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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

The Board and Staff of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  All the very best in 2019!

Our offices will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd, so we wish you all the best and we will see you again in the new year.

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Art Society of Strathcona County: Christmas Market Place

Christmas Market Place

Nov 17 from 10-4pm, Nov 18 from 11-4pm

Local ASSC artists have been busy creating unique items for this one of a kind, not to be missed show.

Featuring:

Pottery   –   Fused Glass   –   Jewelry   –   Rustic Crafts

Unique Decorations   –   Sewing   –   Knitting   –   Carvings

Greeting Cards   –   Baking   –   Preserves

A. J. Ottewell Centre (Red Barn),  590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park

Admission is free!

Donations to the Strathcona Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

For more info call Joyce at 780-433-5950

Presented by the Arts Society of Strathcona County – www.artstrathcona.com

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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT 2017-2018

 

Greetings Arts Touring Alliance Members. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the role of Executive Director for The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. I look forward to using my 30-plus years in the arts industry in Alberta to further the goals of our organization and live performance in Alberta.

2017 Alberta Showcase – Highlights

Held at the beautiful Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan,
October 20 – 22

296 Delegates
47 First-Time Delegates
44 Artists – Featured

The Emerging Artist &Young Albertan performers were a hit yet again and we plan on continuing this opportunity for you to see the new and thriving artists who are coming into their own.

Auction brought in a record amount for Trevor Panczak. This money goes toward all the costs involved in producing Showcase.

Rhoda Taylor Award – Going to a very deserving person or group for their outstanding contribution to the live performance community in Alberta, but it was a special thrill to see former ATAA Executive Director Brenda O’Donnell receive the award in 2017.

Alberta Showcase App – available to all delegates through the Performing Arts Canada app, this app can be downloaded onto your mobile device to provide you with all of our showcase and conference information. It is available for download from the app store or via http://meaurl.com/PerformingArtsCanada

Professional Development Workshops – were conducted by Josh Gennings from The Dow, Nicholas Beach from The Jean and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre and Aimee Hill from All Access Entertainment.

Survey – Our post-showcase survey pointed out some highlights and lowlights about the 2017 conference. Thank you to those you took the time to fill out the survey. Your comments mean a lot to us and help to improve your experience at Alberta Showcase.

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OUTREACH

OnStage – Grande Prairie, Red Deer
OnStage is designed to provide professional touring artists a chance to perform in front of a panel of industry experts to improve their over-all performance skills as well as increase their chances of securing one of the coveted performance spots at Showcase. Most of the artists who have participated, in the last two years, have been quite new to the business and although we are happy to provide them support, we would like to attract those artists in which the workshop was designed for.

Going forward, OnStage will still be open to all professional artists, but a special invitation will be sent out to those who applied for showcase and did not get selected. A message will be included suggesting that participating in OnStage and getting valuable feedback could make the difference between getting a showcase spot or not.

Presenters Workshop – In early 2019 we will organize a Presenters Workshop in both Calgary and Edmonton to discuss issues that impact our members. Panel discussions and experts knowledgeable in subjects like on-line marketing, contracts and riders, succession, growing a new or sustaining an existing audience will be involved. If you have any topics that you would like to see discussed, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you, kennedy@artstouring.com

Administration
The ATAA had the pleasure of having an Arts and Cultural Management intern help us this summer. Yuri Kim performed several research projects that helped us identify suitable workshop sites, funding streams, community arts groups that include dance and/or theatre in their season and marketing strategies for professional development projects.

CAPACOA Survey – Our office sent out a national survey from CAPACOA asking you for an overall look at your practices and the economic impact of your community arts council. I know it is drudgery to fill these things out, but without reliable economic indicators, CAPACOA cannot lobby the government effectively on our behalf. I do encourage you to go online and fill out the survey:
http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/research-and-development/vitality-and-impact-survey

APAC – Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture – Currently, we are exploring the drastic changes AGLC has made in non-profit casino licensing. The arts eligibility criteria changed in March of 2018 without stakeholder consultation or notice. The Calgary and Edmonton Chamber of Community Volunteer Organizations will be meeting with AGLC in this month of October to get more information about the shift in the casino environment. APAC will stay on top of this and update our partners.

A huge thank you must go out to our funders, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. They not only provide The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta with the dollars to keep our doors open but offer advice and support throughout the year.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to our Alberta Showcase team: Josh Gennings, Terri Ponich and the Dow Centre, Don & Sherry Waddle and their Production Crew, Shannon Jones the ATAA Office Manager, Maria and Apulia Catering, and the Arts Touring Alliance Board of Directors. I look forward to many years working together with such a great organization.

