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An arts conversation with Canadian Taxpayer Federations’ Scott Hennig

by DJ Kelly June 26, 2009

On Tuesday afternoon a Calgary City Council committee approved a bylaw amendment to help offset the costs of city services to festivals. Obviously Scott Hennig of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation didn’t agree with this kind of precedent and he made a comment about it on Twitter. As an arts advocate who believes the small subsidy […]

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Starting over from scratch: creating a gallery of contemporary art for Calgary

by DJ Kelly January 14, 2009

Also available on the Calgary Herald’s Q. The recent “resignation” of Jeffrey Spalding from the Glenbow Museum has created a new call for a gallery of contemporary art. The Herald is all over it. And I’ve had several of my colleagues bring up the thought as well since Spalding’s departure. The Herald article is the […]

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Recession: no wonder it is so hard to say if we are in one or not

by DJ Kelly December 10, 2008

Also available on the Calgary Herald’s Q. I’ve been thinking a lot about the recession we are currently in – or the one that is coming depending on who you are talking to – and one thing has struck me in some of the commentary I’ve been hearing. It seems the horrible nature of a […]

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Civic arts funding approved

by DJ Kelly November 20, 2008

Thanks to the efforts of the members of the CPAA and some thoughtful deliberation by our Aldermen, today Council defeated two motions to cut arts funding from the 2009-2011 civic budget. The first motion was regarding the Public Arts Program while the second was a motion to cut increases to Calgary Arts Development’s granting budget. […]

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When is a good time to invest in our future?

by DJ Kelly November 18, 2008

Also available on the Calgary Herald’s Q. Several years ago Rick Bell wrote one of my favourite lines about Calgary. He called it, “the city planning forgot.” At the time, I whole-heartedly agreed. It was the mid-90s and it seemed the city was pulling itself apart after a period of growth that all areas of […]

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