Hill Strategies Research Inc. Art Research Monitor

Hill Strategies© Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2014 ISSN 1708-170X Vol. 13 No 2 August 2014

Special Issue: Arts participation and engagement

This special issue of the Arts Research Monitor provides a brief summary of some key issues related to arts participation and engagement explored at Measuring Cultural Engagement amid Confounding Variables, a joint research symposium of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Value Project of the United Kingdom’s Arts & Humanities Research Council. Arts researchers and practitioners from the U.S. and U.K. convened in Washington for the symposium. Kelly Hill was the only Canadian speaker at the June 2014 event. This issue is Kelly’s synthesis based on his notes from the symposium, as well as those made by Alexis Andrew, Policy and Planning Coordinator at the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Call For Submissions: Edmonton, AB

Call for Submissions: Boyle Street Plaza Art Exhibition Program

The Quarters Arts Society and Boyle Street Community League have partnered to develop a visual art exhibition program at the new 101 Boyle Street Plaza. The intention is to feature visual artists from the area and create opportunities for artists to sell their work (3D, fibre, photography, etc included). Artist’s biographies and contact information will be displayed with the work and sales will be highly encouraged and supported. The Call invites artists who work or live in the Quarters, Boyle Street, Riverdale and McCauley.

Artists’ work may be selected for one or more walls at the Plaza from a total of five feature walls. Exhibitions will run for up to 4 months. Work that is sold may be replaced.

Please send the following in up to TWO emails to Lori Gawryluik:
1 – Biography (max 500 words) and/or CV.
2 – Three to five jpegs of work intended for display.
3 – Please note if your artwork will be ‘ready to hang or display’.
4 – Note the price point of your artwork.

Artists selected for a studio visit will be contacted in September.
Click here to email Lori…

Employment Opportunity, Director: Calgary, AB

Employment Opportunity for Director of Contemporary Calgary

“We have a mission to build a global city of choice by engaging Calgary in the art of our times. We stand on the shoulders of our three founding organizations and all of the builders that contributed over the last 30 years. We come together to fulfill our collective dream. We are a community of both power and potential. And we are a movement to transform the Centennial Planetarium into a landmark art gallery that will showcase modern and contemporary art from around the world. ”

A movement that needs a leader.

Seeking a Director of Contemporary Calgary who is an inspiring and proven arts leader motivated by our organization’s defining vision and also by the opportunity to work with a passionate and engaged Board of Directors.”

Key Accountabilities
Leadership in the development and implementation of Contemporary Calgary’s Vision
• Represent Contemporary Calgary to the public
• Build and nurture relationships with our audience, our community, our partners, our funders, and all stakeholders

Deliver best-in-class experience
• Create a best-in-class experience for Calgarians and visitors to Calgary anchored in the art of our times
• Focus on audience and membership development to build our community and destination role in Calgary
• Organize our exhibitions and education programming while maintaining our standards of curatorial excellence

Open Art Competition: Spruce Grove, AB

Spruce GroveOpen Art Competition September 9th to October 4th, 2014.
Seven categories include Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Master, 3D Art, Photography and Digital Art. Open to all Alberta Artists over 18. Deadline for entries is August 23, 2014. Opening Reception Gala September 12th at 7:00pm. Call for an invitation. Enter the competition or visit the gallery to view the art submissions from around the province. Spruce Grove Art Gallery, 35 Fifth Avenue Spruce Grove, Alberta. Call 780-962-0664 for more info, email alliedac@telus.net or visit www.alliedartscouncil.com.

Call To Artists: Edmonton, AB

Land of LovePersian Art Show, October 17-25, 2014
Opening Reception: October 17, 2014

“Land of Love”: Depiction of Original Persian Art
In association with Latitude 53 art gallery we are hosting an exhibit of locally produced paintings and calligraphy art work showcasing the culture of Iran.
This showcase is meant to reflect the ways in which aspects of Iran’s immense beauty are understood and depicted by members of the Iranian community, or by artists with a connection to Iran. Seeking visual art in the form of paintings in any medium or style, as well as calligraphic pieces centered on Iran’s vibrant and diverse culture.
“Latitude 53 Society of Artists is a not-for profit artist-run center”.
Please email your submissions and/or questions to Mona at mrazavy11@hotmail.com.

