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Report on Culture: St. Albert, AB

City of St. Albert logoThe Culture Department in St. Albert is pleased to share with you our Report on Culture. We decided to present things a little differently, so in addition to our annual report, we’ve also created a video that shows a year in the life of Culture in St. Albert.

The video includes both Performing and Visual Arts, and moments captured from the Mayor’s Awards, the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival, St. Albert Children’s Theatre, the Amplify Festival and the Arden Theatre.

As the report is a large file, here is a link to our website. The Report is available to download as a PDF and you can view our video here.

Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor May 2015

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Vol. 14 No 2 May 2015 © Hill Strategies Research Inc., 2015 ISSN 1708-170X
Dance / Arts participation and engagement
In this issue: Summaries of a major Canadian report on active participation in dance, American reports on arts participation and local arts vibrancy, and a report from the United Kingdom on arts participation.
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The Arts Research Monitor is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Arts Sector disappointed by Federal budget 2015: CAC

cacArts sector disappointed by Budget 2015

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 – The Canadian Arts Coalition (CAC) – a united national movement of artists, cultural workers, business leaders, and volunteers – was disappointed to learn that the Canada Council for the Arts was not considered one of the government’s priorities in Budget 2015. After participating in the pre-budget consultations, the CAC was hopeful that its recommendation to increase the operating budget of the Canada Council would be adopted. Unfortunately, the Canada Council’s funding was unchanged in the 2015 Budget.

“This lack of investment in the Canada Council for the Arts reflects a short-sightedness on the part of the government.” commented CAC spokesperson, Kate Cornell of the Canadian Dance Assembly.

The Canada Council is a well respected, efficiently run, national arm’s-length agency that fosters and promotes the creation and enjoyment of the arts for all Canadians. The Council plays an important role in supporting artists, creation and dissemination. The Canada Council’s programs support a tremendous range of jobs within the cultural sector: artists, book publishers, general managers, stage managers, set and lighting designers, sound engineers, filmmakers, bookkeepers, and numerous other creative and administrative workers benefit from the trickle down effects of the Government’s investments through the Canada Council. Since 1990, the number of arts organizations supported by the Canada Council has increased by 65% – a response to the growing and diversifying engagement in creative and cultural experiences by Canadians across the country.

Budget 2015 did allot $210 million over four years to celebrations for Canada’s 150. The arts sector is encouraged by this investment, but awaits the details to see if professional artists and arts organizations will be eligible to apply for this new funding. 

The arts and cultural sector represents 4% of Canada’s labour force, which makes it an engine of Canada’s economy. Given that many Canadian artists and cultural workers are self-employed small-business owners, it is clear that these jobs are essential to the prosperity of thousands of families across the country. The Canadian Arts Coalition will continue to consult with the federal government to assert the importance of its sector.

Province Joins United Effort To Preserve Iconic Edmonton Church

McDougall united Church

Plans to proceed with Provincial Historic Resource designation of the McDougall United Church have revived efforts to preserve one of the city’s most distinctive heritage landmarks.

A commitment by the McDougall United Church Council to pursue designation for the 105-year-old building will also see the creation of a new community partnership to help support conservation efforts.

“Even as we face the fiscal challenges of today, we recognize the need to conserve the richness of Alberta’s past. This partnership of government, the congregation and community is an example of what can be achieved by working together — all for the preservation of one of Edmonton’s most cherished historic resources.”

Maureen Kubinec, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Representatives of the Friends of the McDougall United Church, along with leaders of the city’s arts, heritage and business communities will collaborate with the city, province and McDougall officials on a fundraising strategy for the long-term preservation of the church. To help kick-start efforts, the Alberta government has pledged $750,000, with the City of Edmonton preparing a request for a further $500,000, subject to approval from Edmonton City Council, to address urgent repairs at the church.

“City Council, and indeed many Edmontonians, expressed real concern over the future of McDougall United Church, an important landmark in our city. Today’s announcement affords us the time and space to focus our conversations on the future of this building and the role it can play in our community going forward. There is still a lot of work to be done, but this is an important first step.”

Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson

“Our governments have given us genuine encouragement with this sum. It will kick-start the revitalization and I am hopeful the business community will come forward as we move to establish a framework that allows the building to remain a vital part of downtown Edmonton.”

Greg Greenough, McDougall United Church Treasurer, Trustee, and Chair, Building Future Committee
Following publication of the Notice of Intention to Designate a Provincial Historic Resource in the Alberta Gazette, interested parties have 30 days to share any concerns in writing. If concerns are received, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation will arrange to hear those concerns within 60 days. During this 60 day period, McDougall United Church Council will bring a motion before the McDougall United Church Congregation to approve designation of the church as a Provincial Historic Resource.

