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annual report

Still from Infinitude by Scott Portingale, photo supplied

Alberta Cantonese Opera Festival presents War Drum in Golden Mountain, photo supplied

“CONFUSEMENT” by Nina Haggerty artist Scott Berry, photo by Jenna Turner

Michalene Giesbrecht, Sandra Olarte, and Stephanie Gruson in Firefly Theatre & Circus’ “The Playground”, photo by Studio E Photography


annual report The Edmonton Arts Council The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit society and charitable organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that:





in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations and individual artists through municipal, corporate, and private funding.

Edmonton’s arts community to government and other agencies and provide expert advice on issues that affect the arts.

partnerships and initiate projects that strengthen our community.

awareness of the quality, variety, and value of artistic work produced in Edmonton.


"Navigating Boundaries� by Kelsey Stephenson and Jes McCoy at Harcourt House, photo by Kelsey Stephenson


Reconciliation in Solidarity Edmonton (RISE) Community Heart Garden installed at City Hall, photo by Gibby Davis

Angela Gladue, Lana Whiskeyjack and Logan Alexis Drummers at Channeling Connections, photo by Brad Crowfoot

Katherine Kerr and Edmonton Community Foundation’s Alex Draper, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

Annette Aslund and Jenna Turner, photo by Brad Crowfoot

Board of Directors

Edmonton Arts Council staff

Executive Committee

Executive Director

Public Art

TIX on the Square

Anne Ferguson Switzer, Chair Jeff Haslam, Vice Chair Mary Phillips-Rickey, Secretary-Treasurer Brian Webb, Past Chair

Paul Moulton

Andrea Bowes Robert Harpin Katherine Kerr

Jenika Sobolewska David Turnbull

Kaitlyn Grant Stephanie Hample Lisa McNicol Kaelyn Saunders Amanda Skopik Judy Stelck Betty Thomson


Churchill Square

Annette Aslund Eva Marie Clarke Jenna Turner

Bob Rasko

as of June 2015

Members-at-large Lyall Brenneis – City of Edmonton representative Lisa Baroldi / JoAnn Kirkland – Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) Representative Ahmed Ali Glen Erickson Mike Ford Heather Inglis Scott Portingale Kent Sutherland Theresa Reichert Will Truchon Murray Utas Christopher White Noel Xavier

as of December 31, 2015

Operations Shirley Combden Kristina de Guzman Sally Kim Shrina Patel

Grants, Awards & Support Programs Mary Jane Kreisel Justina Watt Stephen Williams

Public Art Conservation

In recognition The Edmonton Arts Council would like to thank Paul Moulton, Dennie Hamaluik, Dawn Saunders-Dahl and Martin Wasserfall for their contribution to Edmonton Arts Council operations in 2015.


Message from the Chair What do the arts contribute to the City of Edmonton?

Imagination; creativity; inspiration; and, yes, money. What does the Edmonton Arts Council contribute to the arts in Edmonton?

Enthusiasm; experience; focus; and, yes, money. Councillor Scott McKeen, Paul Moulton, Anne Ferguson Switzer, and Councillor Ben Henderson, photo by Girl Named Shirl Photography


As the granting arm for the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Arts Council sets, screens and distributes funds to artists and organizations. But it is so much more. It is an organization that tries to look forward, not backward; that looks at present challenges and opportunities for the arts community; and that leads as well as follows.

The past year for the Edmonton Arts Council has been a mixture of challenges and excitement. Despite difficult economic times, City Council, our members, and the wider Edmonton community have been tremendously supportive of our arts scene, and justifiably proud of all our artists’ accomplishments.

We can all be so proud of the diverse and active arts scene in Edmonton. Theatre, music, film, visual arts, dance, and public art all thrive here both in professional and amateur organizations. Who hasn’t been touched by the poetry of our poet laureate Pierrette Requier, or read a book by one of our local authors, or seen a play at the Varscona theatre, attended an amateur choir event, or attended Symphony Under the Sky? Our artists fan out across the globe, sharing their skills and talents, and advancing Edmonton’s reputation as a hotbed of creativity.

Each year the Edmonton Arts Council Board takes a fresh look at its priorities and what the focus should be for the ongoing year. In 2015 we continued the previous focus on cultural diversity and work to implement the Audit of the Edmonton Arts Council’s current practices and offerings in relation to the Aboriginal arts community. Both these items are on our daily focus list to ensure that not only are the policies helpful, but the implementation is always at the forefront.

Anne Ferguson Switzer

Karimah at Edmonton Arts Council’s 20th anniversary summer party, photo by Jenna Turner

Some of the more exciting events over the past year included the May Channeling Connections Symposium, which brought together Indigenous artists, arts administrators, and funders from the prairie provinces and Northwest Territories. We hope the symposium opened dialogue that will continue. The unveiling of the Alex Janvier mosaic, to be installed at Rogers Place, is but one example of major arts installations that the city will enjoy with pride. The Indigenous Art Park progress continues and will eventually provide an outdoor exhibit space for some extraordinary pieces of art. In addition, in 2015 the Arts Council added an ambitious focus on reviewing and re-examining our granting structures. We need to continue to ensure that the grants structure as it now stands works for our artists and their organizations, and does not raise any unnecessary barriers to access.

