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Art Society Of Strathcona County Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

  •           Doris Charest, Mixed Media, Sept 8 & 9, …$140
  •           Anne McCartney, Plein Aire W/C, September 10, 17, 24,… $65
  •           Margaret Klappstein, Beginner Watercolor, Sept 12, 19, 26,.. $65
  •           Shelly Telle, Alcohol Ink on Yupo, Oct 13, 14, …$140
  •           Joyce Boyer, Beginner Oil, Oct 3, 10, 17 …$65
  •           Brent Laycock, Abstraction in Watercolor,  Nov 1 & 2, …$140
  •           Cam Wilson, Pen/Ink & Watercolors, Nov 3 & 4, …$140

Phone 780 449 4443, email artsoc@telus.net

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Presenting Networks Break Out of Rigidity Traps at Annual Meeting

On May 8 and 9, CAPACOA had the pleasure of hosting its annual National Network Meeting in Ottawa.

This year, twenty-two leaders of presenting networks gathered to learn from one another and to address key issues impacting the performing arts presenting sector.

Facilitated discussions enabled participants to assess the degree of maturity of their activities and the state of renewal that some are experiencing.

Just before this meeting, CAPACOA also hosted a two day retreat, this time for the Regional Presenting Networks, where great discussions were had as well as professional development.

Read the Full Article in CAPACOA Field News: (http://www.capacoa.ca/en/news/field/1650-presenting-networks-break-out)

 

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Upcoming Webinar: Creating Effective Boards

The Webinar Series for Arts Presenters continues next week! Don’t miss out on this free professional development opportunity.

Sign up now for our next webinar, focusing on board development and support:

Creating Effective Boards

FacilitatorSandra Thomson

DateWed, March 7th, 2-3pm EST (for professional presenters) or Wed, March 14th, 2-3pm EST (for volunteer presenters)

This one hour webinar will provide proven methods to deal with common issues experienced by many non-profit boards. Participants will come away with very practical tools and step-by-step instructions on how to kick start the board development process and create an effective, self-renewing board.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Barriers to board effectiveness
  • The board development process
  • Succession planning
  • Board committees

This is a free webinar offered by Ontario Presents and the Atlantic Presenters Association, with the support of Canadian Heritage.


Upcoming Webinars:

Clarifying Community Engagement

April 4th, 11am (professional) and 6:30pm (volunteer)
Led by Jane Marsland

Be Prepared: Supporting Volunteers for Success

May 2nd, 11am (professional) and 6:30pm (volunteer)
Led by Donna Lockhart

For more info: https://ontariopresents.ca/webinar-series

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OnStage: Medicine Hat

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta. https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/

Sunday, March 11, 2018 the OnStage program will be in Medicine Hat partnered with and hosted at the beautiful Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre‘s Studio Theatrehttp://esplanade.ca/

For additional location details: https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/onstage-locations/

Artist Applications are open until February 28.

How do I apply?

Pay your application fee , then send the completed application form and support materials to info@artstouring.com. Space is limited and subject to  the terms and conditions.

For more details: https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/onstage-applications/

OnStage Admission

Admission for the public is free!

We welcome anyone interested in observing our event to join us. It helps us provide the artists with a genuine audience to perform for so they can get the best possible feedback from our panelists. We also have sponsorship and advertising opportunities available for folks who want to show their support.

OnStage Schedule

OnStage is a full day workshop geared for Professional Development for Touring Artists. Each session follows a basic schedule and general structure with room for details specific to each date and location.

09:30 AM – Arrival
10:00 AM – Orientation
10:35 AM – 1st Performance
11:15 AM – 2nd Performance
11:55 AM – 3rd Performance
12:35 PM – Lunch
02:00 PM – 4th Performance
02:40 PM – 5th Performance
03:20 PM – 6th Performance
03:55 PM – Coffee Break
04:15 PM – Meet & Mingle

OnStage gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 20-minutes of one-on-one feedback. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders:

Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

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OnStage: Grande Prairie

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta. https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/

Sunday, March 25, 2018 the OnStage program will be in Grande Prairie hosted at the Grande Prarie Regional College‘s Black Box Theatrehttps://www.gprc.ab.ca/

For additional location details: https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/onstage-locations/

Artist Applications are open until February 28.

