- Posted July 18th, 2013
In response to the recent southern Alberta floods, Calgary Arts Development, in partnership with other government and community agencies whose mandates include direct support of artists and arts organizations, recently launched AlbertaArtsRebuild.ca to help coordinate the relief and rebuilding efforts that will be necessary to help Alberta's artists and arts organizations recover from the 2013 floods.
The Alberta Arts Rebuild partners extend our sympathy to everyone who has been affected by the Alberta flooding. We are grateful to our inexhaustible public servants and all Albertans who continue to help their neighbours throughout this crisis.
Albertans have witnessed a tremendous outpouring of offers to assist in recovery efforts. Alberta Arts Rebuild partners will work together as follows:
- Coordinator: We will gather information about the flood's impact on Alberta artists and arts organizations, and can help facilitate connections between those needing help and those wanting to help. We will share the information we gather with other authorities as quickly as possible.
- Information source and guide: We are compiling specific information that may help an impacted artist or arts organization understand the steps they should take, and will assist artists and arts organizations in accessing supports as they become available. We will create lists of artists and arts organizations who are willing to offer their talents to serve general community relief efforts.
- Rebuilding efforts: Partners are working to identify and direct resources as needed to provide relief and rebuilding assistance. On June 28th, we launched the Alberta Arts Flood Rebuild Fund on InvestYYC.com with an initial goal to raise $500,000. As of July 18th, 2013, over $147,000 has been raised, including a generous contribution of $50,000 cash and $50,000 matching from Suncor Energy Foundation, to help Alberta artists and arts organizations rebuild their artistic practice and/or stabilize their organization. The process of accessing these funds has not been announced.
- Posted July 9th, 2013
- Posted June 7th, 2013
At Calgary Arts Development’s Annual General Meeting on May 14, 2013, City Council appointed two new members to the Calgary Arts Development Board of Directors. We are pleased to welcome:
Tim Mah is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree from the University of Alberta and is a Director of Finance at Suncor Energy. Over the last 15 years at Suncor, he has worked in various positions in external financial reporting, finance, accounting, performance analysis and strategic planning. Tim served on the Board of Directors of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in the role of Treasurer from 1995 to 2005.
- Posted June 6th, 2013
- Youth & Education: Let’s ensure that every Calgarian under 18 has the best possible opportunity for arts participation and education.
- Creative Communities: Let’s ensure that cultural participation is a fact of daily life in Calgary.
- Calgary as an Artist Incubator: Let’s maximize the attractiveness of Calgary as a home for emerging talent.
- From Excellence to Export: Let’s ensure that the impact of the work of Calgary’s professional artists and arts organizations extends regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Downtown Arts District: Let’s create a new postcard of Calgary!
The next steps for Arts Plan are:
- Convene around each focus area for detailed planning, target setting, role clarity (by end of October)
- Support strategic planning by City Council (by end of year)
- Finalize and gain signatories to the full plan and begin long-term budget
A legacy of Calgary's year as a Cultural Capital of Canada, the Arts Plan is the long-term strategy for arts development and investment in Calgary.
If you're interested in being involved with Arts Plan, contact email@example.com to sign up for Arts Plan updates.
- Posted June 4th, 2013
UPDATE: Please note that we are updating the video following popular discussion of this piece.
Calgary is a city of visionaries. To inspire us to reach greater heights through the Arts Plan process, we have engaged a number of people to provide their personal views on the future of the arts in Calgary as part of our visionary article series. Patrick Finn's piece, Artists are Dangerous, has proved so popular that we decided to create a video version featuring a variety of Calgary artists. Enjoy!