Update: Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund

Alberta Arts Rebuild has released a report detailing the activities of the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund through the end of October. The fund was launched in June 2013 on crowdfunding platform InvestYYC.com to raise money for artists and arts organizations from across southern Alberta as they recover from the 2013 floods.

The primary order of business for the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund is to provide funding for flood-affected artists and arts organizations. Applicants to the fund were informed of whether their applications were accepted on September 23, 2013 and funds have been disbursed to all those accepted. This pool of funding dispensed a total of $203,927 to 30 artists and arts organizations, with 68% of applicants receiving funding. Disbursements ranged from $200 to $23,000, addressing some of the unique needs of the arts community in the aftermath of the floods.
 
Alberta Arts Rebuild received 44 applications with claims totaling $1.5 million, and the funds disbursed represent only 13% of total claims. Due to the resources available, Alberta Arts Rebuild was only able to fund individuals and organizations who claimed non-recoverable costs such as lost artist fees, lost equipment or supplies necessary for artistic production, and lost costs related to transportation and accommodation. The fund is also intended to cover art restoration costs and unrealized revenues, but was not able to do so with the funds available at this time. There is another category of capital costs associated with the repair and rebuilding of flood damaged spaces that we were not able to consider at all due to a shortage of funds.
 
While Alberta Arts Rebuild is pleased to have helped alleviate some of the most pressing flood-related impacts on Alberta’s arts community, the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund granting process has made it clear that there is still a great need for financial support. 
 
The funds raised are a combination of individual donations, matching money from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Suncor Energy Foundation, as well as large contributions from Suncor Energy Foundation and Calgary Arts Development.
 
Given the financial impact of the flood and the low percentage of needs that could be funded, the fundraising program has been extended on InvestYYC.com until December 31, 2013. The fund has pledges of just under $40,000 to match new individual donations made before then.

Please take note of the additional fundraising events posted on the Alberta Arts Rebuild website at AlbertaArtsRebuild.ca/Fundraisers and continue to support your local arts scene.

Alberta Arts Rebuild was created to support artists and arts organizations impacted by the 2013 southern Alberta floods by acting as an information source and helping to coordinate rebuilding efforts. This project is a partnership of more than 35 government and community agencies whose mandates include direct support of artists and arts organizations.

Click here for a PDF version of the report

Deadline Extended: Arts for All Program - Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award

Please note that the deadline for the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award has been extended to May 30, 2014 at 4:30pm.

Calgary Arts Development is piloting the Arts for All Program in 2013 and 2014 to invest in arts activity outside of the downtown core, with a focus on east Calgary. The first community to host this program is Greater Forest Lawn (Forest Lawn, Forest Heights, Penbrook Meadows, Erin Woods, Albert Park, Dover and Southview). Calgary Arts Development has partnered with the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone (INT AVE BRZ) to engage diverse artists and arts organizations in the area, as well as local businesses and community members. The program offers two funding opportunities: the Greater Forest Lawn Project Grant and the Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award.

The Greater Forest Lawn Artist Award is a $5,000 award intended to support at least two months of living expenses for the recipient to devote concentrated time to artistic work. The award is open to professional artists living and practicing in Greater Forest Lawn. The recipient will be an artist who has a high degree of involvement with the artistic communities of Calgary and Greater Forest Lawn specifically. The impact of the award on the artist’s practice will also be taken into consideration.


For complete details, visit CalgaryArtsDevelopment.com/GFLArtistAward.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email grants@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or call 403.476.2031.

Arts Plan: Action Group Meetings - November 28-30

Over the past 18 months, Calgary Arts Development has facilitated a rigorous, wide-ranging consultation process with the goal of creating a long-term strategy for arts development and investment for our city. As Arts Plan continues to take shape, Action Groups have formed around each of the five focus areas of the Plan (Calgary as an Artist Incubator, From Excellence to Export, Downtown Arts District, Youth & Education and Creative Communities). These Action Groups met between October 2 and 5, 2013 to discuss the work currently being done to achieve various goals outlined under each of their focus areas. You can read notes from those meetings here.

During the next round of Action Group meetings, attendees will review and discuss the Arts Plan outcomes framework, a series of concrete goals and tactics that serve as the basis of Arts Plan. Those who did not attend the October meetings or have not signed up for Action Group are welcome to come; please RSVP your attendance to the Arts Plan Community Brokers as indicated below. Preparatory materials will be available the week before the meetings at ArtsPlan.ca.

Thursday, November 28: From Excellence to Export

1:00pm to 4:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Judy Lawrence, Community Broker, at judy.lawrence@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

Thursday, November 28: Creative Communities

6:00pm to 9:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Mark Hopkins, Community Broker, at mark.hopkins@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

Friday, November 29: Youth & Education
10:00am to 1:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Julie Barton, Community Broker, at julie.barton@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

Friday, November 29: Downtown Arts District

2:00pm to 5:00pm

St. Stephen's Church (1121 14 Ave. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Judy Lawrence, Community Broker, at judy.lawrence@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

Saturday, November 30: Calgary as An Artist Incubator
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Marda Loop Community Hall (lower hall, 3130 16 St. SW)

RSVP your attendance to Mark Hopkins, Community Broker, at mark.hopkins@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

The Arts Plan process was made possible in part through funding from Calgary 2012 and will be a major legacy of Calgary's year as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

Please email news@artsplan.ca or call 403.264.5330 if you have questions.

Save the Date: 2014 Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions

Calgary Arts Development, in conjunction with The Office of the Mayor, is pleased to announce the 2014 Mayor's Lunch for Arts Champions.

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Palomino Ballroom, BMO Centre, Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE)

Join us as we celebrate the transformative power of the arts in our city, expanding the circle of arts champions and building momentum for the future. The event will also announce the winners of the 2014 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards.

Tickets go on sale in January 2014 at MayorsLunch.com. In the meantime, mark your calendars and plan to be there!

Call for Assessors: 2014 Cultural Space Investment Process

Calgary Arts Development seeks volunteer assessors for the 2014 Cultural Space Investment Process.

Calgary Arts Development seeks applications and nominations of community members and professionals with cultural facility management/development experience including artists, arts administrators, architects, urban designers/planners and developers/builders to act as assessors for the 2014 Cultural Space Investment Process.

Strong candidates will bring sector expertise, professional experience and an interest in participating in a cultural space investment process. They will also be keen to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the value of arts and culture in our lives and our city.

To apply or make a nomination, please complete a nomination form before Friday, November 29, 2013. For more information, please review the Terms of Reference.

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