Deadline Extended: Arts for All Program - Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award

Please note that the deadline for the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award has been extended to May 30, 2014 at 4:30pm.

Calgary Arts Development is piloting the Arts for All Program in 2013 and 2014 to invest in arts activity outside of the downtown core, with a focus on east Calgary. The first community to host this program is Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrook Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview). Calgary Arts Development has partnered with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INT AVE BRZ) to engage diverse artists and arts organizations in the area, as well as local businesses and community members. The program offers two funding opportunities: the Greater Forest Lawn Project Grant and the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award.

The Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award is a $5,000 award intended to support at least two months of living expenses for the recipient to devote concentrated time to artistic work. The award is open to professional artists living and practicing in Greater Forest Lawn. The recipient will be an artist who has a high degree of involvement with the artistic communities of Calgary and Greater Forest Lawn specifically. The impact of the award on the artist’s practice will also be taken into consideration.

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If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email or call 403.476.2031.

Arts Plan: Action Group Meetings - November 28-30

Over the past 18 months, Calgary Arts Development has facilitated a rigorous, wide-ranging consultation process with the goal of creating a long-term strategy for arts development and investment for our city. As Arts Plan continues to take shape, Action Groups have formed around each of the five focus areas of the Plan (Calgary as an Artist Incubator, From Excellence to Export, Downtown Arts District, Youth & Education and Creative Communities). These Action Groups met between October 2 and 5, 2013 to discuss the work currently being done to achieve various goals outlined under each of their focus areas. You can read notes from those meetings here.

During the next round of Action Group meetings, attendees will review and discuss the Arts Plan outcomes framework, a series of concrete goals and tactics that serve as the basis of Arts Plan. Those who did not attend the October meetings or have not signed up for Action Group are welcome to come; please RSVP your attendance to the Arts Plan Community Brokers as indicated below. Preparatory materials will be available the week before the meetings at

Thursday, November 28: From Excellence to Export

1:00pm to 4:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Judy Lawrence, Community Broker, at

Thursday, November 28: Creative Communities

6:00pm to 9:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Mark Hopkins, Community Broker, at

Friday, November 29: Youth & Education
10:00am to 1:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Julie Barton, Community Broker, at

Friday, November 29: Downtown Arts District

2:00pm to 5:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Judy Lawrence, Community Broker, at

Saturday, November 30: Calgary as An Artist Incubator
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Marda Loop Community Hall (lower hall, 3130 16 St. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Mark Hopkins, Community Broker, at

The Arts Plan process was made possible in part through funding from Calgary 2012 and will be a major legacy of Calgary's year as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

Please email or call 403.264.5330 if you have questions.

Save the Date: 2014 Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions

Calgary Arts Development, in conjunction with The Office of the Mayor, is pleased to announce the 2014 Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Palomino Ballroom, BMO Centre, Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE)

Join us as we celebrate the transformative power of the arts in our city, expanding the circle of arts champions and building momentum for the future. The event will also announce the winners of the 2014 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards.

Tickets go on sale in January 2014 at In the meantime, mark your calendars and plan to be there!

Call for Assessors: 2014 Cultural Space Investment Process

Calgary Arts Development seeks volunteer assessors for the 2014 Cultural Space Investment Process.

Calgary Arts Development seeks applications and nominations of community members and professionals with cultural facility management/development experience including artists, arts administrators, architects, urban designers/planners and developers/builders to act as assessors for the 2014 Cultural Space Investment Process.

Strong candidates will bring sector expertise, professional experience and an interest in participating in a cultural space investment process. They will also be keen to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the value of arts and culture in our lives and our city.

To apply or make a nomination, please complete a nomination form before Friday, November 29, 2013. For more information, please review the Terms of Reference.

Professionals Forum 2013: Crowdfunding Session will be featured in a session at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Professionals Forum 2013 titled Crowdfunding to reach new donor markets: A case study of Calgary’s new arts crowdfunding platform Speakers include Karen Ball, Consultant and former Executive Director, Calgary 2012; Jordan Baylon, Community Investment Officer, Calgary Arts Development; and Charles Netto, Co-Artistic Director, Swallow-a-Bicycle.

Wednesday, November 13, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Fort Calgary, 750 9th Ave. SE
$85 members / $95 non-members, all sessions including luncheon

What is a meaningful funding partnership? How can you measure success and what are the makings of a good collaboration? This year’s Forum theme “Building Partnerships for Good” explores personal stories and alliances for the good of our community between charities and donors, businesses, corporations, foundations, employees, and other charities.

Learn more and purchase tickets

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