Channeling Connections workshop, photo by Brad Crowfoot

The work of the Edmonton Arts Council would not be possible without the dedication of the staff, most of whom have other connections to the arts community, and whose enthusiasm takes them out amongst the greater arts community as well. In addition, we have tremendous dedication amongst the board members who put in many hours ensuring things go as well as possible for our arts community. Finally, it is important to thank all of the jury and selection committee members who also put in amazing amounts of time and work giving serious review and consideration to our various grants applications and public art projects. This year we are sad to say goodbye to Paul Moulton, who is retiring from the EAC. When Paul stepped up to the plate as our Executive Director he brought a fresh outlook to the organization, and true insight and dedication to our goals. Paul’s fresh thinking and championing of our projects have been invaluable. We look forward to working with our next executive director in 2016, and for years to come. 5

Message from the Executive Director Research tells us that 75% of the general population say the arts are important to them and play a regular part in their daily lives; while only 34% say they have any contact with a professional arts organization, and only 8% say that they engage their interest through a professionally managed arts organization. Paul Moulton, photo by Brad Crowfoot

Although some might see the enormous gap between the first and last group as a problem, I am convinced that, in fact, it provides great opportunity. It is the effort to bridge this gap that has caused many arts funders and arts organizations across North America to look at new and adaptive solutions that provide greater ways to engage the community. In 2014 the Edmonton Arts Council began to address the issue of community engagement by implementing the New Pathways Program of Adaptive Change to organizations in Edmonton. With additional support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Community Foundation we contracted the services of EmcArts to deliver a series of workshops for 21 Edmonton area arts organizations. The work engages artistic leaders, administrators and board leadership, assisting organizations to structure for resilience and introduce


complex adaptive systems. Rather than being only providers of cultural activities, the organizations move to also become enablers of creative expression. This work continued in 2015 with intense onsite coaching sessions for 11 organizations from the original cohort. The final stages will conclude in the summer of 2016 with three organizations going through what EmcArts terms a ‘deep dive’ analysis to find and test innovative and adaptive solutions. 2015 marked the end of my tenure as Executive Director at the EAC, and although I had only served for 1,000 days in this role, I am convinced that the New Pathways Program has set a positive new course for the arts in Edmonton. I am extremely proud that we were able to begin this work and am most grateful to the Board and Staff at the EAC for their willingness to embrace this change. I also appreciate

Paul Moulton the support of the aforementioned funding partners. I reserve my greatest thanks for the arts organizations who took a ‘leap of faith’ in joining the first cohort. I know that they have experienced significant growth and change through their learning, and their focus on community engagement continues to become ever stronger.

My time at the EAC has been extremely rewarding and has truly been a pinnacle position to end my career. I owe a great deal to my predecessors in the position and wish to thank our partners at the City of Edmonton (both administration and Council) for their ongoing faith in our work.

The Edmonton Arts Council has also been hard at work in ensuring that it engages more broadly with community. In addition to the New Pathways Program the EAC has also focused on relationship-building and outreach, public input opportunities around public art, and supporting new events and initiatives, such as the Public Art in Conversation series, public art and grant workshops, and networking nights for artists.

I would also like to again thank the Board and Staff at the EAC for their support of my efforts and their belief in the strategies I proposed.

In 2015, the EAC hosted, planned and promoted 30 events - including workshops, #YEGarts mixers, artist talks, the Winter Social, the 20th anniversary summer party, a public art bus tour, public art announcements, and more. This was in addition to the daily event programming that occurs throughout the summer in Churchill Square and our ongoing commitment to the operation of Tix on the Square.

Finally, I thank all of the members of the EAC for your tireless work in the field. 2015 has proven once again that Edmonton is home to an extraordinarily prolific arts scene. From mainstream arts organizations and festivals to new and emerging artists and organizations, our city is enriched by your work in so many ways. I wish you continued success in 2016 and beyond. Paul Moulton

The EAC carried on the significant work of managing grant programs but also continued to focus on engaging with artists from diverse backgrounds. Most importantly, following the ‘year of reconciliation’ the EAC continues to work to ensure greater opportunities for Indigenous artists.


Feature Article

No Masterpiece: What is a masterpiece of Community Art? How do you know when you’ve made one? Anna Marie Sewell at Reconciling Edmonton, photo by Gibby Davis

Community art can seem most identifiable by the 'simplistic' quality of the produced work, which seems to sit opposite to the exquisite refinement, the perfection implied by 'masterpiece'. There’s no place for perfectionism in it. By its very nature, community art practice reveals that, at any given time, any organic group of people is going to be a mixed bag of talents, skills, levels of experience, also of willingness, courage, discipline, and character. Character matters in community arts. One can be a screaming diva in an art form where individual excellence of product excuses a violent process. In community arts, by contrast, the process is the thing, and if it’s a violent process, the community will not submit to it.


There’s no place for superstars, either. You have to let that go. Not in the sense of coming down to anyone’s level, but in a sense of really knowing what is the basic, and being able to convey it. I’m reminded of the great David Thiaw, a Senegalese drum master whose workshop I once attended. In the 90s, djembes rumbled everywhere and everyone was in a drum circle. Mr. Thiaw was much in demand, and his workshop had filled Riverdale Hall. He stepped up in front of the assembled throng, who quieted and locked eyes on his towering presence, his bald head crowned with dim fluorescent light. Play for me, said Thiaw, to begin. And the rock star boys and power grrls in the crowd attacked, each louder, faster, fancier than the next. Then Thiaw raised his mighty hands and roared, Stop! Stop, he repeated in a pained whisper, shaking his head.

