Calgary 2012 News Release: CALGARY 2012 BID KICKS OFF CULTURE MONTH

I’ve never done this before, but when this showed up in my inbox this afternoon, I thought it prudent to share. I can’t seem to find a link to the release, nor have I been able to find all of this information on the Calgary 2012 website, so I decided to post on my blog and forward you the link via Twitter.



The following is a (verbatim) reprtint of an August 31, 2010 news release from Calgary 2012:

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


(Calgary, AB) Across Canada, cities and provinces are setting aside a few days each September to celebrate arts and culture. Last September in Calgary, Mayor Bronconnier recognized all of September as Culture Month, and the Government of Alberta has set aside September 17-19 as Alberta Arts Days. This year, September is also the kick-off for Calgary 2012, whose goal is to have Calgary named Cultural Capital of Canada in two years, and one whose message is to “Dream Big for 2012!” – a call to action for people to submit ideas as to how they want to celebrate culture in Calgary in 2012 and beyond.

This past spring, The City of Calgary announced its intention to bid for the designation as the 2012 Cultural Capital of Canada. The Canadian Heritage Cultural Capitals of Canada program is a national awards initiative to celebrate and promote arts, culture and heritage in Canadian municipalities by recognizing the achievements of cities with an ongoing commitment to arts and culture.

Calgary 2012 is a joint initiative co-chaired by Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Stampede in partnership with City of Calgary Recreation, the Calgary Public Library, Tourism Calgary, and Calgary Economic Development.

As part of its grassroots effort to get as much widespread input from citizens as possible, and to help generate ideas that will be considered for the final bid, the Calgary 2012 project is promoting conversations about culture through different community engagement events around the city. They’re also looking for one-hundred Calgarians to join the Advisory Panel which will be shaping the ideas that go forward in the bid application.

To submit your great idea on how Calgary can celebrate in 2012, to host an event, or to find out how you can join the Advisory Panel, go to For everything else culture-related happening in Calgary this September and beyond, go to


Media contact:

Suzanne Boss, Project Manager
Calgary 2012
Ph: 403-264-5330, ext. 204

Becky Scott, Projects and Communications Generalist
Calgary Arts Development
Ph: 403-264-5330, ext. 201


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