Update on post-flood Calgary Artist-Run Centres

The recent flooding has taken a toll on the artist-run scene in Calgary. Organizations such as The New Gallery, Alberta Printmakers, the Untitled Art Society and TRUCK survived the flooding with only the minor inconvenience of being without power for two weeks. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for Stride Gallery or the DIY space of Avalanche. Both of these galleries experienced severe damage with over a foot of water in their respective exhibition spaces. Stride has suspended its operations but will be relaunching their September programming from a temporary space in TRUCK Gallery’s new location.
Throughout the event, the local arts community mobilized to support the affected organizations. The grass roots artist support group, The Elephant Artist Relief were able to offer flood relief from their cash reserves almost immediately, far faster than either of the municipal, provincial or federal governments. The Elephant Artist Relief provides a number of services to the community, and in return, the community hosts fundraising events for them. They currently offer a flood relief fund and have been instrumental in gathering resources for artists in Calgary! Donate Here!
Renato Vitic, September 2013