Anna Marie Sewell

Thoughts on Community Art Now wait a minute. Follow me, he said. And he laid down the simplest 1,2,3,4, straight 1/4 note beat until we all fell in. All the rock stars were side-eying, and you could feel the bulge of them wanting to solo, but Thiaw would not let us loose. His mighty hand hammered the 1 beat, and we all entrained. All the fancy handwork in the world means nothing in an ensemble, unless and until you can hear everyone, and make space for everyone, and everyone can always feel, trust, depend upon your mutual anchoring to 1, the foundational pulse. He forced the rock stars to give up their show-off riffs, assigned us each one note in sequence, and made us each play our small, single beat until it all flowed together. Until that one moment when suddenly, the rock stars exhaled and gave up. Thiaw laid down the 1, and we followed, listening to each other. And slowly, we heard our multiplicity become one, become that thing that makes any orchestra, any group, so much more than the sum of its parts. Each plays our own part, simply, fully, with surrender, listening and leaving space for others, and suddenly, there is a song. Suddenly, there is space for the unspoken agreement, for solos to burst into flight, rising from within the larger song. Why that moment? Because it validated my deepest instincts and my oldest teachings. We live on shared impulse, because we are all issued, at our instant of arrival, with one drum, which never ceases while we

live, but which can become unheard, unfelt, so taken for granted we forget we are all drummers. I did not volunteer to play for Thiaw, because women like me aren’t drum circle stars. I drum because I love it, but it allows me no illusions of rhythmic grandeur. Lacking skill, I rely on simplicity, cling to the 1. That’s what community art comes down to, in my view; practice rides on the heartbeat. When practitioners anchor work to that basic rhythm, everyone participating can and will entrain. Entrained, we naturally loosen up and make space for each other, we’ll each be the keeper of the heartbeat for each other, and we’ll each have our moment to shine. Finding our heartbeat and room for it in the song, that is the masterpiece of no masterpiece. I’ve been blessed by it for decades now, and it has never let me down. Anna Marie Sewell's community arts practice includes: Reconciling Edmonton, with RISEdmonton (2015-16); The Poem Catcher and A Poetry Map of Canada, as Poet Laureate (2011-13); Roots Jam w/Joy Harjo at Edmonton Poetry Festival (2014); Family Jam for U of A Alumni (2015); Creative Connections multidisciplinary intergenerational, inter-agency exchange (2011-12); Honour Songs, celebrating Indigenous Women (2007); and over twenty years of facilitation work for groups including Youthwrite, En'owkin Centre, and most recently, Rising Sun Theatre.


public art

“Kennedale Eco Creatures” by Brandon Blommaert, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography


"The Musicians" by Bella Totino-Busby & Verne Busby, photo by Ryan Parker/PK Photography

“Vaulted Willow” by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY at the public art bus tour, photo by Eva Marie Clarke

“Impose” by the Threshold Collective, photo by Aspen Zettel Photography

“I Can See My Dreams” by Maria Pace-Wynters #YEGCanvas Billboard, photo by Eva Marie Clarke


Percent for Art Program 2015 was a busy year of installations, project management, community outreach, and engagement. Public Art oversaw the installation of 10 new artworks and continued work on more than 20 ongoing projects. The installation of photographic mosaics by Edmonton photographer Eugene Uhuad was a highlight, celebrating community engagement. Following two years of documenting events at the Clareview Multicultural Centre, Eugene collaged thousands of images into beautiful and personal portraits. “Untitled” by Jordi Bonet, Mill Woods Public Library, photo by Ryan Parker/PK Photography

Public art bus tour, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

For the new LRT stations at NAIT and MacEwan University, students were invited to submit their designs for functional, artistic bike racks to enliven the commute. Five designs from six students (Chunyu Qi, Morgan Wellborn, Alina Cross, Chelsea Allan, Mark Winget, Chris Rodrigues) were chosen and installed in 2015. 2015 marked an exciting milestone for Edmonton's Indigenous Art Park, which will be located within Queen Elizabeth Park. Sixteen shortlisted artists gathered in Edmonton to participate in a weekend workshop that presented stories, reflections, poetry, and history from Indigenous artists and community members as well as Elders and knowledge holders from the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, and Métis Nation of Alberta. The workshop goal of providing a rich context from which to understand “this place”, its people and stories, was more than met as all participants left inspired by the deep sharing and learning offered throughout the weekend. Noted Canadian Indigenous artist and scholar Candice Hopkins (Chief Curator, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts) facilitated the workshop and will curate the Indigenous Art Park.


“Phàntasien” by realities:united, Mill Woods Public Library, photo by Doyle C. Marko Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

“Beaver” by Chunyu Qi & Morgan Wellborn, MacEwan LRT Bike Racks, MacEwan LRT Station, photo by Aspen Zettel Photography

“Exotic Species” by Marc Siegner, Victoria Park Pavilion, photo by Doyle C. Marko

"Untitled" by Eugene Uhuad, photo by Eugene Uhuad


Transitory Public Art

“Artists Light the Bridge” by Scott Peters & Jason Kodie, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