Submission deadline is September 7, 2014

Workshops: Strathcona County, AB


Color Harmonies Sing with Light – Rose Edin. Sept. 4 – 7
Paint Along with a DVD Sept 17, Oct. 1, 22, Nov 5, 19, 10-2 pm
3 Mini Workshops in Pastel Sept 8, 15, Oct 6 – 6:30-9 pm
3 Mini Plein Aire Pen/Ink Workshop – Oct 2, 6, 9, 1-4 pm
Watercolors with Sharon Lynn Williams,
Oct 23/24, and Painting
Towards Abstraction with Sharon Lynn
Williams, Oct 25/26

www.artstrathcona.com to Register or more information

Microgrant Program: St Albert, AB

STArts Fest

StArts Fest Microgrant Program
(If you had up to $1000 for an art project, what would you do?)

The St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society is pleased to announce a new opportunity for St. Albert artists to fund their inspirations and dreams.

In conjunction with StArts Fest and Albert Culture Days, the microgrant is the Society’s way of investing in local artists and the community.

Grants range from $50 – $1,000 and projects can be of any medium or cultural discipline.
Funds can be invested in:
• an individual artist, an artist collective or artistic organization
• a project that has commitments and plans that are well under-way
• a short-term project, or a phase of a longer-term project
• specific hard costs to improve the viability or quality of the project.
Projects must have at least a component that can be exhibited or performed during StArts Fest (September 26-28, 2014), and presented in a manner that is free and open to the public.

Applicants must be a resident of St. Albert for at least one year.
 Click here to see additional information on StArts Fest Microgrant Program

Call To Artists: Edmonton, AB



You’re invited to participate in PERSPECTIVES: An exhibition of the art and heart of Alberta.

This is a unique collaborative art project and exhibition in support of needy children around the world. World Vision Canada is hosting an exhibition in Edmonton featuring the art of Alberta residents who want to use their talents to raise awareness of the plight of children in poor communities around the world. Deadline for submissions: September 13, 2014.

Compelling photographs of children from developing countries will be made available, and local students, artists, and other community members are invited to draw, paint, trace, assemble, re-photograph, expand on, or otherwise creatively represent these photographs in any two-dimensional medium or media of your choice.

Selected submissions will be exhibited alongside the original photographs at the exhibit on September 20, 2014 at West Edmonton Mall.

The artwork will not be for sale, only displayed to bring awareness to the issues of child poverty that World Vision Canada supports.

WVC Perspectives Art Exhibition Submission Guide

Questions / Contact:
For access to the original photographs for re-creation, and for submission information, please contact the Event Producer: Nichole@nicholeleeevents.com
1 (800) 854-8180 ext. 23

Arts Impact Alberta 2014

Impact AlbertaCurious about the impacts of the organizations that receive AFA funding? The AFA proudly releases Arts Impact 2014: Ripple Effects from the Arts Sector! This follows up the 1st Arts Impact Alberta with 2 more years of info!

Arts Impact Alberta 2014 tells a simple story: the arts matter to Albertans, volunteers; & the economy!

Read Arts Impact Alberta 2014 and share with friends, family and neighbours!


Cultural Investment by the City of Edmonton, 2009-2012

Municipal Cultural Investment, Cultural Investment by the City of Edmonton, 2009-2012

Report prepared by Kelly Hill, of Hill Strategies Research Inc.

In 2013-2014, the Edmonton Arts Council participated in a study with Hill Strategies Research and six other Canadian municipalities of similar size/population (Edmonton, Richmond, Saskatoon, Windsor, Hamilton, Oakville, Halifax) to benchmark municipal investment in the arts, culture, and heritage, and to track variation in investment levels since 2009.

A few key findings:
-Edmonton’s overall cultural investment increased by 23% between 2009 and 2012.
-The City of Edmonton’s investment represents $38.68 per local resident in 2012.
-Of this increased investment, grants from the City of Edmonton to artists and to arts, culture, and heritage organizations was the most substantial at 46%.
-In comparison to the other six cities from this study, the City of Edmonton’s net investment in culture in 2012 ranks second, behind Saskatoon. Edmonton’s investment growth from 2009-2012 was fifth among these cities.
Click here to read the full report online…