How We Do It
Art that tells stories at Glenbow
As Calgary grows, Glenbow is a resource for our broadening, deepening and diversifying of our community identity. Over the past 50 years, the collection, and our exhibitions, have shifted and adapted to incorporate new voices and perspectives.
Our exhibitions are selected to:
- broaden the public’s understanding of Canadian art
- further awareness and appreciation of local artists
- bring exciting national and international art exhibitions to Calgary audiences
- activate Glenbow’s collection in transformative ways
Cultivating Curiosity at Glenbow
Whether it’s an education program designed for school children or an after-hours event for adult art lovers, Glenbow’s programming is designed to provide fascinating and personalized experiences that deepen the understanding of art and culture both historically and in our current moment.
Program and event highlights:
- pay-what-you-can Launch Parties three times a year celebrate the opening of new exhibitions and draw between 500-1,000 guests.
- Talks and tours with artists, curators and multi-disciplinary creators offer audiences a window into the ideas, process and discoveries that fuel the creation of artworks or exhibitions.
- Screenings of art-related films offer audiences a big screen theatre experience for films that are otherwise hard to find in Calgary.
- Free First Thursday Nights offer a monthly opportunity for visitors to experience all Glenbow’s exhibitions for free. Attendance is consistently over 1000 people each Free First Thursday evening.
Glenbow offers of more than 40 different curriculum-linked school programs, which welcome over 50,000 students to the Museum each school year. Program highlights include enriched visual arts and Indigenous studies workshops for every grade. Glenbow continues to offer the largest museum-based education program in Alberta, including both in-house and outreach programming where our educators go to schools and provide teacher workshops.
Opening our Doors to Everyone at Glenbow
We know that meaningful encounters with art and culture and history can change lives and inspire amazing things. We offer several special access programs in order to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience Glenbow:
- the Indigenous Access Program provides First Nations, Inuit and Metis people with complimentary admission during regular museum hours.
- the Group Assistance Program offers opportunities for service agencies, charitable and non-profit organizations to visit Glenbow with groups of youth and/or adults who are otherwise unable to afford regular admission.
- as part of the City of Calgary Recreation Fee Assistance Program, Glenbow offers a reduced fee assistance rate for regular museum admission for low-income Calgarians who are part of the Fare Entry program.
- the Cultural Access Pass Program provides complimentary Glenbow admission to new Canadian citizens within their first year of citizenship.
- the Support Persons Program and Access 2 Entertainment Program enables visitors with disabilities who use a support person to bring that person with them to access Glenbow’s exhibitions. The support person receives free museum admission.