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Friday, September 16, 2011

Culture month in Calgary

September is synonymous with back to school and cooler weather, but in Calgary September is Culture month.

For seven years The City of Calgary, Calgary Arts Development, artists and arts organizations have celebrated Culture Month in September. This month provides Calgarians with opportunities to experience, encourage and appreciate art in our city. 

Originating from the Province of Alberta’s annual Arts Days (Sept. 30 – Oct. 2), Culture Month is a celebration of culture, heritage, artistic diversity and provincial pride. A history of the Public Art Program can be found here.

Calgary continues to support the arts and culture sector through the Festivals and Events policy, the Public Art Policy, the Civic Art Policy. In addition to art friendly policies The City also supports two art centres; the North Mount Pleasant Art Centre and the Wildflower Arts Centre

Art is is vital in keeping cities attractive to talented professionals and growing economies. So important that both the Centre City Plan and the East Village development include art as central to achieve their goals. September is also host to the Mayors Urban Design Awards, and many other initiatives.

Calgary joined the ranks of leading cities around the world when Council adopted a Public Art Policy in 2004, including the Percent for Art program which allocates one per cent of capital projects greater than $1 million to public art. In seven years: 
  • 28 public artworks have been installed in four City quadrants;
  • Another 18 installations are underway in locations including LRT corridors, parks, and public buildings and other spaces
  • 11 Civic partner Public Art Projects are underway at locations such as the Genesis Centre for Wellness, the Calgary Zoo and the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

More information on Culture Month

City of Calgary Public Art Twitter page
City of Calgary Arts facebook page
Art courses and events 
Citizen input on public art
The City of Calgary Downtown Public Art Circuit App

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