Welcome to the ARCH!

Founded in 2001, we are a not for profit charitable organization with a long-term goal to build an arts-centred community hub (called ARCHArts, Recreation, Community Hub). Our vision is one embedded in community strength and connectivity: multiple users with accessible opportunities to learn, play, create, share, and grow a local/global community, founded on a shared leadership model.

Our initiatives include:

  • Calgary Multicultural Orchestra (CMO) – a free after school program for youth situated in Greater Forest Lawn; based on a proven social-change model called ‘el Sistema’ that uses music as an agent of social development.
  • Eyes on the Ave is a partnership between Springboard Performance, Antyx and the ARCH bringing community-based programming and photography to the ARCH site featuring placemaking using shipping containers.
  • The GREAT in Greater Forest Lawn’ : a 3-way partnership between the International Avenue BRZ, The United Way, and the ARCH. this grassroots, citizen-led granting initiative provides seed funding to 7-12 citizen-led, creative community-building ideas annually. Community members present ideas that are voted on by the community.
  • The ARCH – building on these projects, we are exploring collaborations and partnership possibilities to create shared space for arts, recreation and community events.

The ARCH is a Charitable Organization registered under the name of the International Avenue Arts and Cutlure Centre (Canadian registered charity number: 869328310RR0001). To make a charitable tax-deductible donation, click here. Receipts will be issued for donations over $25.


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