Kennedy Jenson
Executive Director
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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Booking Opportunity: Ennis Sisters, 2019

The Ennis Sisters of Newfoundland have 12 albums to their credit and have toured the world accumulating gold records along the way. They have performed in Alberta several times with return engagements for their regular four-piece Celtic show and for their extremely popular five-piece Christmas show that is regarded as one of the strongest family Christmas shows in Canada. Linda Andres of Bassano Arts says “The Ennis Sisters were absolutely fantastic! One of the very best concerts we have had in 33 years-and my personal favourite!

Ennis Sisters will tour in 2019 from Friday March 8th to Sunday March 17th. There are four open dates on that tour.  They will tour their Christmas show in Alberta in 2019 in the time frame Saturday November 30th to Sunday December 8th inclusive. There are open dates in that time frame with four venues committed to that tour now. Contact booking agent Bob Bale at bob.bale@outlook.com or at 705-523-6200.

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Great Summer At the Arts Touring Alliance

Great Summer At the ATAA As a Field Placement Student

Yuri Kim, Arts and Cultural Management-MacEwan University

Even though I have been interested in the touring arts industry, I did not know about the industry well because I am pretty new in Canada. To explore this industry, I knocked the door of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta as a student looking for a field placement organization. Shannon and Kennedy welcomed me and were very interested in helping and leading me to learn about the organization and the industry despite of their busy works.

From conducting researches to drafting plans for future workshops, all works which they assigned to me were very helpful for me to understand the touring arts industry in Alberta. Especially, it was a very good experience to learn about arts and culture in smaller cities in Alberta by conducting researches of concert venues and arts organizations since I could not have many chances to think about outside of Edmonton before this field placement.

Without great supports from Shannon and Kennedy, I would never have completed this field placement really well by learning the vision and the mandate of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta and needs of the touring arts industry in Alberta. It was also great that I had a chance to think about skills I need to get onboard on this industry.

I had a very wonderful summer at the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. I am sure that everything I learned at the Arts Touring Alliance would help me develop my career in the touring arts industry. I would definitely recommend other students, who are interested in the touring arts industry, to talk to the Arts Touring Alliance.

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Way-To-Go-Productions Dates Available

Over the past 8 years Way-To-Go Productions has created and produced TEN hugely successful concerts that have performed to sold-out audiences at over 80 theatres across North America. We are extremely proud of our reputation for delivering to Presenters the highest calibre of entertainment with superb musicianship. Our singers and musicians are among the best in the world, playing 16 stringed instruments that thrill audiences.

Way-To-Go Productions shows are a cut above the rest, telling fascinating stories, with warmth and humour, while celebrating the music of legendary artists. Audiences are on their feet cheering at the end of each and every performance.

Tour dates looking to fill:
-Fall of 2019 (at the moment the only dates we have in the fall from Sept to Dec of 2019 are Sept. 17th to 21st)
-Spring of 2020 from mid March to end of May  (at the moment we are booked Jan/Feb and into the first week of March here in Ontario) so ideally we could tour out west in the fall of 2019, or spring of 2020
Note: The summers we are usually busy doing summer seasons in Ontario
 
Contact for bookings:
Leisa Way
1 Park Lane, Orangeville, ON  L9W 4E3
519-940-5510

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CAPACOA: Presenters’ Vitality and Impact Survey

Want to know the economic impact of your work?

Want to gauge where your presenting practice stands compared to your peers?

Want to make a case for more public support of presenting?

Canadian presenting networks are partnering to conduct a pan-Canadian survey of presenters that will set new benchmarks for performance measurement and for case-making. This will be the biggest survey of this kind since The Value of Presenting.

More from the CAPACOA Website: 
http://capacoa.ca/en/services/research-and-development/vitality-and-impact-survey


Vitality and Impact Survey

The Presenters’ Vitality and Impact Survey is a pan-Canadian survey of performing arts presenters and festivals led collaboratively by presenting networks. It will gather information about the scope, vitality, economic impact, and practices in the presenting sector. This initiative will contribute to performance measurement in the sector, to strategic watch over the health of the sector, and to advocacy.

Hill Strategies Research was hired to conduct the survey, which will be fielded in September and October. If you have any question about this initiative or if you wish to join the advisory committee, please contact Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development at CAPACOA.

The survey will launch September 5th. Look out for the survey invitation in your inbox: we need your input.