The Transitory Public Art program provides highly visible and dynamic venues to artists emerging within their genres and public art practice. These short-term public art installations transform cityscapes; inviting citizens and visitors to view their environment with new eyes. The Edmonton Arts Council’s 2015 transitory initiatives focused on high impact public art interventions in public areas, mentorship and training resources for Edmonton-based artists, and projects that encompassed customary or contemporary techniques, composition, and cultural interventions. Artists Light the Bridge, Edmonton artists Scott Peters and Jason Kodie flooded the High Level Bridge with colour in 2015. Their work enriches the High Level Bridge lights with nine themed programs. The project launched on Canada Day with Edmontunes; a musical mosaic - lights dancing to a soundscape of Edmonton music from the past six decades. The Borden Park Sculpture Loan Program, showcasing 10 works by eminent Edmonton sculptors, was so popular that it will be extended by a year, while it continues to attract visitors, as well as myriad bus, bike, and walking tours. #YEGCanvas a partnership with Pattison Outdoor Advertising that launched in December 2015, transformed Edmonton into an urban gallery celebrating the art of 32 Edmonton artists. For six months, this initiative exhibited 45 artworks by Indigenous, culturally diverse, and emerging artists on billboards and LRT Posters. An interactive, mobile friendly map guided fans to locations scattered throughout the city and along the Capital Line.   14

“The Game” by Jennie Vegt, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

"Penguinpuppy" by Yvette Prefontaine, photo by Jenna Turner

“Epilog” Kapil Vachhar, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

#YEGCanvas artists Keith-yin Sun & Judi Chan, photo by Jenna Turner

“Neda” by Zohreh Valiary Eskandary, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

Lana Whiskeyjack with #YEGCanvas Billboard “Apītaw Piciwās” photo supplied


Community Outreach

Public art bus tour, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

Chakanaka Zinyemba at public art bus tour, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

We took it on the road! Public Art workshops and education initiatives invited diverse communities into the public art process with information about artist calls and submissions. Artist talks focused on projects within communities: Métis artist Destiny Swiderski animated Milled Wood in the Mill Woods Seniors and Multicultural Centre just after she completed her installation. Brandon Vickerd spoke about Wild Life in the Boyle Street Community Centre after his artwork was installed in the Quarters.

Streetscapes and Parkscapes Public Art Bus Tour Two busloads of captivated sightseers toured public art projects throughout downtown and north Edmonton. Beginning with Keith Walker’s glass streetlamp finials (Transitions) that punctuate 108 Street, the three-hour tour included the MacEwan LRT station, Borden Park, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, interspersed with live performances by Youth Poet Laureate Charlotte Cranston and musician Chakanaka Zinyemba. The day culminated in a tour of Keith Walker’s glass blowing studio.


Artist Rendering of ARC Mural for the Abbottsfield Recreation Centre by Scott Sueme

Edmonton Urban Design Awards Public Art in Edmonton was honoured at the 2015 Edmonton Urban Design Awards. Scott Sueme’s community-based ARC Mural at Abbottsfield Recreation Centre received a Community-Based Projects Award of Excellence, while the Grandin Murals by Aaron Paquette & Sylvie Nadeau were recognized with an Award of Merit. Vaulted Willow by Marc Fornes & THEVERYMANY picked up an Award of Excellence for Urban Fragments and the Threshold Collective picked up an Award of Excellence in the Student category for Impose.

“Impose” by the Threshold Collective, photo by Aspen Zettel Photography

“Wild Life” by Brandon Vickerd, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography


Public Art Project List 2015 Complete PROJECT



MacEwan and NAIT Bike racks

MacEwan University and NAIT Students: Chunyu Qi, Morgan Wellborn, Alina Cross, Chelsea Allan, Mark Winget, Chris Rodrigues


Mill Woods Library



Quarters Armature #2

Brandon Vickerd

Wild Life

Victoria Park Pavilion

Marc Siegner

Exotic Species

Mill Woods Multicultural Facility & Seniors Centre

Destiny Swiderski

Milled Wood

Heritage Valley Fire Station

Mark Clintberg & Jeff Kulak

Water Vessels

Stony Plain Road Streetscape

Verne Busby & Bella Totino-Busby

The Musicians

Kennedale Ecostation

Brandon Blommaert

Kennedale Eco Creatures

Clareview Multicultural Centre

Eugene Uhuad


Capital Boulevard

Keith Walker






City Hall & Winspear Centre for Music

Threshold Collective


Artists Light the Bridge

Scott Peters and Jason Kodie

10 compositions

Borden Park Sculpture Exhibition (ongoing)

Multiple artists

10 sculptures

#YEGCanvas (ongoing)

Multiple artists

45 artworks

Open Source Street Art Pilot (ongoing)

AJA Louden (launch) and multiple artists

“Water Vessels” by Mark Clintberg & Jeff Kulak, photo by Ryan Parker/PK Photography



Quarters Crossings

Derek Besant

Quarters Armature #1

Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero

Lewis Estates Fire Station

Vikki Wiercinski

Walterdale Bridge

Ken Lum

Borden Park Natural Swim Experience

William Frymire

Terwillegar Foot Bridge

Royden Mills

102 Avenue Bridge

Faye Heavyshield

Rogers Place North West Plaza


Rogers Place Community Rink corridor entry

Al Henderson

Rogers Place North East Plaza

Doug Bentham

Rogers Place Winter Garden

Alex Janvier

Whitemud Equestrian Centre

Black Artifex Inc.

