Press Releases & Media Advisories
Wednesday, December 9, 2020New Outdoor Exhibition at Arts Commons – The Fall of CHOP
Arts Commons is excited to announce a new free outdoor exhibition. Featuring local artist Nicole Wolf and journalist Gavin John, this exhibition is located on Stephen Avenue Mall adjacent to Olympic Plaza in the black kiosks lining the avenue and will be available for viewing until January 2021.
Monday, October 26, 2020Arts Commons: Rocio Graham honours The Day of the Dead with new Exhibition
CALGARY – This year, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) - the Mexican celebration of life and death – has inspired a unique exhibition by visual artist, botany enthusiast, and photographer Rocio Graham and she is inviting Calgarians to participate in an unexpected way.
Friday, October 9, 2020Arts Commons Transformation Takes Major Step Forward
Today, Arts Commons, together with our partners at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), and The City of Calgary announced the completion of a tri-party development agreement that will initiate the design process for the Arts Commons Transformation Project (ACT). With the freshly signed agreement in place, the first step in the design process will be a competitive procurement process to assemble the design team who will be responsible for the design development over the next two years.
Thursday, September 10, 2020ArtsXpeditions Partners with containR for Safe Outdoor Performances
For Immediate Release CALGARY – With over 25 successful performances employing 30 Calgary-based artists to date, Arts Commons’ ArtsXpeditions has brought free surprise and delight performances to communities all over Calgary this summer. Now Arts Commons partners with Springboard Performance's containR project to bring a new, socially-distanced outdoor experience to our community.
Friday, April 3, 2020Arts Commons Supports its Employees through COVID-19 Pandemic
Today, Arts Commons announced a decision to keep all salaried employees fully employed until June 2020, leveraging the Federal Government’s unprecedented 75% Wage Subsidy Program. While the Arts Commons building remains closed to the public, key priorities continue to be: following the protocols required to keep the community safe through the COVID-19 pandemic, finding ways to keep financially stable, and supporting our employees while preparing for eventual recovery.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020A Message 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.
Thursday, March 12, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Amplify Cabaret: Love Notes
Join Arts Commons Presents for an evening of uplifting positivity with poets and musicians. Love Notes takes place on Friday, March 27 & Saturday, March 28 in the Engineered Air Theatre.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020Spring Media Arts Exhibitions Explore Meditation, Environment, and Mythology
Broadcast Lab and the +15 Soundscape have new spring exhibitions that meditate on the passage of time, environment, and the subconscious mind by artists Aaron Zegher and C.R. Gillespie.
Monday, March 9, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Spring Exhibitions Present Diverse Artist Viewpoints
Spring is fast approaching, and with it, a new selection of amazing emerging artists showcasing their work at Arts Commons. We invite you to visit the Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio, and Window Galleries for the new installations by artists Kyle Simmers, Gillian McCarron, Katie Barron, Maria Munar, Mel Vee X, and Paige Kurpjuweit.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Sweet, Scat-Singing, Double GRAMMY nominee Jazzmeia Horn
Jazzmeia Horn is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in jazz – and not just because it’s literally part of her name. She’s taken top place in the vaunted Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and went viral after opening the 60th GRAMMY Award Ceremony with a sensational medley of scat-singing and style-hopping vocals. She even scored a second GRAMMY Award nomination for her latest album Love and Liberation.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live: Building the Photo Ark with Joel Sartore
Arts Commons Presents welcomes esteemed photographer and veteran National Geographic Live explorer Joel Sartore with Building the Photo Ark on March 15 & 16, 2020 in the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Unique Blues Sound Comes to Calgary with Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
It’s not often you hear the organ as part of a blues trio, and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio blends each element of their sound for perfect auditory chemistry.
Thursday, February 6, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Photography Exhibition Kwento't Litrato features Unique Perspectives
Arts Commons Presents is proud to welcome Kwento't Litrato, a collaborative photo-documentary featuring the works of 18 different migrant photographers sharing their complex narrative through images of their lives. Kwento't Litrato runs February 1st – 29th, 2020 in the +15 gallery spaces.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020Arts Commons Presents: An Exclusive Student Presentation of We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and Calgary Separate School District, Arts Commons Presents is offering a free student presentation of BD&P World Stage’s We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the generous support of Naming Sponsor Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer and Black History Month Supporting Sponsor TD Bank Group.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his own words
Connect with Black History Month this February with the strength and dignity of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. whose words remain as resonant and encouraging now as when he first delivered them.
Thursday, January 30, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Amplify Cabaret: We Gon Be Alright
Join Arts Commons Presents for an evening that brings those in the margins of the Black community centre stage with We Gon Be Alright on Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22 in the Engineered Air Theatre.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Classic Albums Live – Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes
Join Arts Commons Presents as Classic Albums Live performs one of the most celebrated concept albums of all time Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes on February 20, 2020 in the Jack Singer Concert Hall – note for note, cut for cut.
Monday, January 20, 2020Arts Commons names Alex Sarian as new President and Chief Executive Officer
After an international search led by Arts Consulting Group, Arts Commons board of directors has appointed Alex Sarian as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020Arts Commons Presents: Party old-school with The Hot Sardines
Feed your heart and soul with The Hot Sardines and their unique take on vintage jazz. This ain’t no elevator music; this is get up on your feet and swing your dance partner ‘round your arm vintage jazz music.
Monday, January 6, 2020Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live: Deadliest Lifesavers with biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs
Arts Commons Presents welcomes biomedical scientist and National Geographic Live Explorer Zoltan Takacs with Deadliest Lifesavers on January 26 & 27, 2020 in the Jack Singer Concert Hall.