Community partnerships and outreach

ACAD has developed significant relationships with community partners to promote creativity, and showcase the arts on a local, regional and national level.

Relationships with other arts organizations and events provide opportunities to showcase ACAD’s talented alumni, students and faculty. Through collaborative communications, via sponsorship, advertisements, social media, website and newsletters, ACAD shares information about the participation of ACAD alumni in events, creating opportunities for all ACAD constituent audiences to experience their works.

ACAD Studio Artist in School Program

The ACAD Studio Artist in School Program is a one-of-a-kind partnership with the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) that promotes arts facilitated learning, augments student learning and engagement, and exemplifies the integrated and interdisciplinary future of arts education in Alberta. The initiative places recent ACAD graduates as Studio Artists into schools throughout Calgary.

Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche Calgary is a late-night interactive art festival that originated in France and has quickly spread to other parts of the globe.

Sled Island

Each June ACAD is excited to partner with Calgary's one-of-a-kind music festival, Sled Island.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

In November 2014, students and faculty from ACAD’s Media Arts and Digital Technologies program collaborated with CPO to stage one of the most innovative and perhaps even risky events of the 2014 season: Turangalila composed by Olivier Messiaen.

Contextural - A Fibre Arts Cooperative

Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of textile based artistic works.

Ad Rodeo Association

On April 4, 2014, ACAD faculty and students celebrated at the Ad Rodeo Association's Annual Anvil Awards night.

National Advertising Benevolent Society

On January 14, 2014 ACAD, in partnership with the Globe and Mail, screened the 2013 Cannes Golden Lions.

Society of Graphic Designers of Canada

This yearly show features over sixty portfolios of graphic design, advertising, illustration, animation, character design, and photography. Students are in attendance to present their work and to answer questions from attendees.

Calgary Mini Maker Faire

On September 14, 2014 ACAD and Maker Faire hosted the 2nd annual Maker Faire.

Calgary Arts Development