Calgary Arts Foundation is a registered charity that was created to generate support for Calgary’s arts sector. It is governed by a small volunteer board of directors. Knowing that many non-profit arts organizations conduct their own successful fundraising activities, Calgary Arts Foundation will ensure that its efforts will not compete with the very sector it is here to support but, rather, will seek to find new support for the arts in Calgary.
Calgary Arts Foundation is particularly interested in finding ways to engage people and businesses who believe in the power of the arts to change lives and make our city a better place, but do not want to select a specific arts organization or individual to support. They would rather contribute to an umbrella organization that understands the arts sector and can steward resources where support is most needed. The foundation will partner with other foundations and organizations who are focused on the arts, creative industries, and cultural sectors to strengthen existing programs that support organizations, artists and arts workers.
Concerts, plays, exhibitions, dance performances, readings, classes, festivals – all of those things we love to experience have been cancelled due to COVID-19. But, even though we can’t gather in person, the arts have been lifting our spirits and keeping us entertained, enriched and connected through online platforms. We realize now more than ever the important role cultural vibrancy plays in our communities and in our lives.
The Cultural Vitality Fund is a way to give back to our artists and arts workers and help build the relief, recovery and resilience they need to weather this storm. Your contribution will be matched by Calgary Foundation to have double the impact of your gift alone. The sum of the matching campaign will be redirected to Calgary Arts Development to be distributed through their granting programs to individual artists and arts workers who have lost their income during this pandemic, yet continue to provide the talent, creativity, skills and vision that fuel cultural vibrancy in our city.
These are challenging and unprecedented times. Please consider supporting individual artists and arts workers through this fund because: