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).