Arts Commons Transformation (ACT)

March 4, 2019
After almost 13 hours in closed-door meetings, Calgary City Council approved the financial strategy for all four of the city’s long-term, previously unfunded projects (BMO Centre expansion, the Event Centre, Phase 1 of Arts Commons Transformation, and the Multi-Sport Fieldhouse). The presentation, recommendations, and closed session discussion currently remain confidential. While this decision provides some cause for celebration, there is still a lot of uncertainty, including the prioritizing of the projects and how the $71M in critical lifecycle issues that Phase 2 would focus on will be addressed.

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UPDATE February 22, 2019

Arts Commons joins the panel discussion hosted by Wordfest to discuss the Rivers District Master Plan and “What’s in it for YYC Arts & Culture”? Audience members voiced their concerns that artists don’t have a place to develop their skills, be supported, earn some money, and be valued. Many discussed the success of the new King Edward C-Space. Simon Mallett, former Artistic Director at Downstage (an Arts Commons Resident Company) and current ED at the Rosza Foundation, based in C-Space explained that Arts Commons is such a place, but that these support systems are not always visible due to the limitations of its infrastructure.

UPDATE February 18, 2019

On February 4, 2019, in a Combined meeting of Council, two additional Councillors were named to the Arts Commons Advisory Committee (ACAC):
1. Councillor Evan Woolley
2. Councillor Shane Keating

UPDATE February 1, 2019

On January 28, 2019 Calgary City Council held an important Strategic Meeting. The intent of the meeting was to strategize about funding and timing for four major unfunded capital projects: the BMO expansion, the event centre, the fieldhouse, and the Arts Commons Transformation Project (ACT). Council met for more than 9 hours, most of which was held in closed session. While formal decisions on funding and timing were not made on January 28, Council did pass two key resolutions to keep the conversation moving forward:

1. Direct Administration to return with an update to Council no later than April 2019 with further refined options to optimize funding, financing and schedules for all four unfunded long-term projects

2. That Council appoint Councillor Farrell as Chair and nominate up to two (2) Councillors to serve as members of the Arts Commons Advisory Committee (ACAC)

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