Photo: Michael Tan, courtesy of Sled Island

MAKING CONNECTIONS

Although today’s technology connects us more than at any other time in history, some studies show that many people still feel alienated and disconnected—and arts are a catalyst for belonging, well-being and community strength. Artistic expression connects us socially and emotionally to fellow Calgarians and to our city.

Syrian refugees participate in Social Circus Camp |

Photo: Benjamin Laird Arts & Photo, courtesy of Green Fools Theatre

Arts Community Welcomes Syrian Refugees

Starting your life over again in a new country is the ultimate human reboot. On the one hand, it’s an opportunity—maybe even a liberation—if you’re escaping persecution, poverty or political tyranny. On the other hand, starting over again—frequently in a whole new language, climate and culture—can be one of the loneliest, most isolating experience a person, or even worse, a family, can endure.

IN 2016:

0
attendees to arts activities in Calgary
0
volunteers for arts-related activities
0
volunteer-hours for non-profit arts organizations

*These statistics capture events produced by Calgary Arts Development grant investees, and not every arts event that takes place in our city.

Based on data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development.

Making Connections Through Conversation

In a world that seems to revolve around 140 characters, connecting with others through good conversation may be more important now than ever. Especially as we strive to understand each other in an increasingly diverse and complex world. Downstage has always explored how live theatre can be a tool to provoke meaningful conversation, but now they are taking their expertise even further.

Devin MacKinnon, Lennette Randall, and Jamie Konchak in Downstage’s most recent production Crime Does Not Pay | Photo:  Citrus Photography, courtesy of Downstage

CALGARIANS’ ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ARTS

0
%
of Calgarians believe that arts help bring people together and enable people to connect to each other
0
%
of Calgarians believe that a strong arts and culture scene is key to creating a vibrant, safe and prosperous city
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%

of Calgarians engage with the arts in some way:

0
%
attend arts events (visiting galleries, attending performances, etc.)
0
%
have a creative or personal practice (photography, sketching, playing music, etc.)
0
%
engage through media (watching TV, downloading music, reading magazines, etc.)*
Arts in Action | CALGARIANS’ ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ARTS
0
%
donate to a not-for-profit arts or cultural organization
0
%
volunteer for an arts organization or arts event

*In September 2016, Calgary Arts Development commissioned Stone-Olafson to complete market research with Calgarians about their engagement in arts. The research design was completed by Stone-Olafson in collaboration with Calgary Arts Development. A representative sample of 1,047 Calgarians participated in an online survey, and was balanced to be representative of the general population. Calgary Arts Development published this survey in 2017. It can be found here.

ARTS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

A study by the National Endowment for the Arts examining the correlation between arts and civic engagement found that American adults who attended art museums, galleries or live performances were far more likely than non-attendees to vote, volunteer or take part in community events.

Performing arts attendees were:

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x
more likely to volunteer
0
x
more likely to attend community meetings
0
x
more likely to vote

Art gallery and museum attendees were:

0
x
more likely to volunteer
0
x
more likely to attend community meetings
0
x
more likely to vote

Arts-Goers in Their Communities: Patterns of Civic and Social Engagement, National Endowment for the Arts, October 2009.

Arts in Action | Making Connections - King Edward School

Entrance to cSPACE King Edward | Photo: Courtesy of cSPACE

ARTS SNAPSHOT

cSPACE KING EDWARD

“cSPACE King Edward is a playground for creativity, collaboration and community.” That is the opening quote on the new website for the recently-opened flagship project of cSPACE—the renovation of a 100-year-old sandstone school in Marda Loop. The school has been transformed into a mixed-use innovation hub for the cultural and creative sector. This shared space model offers affordable, flexible and inspiring spaces that are responsive to the evolving needs of new artistic practices, missions and enterprises. cSPACE King Edward is 100% leased with tenants including mixed-discipline artists and designer-makers, cultural non-profits and a café. There are many reasons to drop by cSPACE King Edward, whether to walk through the halls and experience the new energy within, or to take in an art exhibition or installation. It is a unique gathering place for all Calgarians. Check out their website at cspacekingedward.com.

ARTS SNAPSHOT

TERESA COULTER

Teresa Coulter was the recipient of the 2016 ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Cultural Leaders Legacy Arts Award given out at the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions. She was recognized specifically for her work with first responders and her efforts to increase awareness of mental health through her art. As a paramedic, Teresa has experienced first-hand the psychological trauma that can affect our first responders. After her own experience with psychological injury she found healing through art when she painted the portraits of 12 other paramedics who also had experiences of trauma. Through this process, Teresa along with the 12 participants, were able to recognize their shared path and realize they were not alone. What began as an exercise for 12 participants carries on as Teresa continues to create work that elevates our understanding of mental health on a national scale.

Check out her website at teresacoulter.com.

Arts in Action | Making Connections - Theresa Coulter

Teresa Coulter | Photo: Courtesy of Teresa Coulter