Call for Proposals: Community-Run Public Art Microgrant Program 2023, Calgary Arts Development

Community-Run Public Art Microgrant Program 2023

Deadline: November 3, 2023, 4:30pm MT

Recognizing that public art opportunities can come from grassroots ideas that are initiated and led by communities, Calgary Arts Development invites proposals for community-run public art projects.

This opportunity is open to community-run organizations, including informal groups that define themselves in terms of distinct communities, neighbourhood associations and non-profit organizations or charitable organizations.

Community-run organizations in Calgary/Mohkinsstsis are invited to apply for funding to hire local artists and create public art in their neighbourhoods. Communities are required to team up with local artists at any level of experience to explore any form of public art in any part of the city.

Communities may apply for up to $10,000 to support eligible projects. Total funding available for this program is $300,000.

More details available at Calgary Arts Development.

Projects must address one of the following five themes:

1. Foster truth & reconciliation

  • Learn about the truth of Canadian colonization and its ongoing impact on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
  • Explore and create paths toward reconciliation and right relations with Indigenous peoples and the land.

2. Art for Social Change

  • Consider how art can be a force for social change. Investigate and develop a project that could transform people’s lives, even if on a small scale. Art as activism and activism as art.

3. Uncover little-known stories about the city or overlooked histories

  • Team up with artists, Indigenous Elders or historians to create a project that connects people to places and spaces in different ways.
  • Celebrate overlooked people and events and the diversity or diverse learnings of your community.
  • Restore or uncover names of places.

4. Explore stories of your community

  • Create and share stories of how local businesses or community organizations tell the story of where you live and what makes your community unique.

5. Bring beauty, joy, whimsy and hope

  • Art doesn’t have to be political or serious. Introduce whimsy, surprise and joy to your community.

We will only accept one application per group and only one application per project. You may not receive more than one Calgary Arts Development grant for the same project or phase of a project. Success in this program does not affect your eligibility to apply to other Calgary Arts Development grant investment programs for other projects.

This program cannot fund projects retroactively, meaning that projects that have begun before September 25, 2023 are not eligible.

Projects funded through this program must be completed by December 31, 2024.

If you have any questions or need any help completing an application, please contact Alex Lingnau, Project Lead, at or 403.264.5330.

For more information, visit Calgary Arts Development.

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