Canadian Arts Summit: Patti Pon PechaKucha Night Presentation

Calgary Arts Development's President & CEO, Patti Pon, delivered a PechaKucha Night-style talk about Calgary's arts community and the June 2013 floods at this year's Canadian Arts Summit. Watch the full presentation below:

Artists and non-profit arts organizations affected by last year's floods are encouraged to learn more about the funding available from Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild.

Parting Words/Starting Words: Welcoming Calgary's Second Poet Laureate

Join us as we bid a fond farewell to Calgary’s inaugural Poet Laureate and "word wrangler," Kris Demeanor, and welcome his deserving successor.

April 29, 2014
TELUS Spark (220 St. George's Dr. NE)

Doors open: 7:00pm
Speakers and program: 7:30pm

The Calgary Poet Laureate serves as an ambassador of the arts to the citizens of Calgary, producing literary work that is reflective of Calgary’s landscape, cityscape and civic identity.

Come celebrate poetry and the promise of great things to come!

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Thank you to the Poet Laureate Ambassadors: The Calgary Foundation, the Calgary Chamber, First Calgary Financial, FirstEnergy Capital, TransCanada, and one anonymous donor.

Workshops: Introduction to Adaptive Change in the Arts

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to share the adaptive capacity work of EmcArts’ New Pathways program in two exclusive workshops delivered by Richard Evans, President of EmcArts. Changes in today’s operating environment for nonprofit arts and culture organizations require new thinking if organizations are to remain healthy, resilient and able to maximize their delivery of public impact and value. Changes in public participation patterns, technological access, generational and demographic shifts as well as forms of resource development have revealed that organizational stability needs to be balanced by equally strong adaptive capacity.

It is highly recommended that participants attend both the introductory session on April 21 and the workshop on April 22. 

The Real Work: New Practices for a New Era in the Arts
Monday, April 21, 2014
3:00 - 5:00pm
Max Bell Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts (240 9th Ave. SE)
Enter through EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts +15 entrance
Richard Evans, President of EmcArts, will present and facilitate a conversation on the importance of addressing adaptive change in this new era for the arts through innovative strategies to create public value. The conversation will center around a focus on complex challenges and adaptive responses rather than technical fixes, shifting our underlying assumptions, developing new organizational capacities that emphasize innovation and adaptive change, and what EmcArts has learned about innovation in the arts.
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Adaptive Capacity and Adaptive Change in the Arts
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
9:00 - 12:00pm
Max Bell Theatre, EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts (240 9th Ave. SE)
Enter through EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts +15 entrance
In this interactive workshop, Richard Evans, President of EmcArts, will build on the ideas and approaches outlined in his introductory session. The workshop will engage participants around their own complex challenges rather than offering a theoretical overview of change. Participants will focus on the following aspects of innovation and adaptive change, from the perspectives of their individual organizations: 1. Identifying different types of challenges that participants face 2. Questioning existing organizational assumptions and surfacing evidence that contradicts those assumptions 3. Developing new directions for future success, on which new strategies can be built Participants will share their new strategic thinking and explore areas of shared interest in working adaptively toward a thriving future. As adaptive thinking needs multiple leadership perspectives, participation in small teams of artistic, board and executive leaders is recommended.
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Funding Available: Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund

The Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild partners are pleased to announce that another round of applications to the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund is now open. This program is intended to address the needs of individual artists and non-profit arts organizations resulting from the June 2013 Alberta floods. With $229,000 from the Government of Alberta and $25,000 from The Calgary Foundation, as well as donations from many other contributors, the total available funds are over $325,000.

This round of funding is open to all regions of the province impacted by the floods and applies to all needs resulting from the floods not covered by other disaster recovery programs, including capital costs.

Application guidelines are available at

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm MST, with notifications emailed to applicants by June 10, 2014. No funds will be dispensed until after that date.

Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild gratefully acknowledges contributions from the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Suncor Energy Foundation, The Calgary Foundation, Calgary Arts Development and many individual and community donors. The Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund is pleased to have dispensed over $200,000 to flood-affected artists and arts organizations in October 2013 after its first intake of applicants.

How to Apply

This application process will be administered through Calgary Arts Development's Online Granting Interface. A login account is required to apply; existing users may use their current accounts, while new users may create one here.

To apply, click here. For help using the Online Granting Interface, click here.

Further Information

For more information, contact Laurie Leier at or 403.264.5330 ext. 112.

Information Sessions: Arts for All Program

Are you an individual artist living in Greater Forest Lawn, or an artist, collective or organization with an idea for a project that takes place in and engages the Greater Forest Lawn community?

The Arts for All Program is a pilot program for 2013 and 2014 that invests in arts activity outside of the 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). 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.

Calgary Arts Development is pleased to host two information sessions:

Wednesday, April 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 6, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Both sessions will take place at artBOX on 17E (1807 42nd St. SE).

Updated guidelines for both opportunities will be available. The sessions will also offer one-on-one consultations about applications, marketing resources and more.

If you are interested in attending an information session, please RSVP below.

For further details about the program, please visit Read more »

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