About

Overarching vision: Calgary is a place that empowers every resident to live a creative life, fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city.

Mission: To align and activate Calgarians in creating a vital, prosperous and connected city through the arts.

Living a Creative Life is an arts development strategy for Calgary, by Calgarians. The strategy was produced through a rigorous consultation process facilitated by Calgary Arts Development and is a result of our year as a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012.

The strategy framework was finalized in January 2014 and articulates Calgarians' shared goals for the arts in five focus areas (Creative Communities, Centre City Arts District, Arts Incubation, Artistic Exchange, and Youth & Education). Calgary Arts Development continues to seek formal support for the strategy from the many stakeholders who took part in building Living a Creative Life. Organizations who choose to become signatories to the strategy pledge to contribute to one or more tactics outlined in Living a Creative Life, and agree to consider the strategy’s overall framework during their own strategic planning. Signatories will also participate in shared measurement activities so that the progress of the strategy’s goals can be tracked.

More information about the process that led to Living a Creative Life is available on the following pages:

Details on the strategy itself are available below: