Mission, Mandate, & Values
Arts Commons is the steward of Western Canada's largest arts centre, and the artistic and civic cornerstone of Calgary's downtown core, comprised of six world-class resident companies. By championing inclusion and reconciliation, and increasing the accessibility and reach of the arts in Calgary, we are reimagining the performing arts and ensuring their rightful place at the centre of civic life.
That equitable access to the arts is a human right.
To redefine a bold and adventurous Calgary by championing and investing in creativity.
To be an inspirational force where artists, community, and organizations celebrate cultural identities, experience the full breadth of human emotions, and ignite positive change.
To provide and care for artists and arts organizations
To ensure equitable access and utilization of our venues
To foster, promote, and celebrate a vibrant arts community
Our Strategic Priorities
The organization's strategic priorities include supporting the artists and arts organizations that call Arts Commons home, including the more than 200 community groups that utilize our venues, to realize their missions, and to foster opportunities for collaboration across our cultural campus.
Do the right thing
behaving with integrity, applying professionalism, being honest, and erring on the side of grace.
Be our best always
in service, in leadership, in professionalism, and in providing a quality experience.
Be open: minds, hearts, arms
through empathy, openness, trust, and collaboration, seizing opportunities to impact our community in a positive way.
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