What We Do
For over forty years, the Arusha Centre has been a meeting place for community enthusiasts and activists working on Calgary’s social and environmental initiatives. The Centre is named after the Arusha Declaration on global and community development announced in the town of Arusha, Tanzania in 1969.
Calgary should not be known only for its wealth and high quality of life. More than ever, Calgary is connecting to urban economic innovation and sustainability. The Arusha Centre is a meeting place for community enthusiasts and activists of all types.
Core programs, Calgary Dollars, Take Action Grants, and Open Streets Calgary connect and collaborate with Calgarians of all kinds. Complementary currency blends social and economic benefits for vulnerable Calgarians and across communities. Take Action Grants builds capacity and funds for Calgarians want to take on their first social or environmental project. Open Streets Calgary allows an audience to power a performer while learning cycling skills and energy awareness.
Vision The Arusha Centre inspires and supports communities to connect, gather, and create a socially, economically, and environmentally just future.
Mission The Arusha Centre is a collectively run, member-supported organisation that provides resources and initiatives on social justice and environmental issues. We help Calgarians through community economic development and community resilience programs and offers varied practical resources, animating activities which educate, inspire and connect with and between people and projects.
In addition to core programs, Arusha has engaged Calgarians in the following in 2015:
- We Are Cities: Arusha advocated nationally as the Alberta Convenor for We Are Cities, which saw five public roundtables with 100 participants take place in Edmonton/Calgary.
- Alberta Climate Change Action: Arusha sponsored The Alberta film premiere of This Changes Everything which accompanied the book; Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein met with 60 Calgarians during an afternoon workshop and sold out 350 seats as part of a 3 week film run and premiere.
- CJSW Sponsorship: For 10 years, Arusha has sponsored community radio, training practicums and spread the word about collaborator events and non-corporate radio.
- Community Collaboration: This year has seen Arusha support initiatives such as Imagine Calgary, the Calgary Cycle community, and the REAP local business network.
- Sustainability Discussion Circle: Arusha co-organized a monthly discussion on themes of culture, economics, and environmentalism for six years. Sponsors include Sustainable Calgary, Sunnyside Market , Pages Books, Green Calgary, Thrive, and REAP.