Business Basics: a crash course in establishing your own small business

Our next professional development session will focus on the basics of starting your own small business. Our Special Projects Coordinator Lucille Frost will take you through the initial steps for setting up your own business, from the perspective of a professional artist.

Advance registration is required on a first come first served basis. FREE to members of Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC. Please contact us by 4pm Wednesday February 17 2016 to reserve your place. Limited space available—don’t delay. Email us at or call toll free 1-866-421-1731

Call to Alberta Artists – Emerald Hills Pavilion Public Art Project: Strathcona County

Strathcona County

Closing Date:  Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 4:30 pm
Installation: Fall 2016
Budget:  $32,700

Strathcona County is seeking an artist or team of artists to create a permanent artwork on the exterior wall of the Emerald Hills Pavilion, which is part of the central outdoor plaza area of Emerald Hills Regional Park. The park includes areas for organized sport (artificial turf field, grass sports field, baseball diamonds) as well as casual use including trails, sledding and skating. It is located behind Archbishop Jordan High School and the Emerald Hills Aquatic Centre.

Low relief sculpture, metals, and ceramic tile will be particularly well suited for this site. Painted murals will not be considered. There are no thematic guidelines for this project. The vision of our public art program is to inspire, celebrate and preserve Strathcona County’s cultural spirit and identity. The ideal submission will bring beauty to the site and engage and inspire viewers of all ages.

Click here to view the full call

Call for Submissions – Historic Marshall McLuhan House Artist-in-Residence: Edmonton, AB

Artshab logoArts Habitat is pleased to introduce an opportunity for individual artists and collaborative teams of all disciplines to apply for a new Artist Studio Residency Program in the historic Highlands neighbourhood. As the first Artist-in-Residence at McLuhan House, you have the opportunity to discover the potential of the garage studio as a creative incubator for art and ideas, embedded in Edmonton’s vibrant community of cultural workers and heritage lovers.

Deadline: March 15, 2015 at midnight
Residency: April 2016 to April 2017 (dates TBD)

For more information contact Chelsea Boos, Community Programmer, at or by phone at (780)

>> Click here for the full call…

Three exciting new Calls for Artists – City of Calgary: Calgary, AB

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  • Artists Working in Community – professional development course
  • Mount Pleasant Fire Station 7
  • Print Media Lead Artist – A partnership between the Utility Box Program and Alberta Printmakers

For all three opportunities, for more information and to view the Call to Artists, visit our Opportunities for Artists page. Any questions regarding these calls can be directed to


Call For Artists – The 2016 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency: Wood Buffalo, AB

Regional Municipality of Wood BuffaloThe Wood Buffalo 2016 Artist in Residency program is now accepting applicantions for two mentor positions. We are looking for two professional artists to mentor 6-12 local, emerging artists.

The 2016 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program poster
Mentorship One 
Program Dates May 23 to July 8

Mentorship Two
Program Dates July 11 to August 26

Deadline for submissions
Monday, March 14 at 4 p.m. (MST)

To learn more about the program and to apply visit

Call for Artist – Strathcona County RFP 16.0022 – RCMP and Enforcement Services Building: Sherwood Park, AB

Strathcona CountyStrathcona County is seeking artists for an exterior sculptural installation at the RCMP and Enforcement Services building.

Strathcona County has posted this opportunity to the Alberta Purchasing Connection website at Refer to this site for full details.

RFP #16.0022 Call for Artist – RCMP and Enforcement Services Building

Closing Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 14:00:00 Hours, Alberta Time
Budget: $110,000
Artists from Canada are eligible to submit for this project

NOTE: The information provided above is subject to change. Any and all changes will ONLY be posted on the Alberta Purchasing Connection in the form of an Addenda.

Should you encounter any technical difficulties contact the APC at 780-644-5726 or by email at Strathcona County will not be able to assist in any way with any technical difficulty.

All queries regarding this RFP must be in writing to In the subject line reference the appropriate RFP number. Strathcona County will not reply to any telephone or facsimile inquiries.

