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Alberta Foundation for the Arts: Art Acquisitions by Application

Alberta Foundation for the Arts logo verticalThis program provides support for individual Alberta artists or an ensemble of artists through the purchase of their artwork as a permanent part of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection. The AFA acquires artwork at fair market value. Fair market value is established by the record of sales of the artwork of the specific artist and comparable artwork by other artists who are peers working in similar media.

Artworks in one or more of the following categories are eligible for submission:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpture
  • printmaking (excluding reproductions)
  • fibre art
  • ceramics
  • photography
  • glass
  • mixed media
  • new media (time-based media, electronic arts, audio art)

Eligible artworks must be physically available for viewing at the Capital Arts building in Edmonton, should the program expert panel request to see them. Exceptions for large works may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Submission Deadline: April 3, 2018

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Government of Canada: Indigenous Art Acquisition Program 2018-2019

Indigenous and Northern Affairs logoThe Indigenous Art Collection in Gatineau, Quebec is one of the most significant public art collections of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. Since the early 1960s, the Indigenous Art Centre has been collecting works by living artists to create a unique collection that represents the artistic practices of community-based and urban Indigenous artists throughout Canada.

The Indigenous Art Collection includes a variety of works by established, mid-career, and emerging Indigenous artists. The Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Indigenous Art Centre invites Indigenous artists to apply to the peer juried Indigenous Art Acquisition Program 2018-2019:

  • artists must be of First Nations, Métis, or Inuit ancestry
  • artists must be 18 years of age or older
  • artworks must be in excellent condition and available for shipping and purchase
  • artworks must be created after 2012 and preferably be unframed and unmatted
  • artworks in all media accepted (for example: new media, customary, print, painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, textile)

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2018

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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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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.