Advisory Committee

  • Sylvain Aumont, Réseau des grands espaces
  • Rebecca Ballarin, Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities
  • Kerry Clarke, Calgary Folk Festival
  • Natalie Dewan, Ontario Presents
  • Jane Gabriels, Made in BC – Dance on tour
  • Ellen Hamilton, Qaggiavuut
  • Pam Patil, The MT Space and IMPACT
  • Julie-Anne Richard, RIDEAU
  • Bill Usher, Kicking Horse Culture

Participating networks and associations

  • Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
  • Atlantic Presenters Association
  • British Columbia Touring Council
  • CAPACOA
  • Folk Music Ontario
  • Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
  • Jazz Festivals Canada
  • Made in BC – Dance on tour
  • Manitoba Arts Network
  • Music Canada Live
  • N3
  • Ontario Presents
  • Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council
  • RADARTS
  • Réseau des grands espaces
  • Réseau Ontario
  • RIDEAU
  • Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities
  • The CanDance Network
  • Western Roots Artistic Directors
  • World Routes Network

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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Employment Opportunity: Cultural Programming Manager, St. Albert

Cultural Programming Manager, City of St. Albert

Organization             City of St. Albert

Website                   www.stalbert.ca

Department              Cultural Services

Location                  5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert  

Salary                     $98,876 – $120,298 per annum

Closing Date             September 6, 2018

Competition #           18/172


OPPORTUNITY

The Cultural Services Department is currently recruiting for a Cultural Programming Manager. The City has a well-established cultural department focused on nurturing and developing the arts and cultural sector through direct delivery of programs and services, partnerships and collaborations throughout the community. We are looking for an individual with strong leadership experience and background in cultural planning and programming to join our team.

Serving as part of the Cultural Services Management team and reporting to the Cultural Services Director, the Cultural Programming Manager is responsible for the management and development of visual arts, public art, performing arts and performance programming as well as volunteer management for the International Children’s Festival. The manager is responsible to liaise with community cultural groups to provide guidance and support, and also help guide our own cultural programming, including special events, initiatives and cultural celebrations to ensure we are meeting the current and future needs of the community.

The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas:
• Visual Arts programming and exhibitions in the public realm, including public art;
• Long term performing arts development plans;
• Maintaining local, regional & national connections in the cultural industry;
• Strategic planning, community development programming, financial management;
• Organizational and community development, including not for profit governance;
• Developing connections to francophone, indigenous and other ethno-cultural communities;
• Staff supervision and development including coaching and mentorship experience;
• Grant and report writing, and analytics.

As part of the Cultural Services management team the manager will assist in the development of agenda reports, departmental budgets, monthly and quarterly reports as well as responding to information requests generated by Council, Senior Management and the public. They will also provide leadership for the programming team.

QUALIFICATIONS

• Degree in a related field such as Arts Administration, Business Administration, Recreation, and 7 years experience. Or, a diploma in a related field combined with 10 years experience.
• The ideal candidate will have progressively responsible experience across a breadth of areas in the area of arts and cultural management including staff and volunteer management, program and organizational development, project management and event planning.
• Experience in cultural planning and development.
• Previous experience in a municipal environment is an asset.
• An experienced leader who appreciates and is passionate for arts and culture; and can motivate and inspire others.
• Membership in Arts/Culture related organizations is beneficial.

COMPETENCIES

• Excellent staff supervision and leadership skills.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Well developed interpersonal skills and the ability to form collaborative relationships.
• Creative and innovative thinking.
• Political sensitivity, conflict resolution abilities, and negotiation skills.

HOURS OF WORK

Compressed work schedule of 72 hours bi-weekly (Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 with a regular day off every two weeks). There will be the occasional requirement for extra and evening hours, which could include attendance at meetings and events.

COMPENSATION

$98,876 – $120,298 per annum. In addition, the City of St. Albert offers a comprehensive benefit package.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a satisfactory police information check.

Qualified applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume via the City of St. Albert Employment website www.stalbert.ca/employment

CLOSING DATE: September 6, 2018

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

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Welcome to New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is pleased to announce the appointment of Kennedy Jenson as Executive Director. Kennedy brings 15 years’ experience as an Executive Director in the Arts Industry and combined with her years of experience as a performer and recording artist, we are confident that the management of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is in reliable, experienced hands.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Arts Touring Alliance team,” Jenson says.  “The organization has a long-standing history of connecting artists to audiences and the touring industry. It is my pleasure to assist in continuing this valuable service.”