UPDATE: Local media has been excited by our new initiative!:

“Program aims to transform empty office space into creative places”: Calgary Herald

“Calgary businesses to let artists use empty space”: Metro Calgary

“Calgary’s high office vacancy rate could benefit artists in need of space”: CBC Calgary News

“Artists in Workplace”: CBC Calgary Eyeopener [Radio]

“Calgary businesses encouraged to share office space with artists”: Metro Calgary

“Sky-high vacancy rates challenge remaining downtown businesses”: Global TV Calgary

the press release from the Calgary Chamber of Commerce


Participating businesses to date:

Calgary Association of Self Help

Roots2STEM Admin & Creation Space

York Reality (3 locations)

Vintri Technologies

Sandler Training

The Beach



It’s no secret that challenging economic times are yielding a surplus of office / business space in our city. Instead of letting these spaces sit vacant, they instead could be turned into an opportunity to invest in Calgary’s cultural future that also offsets some expenses at the same time.

The Calgary Chamber in partnership with Calgary Arts Development and Calgary’s Poet Laureate, Derek Beaulieu, is excited to announce the launch of a new initiative called Artists in the Workplace, a program that connects businesses with a surplus of space with artists and art organizations who are looking for space to work.

Please see below or the full release – For additional comments or to schedule an interview, please contact Scott Crockatt at media@calgarychamber.com or 403 681 5529.

derek beaulieu
Calgary Poet Laureate 2014-2016

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