Why We Exist
Theatre Junction has a new kind of vision. To be a different kind of arts centre. To evolve and expand its activities and be a place where our best artists in Calgary can develop and bring their work to the stage; where visual art, performance art and media like film and digital art create a hub of activity and exploration. To become a revitalized public space that increases its civic footprint, participates in the life of the city and creates a culture of innovation and learning through the arts.
That’s a tall order for a small theatre in Calgary. However, we know things need to change: in this age of technological isolation people are seeking new ways to connect, to be inspired and get in touch with their own creativity and help make Calgary a great city. Arts centres need to provide new meaning and broaden their scope to include not just the arts, but arts-based practices that contribute to the life of the city.
Theatre Junction is stepping up its role. This season, our 26th, reflects that. We have a new slate of programming, in addition to our season of live art: film, dance and visual art as well as new offerings of arts-based opportunities for leadership and personal development. We want to connect, bring people into the space and participate in events that are happening throughout the city. Be in service to the community and an active participant in it: opening our doors for Doors Open YYC, 10 Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk and Exposure photography festival were just a few things we did in our 2016/17 season and we will continue to expand on those.
Our award-winning high school mentorship program, TJLabs and our new program premiering in September, 2017, NEXT STAGE, creates a through line for artistic development and nurtures young artists to develop new work and present it to an audience. These programs alleviate the costs young companies face in Calgary: renting space, technical support and box office and marketing, allowing them to explore and create new work. Most importantly, it will foster a sense of belonging and an environment where artists can create and present work in Calgary.
And we need your help to do it. We need your help to become the culture house we aspire to be: one that brings a plethora of artistic events and experiences to the city, but incubates the next generation of artists in Calgary.