UPDATED FEB 26 – Update regarding Fairview Arena roof collapse

Update on February 26, 2018

Here are just a few quick updates following the Fairview Arena collapse. Your patience and understanding are much appreciated as we are still transitioning.

  • All of our artists’ works were removed from the current facility and into storage.
  • All of our artists’ works scheduled to go to Hong Kong and Seoul have been removed from the facility and are now being packaged for shipment.
  • We are in the final stages of securing a temporary space for our artists. Please stay tuned.

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Thank you!

Update on February 21, 2018

Dear friend of the Indefinite Arts Centre,

I wanted to give you all another update after a hectic day today for all of our staff at the Centre. As you may be seeing on the news, there is not a lot more information that can be gathered from the arena site or our Centre. It will take days, weeks – perhaps longer – before a full assessment of the damage can be done, and for us to know for certain when we may be able to return to the facility on Fairmount Drive.

Thankfully, our organization has received an overwhelming number of offers from other organizations to lend us their space as a temporary home for our artists. We are continuing to review our options, noting the need for accessibility requirements given that many of our artists have mobility challenges. If we do not get back to you in a timely manner, please do not take any offence – we are simply overwhelmed, trying to stay on top of everything, but ensuring that our focus is on finding a home for our artists as a top priority.

Please note once again that all programs are cancelled until further notice. Once we do have confirmation of a location, our team will work hard to move our supplies to that facility and ensure a quick turnaround to open the space up to our artists to resume our programming.

One more note – and something that has been raised by others – is our concern that our artists were in the facility on the day of, but prior to, the collapse. In fact, more than 40 of our artists and staff members were in the facility up until 3:30 PM, which is approximately one hour before the collapse actually happened on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. This has been noted as a concern – and something that I will press with the correct authorities to see why our artists could have possibly been placed in potential danger given the extent of the damages. Though our priority is to find a temporary home and resume programming, I want to reassure our artists and our families that this type of oversight – even though no one was injured – does not happen again.

Thank you to our artists for your patience as we try to navigate these unprecedented challenges. And thank you to our staff for all of your hard work.



February 20, 2018

Dear friend of Indefinite Arts Centre,

Whether you are an artist, a family member, a supporter, you are on this email list because you care about our organization and the 200+ artists we serve.

As you may have heard on the news, the entire roof the Fairview Arena collapsed earlier this afternoon on February 20, 2018 – the arena is directly attached to the Indefinite Arts Centre facility, and we share common infrastructure elements such as all of our major utilities.

Fortunately, nobody was injured from this roof collapse.

Unfortunately, the damage from this collapse has extended into our facility, and we are working closely with the City of Calgary and other officials to assess the full scope of the damage to the Centre.

This means that:

– All Indefinite Arts Centre programming is on hold until further notice. Our team has been working throughout the evening to be in touch with as many artists and their families/support networks as we can to advise them of this fact.
– The Indefinite Arts Centre will strive to resume programming – if not at this location, then at another temporary location – as soon as possible to ensure that our artists continue to create artwork. We will be updating you all through all of our communication channels of this and any other news related to this matter.

Without a doubt, the next few weeks and months will be challenging for all of us, but our entire team is focusing on the needs of our artists first and foremost. Please do send positive vibes our way, and if by chance you have any ideas or suggestions on a temporary space for our artists, please send me a note personally.

I will continue to update you as this situation progresses. Thank you in advance for all of your kind wishes and support.

Yours sincerely,


Jung-Suk (JS) Ryu