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News (Calgary/ Alberta): Calgary Arts Development releases initial Alberta Flood Assessment data

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News (Calgary/ Alberta): Calgary Arts Development releases initial Alberta Flood Assessment data

calgary_arts_developmentCalgary Arts Development (CADA) is collecting flood assessment information for all artists and arts organizations in the province affected by the Alberta Flood. Yesterday, the organization released initial data regarding the impact of the disaster.

Thus far, 108 artists and arts organizations have submitted data to CADA: 95 from within the city of Calgary and 13 from other parts of the province. We know there is more data yet to come, especially from communities that are still under evacuation order, or have not yet been able to assess the damage. Theatre Alberta encourages all artists and arts organizations in the province to contact Calgary Arts Development regarding potential/actual flooding damage:

If you are an artist or an arts organization anywhere in Alberta that has sustained damage or lost revenue due to the floods, please fill out this form:

If you or your organization face an immediate crisis or need for assistance, CADA will do its best to assist through its networks. If you face an immediate need please fill out this form:

The initial list of known flood impacts have been listed on Calgary Arts Development’s website: click here to view. Theatre Alberta has reprinted sections of the list below, highlighting impacts reported by theatres and theatre companies. 

Theatre Alberta extends all our best wishes to our members and friends, and indeed to the entire Alberta arts community, who have been impacted by the floods. Please take care, and let us know if we can help (email or call toll-free 1-888-422-8160.)

Damage to building or property, including artworks

  • Pumphouse Theatre has flooding in its basement and has been without power and gas. Cancellations anticipated.
  • Curiously Canadian Improv Guild is still assessing impact to their venue, which was in deep water
  • Green Fools’ venue is likely to be demolished due to its extensive damage
  • The EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts’ parkade and elevators were flooded and the building remains closed to the public

Damage to equipment or supplies

  • Lunchbox Theatre’s storage facilities were flooded, and they have lost supplies and technical equipment
  • All of the Calgary Fringe Festival‘s theatrical equipment was flooded

Event Cancellations/Lost Revenues/Etc.

  • StoryBook Theatre has cancelled a major fundraiser
  • Verb Theatre has cancelled several performances
  • Rosebud Theatre‘s ticket sales have dropped dramatically
  • Loose Moose Theatre cancelled performances
  • One Yellow Rabbit has postponed a major fundraiser indefinitely
  • Decidedly Jazz Danceworks remains closed and without power
  • Mob Hit Productions cancelled several performances in its LabWorks Arts Festival

Loss of access to performance, rehearsal, or exhibition venue

  • The damage to Prince’s Island Park will affect several festivals, including the Calgary Folk FestivalShakespeare in the Park and Afrikadey
  • La Caravan Dance Theatre is unable to continue weekly classes and rehearsals
  • Ghost River Theatre could not hold its Devised Theatre Intensive due to damage at Green Fools’ venue
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