plan and budget request, aligned with Living a Creative Life, to The City of Calgary later in 2014.
“Living a Creative Life will serve as a foundation for transforming Calgary through the arts,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “We are gratified by the number and diversity of organizations that have already committed to taking action in alignment with the strategy. Together, we can move the needle on Living a Creative Life’s outcomes and fuel a vital, prosperous and connected city.”
The full strategy and further information is available at LivingCreative.ca.
- Posted February 25th, 2014
Calgary Arts Development is pleased to announce the recipients of the Arts for All Program’s first intake of the Greater Forest Lawn Project Grant.
In July 2013, Calgary Arts Development and the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INT AVE BRZ) partnered to pilot the Program, which invests in arts activity outside of the city’s downtown core, with a focus on east Calgary. The first community to host the Program is Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrook Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview).
The recipients of the first intake of the Greater Forest Lawn Project Grant are:
- Calgary Fireworks Festival o/a GlobalFest, for their Globalfest Urban Arts Program ($8,905)
- Green Fools Theatre, for their Greater Forest Lawn Social Circus ($16,885)
- International Avenue Mural Society, for their West African & Italian Murals project ($15,000)
- Phyllis Wheaton, for her Forest Lawn in Story and Song project ($7,710)
The total funding disbursed was $48,500.
All of these projects involve a high level of participation from Greater Forest Lawn artists, organizations and community members, and have diversity as a core value. They contribute to the area by increasing community engagement with the arts, providing mentorship opportunities and benefiting local businesses.
The Program’s first six months also saw a number of exciting community-focused arts activities take place at artBOX on 17E. artBOX on 17E is a 3,300-sq.-ft. temporary presentation, production, performance, meeting and workshop space for the arts in East Calgary, located at 1807 42nd St. SE. The space, created through a partnership between Calgary Arts Development and the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone, aims to increase arts activity in Greater Forest Lawn and be a resource for artists living or working in the area. As of December 2013, the space had hosted over 1,500 people at a variety of events, including theatre productions, concerts, arts activities, community meetings and community celebrations. Much of this activity was made possible through the efforts of individuals from all over Calgary who are passionate about the Greater Forest Lawn area, and who gathered at “Possibilities” meetings to talk about vitalizing the community.
The Program’s momentum continues into 2014, with even more participation and activity expected. The next deadline for the Greater Forest Lawn Project Grant and the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award is May 30, 2014. Applicant workshops will be announced soon.
For more information, visit CalgaryArtsDevelopment.com/ArtsForAll.
- Posted February 20th, 2014
Calgary Arts Development extends its thanks to everyone who made this year's Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions a huge success.
The second annual event, organized by Calgary Arts Development and the Office of the Mayor, took place earlier today for a sold-out crowd. Each of the event's 675+ attendees directed their portion of the proceeds to a local arts project currently raising funds on crowdfunding platform InvestYYC.com, resulting in a total investment of about $25,000.
The event, hosted by Dave Kelly, featured a keynote panel discussion between Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary Stampede CEO Vern Kimball and theatre artist Rebecca Northan, exploring how the arts contribute to a vital city. Karen Ball, former Executive Director of Calgary 2012, announced this year's recipients of the Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards:
- Dean Bareham (ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award)
- Roberto Rozo (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award)
- Chris Cran (Doug & Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award)
- Paul Welch (Enbridge Emerging Artist Award)
- Antyx Community Arts Society (SANDSTONE City Builder Award)
- Sharon Stevens (William MacLachlan Community Beacon Award)
Winners received a $5000 cash prize, and Chris Cran also received a residency at The Banff Centre as the winner of the Doug & Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award.
Each Legacy Award is funded by a $10,000 contribution from a local philanthropist or organization with equal matching money from Calgary 2012, and will be awarded annually for four years with winners determined by a jury of peers. This is the second year for all the awards except for the ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award, which was presented for the first time at this year’s lunch.
Calgary Arts Development congratulates the winners and thanks the awards jury members who donated their time to help select this year's recipients and ensure the integrity of the awards.
The 2014 Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions was sponsored by TELUS and also included a youth arts showcase featuring many of Calgary's outstanding youth performers, including singers, musicians, circus artists and dancers.
- Posted January 30th, 2014
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Arts Plan process! After close to two years of wide-ranging consultation, Calgary Arts Development is proud to launch LivingCreative.ca, the home of Living a Creative Life: An Arts Development Strategy for Calgary.
We encourage Calgarians to read the About, Strategy Summary and Tactical Plans sections, as well as explore the details of the strategy’s five focus areas: Creative Communities, Centre City Arts District, Arts Incubation, Artistic Exchange, and Youth & Education.
The published report and a refreshed website will be available in early March, coinciding with the formal presentation of the strategy to City Council on March 5.
- Posted January 29th, 2014
2014 Operating Grant Program applications are now open at CalgaryArtsDevelopment.com/Operating_Grant, along with a sample application, guidelines, and forms for upload. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014 at 4:30pm.
Calgary Arts Development's Operating Grant Program invests annually in Calgary-based, non-profit organizations driven by an arts mandate, with priority given to organizations that demonstrate high artistic and public impact while maintaining sound operations. The goal of the Operating Grant Program is to ensure that Calgary arts organizations have the opportunity to flourish in an environment with a stable base of resources. Organizations may allocate these funds to any areas of their overall budgets.
New applicants (not including recipients of the 2012 New Client Induction Grant) will be required to submit an online eligibility form and fulfill the eligibility requirements of the Program. All applicants, including organizations that received an Operating Grant in 2013 through the Professional, Community and Festival streams, will have the opportunity to compete through an arms-length peer assessment process for new funding available to the Program for 2014.
The assessment committee, comprised of artistic peers and community members, will consider an applicant organization’s plans for the year in which they are applying as well as their achievements in the previous year. Program criteria will be assessed within the context of the organization’s mission, vision and mandate. All applicants will be subject to the Fair Notice Policy.
The Large stream (professional organizations with annual operating budgets of $1 million or greater) of the 2014 Operating Grant Program is closed to new applicants. Applications will be reviewed according to the Program criteria.
For more information, visit CalgaryArtsDevelopment.com/Operating_Grant.