Calgary – Calgary Stampede Foundation is thrilled to announce the official opening of TransAlta Performing Arts Studios, a new performance and training centre for youth in our community.

This is the first facility to open as part of a broader youth campus on Stampede Park. The 13,000 sq. ft. studio features seven rehearsal rooms individually designed to provide young Calgarians with a much needed space to gather, learn, and celebrate the arts. 

“This is an inspiring and creative place,” says Calgary Stampede Foundation chair, Steve Allan. “We believe that by creating opportunities for youth to thrive, we create a stronger community.”

The TransAlta Performing Arts Studios will be used by Calgary Stampede Foundation programs including the Young Canadians and Stampede Showband; and will also be accessible to Calgary’s youth performing arts groups. This vital, creative learning hub is made possible through the support of many generous donors, particularly the TransAlta Corporation.

“The Calgary Stampede Foundation and TransAlta both share a strong commitment to the community, an unwavering support for youth achievement, and a deep connection to Southern Alberta,” says Allan.

“This is the next step in our decades-long friendship with the Calgary Stampede and we are excited to continue our partnership with the opening of a year-round facility that supports youth education, arts and performance in the community,” says Dawn Farrell, president & CEO, TransAlta.

Within the next year, the youth campus will continue to expand with the construction of the BMO Amphitheatre. In addition, the Calgary Arts Academy will open its doors to students in early 2018. ”The Calgary Stampede is dedicated to encouraging and supporting young performers,” says Calgary Stampede president & chairman of the board, David Sibbald. “We are delighted to play a role in helping develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.” 

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About the Calgary Stampede Foundation

Since its inception in 1994, the Calgary Stampede Foundation has worked to preserve and promote western traditions, culture and heritage through charitable giving as well as promoting and advancing character-building youth programs. Through their successful “We’re Greatest Together” capital campaign, the Foundation and Calgary Stampede work with community leaders and philanthropists to develop world class programs and facilities that ensure our western legacy is preserved for future generations.

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Savoni
Public Relations Manager
Calgary Stampede
T 403-261-0327
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