Pilot Sound Fire Station

Paul Slipper and Mary Ann Liu

North East Transit Garage


Queen Elizabeth Indigenous Art Park

TBD (six projects)

Calder Library

Rebecca Bayer

Paul Kane Park


Beaver Hills House Park Entry

Destiny Swiderski

River Valley Mechanized Access

Jill Anholt

“Milled Wood” by Destiny Swiderski, photo by Aspen Zettel Photography

“Transitions” by Keith Walker, photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

"Untitled" by Eugene Uhuad, photo by Eugene Uhuad



Talus Dome conservation, photo by David Turnbull

Talus Dome conservation, photo by David Turnbull

The Edmonton Arts Council’s Conservation Department is involved in every facet of public art in Edmonton. Protecting and stewarding the City of Edmonton Public Art Collection demands continual skill-building as well as day to day work that encompasses emergency response and repairs, warranty work, and preventive conservation. Conservation is conducted in the lab as well as onsite. The most high profile treatment of 2015 was the replacement of 20 dented spheres from Talus Dome, and landscaping in approximately 30 tons of dirt to prevent soil erosion in and around the artwork. In addition to coordinating, overseeing, and executing nearly 70 conservation projects, the conservation team makes its expertise available to individuals and organizations. City personnel approached the team regarding a 1994 buffalo sculpture by Lloyd Pinay. Sited in Dr. Anne Anderson Park, it was in rough shape, due to years of graffiti vandalism, inexpert cleaning, and repeated painting with black and silver paint. The Conservation Department spent approximately 100 hours painstakingly removing the layers of paint in order to assess the condition of the bronze, before it can be restored to the original condition. The EAC Conservator co-chaired the 2015 Canadian Association for Conservation conference with the Provincial Archives of Alberta. This event presented an opportunity to showcase the work of the EAC Conservation Department and key artworks in the public art collection. 20

Public Art Committee The Public Art Committee (PAC) serves as an advisory body to the City of Edmonton. The Committee is comprised of community members who include, but are not limited to, art, architecture and design professionals, City personnel, and businesses representatives.

PAC Membership January-December 2015 Will Truchon – Chair Will Bauer Ken Cantor Chet Domanski Carmen Douville Cynthia Dovell Kira Hunt Joshua Kupsch

Agnieszka Matejko Janice Mills Royden Mills Jesse Thomas Evgeny Voutchkov Linda Wedman Vikki Wiercinski

#YEGcanvas artists in Churchill Square, photo by Jenna Turner

2015 Public Art Selection Committee Representatives City of Edmonton Project and Client Representatives*

Artist and Community Representatives

Jack Ashton Carol Belanger Terry Bohaichuk Gary Chung Matt Everett Darren Giacobbo Dhafir Hammed Nicole Howard

Catherine Burgess Devon Beggs Nora Begoray Isla Burns Ericka Chemko Deanna Fuhlendorf Shafraaz Kaba Juan Lopezdabdoub Christie Lutsiak Ester Malzahn Dawn Marie Marchand Don Moar

Robb Heit George Kuhse Sandra Opdenkamp Skye Perry Devin Richards Terry Rawe Charlene Roche Aileen Simcic

Consultant and Stakeholder Representatives* Bob Black Brian Bengert Frederick Brisson Barry Fraser Ryan Gedney Pat Hanson Samantha Hammer

Pilar Martinez Nastarn Moradinejad Christie Olson Julie Woods Scott Ralston Kristin St. Arnault

Lyndal Osborne Susan Pointe Aiden Rowe Leslie Sharpe Jesse Sherburne Jim Taylor Craig Traynor Toscha Turner Margaret Witschl Kendall Vreeling Kevin Zak

*1/2 vote each in general


Located on the southwest corner of Churchill Square, TIX on the Square is a not-for-profit box office and artist and artisan boutique owned and operated by the Edmonton Arts Council. TIX once again had a banner year in sales of both tickets and merchandise in 2015. This is good news for all TIX artists – visual and performance. In November, TIX moved their ticketing system over to Tessitura to enable them to offer better reporting to client organizations. In 2015, TIX worked with over 200 organizations, managed tickets sales and/or promotion of more than 1200 events, sold 58,000 tickets and grossed over $2.3 million. TIX is a destination for locals, tourists and travellers looking for original gift ideas. Retail sales of more than 200 local artists’ handcraft and merchandise (such as jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, books, music and more) increased by 28%. The renovation moving TIX to a centre “pod” in the store was completed in February 2015 and plans were set up for part two of the renovation – two offices for General Manager and the Assistant Manager, respectively, and a kitchen/lunchroom for staff, to be completed in the early part of 2016.


Smithstine Copper Jewelry, photo supplied

TIX artists CMB Printworks, Crystal Driedger, Axis Mundi Artistry and Edmonton Potters Guild, photo by TIX on the Square

TIX artists Tweelings, Polar Light Arts Studio, and Dancing Rainbows, photo by TIX on the Square

Keith Walker of Blow in the Dark glass studio, photo by Andrea Clark

Bro Brick soaps, photo supplied

Erik Lee, Plains Cree Silversmith, photo by Eva Marie Clarke

TIX artists Silk Concepts, Mother Earth Essentials, War Horse Studios, KRH Woodturning and Meghan Wagg Designs, photo by TIX on the Square


The Edmonton Arts Council, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, programs activity and event Happenings on Sir Winston Churchill Square for casual and day-to-day public use between major festivals and civic events. Since August 2011, EAC Churchill Square Happenings programmer Bob Rasko has produced a diverse schedule of offerings open to the public including: Sunday Swing 'n' Skate, lightsaber training, CypherWild, and Zumba on the Square. Our 2015 programming was bookended by two new successful events. Spring on The Square, a week of free activities for families celebrating spring break in the city, and Scare On the Square, our Halloween programming, including a maze, Ron Pearson's "Headless Horror," and “Bands as Bands� featuring local musicians as Elvis, Amy Winehouse, and Wings. Some highlights sandwiched between those events were Ederlezi, a Turkish inspired spring festival featuring Cam Neufeld's Gadjo collective, PALO! a Latin band from Miami, and Grammy nominated Salsa Mayor directly from Cuba. Over 100 performances graced the Square in 2015, including Crosswalk Theatre, The Great Balonzo, Darrin Hagen, and Rooster Davis. It is estimated over 22,000 participants took in Happenings on Sir Winston Churchill Square in 2015. Attendance increases every year and growth is expected to continue through 2016.


