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.

Katie Pearce and Tanner Hamilton’s mural, Won’t You Be My Neighbour? | Photo: Courtesy of Crescent Heights Community Association

Crescent Heights Community Association

In the summer of 2018, the Crescent Heights Community Association wanted to make Centre Street feel more like a neighbourhood. What neighbourhood wouldn’t? A major artery that drives straight through the neighbourhood, it’s also the meeting place for most of our residents.

IN 2018:

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.

Rozsa Arts at the Library

Calgary didn’t just get a new library, when the downtown library opened its doors last November. It got a whole new hub that connects various Calgary artists and arts groups to the city through the portal of the library. And if the library staff has their way, the newest library and the oldest—Central Memorial—could dramatically redefine the definition of the word “artist.”

 

A performer at the Central Library | Photo: Courtesy of the Calgary Public Library

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
0
%

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.)*
0
%
donate to a not-for-profit arts or cultural organization
0
%
volunteer for an arts organization or arts event

*In the fall of 2017, 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 1,004 Calgarians participated in an online survey, and was balanced to be representative of the general population. Calgary Arts Development published this survey in 2018. 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:

0
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.

Good Host Program | Photo: Courtesy of Inside Out Theatre

SNAPSHOT

INSIDE OUT THEATRE

Inside Out is a disability theatre company equally invested in artistic excellence, community development, and deepening our culture’s accessibility. They offer community-based drama programs to Calgarians with disabilities, and produce and present plays created by artists with disabilities and their allies that insist on and celebrate their place in the public sphere. They work to improve theatre’s accessibility for audience members and to ensure their equity and dignity in attending performing arts in Calgary. Their Good Host Program opens up the theatre-going experience by facilitating accessible performances like ASL interpreted nights, audio described plays, and relaxed performances.

 

SNAPSHOT

THIRD ACTION FILM FESTIVAL

THIRD ACTion Film Festival celebrates what has become known as life’s third act—a term that has been around for more than a decade and was made famous by Jane Fonda with her 2011 TED Talk. For the vast majority of Canadians, the third act will be the last three decades of our life. THIRD ACTion Film Festival celebrates ageing and the accomplishments of older adults to help speed along an age-positive culture shift and empower everyone to envision their best third act. The time has come to rejoice in the vibrancy, promise, and joy of our third act because let’s face it, we don’t have a choice about getting older!

President & Executive Director Mitzi Murray | Photo: Courtesy of THIRD ACTion Film Festival