Call to Artists – The 11th Annual Calgary Timeraiser: Calgary, AB

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 The 11th Annual Calgary Timeraiser
Flames Central  • April 28, 2016   @TimeraiserYYC


Bid Time on Art and Support Great Causes. Artists get paid. Nonprofits connect to skilled volunteers. Skilled people put their time to good use. And, y’know, fun!

Timeraiser is a volunteer matching and silent art auction evening with a twist- rather than bid money on artwork, participants bid volunteer hours. Throughout the evening participants meet with nonprofit organizations to find available volunteer opportunities that meet their needs. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin.

Winning bidders have 12 months to complete their pledge in order to bring the artwork home as a reminder of their goodwill.

Dates: now – February 19, 2016


Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor February 2016

Hill Strategies

Arts Research Monitor  Recherches sur les arts

Vol. 13 No 3 February 3, 2016 © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2016 ISSN 1708-170X

Volunteers and donors in arts and culture organizations in Canada in 2013

Many Canadians show their support for arts and culture organizations through the time and money that they give as volunteers and donors. The contributions of time and money help arts and culture organizations serve their communities and balance their budgets. Volunteers and Donors in Arts and Culture Organizations in Canada in 2013, the 46th report in the Statistical Insights on the Arts series, highlights the volunteer time and financial donations given to Canadian arts and culture organizations, based on statistics that Hill Strategies Research queried from Statistics Canada’s 2013 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering, and Participating (GSS-GVP), a survey of nearly 15,000 Canadians 15 or older.

The key findings of the report are that:

  • The equivalent of 56,000 jobs were volunteered by 900,000 Canadians in arts and culture organizations in 2013.
  • The 107 million hours contributed to arts and culture organizations represent an average of 120 hours per volunteer – more hours, on average, than volunteers in any other type of organization.
  • Between 2004 and 2013, the number of volunteers in arts and culture organizations increased by 23%, much higher than the 7% increase in all volunteers.
  • In 2013, $162 million was donated to arts and culture organizations by over 1 million Canadians (3% of the population 15 and older). This represents, on average, $159 per donor to arts and culture organizations.
  • After adjusting for inflation, donations to arts and culture organizations increased by 46% between 2007 and 2013, a much greater increase than the 16% growth in donations to all types of not-for-profit organizations during the same timeframe.
  • Between 2007 and 2013, the number of arts and culture donors increased by 34%, the highest rate of increase among 11 types of organizations, well above the 6% increase in all donors during the same timeframe.
  • The four Western provinces have the highest volunteer and donor rates in the arts and culture.


Call to Artists – Alex Decoteau Park Public Art Project: Edmonton, AB

Edmonton Arts Council logoThe Alex Decoteau Park public art competition, open to professional artists residing, in Canada is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas” (C458C).

The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program, on behalf of the City of Edmonton, seeks an artist or artist team to integrate a site-specific three dimensional artwork in Alex Decoteau Park. The art location is a paved triangular alcove, located centrally within the overall park site. This location provides park users with the opportunity to discover a significant sculptural work while enjoying the park’s pathways or pausing at adjacent park furniture. The artist will be required to do community consultation to develop the final work.

$112,000.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions:
4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 23 2016

Spring 2017

For more information, email Andrea Bowes or call  (780) 424–2787 ext 230

We thank all artist for their interest and submissions to this call.

>> Click here to download the call

Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor January 2016

Hill Strategies

Arts Research Monitor  Recherches sur les arts

Vol. 14 No 8  January 2016 © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2016  ISSN 1708-170X

Finances and attendance of arts organizations

(Art galleries / Artist-run centres / Presenters)

In this issue: Four reports examining the situation of arts organizations, including Canadian statistics on art museums and galleries, artist-run centres, and performing arts presenters as well as an American report examining the sustainability of arts and culture organizations in select cities.

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The Arts Research Monitor is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.