Swing 'n' Skate, photo by Annette Aslund

Scare on the Square, photo by Jenna Turner

Scare on the Square, photo by Annette Aslund

CypherWild, photo by Daena Crosby

Swing 'n' Skate, photo by Annette Aslund

Swing 'n' Skate, photo by Annette Aslund


grant programs The Edmonton Arts Council invests in Edmonton’s artists and arts community through our many grant programs. Every year, these grants help countless Edmontonians attend performances, explore exhibits, expand their creative skillsets, share their artistic creations, celebrate their communities, and much, much more. In total, the EAC managed more than $9,000,000 in grant funds in 2015.


“Waiting Room” by Alysha Creighton at Bleeding Heart Art Space, photo by Ben Lemphers

Paint-o-Rama at Riverbend Community League’s Art in Our Park, photo by Bob Bowhay

Zoe Glassman in “For When She Wakes” at the SkirtsAFire Festival, photo by Brittany Paige and Brianne Jang

Community Investment Program Except as specifically noted, the grants listed are funded by the City of Edmonton’s Community Investment Program (CIP), which supports artists, arts and festival organizations, and non-profit organizations in Edmonton from the municipal tax base. For these programs, the EAC is guided by the City of Edmonton Bylaw 14157 and Policy C211 on community investment grants.

“Charlie” by Nina Haggerty artist Leona Clawson, photo by Paul Freeman


Festival Operating

$1,547,300 Edmonton is home to a widely diverse festival community. Festival Operating grants help create a stable funding base, and enhance the ability of organizations to produce and present festival celebrations with a theme of interest and appeal to the general public. The Edmonton Arts Council assessed 40 eligible applications for Festival Operating grants, all of which were supported. Funds previously committed through this program to Fringe Theatre Adventures were transferred to the Cornerstone Arts Operating process in 2015.

Creative Age Festival workshop led by Amber Borotsik and Shula Strassfeld, photo by Angela Ostafichuk

JURY Terry Josey – Chair Angela Bennett Donna Coombs-Montrose Mary-Ellen Perley Patty Tao Ritchie Velthuis Ron Walker Jill Wright


Lyra Brown at Nextfest, photo by Indy Randhawa

Silver Skate Festival, photo by Marc J. Chalifoux


Deep Freeze Festival, photo by Epic Photography




Accordion Extravaganza


The Found Festival

ArbreDeVie Youth CreatiVibes


Freewill Shakespeare Festival


ArtSpirit Festival


Global Visions Film Festival


Cariwest - Caribbean Arts Festival


Heart of the City



Creative Age Festival


Ice on Whyte




Kaleido Family Arts Festival

$40,000 $34,000

Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival


Litfest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Festival

Dreamspeakers International Aboriginal Film Festival


Lunar New Year Festival Nextfest

ECMS Summer Solstice Festival


Edmonton Chante


$2,500 $41,500

Now Hear This - Festival of New Music in Edmonton


Edmonton Comedy Festival


Pure Speculation Festival


Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival


Serca Festival of Irish Theatre


Edmonton Folk Music Festival Edmonton International Film Festival Edmonton International Jazz Festival Edmonton International Street Performers Festival


Servus Heritage Festival


Silver Skate Festival


TALES Storytelling Festival


$110,000 $57,600 $7,000

Taste of Edmonton


The Works Art and Design Festival


Edmonton Poetry Festival


Thousand Faces Festival

Edmonton Pride Festival


Up + Downtown Music Festival


Edmonton Rock Music Festival


Vocal Arts Festival


Feats Festival of Dance




Arts Building Operating Facilities are important hubs in our city’s arts community, providing space for film screenings, dance performances, plays, concerts, exhibits, lectures, major events and more. The Arts Building Operating grant invests in a portion of the costs associated with maintaining clean, well lit, heated and secure facilities. These facilities are regularly accessible by the public, and their use is of interest to the public and community groups. The Edmonton Arts Council received 18 eligible applications for Arts Building Operating funding in 2015, all of which were supported. This grant is based on a formula calculation and is not assessed by a jury. Funds previously committed through this program to Fringe Theatre Adventures were transferred to the Cornerstone Arts Operating process in 2015. In 2015, $42,200 in museum-specific building grants were transferred to the Edmonton Heritage Council, and are no longer managed by the EAC.


Catalyst Theatre’s “Vigilante” by Jonathan Christenson, photo by David Cooper

RECIPIENT Alberta Craft Council Arts on the Avenue Society

AMOUNT $19,500 $8,100

Catalyst Theatre


CKUA Radio Network


Creative Practices Institute


Edmonton Jazz Society


Film and Video Arts Society Alberta


La Cité francophone


Latitude 53 Society of Artists


Metro Cinema Society


Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts


Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre


Société francophone des arts visuels de l’Alberta


Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists


Theatre Network


Varscona Theatre


Walterdale Theatre Associates


Where Edmonton Community Artists Network (W.E.C.A.N.) Society


FAVA and Silver Spur Drive-In movie night, photo by Heather Noel


Masks from the ceramics studio at the Nina Haggerty Centre, photo by Paul Freeman



