Who We Are
Arts Commons is the home of Calgary's most innovative artistic companies and partners, and is proud to present and promote creative collaboration within our city.
To Our Fellow Calgarians
Our mission at Arts Commons is to bring the arts...to life. And we have done that as safely as possible for as long as possible. But our commitment is to the health and wellbeing of our community. On March 13, we made the decision to suspend all performances until further notice. Ticket refunds is one of three options available to ticket holders of cancelled Arts Commons Presents concerts/presentations. If you were looking forward to a performance or an exhibit, a speaker or an immersion that has now been cancelled due to COVID-19, please consider donating your ticket or supporting your favourite arts organization in some other way. The arts are not for profit, and without the generosity of our community, we would not be able to fulfill our mission and bring the transformative nature of the arts to all of you.
Our vision is greater than ourselves however. Our vision is a creative and compassionate society inspired through the arts. We therefore ask you to reflect on the performance art, visual art, sound art, written art, and all the creativity that has enriched your life and to let that be the inspiration for how you move through the time ahead. Be kind to each other, think about and take appropriate action to care for those who are the most vulnerable, and practice love and generosity. Exercise physical distancing but commit to social solidarity. We are in this together.
From Arts Commons and all the resident companies
Arts Commons is one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant arts centres. Located in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District in the downtown core, the centre occupies a full city block and is home to five theatres and the world-class Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Each year, the centre hosts over 1,800 performances and events, including live theatre, concerts, dance productions, readings, public forums, art exhibits, and much more - all open to the public. The resident companies of Arts Commons including Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theatre Calgary create, perform, and present a wide range of award-winning and highly acclaimed theatre and concerts each season.
Arts Commons also houses rehearsal spaces, a costume and set construction shop, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a café, and the centralized Arts Commons Box Office.
For 34 years, Arts Commons has been a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual life and well-being of Calgarians and visitors. While the existing facility has been enormously successful, it is working much harder than the design intended, bringing all the major infrastructure to the end (and beyond) of lifecycle. The Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project will both expand capacity in an adjoining new building and renew the existing facility, bringing it up to today’s standards and creating a more sustainable future for our resident companies.
The videos below provide you with more insight into the impact of Arts Commons on our community.