Thank you to all of the applicants for the 2023 Downtown Vibrancy Program! After much consideration by the jury, this year’s creative projects, events and programs that will transform existing venues and spaces in the downtown area are getting ready to kick off. Check out the RISE UP event listing page for more information about these incredible events!
About The Program
This initiative invites individuals and organizations to propose creative projects, events and programs that will transform existing venues and spaces in the downtown area with the support of the RISE UP Downtown Vibrancy Program. We have the opportunity to reimagine downtown and how our community connects. We believe arts and culture are at the heart of our city’s vibrancy, and when we make opportunities for artists to create, magic happens!
The call is for local artists, performers, presenters, venues, and community groups! We went on the search for partners—local venues, groups or individual performers and presenters —who can produce, program and provide live arts entertainment and/or experiences to local audiences.
WHERE & WHEN?
Event(s) producers were able to choose their own location, but must run their own show in approved downtown locations: Downtown Core, Downtown West, Eau Claire, Chinatown (reference map below). Event(s) must take place in venues and spaces that adhere to all Alberta Health Services public safety guidelines, and have appropriate permits, permissions and approvals as legislated.
Selected partners will showcase live entertainment and experiences at local venues and spaces throughout the downtown core between October 23rd and December 31st, 2023.
When investment is directed to empower artist performances in the downtown core, subsequent benefits can support the downtown revitalization strategy. Benefits include building a sense of place and belonging for all Calgarians, attracting new business, and making downtown Calgary a desirable place for Calgarians to live, work and play. As we fill up our vacant spaces and existing venues, let’s imagine arts organizations, businesses, artists, executives, and hospitality professionals all working and living side-by-side.
RISE UP knows how the arts support downtown revitalization by building a sense of place and belonging for all Calgarians, attracting new business, and making our downtown a desirable place for Calgarians to live, work and play.
The program provides up to $5,000 to a minimum of 30 applicants to present a show/arts event in Calgary’s downtown brick-and-mortar spaces. This can be used to offset the cost of venue rentals and or artist fees. This could be used to activate vacant spaces (working with building owners) or established venues.
Please email the RISE UP team at: email@example.com with the subject heading: Question: RISE UP Downtown Vibrancy Program