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AFA 2017 Budget Update

The AFA Board of Directors is pleased to share that its 2017-18 budget has been approved by the Minister of Culture and Tourism.

As part of Budget 2017, funding for the AFA was increased by $5 million this year, for a total of $31.6 million for 2017-18. In response, the AFA developed a budget that supports greater access, excellence, and sustainability of the arts sector, and seeks to increase funding for as many stakeholders as possible.

The difficult economic climate in Alberta last year caused considerable strain on our artists and arts organizations. Through targeted increases to many of our programs, we are working to help provide stability for our community.

Arts organizations will receive additional operational and project support to help weather the continuing economic challenges caused by the steep decline in global oil prices. More individual artists applying for project funding will receive AFA support.

We would also like to note that the Artists and Education project opportunity budget will be restored to 2015 funding levels. The AFA Board feels it is important continue to support this program’s successes and will also work to develop a long-term strategy to promote youth engagement in the arts.

The Board of Directors would again like to recognize the Government of Alberta for its investment in the AFA this year. This investment makes a strong statement about the value of the arts to Alberta’s culture sector, to economic diversification and to Albertans’ quality of life.

We are proud to support Alberta’s arts sector, and will continue to listen and respond to the needs of our community.

If you have questions about a specific funding opportunity, please contact us.

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St. Albert | Job Opportunity: Visual Arts Educator (Contract)

Art Gallery of St. Albert logoTerm: This position is a seasonal ten month contract which runs from September 2017 to June 2018. The position begins with training in early September.

Location: St. Albert Place Visual Art Studios, St. Albert, AB

Workdays: Monday – Friday, 8:30am–3:30pm

Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), with Arts and Heritage St. Albert, has exciting opportunities for highly energetic, creative and organized individuals. Visuals Arts Educators support artistic achievement and visual culture in St. Albert and surrounding area, by providing inspiring, engaging and hands-on educational art programs for the community. AGSA is passionate about art education and its capacity to develop confidence and a variety of life and career skills in students.

The Arts and Heritage Foundation hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

Deadline for applications: Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Calgary | Call for Visual Arts Submissions: Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery

Pumphouse Theatre logo

Submissions are now open for
PTS Art Gallery Exhibit: Indigenous Art
September 7th to December 16th, 2017.

The Pumphouse Theatres Society recognizes the historically Indigenous Territory in which we live and work. With gratitude, we invite artists of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ancestry residing in Treaty 6 & 7 Territories to submit their visual art works for exhibition.

The Pumphouse Theatre is an historic and vibrant facility that supports and presents all art forms; and creates opportunities for engagement, enrichment, cultural experience, learning and inspiration serving all Calgarians. The PTS Art Gallery provides accessible wall display space for Calgary and Alberta visual artists to display and sell their work, free from commission.

Submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Artist resides in Alberta (Treaty 6 & 7 lands) and must be available for installation.
  • Artist identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit)
  • Artwork must be delivered ready to hang (wall-space only)

Installation Requirements: All art should be equipped with picture hanging wire or appropriately placed D or Triangle ring hanger. Frames less than 9/16” depth with no attachment can typically be accommodated.

To apply, please send the following information via email or mail:

  • PTS Art Gallery Submission Form
  • Artist Biography (250 words max)
  • Artwork: Photos, maximum of 5, do not send original works.

Timeline
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017 4pm
Installation: September 3th-5th 2017
Gallery Close: December 16th 2017

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Edmonton | Upcoming Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) Grant Deadlines

edmonton arts councilIn celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, and the 20th year of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) Award, the Eldon and Anne Foote Fund has made a one-time contribution to increase the 2017 EATF pool to $150,000. The addition of the Foote investment, through Edmonton Community Foundation, will allow the EAC to award $15,000 to ten exceptional, local artists.

The EATF Award is open to any artist who is a resident of the greater Edmonton region (which includes the City of Edmonton and the Counties of Sturgeon, Parkland, Leduc and Strathcona); 18 years or older; and a Candiana citizen or Permanent Resident.

Application Deadline: September 1

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Edmonton | Eleven Sculptures Find a New Home

Steel sculpture in Borden Park
It took two days of cranes, straps, power tools, ingenuity, hard hats, and several buckets of sunscreen to install the 11 new sculptures now residing in Borden Park. Artists Sandra Bromley, Kasie Campbell, Agnieszka Koziarz, and Susan Owen Kagan oversaw the installation of their artworks on the concrete pads dotted throughout the historic park. The EAC Public Art and Conservation teams, with invaluable assistance from Encore Trucking, (and some good old Alberta sunshine) moved and installed everything in record time.

