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ABOUT US

Damon Johnston – Artistic Director

Damon JohnstonOffice: 403 269 1904

Concert Info: 403 214 1811
FAX: 403 269 5391
Email: info@proartssociety.ca

Office/Mailing Address: 604 1 St SE Calgary, AB T2G 5H8

Damon Johnston featured in September 6, 2013 article in the Calgary Herald

- Read the article on Calgary Herald Web site

- Download and Read the PDF

 

Board of Directors 2014

  • Chairperson: Ruth Parent
  • Treasurer: Sandra Millar
  • Secretary: Everett Marwood
  • Directors:  Irene Dean, Brian Dean, Leighton Lee, Marnie Patrick-Roberts, Grant Reddick

 

Links to recent articles featuring ProArts Society

 

Culture for the people… | Read on the Calgary Herald

Culture for the people… | Download and read the PDF

Heavenly Nooner | Read on the Calgary Herald

Heavenly Nooner | Calgary Herald | Download and read the PDF

 

Links to some organizations we work with

 

Calgary Arts Development Authority

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Calgary Musicians Association

First Thursdays in Calgary’s Cultural District

The Calgary Foundation

The Alberta Lottery Fund

The Calgary Opera

The Calgary Folk Festival

AFRIKADEY! Arts and Culture Society

One Yellow Rabbit’s HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

University of Calgary Department of Music

The Alberta League Encouraging Storytelling

Calgary Spoken Word Festival

Calgary KIWANIS Music Festival

Soulocentric Performing Arts Society

Rosanna Terracciano, Flamenco Artist

Calgary Arts Summer School Association

Calgary Concert Opera Company

Canadian Music Centre – prairie region

 

A Brief History of the ProArts Society

                                                                                                                                                  The ProArts Society began in 2002 when frequent requests to use the Cathedral Church as a place for concerts and special events confirmed its attractiveness as a venue for artistic expression. Registered as an Alberta Historic Site in September 1974, the Cathedral is itself a work of art, with priceless stained glass windows, ornate woodwork, and resonant acoustics. A committee was established to investigate the use of the Cathedral as a venue for the performing arts. The ProArts Society was registered in Alberta in November 2002, and designated a charitable organization in February 2003.

 

The Society was fortunate to receive the support of local music instructors who used the ProArts@Noon format to showcase the talents of their students. Organists were delighted to play the Cathedral’s restored 1905 Casavant Frères pipe organ. Classical guitar concerts were particularly well received, as were classical performances on the cello, harp, flute, and trumpet.

 

Originally, the Church of the Redeemer was named the “Pro Cathedral” for the Anglican Diocese of Calgary. The designation “Pro” was meant to be temporary until a more elaborate structure could be built. However, it became apparent that the dream of a larger Cathedral was unrealistic; the term “Pro” was dropped, and the Church of the Redeemer was simplified to Cathedral for the Diocese. For many years the church was fondly referred to as “the Pro” and the ProArts name reflects this affectionate term, along with the affirmation of the positive role the performing arts play in our community.

 

The ProArts Society continues to grow and explore new avenues of artistic expression, while remaining true to its vision of enhancing and enriching the Calgary arts community by engaging artists to perform in the historic Cathedral Church. What started as a modest weekly recital has blossomed into an established concert series that provides a showcase for hundreds of Calgary’s performing artists!

 

 


Thank-you to our wonderful supporters!