How do I apply?

Pay your application fee , then send the completed application form and support materials to info@artstouring.com. Space is limited and subject to  the terms and conditions.

For more details: https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/onstage-applications/

OnStage Admission

Admission for the public is free!

We welcome anyone interested in observing our event to join us. It helps us provide the artists with a genuine audience to perform for so they can get the best possible feedback from our panelists. We also have sponsorship and advertising opportunities available for folks who want to show their support.

OnStage Schedule

OnStage is a full day workshop geared for Professional Development for Touring Artists. Each session follows a basic schedule and general structure with room for details specific to each date and location.

09:30 AM – Arrival
10:00 AM – Orientation
10:35 AM – 1st Performance
11:15 AM – 2nd Performance
11:55 AM – 3rd Performance
12:35 PM – Lunch
02:00 PM – 4th Performance
02:40 PM – 5th Performance
03:20 PM – 6th Performance
03:55 PM – Coffee Break
04:15 PM – Meet & Mingle

OnStage gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 20-minutes of one-on-one feedback. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders:

Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

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OnStage Internships 2017

We hosted three successful OnStage workshops in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie respectively. It was the first year we had student interns facilitating the Edmonton and Calgary workshops, and here is what our interns had to say about their stint with us:

Elka Eisenzimmer, OnStage: Edmonton Facilitator – SCiP Internship

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta was my first SCiP internship and I am so grateful it was! Immediately, I clicked with Shannon. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. She has so much knowledge and is willing to share that knowledge. You can tell she is passionate about her job and working with her definitely made my experience.

When I applied, I did not know what the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta was nor I had I heard of it. Over my two-week internship, I quickly fell in love with the organization and saw the immediate benefits of the work they do. My role was to facilitate OnStage: Edmonton, a program offering professional feedback to performing artists who are interested in touring within Alberta. My first task was to attend the Rising Stars Emerge Extravaganza at The Needle Vinyl Tavern. I watched seventeen very talent young singer songwriters for an afternoon and I was blown away by the talent. It made me contemplate my life and what I had done in my twenty-eight years! I had to choose four artists to invite to OnStage. This was quite the challenge. After some deliberating, I sent the approval and rejection e-mails, developed a schedule, and disseminated workshop information to the selected artists. Through the process, I gained a better understand of technical requirements needed for a live show and learned about stage plots. There were a few scheduling conflicts along the way but that is part of the fun. The day finally came, it was very early, and day-light savings had just taken place. So, it was really early and everyone was tired. But as the artists arrived you could feel the excitement and see the smiles on their faces. Once the panelists and artists arrived the day began with an orientation I prepared. The first artist hit the stage and the day just seemed to fly by. Each artist had fifteen minutes to perform followed by twenty-five minutes of feedback. The feedback provided by the panelists was respectful and constructive. I felt like a proud parent watching the artists perform and receive their feedback. It was such a positive, inspiring experience.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to intern with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. It exposed me to the need and benefit of workshops and showcases for artists. The educational side of the industry never really crossed my mind. All other professions have access to training so why not musicians. This experience also introduced me to the emerging artists in Alberta and allowed me to network. I am new to this province so that was a very beneficial part of my experience. Since, my internship finished I have been telling everyone about the work that the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta does.

I hope to volunteer with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta in the future and assist with Alberta Showcase! Thank you Shannon and Steve for all that you do! It is appreciated not only by me but also the artists across Alberta!


