Advocating for a

Thriving Arts Sector

Land Acknowledgement

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, Creative Calgary honours and acknowledges Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.

This sacred gathering place provides us with an opportunity to engage in and demonstrate leadership on reconciliation. Thank you for your enthusiasm and commitment to join our team on the lands of Treaty 7 territory.

 

Creative Calgary is a non-partisan group of artists, arts organizations and citizens at large who are committed to and advocate for a thriving arts sector with a positive public profile.

Our Vision:

Calgary has a thriving arts sector with a positive public profile.

Our Goals:

  1. Strive for healthy municipal financial investment in the arts sector.

  2. Play an active part in Calgary's economic and social recovery.

  3. Ensure the arts sector has a seat at the table for city-building initiatives.

  4. A greater diversity of the arts sector participates in Creative Calgary

Our Strategies:

  • Steward Councillor relationships.

  • Activate the arts sector and its communities in advocacy work.

  • Advance and leverage arts sector and partner relationships.

  • Act as a conduit to support the effective implementation of civic investment in the arts sector.

  • Foster cohesion and collaboration in the arts sector.

Our Team:

Creative Calgary is led by a volunteer Steering Committee of arts advocates from across the community.

Steering Committee:

  • Janet Bwititi, Co-Chair | Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Steve Schroeder, Co-Chair | Calgary International Film Festival

  • Christine Armstrong | Creative Calgary Co-Founder

  • Colleen Dickson | Arts Commons

  • Steven Gallant | Beakerhead

  • Heather Kitchen | Calgary Opera

  • Simon Mallett | Rozsa Foundation

  • Jocelyn Phu | Calgary Downtown Association

  • Jeff Popiel | Village Brewery

  • Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu | National accessArts Centre

Project Coordinator: Simon MacLeod

Our History:

Creative Calgary started in 2017 ahead of the municipal election, where our collective advocated for increased municipal investment to the local arts sector and launched a campaign to raise awareness about the economic contributions, and intrinsic value, artists and arts organizations bring to the City of Calgary. Our overall efforts resulted in Calgary Arts Development’s (CADA) funding increasing to $12.4M in 2019 from $6.4M in 2019; with the overall budget nearing $25M in the next four-year budget cycle. 

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