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A monthly grassroots gathering for the collective re-imagining of an equitable and just future for the arts in Calgary.

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CHAT & CHEW - Monthly Zoom Gatherings

February to July 2021

Once a month - Tuesday, at 1:00-2:30 pm MST*

Feb 23 / March 23 / April 27 / May 25 / June 29 / July 27

*Update: For June we will host two gatherings - June 8 and 29.

We want to invite you into an initiative that started up in Calgary in June 2020. A number of us see the importance of keeping equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) concerns front and centre as we go through so much change everywhere including the arts sector.

Gatherings will be facilitated by the Cultural Instigators (CI)*. Once a month we will gather to collectively discuss topics of EDIA through an anti-racist lens to get grassroots ideas and actions going.

Have a question or a proposal for future conversation topics and themes? Send an e-mail to

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National Indigenous History Month- Appreciation and Appropriation

Please join us for a discussion with Indigenous Arts and Culture professionals and a special guest Elder about the definitions, differences and the lasting effects of cultural appropriation within Indigenous communities and how to be an ally and true cultural appreciator.

Special guest Elder Marina Crane from Tsuut'ina Nation

Co-facilitated by Kelli Morningbull, Riel Manywounds, Jared Tailfeathers and Jarret Twoyoungmen



June 8 | Supporting Palestine. Facilitated by Monda Mahmoud and Cesar Calla

May 25 | Despite the overwhelming weight of racism, what are the seeds of agency and resilience to be unearthed and replanted in ourselves and in our communities? Facilitated by Pam Tzeng and Cesar Calla

April 27 | BLACK Arts in Calgary. What’s missing? Facilitated by Jesse Lipscombe with co-facilitators Priscilla Bukasa, Omatta Udalor and Wunmi Idowu.

March 23 | The rise of hate, white supremacy and how we come together with actionable solutions. Facilitated by Cesar Calla and jaqs gallos aquines

February 23 | Acknowledging and centering the body. Embodiment supporting the work of anti-racism. Facilitate by Pam Tzeng


*Cultural Instigators (CI) is an initiative to support artists involved in building equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in their work to organize and to create artistic projects that build the community’s capacity to confront social issues, through an anti-racist framework. CI is funded by but not led by Calgary Arts Development.

**Event banner design by Priscille Bukasa

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