Zach Herbers, OnStage: Calgary Facilitator – SCiP Internship 

I am a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student with a strong interest in the music industry, and SCiP was a great opportunity for me to get involved with organizing an important event, OnStage Calgary, which focused greatly on providing emerging Albertan musicians with a chance to perform and receive insightful and useful constructive feedback from a panel of music professionals. Prior to the event, I spent some time going through the artist applications for the Calgary event, which consisted of a diverse music styles, ranging from Pop, Country, Folk, Blues and R&B. I was impressed with the young age of many of these artists; it is always great to see young kids with the courage and ambition to get up on stage, perform, and receive the constructive criticism that all emerging artists need to perfect their craft.

Each artist that performed demonstrated not only the courage to perform live, but also a unique style and concrete musical strengths. This was really inspiring and encouraging; Alberta has a thriving music scene, and there is no question in my mind that opportunities such as OnStage can have a huge impact on encouraging and supporting talented musicians who are just beginning to perform live. Without programs like this, I doubt that Alberta music would be as diverse and fertile as it is today.

The critique panel was very impressive, as it consisted entirely of seasoned music industry professionals. I enjoyed the opportunity to sit in during the feedback sessions after each artist performed; 25 minutes of uncensored, real and constructive feedback was delivered. The panelists would give their honest opinions to the artists, giving them advice on both musical and promotional aspects, ranging from vocal and stage performance advice, to comments on genre and set list selection, as well as advice on how they, as musicians, can brand their own image and market themselves. From my experience sitting through these sessions, I can honestly say that much of this feedback was extremely valuable to the artists, as it is truly a rare opportunity for an artist to have the undivided attention of so many live music experts at once.

I would encourage any post-secondary student who wants experience in organizing a live music event to apply for the OnStage SCiP internship, as they will be given the opportunity to create the schedule according to genre and tech needs, as well as the responsibility of “running the show.” The opportunity to observe how industry professionals critique and value aspects of a live performance is also valuable for anyone who wants to be involved with live music in any capacity.

I would also strongly encourage all emerging Albertan musicians of any age to apply for OnStage. The feedback is priceless, and is a great experience for any musician seeking to improve their performance and image. It is also a great networking experience, as artists will meet facilitators of larger live events, agents and promotors. Any chance to perform live is important from a career perspective, but the added value of receiving feedback and networking are priceless, and can open doors for future opportunities. I hope that OnStage continues to thrive, and this can only happen when there are musicians taking advantage of the opportunity. I think that OnStage and SCiP are vital to the arts in Alberta, so I hope that awareness of the program and the value it can provide continues to increase with regards to both musicians and individuals like myself who have an interest in the music industry.

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2017 OnStage: Grande Prairie

Arts Touring Alliance in partnership with the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival presents OnStage: Grande Prairie, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta.

OnStage: Grande Prairie will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre.

OnStage: Professional Development for Touring Artists gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. If you are applying for Alberta Showcase it is advisable to do the spot you are proposing. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

Bear Creek Folk Music Festival features 4 stages with over 30 provincial, national, and international touring artists performing from a wide range of genres, including country, Celtic, blues, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, world music, contemporary and traditional folk, rock , and many things in between. With its diverse and high-calibre lineup, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Space at OnStage is limited. Email info@artstouring.com for details.

More information and Artist Applications are available online at:
https://www.artstouring.com/onstage

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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OnStage 2017: Artist Applications Open

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta. OnStage 2017 sessions are held in Edmonton on Sunday, March 12, Calgary on Sunday, March 19, Grande Prairie on Saturday, March 25, and in Medicine Hat on Saturday, April 8.

OnStage gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

OnStage: Artist Applications Now Open

Artist Applications for the OnStage Workshops are subject to a $10 processing fee plus applicable taxes

OnStage Workshops are $25 for Non-Members, but they are still Free for Arts Touring Alliance Members. However, space is limited and subject to the terms and conditions listed below.

Artist Application Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Edmonton, AB
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Calgary, AB
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Grande Prairie, AB
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Medicine Hat, AB

>> Click here to view OnStage Terms & Conditions and to Apply Online