What is the Arts Plan?
Calgary’s Arts Plan is the long-term strategy for arts development and investment in Calgary and a legacy of Calgary's year as a Cultural Capital of Canada. The arts inspire our children’s futures, connect our communities, drive our city’s economic growth and energize our lives. Our goal is to work with citizens and artists to craft a bold and integrated plan that sets clear, long-term targets for the resources and partnerships necessary to support a thriving arts sector in Calgary.
Calgary Arts Development Authority (CADA) was created by City Council eight years ago as part of Calgary’s Civic Arts Policy. The Policy set out the central role of the arts and culture in contributing to the quality of life of Calgary residents and to economic development of the city. CADA was created as an arm’s-length authority responsible for coordinating arts policy in Calgary.
Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role to promote, foster and direct investments that develop the capacity of Calgary’s arts sector to achieve public and artistic impact. As the city’s designated arts development authority, CADA is a central hub that learns about, promotes, connects, advocates for, and leads strategic initiatives in the arts to add to the quality of life in Calgary. Calgary Arts Development allocates municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary through granting programs that support operations and innovation for more than 190 arts organizations in Calgary. Visit CADA
What is a Citizens’ Reference Panel?
A Citizens’ Reference Panel is a body of impartial citizens who are broadly representative of a community. A Reference Panel meets to learn about a particular public policy issue and provide informed advice to public authorities and decision-makers. It goes beyond traditional town halls, focus groups and surveys by drawing on the capacity of all citizens to reason on behalf of their communities.
The Citizens’ Reference Panel on Calgary’s Arts Plan was made up of 36 randomly selected residents from across Calgary. The Panel met over four Saturdays in September and October, 2012, to learn about Calgary’s arts sector and worked together to determine the priorities and vision that are guiding the creation of a long-term Arts Plan for Calgary.
What is a Civic Lottery?
A Civic Lottery is a method of random selection. 5,000 invitations - that’s 1 for every 85 homes - were sent to randomly selected addresses across Calgary. This invitation was transferable to any member of the household (aged 18 and over) who wanted to provide input and advice as a Panel member. A further draw from among respondents, balanced for age, gender and geography, determined the 36 Citizens’ Reference Panel members.
How Can I Get Involved?
The core objectives of Arts Plan is currently being finalized by Action Groups in the five focus areas below, and the next round of Action Group meetings are taking place November 28 to 30, 2013. Please contact the community brokers listed below if you are interested in being part of an Action Group:
- Youth & Education: Let’s ensure that every Calgarian under 18 has the best possible opportunity for arts participation and education. Contact Julie Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Creative Communities: Let’s ensure that cultural participation is a fact of daily life in Calgary. Contact Mark Hopkins at email@example.com.
- Calgary as an Artist Incubator: Let’s maximize the attractiveness of Calgary as a home for emerging talent. Contact Mark Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- From Excellence to Export: Let’s ensure that the impact of the work of Calgary’s professional artists and arts organizations extends regionally, nationally and internationally. Contact Judy Lawrence at email@example.com.
- Downtown Arts District: Let’s create a new postcard of Calgary! Contact Judy Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the next steps for Arts Plan here.