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News: Calgary Arts Development Announces New Funding Program for Arts Groups

News: Calgary Arts Development Announces New Funding Program for Arts Groups

NEWS RELEASE 
For immediate release 
February 2, 2012

New Funding Program Announced for Arts Groups 
Calgary Arts Development Launches New Client Induction Grant Program

(Calgary, AB) – Calgary Arts Development today announced the New Client Induction Grant Program, developed to invest in arts organizations that are eligible, but not currently funded through Calgary Arts Development’s Operating Grant Program.

In November 2011, City Council responded to CADA’s request to deal with unprecedented demand from new clients representing diverse and emerging organizations through an increase to CADA’s annual base funding. In 2012, $175,000 will be available through the New Client Induction Program. The New Client Induction Program is open to all eligible arts organizations not currently funded by CADA, with priority given to diverse and emerging organizations.

“Calgary is an increasingly diverse city in the midst of dynamic change,” says Terry Rock, President and CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “As the City of Calgary’s designated arts development authority, we need to provide a set of programs that can respond to our changing city and enhance the artistic and public impact of Calgary’s arts organizations and artists.”

A dedicated program for new clients enables Calgary Arts Development to plan for the future more effectively, while at the same time investing in organizations that often represent the next generation of artistic practice. The program also serves as a knowledge-building exercise for CADA, enhancing the ability to measure and communicate the impact of the arts on the long-term success of Calgary.

Applications to the New Client Induction Grant Program will be assessed within the context of the organization’s mission, vision and mandate. An arms-length independent assessment panel comprised of artistic peers and community members will consider the applicant organization’s plan for the year in which they are applying and their achievements during the previous year.

Applications and guidelines are available as of February 2, 2012 and the deadline for applications is 4:30pm, March 15, 2012. For more detailed information on the program’s guidelines, application and assessment criteria, please visit CalgaryArtsDevelopment.com/Induction_Grant.

For more information about the application process, please contact Calgary Arts Development at [email protected] or 403-476-2031.