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Call for Art Submissions – Royal Alexandra Hospital 2018 Juried Exhibition

Alberta Health Services logoThe Royal Alexandra Hospital Visual Arts Committee offers artists an opportunity to exhibit their works in this high traffic publicly accessed area of the hospital.

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is a public facility operated by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and is open to approximately one million individuals per annum, which includes in-patients, out-patients, visitors, family members and staff.

Exhibition Area
The Royal Alexandra Hospital Visual Arts Committee is currently inviting submissions for art displays for the gallery wall in the lower level of the Main building. The eight sections of well-lit wall space is an ideal venue for high traffic viewing. Please see the attached diagram. For further information on the facility or to view the exhibit area, please call 780-735-4430.

Submission Requirements
Applicants must complete the attached application form and send it with the requested photographs and information to:

Royal Alexandra Hospital Visual Arts Committee
Volunteer Resources Department
10240 Kingsway Ave.
Room 1412 Main Bldg.
Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9
Email: volunteer.rah@ahs.ca

Deadline: by September 29, 2017

All submissions to be considered for exhibition in 2018 must be received by September 29, 2017. All candidates will be notified by November 2017. The decisions of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Visual Arts Committee are considered final.

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Calgary | New Publications from Calgary Arts Development

Calgary Arts Development logoCalgary Arts Development recently released a series of publications including our 2016 Accountability Report, and Building on our Momentum, a report about Arts and Culture Infrastructure in Calgary.

Building on our Momentum: Arts and Culture Infrastructure
Building on our Momentum: Arts and Culture Infrastructure provides an analysis of current cultural infrastructure needs and preferences, growth over the past 10 years, and identifies gaps in the cultural infrastructure ecosystem.

The report includes key findings as well as four recommendations and features an interactive map that visualizes arts spaces, demographics, and other data. Read the Report

2016 Accountability Report
As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians.

We believe that all art is powerful and meaningful, and we are thrilled to offer the energy, skills and passion of our team to support the many ways that arts and artists improve lives and contribute to building a great city. Read our 2016 Accountability Report

How do arts help build a city?
Large-scale and small, traditional and cutting-edge, amateur and professional, once-in-a-lifetime and part of daily life—all of these aspects combine into a vital arts ecosystem that helps a city thrive.

Arts in Action YYC provides a snapshot of how Calgarians are currently engaging with arts, as well as representative stories. Learn More & Share

Edmonton | In Dreams Awake : Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC Project Space

In Dreams Awake posterThe exhibition In Dreams Awake features art works drawn from the collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Inspired by the triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, this eclectic exhibition examines the ‘earthly garden’ as investigated by artists in Alberta and explores the influence of the past on contemporary artistic expression.  

June 8 – August 19
Reception June 22, 7 – 9pm

Gallery Hours: Wed–Fri 10am–4pm & Sat 12–4pm
Closed July 1 & August 5

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC
3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 St. Edmonton, AB
780.421.1731 | carfac@visualartsalberta.com

Edmonton | Community Foundation Receives Record-Breaking Gift

Full Disclosure: Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC receives monies from the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds for the annual Eldon + Anne Foote Edmonton Visual Arts Prize.


Edmonton, AB — June 7, 2017

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF) is honoured to announce that it has received the largest charitable gift to a community foundation in Canadian history.

The unprecedented $164-million donation was given anonymously over the last two decades and today ECF is able to name Eldon and Anne Foote as the donors.

To date, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have enabled ECF to grant approximately $43 million to hundreds of charities in various sectors including: arts, culture and heritage; education and learning; health and wellness; social and community services; recreation and leisure; and the environment.

Since 2000, the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds have grown to a value of more than $206 million. Because the gifts are set up as endowment funds, ECF will be able to continue providing support to charities in perpetuity, honouring the Footes’ wishes and vision for a vibrant community now and forever.

Eldon Foote was born in Hanna, Alberta, attended the University of Alberta, and worked as a lawyer in Edmonton. In 1967, he moved to Australia and, over the years, grew a cleaning-product company into a multi-million dollar empire based mainly in Japan and Hong Kong, where he revolutionized the lives of thousands of homemakers by hiring them as active sales personnel. However, the Footes never lost their affection for Alberta.

Edmonton Community Foundation acts as a bridge between donors and greater Edmonton charities to help create and maintain a strong, vibrant community for generations to come. Through permanent endowment funds, the Foundation disburses 4 per cent of the fund value to charities each year. ECF is the fourth-largest community foundation in Canada.

Click here to learn more about the Eldon & Anne Foote Funds.