Arts Commons Transformation (ACT)

The Arts Commons Transformation (ACT)

A thriving Calgary includes a dynamic cultural and entertainment district that serves as a catalyst for a diverse economy and a more livable city. The Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project will support this vision through an expanded business model, opportunities for growth of local artists and artist Resident Companies, and improvements to patron comfort and accessibility.

ACT will create 2,451 full-time person years of employment during construction, result in 989 permanent jobs and $95.77M annually to Calgary’s economy. ACT will therefore contribute millions to Canada’s GDP and provide taxes to all 3 levels of government, helping pay for government programs and services, such as schools, health care, and cultural activities.

The transformational project will grow the size of the facility to more than one million square feet, adding 35% in versatile, purpose-built venues, and successfully addressing more than $71M in critical life-cycle issues. ACT will also inspire downtown residential development, and play a pivotal role in the realization of Calgary’s visionary cultural and entertainment district.

For 33 years, Arts Commons has been a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual life and well-being of Calgarians and visitors. The existing facility has been enormously successful, consistently working far beyond industry standards. However, with no capacity to further grow community access or revenues, NOW is the time to invest in ACT to ensure the financial resiliency and sustainability of what will become Canada’s second largest arts centre, serving the needs identified by our growing community.

ACT can be made possible through a dynamic partnership between all three levels of government. The City of Calgary, The Government of Alberta, and The Government of Canada have a unique opportunity to be ambitious and bold in moving Calgary forward.

City Council is in the process of building a strategic plan to address a number of major capital projects that would revitalize Calgary’s culture and entertainment district. A formal discussion will take place in Council Chambers on January 28, 2019. This is your opportunity to be a part of that important discussion. Today, more than ever, we need to find ways to build a more creative and compassionate society. The arts can inspire such a movement.

Join the movement!

    • Using the social media hashtag #ACTNOW, share with friends and invite them to support a brighter future for Calgary!

    • Sign the letter that we will be sending to City Council to ensure your councillor represents your vision for a better Calgary, on January 28th!