Hello. I’m Peter Hemminger, a writer, editor, cultural worker and arts advocate currently based in Calgary, Alberta. My primary interest is contributing to a more open, collaborative and idiosyncratic culture. Sometimes that’s meant sharing art with wider audiences, engaging in conversations around arts and cultural policy, or creating spaces and situations where people are able to learn, connect and express themselves. If you have any projects that you think might spark an interesting collaboration, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
My main gig at the moment is working as the communications officer at the Transition Accelerator, a pan-Canadian charity focused on Canada’s net-zero energy transition. Prior to that, I spent nine years as the executive director of the Quickdraw Animation Society, an award-winning charitable organization dedicated to advancing and preserving the art of animation. Aside from the overseeing the administrative side of Quickdraw from grant-writing and financial oversight to HR, communications and copywriting, I also co-programmed the society’s annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival each November.
I also write very occasional freelance pieces (most recently a pair of reading lists for Longreads), and have been branching out into research and consulting around arts and culture, on projects involving municipal arts policies and strategic advice for a provincial arts service organization.
Before Quickdraw, I was the Music and Film Editor at Fast Forward Weekly, an alternative weekly paper in Calgary, and have contributed pieces to a number of other publications. I’ve been actively involved in Calgary’s arts and culture community for over a decade. Among other roles, I host a weekly radio show on campus and community station CJSW 90.9FM, spent a decade on the board of the Calgary Underground Film Festival, and have worked or volunteered in various capacities with the Calgary International Film Festival, Sled Island music and arts festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival, and Calgary Arts Development, and I was honored to be recognized by Avenue Magazine as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2019 for those contributions.
Feel free to look at my professional resume at the bottom of this page for more on any of that, or better still, reach out and contact me. These sorts of self-summaries are strange, and conversations are always more interesting.
General email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some recent work that I am proud of:
And less recently: