The Calgary Stampede has always been an active supporter of community events and makes significant financial contribution annually to a wide variety of programs. Many of these programs relate to youth and their development in agriculture, the arts and general scholastics. An investment in the young people of Alberta is an excellent way to ensure that the Calgary Stampede and the community as a whole continues to grow with the culture of the province, and carry on the traditions of the past.
Stampede School is an immersive educational experience for students in grades 1 to 12 that relocates their classroom to Stampede Park. In their new setting, students and teachers experience deep and innovative learning and make connections to history, agriculture, Indigenous traditions and cultures, and western heritage and values. Students are surrounded by western artifacts, unique cultures, equine classmates, and intriguing guest speakers.
Stampede School, a Campus Calgary site, is inquiry-based, innovative, and focused on hands-on experiences. Each class’ week-long experience is customized to fit their particular curriculum and individual needs.
“My class was fortunate to have participated in Stampede School in September. In my opinion, attending Stampede School at the beginning of the year really helped build the community in our classroom. Our week at the grounds had an amazing impact on students and their learning. I can tell through conversations, student work and projects the deep impact of this experience months later (and I’m sure until the end of the year)." – Participating Teacher
“I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to attend Stampede School with my students. It has been the greatest experience of my whole career, bar none. The week’s program was extremely well organized and it touches on so many aspects of what we are learning in class. It enhanced student participation and understanding of topics that are somewhat foreign to them, for example First Nations culture and fancy dancing, learning about horses and their care, as well as a detailed account of the Stampede and Calgary’s history. For someone who isn’t from Calgary, I learned just as much as the students did." - Participating Teacher
“Stampede School allowed my students to become comfortable and confident in sketching and documenting their learning." – Participating Teacher
“Our students became so connected to the community as a result of Stampede School. They are so proud of their stampede and can now recognize areas of the community we visited from pictures, and tell long stories about the times they had there and how it made them feel a sense of belonging as well as all the things they learned about the formation of our community." – Participating Teacher
Calgary Stampede Showband
The World Champion Calgary Stampede Showband offers musical training to young Calgarians. Currently the Band is 140 members strong and travels around the world entertaining thousands each year.
The Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary Stampede Showriders and A Band of Outriders are proud to be official representatives of the Calgary Stampede, the city of Calgary, the province of Alberta, and Canada. Bringing the Calgary Stampede's unique brand of western hospitality wherever they go, the Showband, Showriders and Outriders are an integral part of the Stampede's annual Ten Day Festival, but also perform independently throughout the year.
The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts
The Young Canadians School of the Performing Arts is an engaging opportunity to train in dance, voice, and performance, by a professional faculty. Training is provided by a diverse team of specialists who foster technical development, artistic creation, and performance excellence.
The Young Canadians School is comprised of 125 dedicated youth from the Calgary area who wish to train in a professional setting. Members train to deliver exceptional performance experiences representing the Calgary Stampede Foundation, and the Calgary Stampede.
Each year members are cast as part of the annual Grandstand Show performing for an international audience of over 150,000 spectators at the Calgary Stampede. The season runs from September to July annually.
The Young Canadians School consists of youth between the ages of 11-18. The Junior TYC School consists of energetic youth between the ages of 7-11. Annual auditions are held in July for interested candidates who are passionate about dance, vocal, and performance, and wishing to be part of the annual Grandstand Show at the Calgary Stampede.