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NE public art projects

Northeast public art initiative

There is a lack of public art in northeast Calgary compared to other quadrants. This initiative seeks to increase public art opportunities in northeast Calgary that:

  • Support local artists and businesses
  • Enhance our northeast neighbourhoods
  • Reflect the people who live in the communities where the art is located

Artists wanted

We are now accepting applications for three functional public art projects – a bike rack, a bench and a picnic table. The deadline is December 24, 2021. For more information visit calgary.ca/artistopportunities

The project

We’re working on an exciting initiative that will bring several public art projects to Calgary’s northeast communities.This initiative will build amazing spaces for people to come together and provide opportunities for artists to create pieces in the form of bike racks, benches, picnic tables, mini-galleries, banners, sculptures, community events and a documentary that will feature artists hired, community members, Indigenous Elders and Elders from culturally diverse groups in northeast communities.

Calls for artists will be released on our opportunities for artists page and in our monthly public art newsletter.

Community engagement

In March and April of 2021, we engaged with a diverse group of stakeholders, including community members, cultural groups and businesses on what public art is possible in the area and what they would like to see. 

We saw an astounding response. Nearly 6000 Calgarians interacted with engagement activities which included a survey available in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Interpretation services were also available at five online workshops for Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.

The ideas we received are quite inspiring. Each person we met had a unique story and gave us a true picture of what they would like to see for public art in their communities. We are extremely grateful for the input and have used this information to put together our project plan. 

To ensure the art is reflective of northeast Calgary and its peoples, all artists hired will further engage with the direct community in which their art will be installed before final concepts are developed.

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