PACE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre
11516 103 St NW, Edmonton
A MESSAGE FROM THE PACE BOARD CHAIR:
SHOULD THE PROFESSIONAL ARTS COALITION OF EDMONTON (PACE) CONTINUE?
That question will be put before those of you attending the PACE Annual General Meeting. PACE is at a crossroads and its continued existence is neither sustainable nor reasonable without significant engagement and a vote of confidence from the Edmonton Arts community.
The Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton and its predecessor, the Edmonton Professional Arts Coalition (EPAC), have fought for local working artists and their associations for 40 years. The organization was instrumental in the city forming the Edmonton Arts Council to distribute city dollars to the Arts and to pro-actively strengthen the presence of the Arts in our city.
Whether PACE will continue past this fall, however, is the main issue we must deal with at this year’s Annual General Meeting.
Professional 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief summary of your involvement in the arts.
For more information please visit pacedmonton.com
PACE’s #yegvotesarts button campaign: Edmonton
Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton [PACE] launched a new #yegvotesarts button campaign.
“Let your civic election candidates know that Edmonton’s arts & culture industry is broadly supported in our city.”
With the next civic election around the corner PACE is hoping to emphasize the importance of arts & culture in Edmonton by having local artists and arts organizations wear their button, take photos of themselves with the button and share them on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #yegvotesarts.
Contact PACE to request your button(s). PACE would also like to feature stories about the importance of arts & culture on their blog http://pacedmonton.tumblr.com/.
Please e-mail your stories to email@example.com