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Casa Connect June 2015 Newsletter: Lethbridge AB


Registration is now open for our spring and summer classes, including our popular Children’s Art Camps!



Casa Artist-in-Residence ARTIST TALK with Audrey Feltham Thursday, June 11 7:00 PM Casa 2D Studio

Bellows to Brass: “Player’s Choice Concert” Friday, June 12 7:30 PM Admission: $10 ATB Financial Community Room, Casa

Centric Festival: Lethbridge’s Summer Classical Music Festival June 24-28 at various downtown locations

Call for submissions Cabinet of QUEERIOSITIES III

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Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton Newsletter May 28, 2015


PACE Professional Arts CoalitionProfessional Arts Coalition of Edmonton

A New Newsletter
The Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton wants to keep you informed about important topics, issues and events in our arts community. That’s why PACE is starting a monthly newsletter with updates on what their committees have been working on and what PACE members are up to. PACE  hopes you enjoy reading these each month and that it brings you a greater understanding of what PACE is doing for you!

News from the Advocacy Committee
The PACE Advocacy Committee met with a number of civic and provincial elected officials in the first quarter of 2015. They presented a positive agenda of constructive initiatives to support the arts and culture communities in Edmonton and were generally warmly received. Specifically PACE advocated for:
1. Development of a more robust and up-to-date inventory of commercial and institutional spaces in Edmonton which could be used, even on a temporary basis, by various arts practitioners and organizations. Looking at Renew Newcastle, Australia, project, as an example of database management. (Pace will follow up with Arts Habitat Edmonton)

2. Stronger engagement with tourism organizations at the civic and provincial level with a view to actively incorporating the diversity and quality of Edmonton arts and culture into the marketing of Edmonton as a tourist destination. (PACE will seek meetings shortly with EEDC and Edmonton Tourism)

3. Research and material support (including touring and exhibit grants) to enable Edmonton’s arts and culture communities to find and access viable new markets for their “products” at the provincial, national and even international level.
With the election of a New Democrat government in Alberta, and the appointment of David Eggen as minister of Education as well as minister of Culture and Recreation, PACE will be seeking as early a meeting as possible with Mr. Eggen as well as with members of the full Edmonton government caucus. Mindful of the financial constraints the government faces, PACE will nonetheless be reminding the government of cuts to arts funding in recent years by the previous administration.

New Committee Members
PACE are currently seeking new members for the Communications Committee. The PACE Communications Committee is a working committee that strives to engage the Edmonton arts community by informing members on pertinent topics and issues affecting the arts community as well as highlighting events and projects through a monthly newsletter and active social media. The Communications Committee also supports the other PACE committees (Advocacy, Mayor Celebration of the Arts) by creating marketing and support materials ranging from #yegvotesarts buttons during the 2013 municipal election to the advocacy tool kit on the PACE website.

No previous experience sitting on a committee or board is necessary, just a willingness to learn and a passion for the arts. The PACE communications committee meets every six weeks. If you’re interested please email PACE Executive Director Sheiny Satanove at with a brief summary of your involvement in the arts.
For more information please visit

Living A Creative Life May Newsletter: Calgary, AB

Living A Creative Life

May newsletter for Living a Creative Life: An Arts Development Strategy for Calgary! This month’s newsletter features stories about what’s happening in Calgary in support of Living a Creative Life’s goals. To learn more about the strategy and how you can get involved, visit

Latest Stories: Creative Communities: Cabcity Offers Open Jam Sessions at Wild Rose Brewery, Centre City Arts District: Sled Island to Present Shelter From the Storm with Calgary Drop-In Centre,  Arts Incubation: Board Leadership Calgary Offers Board Basics for Non-Profits,
Artistic Exchange: 150Alliance Connects Organizations Across Canada for 2017,
Youth & Education: CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale Promotes Lifelong Reading


Notes From Putting Yourself On The Map with Tim Belliveau

The second in last week’s Calgary PD talks happened at TRUCK Contemporary Art with Tim Belliveau of the Bee Kingdom glass art collective. Tim did a great job of using the story of Bee Kingdom’s journey into the public eye to explain the essentials for marketing yourself as an artist.

The structure of Belliveau’s talk (part lecture and part slideshow) ended up providing information that, like Watson’s talk, expanded upon a lot of the basic information that artists hear when going through art school or looking up information on marketing for artists. Many artists have already heard advice like: take all the opportunities you can or go to lots of events in your community, but through descriptions of the Bee Kingdom’s journey from Western Canadian craft fair artists to speakers at international exhibitions and glass facilities, Belliveau took the old advice and honed it.

One of the things I found very interesting specifically was how the Bee Kingdom developed through taking advantage of what was available to them. One of the most important aspects of “putting yourself on the map” is seeing what unique opportunities are available to you and how you can utilize them to do things like find exhibtion or studio space, or land a job, or collaborate with figures in your community. For example, the Bee Kingdom had access to a piece of real estate that was perfect for setting up their glassblowing studio, so they utilized before they were even out of college. That studio has been the cornerstone of the collective’s operations ever since.

I personally think one of the best pieces of information provided was the Bee Kingdom Self-Defense Sale (made by Ryan Marsh Fairweather and Kai Georg Scholefield), which summed up some of the most essential tools needed to succeed within your artistic community:

Notes From Writing For Visual Thinkers With Bruce Watson

Last weeks PD talk at the Untitled Art Society with Bruce Watson definitely was a treat. Specifically, this talk was focused on the writing of artist statements, while still providing a lot of information that could be very applicable for any type of writing where you are representing yourself as an artist, designer, crafts person, or cultural worker. While covering essential skills for writing an artist statement, Watson branched out into information about writing that might not be so ingrained in some artists yet.

One of the most important things that he stressed throughout the lecture, that many artists miss out on, is the issue of authenticity. He made sure to mention that academic writing can fall flat in an artist statement partly due to a lack of authentic language. Often artists will habitually follow tropes in artistic writing that are quite ineffective. Tropes like starting artist statements with “my work is about…” or using complex terminology without explaining said terminology.

A great tip that Watson gave in order to improve the level of authenticity in one’s language is to attempt to mimic verbal language. Often the way one talks about their art is more effective then how they write about their art.

For more information about Bruce’s talk, a few key handouts are available as PDF’s  below:


Call for Projects: MacEwan University, Edmonton

Call for Projects: MacEwan University, Edmonton

Do you need help planning a special event or project? Would you like to benefit from the energy, enthusiasm and knowledge of a student team in MacEwan University’s second year Arts and Cultural Management class? Then read on!

In September, 2011, the Arts and Cultural Management program began the delivery of a two-year, 60-credit diploma. Part of the new curriculum involves two new courses in project management. AGAD 203 is the theory-based course that provides a strong basis for a subsequent course, AGAD 223, entitled Integrated Project in Arts and Cultural Management.

This course will see student teams of 4 or 5 working with organizations in the community to plan (and possibly implement) real projects from January to April each year. Call for Projects – 2013