Built in 1910, the historic McDougall United Church serves not only as a place of worship for Edmonton’s downtown parishioners, but hosts several community service and arts organizations. The unique acoustics of the church has made it a favoured performance space for a range of musical acts, from contemporary to choral, and this year, the church will serve as one of the primary venues for the Kiwanis Music Festival.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Budget 2015-16

AFA-1 AFA Budget 2015-16

As announced in the Government of Alberta 2015-16 budget, the AFA received a $26.6 million allocation from Alberta Culture and Tourism. This represents a 5% cut in funding.

The AFA Board of Directors will be meeting in early April to discuss the AFA budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year. No decisions have been made at this time in regards to the AFA budget.

We will share the AFA plan for our funding allocation with clients through the AFA website, AFA Newswire, Twitter and Facebook following the April AFA Board of Directors meeting.

The AFA Board of Directors is aware of the delicate fiscal ecology of the sector and will strive to balance the different needs associated with operating funding and project grants.

All grant stream intakes and existing commitments will proceed as scheduled.


Hill Strategies Arts Research Monitor March 2015


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Arts Research Monitor  Recherches sur les arts

Vol. 13 No 10 March 2015
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Arts organizations (heritage, visual arts, orchestras)
In this issue: An analysis of the situation of Canadian arts organizations, including a report on the impact of the recent economic crisis on arts organizations as well as surveys of heritage organizations, visual arts organizations, and orchestras.
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The Arts Research Monitor is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

EAR Announces New Emergency Fund For Artists: Calgary, AB

Rebound Fund

EAR is pleased to announce a new fund called the REBOUND FUND available to Calgary-based individual professional artists in any discipline who are facing extraordinary health, social, or financial crises. Application Guidelines and Forms are available on the EAR WEBSITE.

Following the June 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild, an ad-hoc team of Alberta funding agencies, raised funds and distributed financial awards to individual artists and arts organizations. Besides the many recipients helped through the fund, an ongoing legacy fund was created.

Elephant Artist Relief (EAR) was invited by Alberta Arts Rebuild to take on the administration of this new fund; EAR is proud to fill this role.

In addition to helping visual artists with emergency funding for over 7 years, EAR played a significant role in the early response to the flood with its own special flood emergency funding for artists, and became part of the umbrella Arts Rebuild team. The new REBOUND FUND carries that important work forward to assist this city’s dedicated artists in all disciplines who make Calgary such a vibrant arts community.

Elephant Artist Relief Society (EAR) is a registered charity that provides practical resources to Calgary artists in order to help sustain their well-being and livelihood, contributing to a vibrant cultural community.

Under the tag line “Helping Artist BE Artists in Calgary,” EAR envisions a healthy arts community ensuring a continued and rich cultural landscape for us all.

For more information or assistance, EMAIL us at

Watch for: EAR’s next big event, Umbrella Visual Arts Conference (2) on Saturday, May 2, 2015… more info SOON!

Visual Arts Alberta~CARFAC Has A Brand New Facebook Page


Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC has a brand new facebook page and we invite you to LIKE it.

And please ask all your visual and media art friends to LIKE OUR PAGE. We started our page on Sunday January 25th and we have over 200 LIKES already.

The more LIKES we get, the more people see our POSTS so if you believe that ART has value and that ARTISTS should be paid for their labour, you should LIKE our page…

Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC “we are CARFAC in Alberta.”

Statistical Insights On The Arts presentations in 2015.

Hill StrategiesStatistical Insights on the Arts presentations  January 14, 2015
Hill Strategies Research is pleased to announce the schedule of upcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations in 2015.
“We wish to thank all 17 groups that responded to our call for presentations. We simply received more strong proposals than we could fund,” Kelly Hill stated.
The schedule of upcoming Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations is:
• A Portrait of Professional Artists in New Brunswick, Premier’s Task Force on Status of the Artist, Fredericton, New Brunswick, February 2015.
• Artists in Canada and their Health Disparities, Performing Arts Medicine Association Canadian Regional Conference, Toronto, March 2015.
• Synthesis of data from a number of reports, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, Fort McMurray, Alberta, March 2015.
• The Arts and Individual Well-being in Canada, webinar via the Arts Health Network, spring 2015.
The Statistical Insights on the Arts presentations are made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
For more information:
Kelly Hill President Hill Strategies Research

Federal Budget Culture And Arts


Canadian CoaitionlFederal Budget, Culture and the Arts: Still Smarting from Budget 2012 Cuts but Better Times on the Horizon?

 Le budget fédéral la culture et les arts : encore les secousses des compressions budgétaires de 2012, mais des jours meilleurs à l’horizon?

The Canadian Conference of the Arts, Canadian Arts Coalition and Saskatchewan Arts Alliance are pleased to release the analysis of the 2014 Federal Budget which examines federal funding for the arts and culture sector over the whole 2014 calendar year. The analysis explores funding to the Department of Canadian Heritage and other federal cultural agencies and crown corporations; organizational and funding trends at the Department of Canadian Heritage; expenditures on key programs across the arts, heritage and cultural industries, and other developments affecting the sector.

For details, visit our website