Arts Commons (Calgary Centre for Performing Arts)
Our Story Why We Exist
Arts Commons delivers a diverse range of music, visual arts, and education programming, bringing art to everyday life in surprising, inspiring, and memorable ways. Each season we present internationally acclaimed musicians through the BD&P World Music, TD Jazz, and PCL Blues series, as well as captivating National Geographic Live speakers – but that’s just where it starts. We are also able to support innovative education through the arts, elevate the profiles of local artists, and expand the impact of arts and culture in our community.
This season, we invite you to attend one of our concerts or speaker presentations, visit one of our public art galleries, or stop in for one of our Happenings, giving you the opportunity to mingle with local artists, take in live music, and enjoy a drink.
By subscribing, donating, and sharing your time with us, you too help us to bring these rich experiences to our community. We look forward to seeing you again this season.
Let the fun begin!
Our Impact What We Do
Music, theatre, and dance. This is Arts Commons. But visual arts, education, weddings, comedy, film, and National Geographic Live? Yes, that is Arts Commons too. Today, we are more than just performing arts. Arts Commons has a little bit of this and that. Which means it has something for you.
There are continually expanding ways of conceiving, developing, and delivering ideas that create new forms of artistic expression. The arts demonstrate the boundless creativity humans possess and the inventive ways they find to express themselves. We live our brand in our programming, our partnerships, and in our openness to feedback and input from our community. Arts Commons is an inspirational gathering place for all Calgarians and visitors alike.
We are a space, both physical and metaphorical, that stimulates senses, triggers emotions, challenges assumptions, starts conversations, and opens minds.
More than 75,000 children and students attended performances and presentations in our facility this year. We are mindful of the positive impact that art has on young minds, and together with our resident companies, we will continue to prioritize our connection with the younger generation. Whether they attend a National Geographic Live presentation, or go Around the World in 80 Days with Alberta Theatre Projects, we hope to continue to stimulate senses and open minds.
Report to the Community: 2015-16
The downturn in the economy has affected us all in unexpected ways. However, especially during challenging times, it is the arts that help inspire us, remind us of the abundance that life has to offer, and give us hope. Providing access to this hope is our motivation.
This year, despite our collective struggle, we continued to create accessible opportunities for our community by hosting free public events and providing complimentary tickets to those who would otherwise be unable to attend.
- We distributed over 2,200 free show tickets throught the TD Arts Access Pass, with nearly 900 of those allocated to families and children;
- We welcomed over 8,000 student to the Jack Singer Conert Hall for National Geographic Live, with 6,656 of those attending for free through the EXPLORE National Geographic program; and
- We have moved people to tears with the whirling dervish during the BD&P World Music presentation of Canadian-Iranizan artists Niyaz's performance and hosted the Calgary memorial for the victims of the Orlando shooting (in partnership with Calgary Outlink).
Our Programs How We Do It
Showcasing and championing a diverse range of music, visual arts, and education programming, Arts Commons Presents brings art to everyday life, for the entertainment and enrichment of Calgarians. Presentations are showcased in the distinctive venues within Arts Commons including its theatres, public spaces, galleries, and famous Jack Singer Concert Hall. Arts Commons Presents looks for opportunities to engage and co-create with the community in meaningful ways that celebrate the cultural diversity of our city and our guests.
Each season features BD&P World Music, TD Jazz, PCL Blues, and the National Geographic Live speaker series which make it possible to bring internationally acclaimed artists and speakers to our city. Arts Commons Presents also makes possible youth, education, and community programs, concerts, and cultural programming throughout each season.
Being a City-owned facility, we are consciously accountable to apply resources responsibly, fairly, and in a transparent manner. We offer many opportunities for easy access to our programs through the TD Access Pass, and our sponsors generously support these efforts. A total of 1,726 Albertans used this program last year, which is dedicated to providing free access for new immigrants, lower income families, and others who would not normally be able to attend arts and culture programs.
Our Requests What You Can Do
Donate to Calgary's Arts Community!
As a home to resident companies and partners, and as a presenter of arts and arts education programs, Arts Commons is a key contributor to the social, economic, intellectual and cultural life and well-being of Calgarians. As an artistic anchor in the heart of our innovative city, the Centre aspires to fulfill our pledge to the citizens of Calgary through the provision of accessible arts and cultural programming that enhances the quality of life of our citizens.
Your support can help us engage every citizen to experience, participate in and experiment with arts and culture.