Calgary’s arts scene continues to grow, helping the city attract new residents and re-energizing the existing population. Calgary Arts Development (CADA) is working with local artists in order to transform the city’s public spaces. The group is currently holding public meetings in order to involve all city residents in the development of a long-term strategy to direct the commission and placement of important public artworks.
Meanwhile, a new permanent exhibit at the Calgary Stampede has attracted acclaim. Working artists who represent each of the five Treaty 7 tribes have created original artwork depicting the history and culture of their nations. These important works will help people understand the unique history, culture, and aesthetic of each tribe. Too often, people simply view “native art” as the work of a homogeneous people. The new exhibit will let people see that, in fact, many distinct cultures existed before the European colonization of Alberta.