"Calgary is one of Canada's fastest growing and most vibrant cities, and we look forward to working with the city on its upcoming centennial anniversaries to continue to promote the arts, boost tourism, and grow our economy." - Lee Richardson, MP
In 2002, our Federal Government created the Cultural Capitals of Canada program to encourage and help support arts and culture in municipalities across Canada. Starting in 2008, the government annually selects a few communities as “Cultural Capitals of Canada” out of the applicants which have applied for the title.
Communities are chosen as Cultural Capitals based on previous demonstrations of support for the arts as well as proposed plans for the future of arts in the community. Depending on the population of your municipality, the Federal Government will award 75% of the costs associated with your community’s proposals up to $500,000 to $2,000,000.
This year the City of Calgary plans to celebrate the past 100 years of culture; this milestone is also significant for Calgarians because this year also marks the centennial of the Calgary Stampede.
For Calgary’s year of being one of the nation’s Cultural Capitals, the Calgary 2012 organization gave out 99 grants worth a total of $818,000 to local groups and individuals. Some of the grant recipients include: the Calgary Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, Cantos Music Foundation, the Alberta Ballet, the Calgary Public Library, and various smaller groups and some individuals as well.
Also serving as a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012 is the Niagara Region.
Previous Cultural Capitols of Canada for 2011 are:
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