$3,829,000 The Cornerstone Arts Operating process directs support for our city’s large arts organizations that own and operate major cultural facilities. Representatives from these organizations meet with board members and staff of the Edmonton Arts Council, representatives of the City of Edmonton, and occasionally outside assessors, to discuss the complex issues that they face.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in the City," photo supplied

The outcome is a funding agreement between the EAC and the organization. Funds support operating costs for the facility, and production and presentation activities of the organization. Prior to 2013, these funds were directed via other Operating programs managed by the EAC. Fringe Theatre Adventures was assessed through the Cornerstone Arts Operating process for the first time in 2015. Funding previously allocated to Fringe Theatre Adventures through other programs was transferred to the amalgamated Cornerstone grant, at equal levels to 2014. The Art Gallery of Alberta’s 2015 support represents $1,125,000 in base annual funding, plus $300,000 in supplemental support from the EAC that is declining on an annual basis, due to expire in 2017.



The Art Gallery of Alberta


The Citadel Theatre


The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra/ Francis Winspear Centre for Music


Fringe Theatre Adventures


“Composting” by Jude Griebel, Art Gallery of Alberta Biennial, photo by Jenna Turner


Festival Seed


Festivals bring together diverse cultural and community groups, and allow arts and cultural communities to share their passions with new audiences. Edmonton’s residents and visitors celebrate at festivals year-round, and new festival events are welcomed in our community. The Festival Seed grant supports new or emerging festival celebrations. Applicants may be considered for a Festival Seed grant for up to two consecutive years. The Edmonton Arts Council received nine eligible Festival Seed applications in 2015, all of which were supported. Megan Dart at SkirtsAfire, HerArts Festival, photo by Madison Kerr

JURY Kent Sutherland – Chair Ron Harrison Svetlana Sapelnikova

Matthew Wood Kerrie Long Giuseppe Albi

RECIPIENT Edmonton Latin Festival

AMOUNT $13,000

Relish Film Festival


Sand on Whyte


C'Mon Festival


Early Music Festival


Flying canöe volant


The Gotta Minute Film Festival


SkirtsAfire, HerArts Festival


Whyte Avenue Art Walk Festival


Sand sculptures at the Sand on Whyte Festival, photo supplied


Arts Operating Edmonton’s arts organizations range from the smallest community groups to the largest professional flagships. Together they form a creative, supportive framework for the local arts community. The Arts Operating grant program provides operational support to organizations to enhance their ability to produce, exhibit and perform artistic works for the benefit of all Edmontonians. The Edmonton Arts Council received 112 applications for Arts Operating funding in 2015, all of which were supported.

JURY Murray Utas – Chair (Professional Stream) John Wiebe – Chair (Community Stream) Susanna Biro Sable Chan Amy DeFelice Sally Hunt Todd Janes

Sharmila Mathur Lindsay McIntyre Tololwa Mollel Mary Pinkoski Linda Rubin Marc Siegner Jordan Van Biert Noel Xavier

Funds previously committed through this program to Fringe Theatre Adventures were transferred to the Cornerstone Arts Operating process in 2015.


Troy O'Donnell, Jenny McKillop, Mark Sinongco, and Patricia Cerra in Concrete Theatre’s “The Early Bloomer” by Jana O’Connor, photo by Kim Clegg

Kokopelli Youth Choir and director, Scott Leithead, photo supplied

$2,310,050 RECIPIENT A Joyful Noise Choir Association of Edmonton Alberta Ballet

AMOUNT $3,000 $242,000

Alberta Baroque Music Society


Alberta Choral Federation


Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts


Alberta Craft Council


Alberta Dance Alliance


Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society


Alberta Media Production Industries Association


Alberta Music Industry Association


Alberta Opera Touring Association


Alberta Playwrights' Network Society


Alberta Society of Artists


Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association


Ante Meridiem Choral Association


Ariose Women's Choir


Arts on the Avenue Edmonton Society


Association franco-albertaine de L'Uni Théâtre


Azimuth Theatre Association


Book Publishers Association of Alberta


Brail Tone Music Society of Canada


Brian Webb Dance Company


Canadian Authors Association Alberta Branch


Cantilon Choral Society


Catalyst Theatre Society of Alberta


Chronos Music Society of Alberta Citie Ballet Society Concordia Community Band

Vinok Worldance, "Christmas Around the World," photo by Doyle C. Marko/DCM Photography

Neil Kuefler and Gianna Vacirca in Punctuate! Theatre’s production “The Suburban Motel Series” by George F. Walker, photo by Mat Simpson

$1,200 $50,000 $1,000 Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir's 20th Anniversary Concert, photo by Nina Karpoff


Arts Operating continued RECIPIENT


Concrete Theatre Society


Ground Zero Productions

Cosmopolitan Music Society


AMOUNT $6,600



Where Edmonton Community Artists Network (W.E.C.A.N) Society

Da Camera Singers


i Coristi Chamber Choir Society


Edmonton Calligraphic Society


Joy Spring Jazz Association


Kita no Taiko

$2,000 $3,500

Edmonton Chamber Music Society


Edmonton Classical Guitar Society


Kiwanis Singers Association of Edmonton

Edmonton Columbian Choirs


Kokopelli Choir Association



Edmonton Jazz Society


Kompany Theatre Artists Society


Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival Association


KYKLOS - Hellenic Performing and Literary Arts Group Society


Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus Society


Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture


Edmonton Movie Club


McDougall Concert Association


Edmonton Musical Theatre


Media Architecture Design Edmonton


Edmonton New Shadow Theatre Edmonton Opera Association

$27,500 $310,000

Metro Cinema Society


Mile Zero Dance Society


Edmonton Philharmonic Society


Mill Creek Colliery Band Society

Edmonton Potters' Guild


New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia


NeWest Publishers Ltd.


Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts


Northern Light Theatre


Edmonton Schoolboys' Band Alumni Association Edmonton Story Slam Society


$2,300 $3,700

Edmonton Vocal Alchemy Society


Nova Musica Society

Edmonton Vocal Minority Music Society



Edmonton Weavers' Guild


Polonez Polish Folk Arts Ensemble

Edmonton Young Voices


Pro Coro Society - Edmonton

Edmonton Youth Choir Association


Punctuate! Theatre Society



Rapid Fire Theatre Society


Edmonton Youth Orchestra Association Festival City Winds Music Society




Film and Video Arts Society - Alberta


Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta

Firefly Theatre and Circus Society


Richard Eaton Singers

$750 $22,550 $500 $46,000

$8,000 $10,400

Good Women Dance Society


Ritchie Trombone Choir Association


Greenwood Chamber Singers Society


Sadhana Music and Dance Society




Sculptors' Association of Alberta


Sing For Life Society of Edmonton


Society for New Music in Edmonton


Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) St. David's Welsh Male Voice Choir Association

$47,000 $500

Stroll of Poets Society


Today's Innovative Music Edmonton (T.I.M.E.) Association


TALES Edmonton Chapter


Teatro la Quindicina The Copper Pig Writers' Society

Edmonton Metropolitan Chorus “Wizardry of Worthington” concert, Conductor David Garber, photo by Hal Thiessen

$18,300 $1,000

Theatre Alberta Society


Theatre Network Society


Theatre Prospero


Two One Way Tickets to Broadway Productions Society


TYS Theatre Yes Society


Ukrainian Cheremosh Society


Ukrainian Shumka Dancers


Vinok Folkdance Society


Visual Arts Alberta Association


Viter Ukrainian Dancers and Folk Choir


Volya Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Association


Walterdale Theatre Associates


Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre Society


Writers' Guild of Alberta


Young Alberta Book Society


Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas concert, Conductor Murray Vaasjo, photo by Jim Triscott

Katrina Beatty, Andrew Scholotiuk, Matt Vest, Christina Ienna at the FAVA Fest Gala, photo by Fish Griwkowsky


Community Arts Community art is valued for its ability to bring people together in shared, collaborative, creative experiences to express the things that have meaning to us. The program invests in projects that are described as collaborations between professional artists and a distinct community. Applicants can be individuals, organizations or groups that define themselves by geography, tradition, culture or spirit. The Edmonton Arts Council received a total of 26 Community Arts applications in 2015, 11 of which were supported. These grants were funded in part by the City of Edmonton Community Investment Program and in part by The Lee Fund for the Arts endowment held by the Edmonton Community Foundation.


FAVA Future Visions youth project, photo supplied


Scott Portingale – Chair Stephanie Gregorowitch Ainsley Hilliard

Trina Moyles DJ Padaman



Boyle Street Community Services

Youth multimedia lab film project

AMOUNT $10,000

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

A community mural project


The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta

Three week video intensive for youth


Boyle Street Education Centre

Poetry/photography project in the community


Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

This is YEG: new plays for a changing city


Quarters Arts Society

Inner City Lights: a collaborative art making project


Rising Sun Theatre Society

Theatre creation: Around the world with Rising Sun


The Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society

Becoming Edmonton: a cinema/digital oral history project


La CitĂŠ francophone

The research and re-creation of the first meetings between Alberta's First Nations people and the French voyageurs


Theatre Yes Society

Theatre creation: Edmonton based oil workers


Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts Association

Professional Indigenous artists and youth: SOAR 2015



SOAR, photo by Jade Ehlers


Individual Artists

$600,000 Individual artists and their work are the foundation of our arts community. Their projects are the research and development activity of the creative sector, feeding the greater arts ecosystem locally and for export. Investments made through the Project Grant for Individual Artists help recipients move ahead with their creative projects in order to develop their practice. The Edmonton Arts Council received 196 eligible applications to this program in 2015, requesting nearly $3 million. Forty-six projects were supported.

JURY “War Memories Concert,” Vaughan String Quartet Canadian Journey Series, photo by David Pipke


"The Secret Life of Pianos" documentary film directed by Marie-France Guerrette, produced by Steve Jodoin, photo by Steve Jodoin

Jeff Haslam – Chair Angie Abdou Duke Pier Pat Darbasie Bert Richards Laura Krewski

Teace Snyder Juan Lopezdabdoub Jill Stanton Naomi McIllraith Niobe Thompson Nancy Yuen

Heather Shillinglaw “Indian Summer, Nehiyaw Nipin” from Dreaming with my ‘Great Mother’ ‘Dirine ne’ ‘Nikawinaw Askiy,’ photo by Shane Golby

RECIPIENT Trevor Anderson

AMOUNT $15,000

Caley Suliak, Gianna Vacirca, Monica Maddaford, Althea Cunningham, Julien Arnold, Mat Busby, and Byron Martin in Trunk Theatre’s “In The Next Room, or the vibrator play,” photo by Mat Busby.

RECIPIENT Allan Nimmo Gilliland





Tololwa Mollel


Marie-France Guerrette


aAron munson


Chenoa Anderson


Wayne Arthurson


Usha Gupta


Hilary Mussell


Jalal Barzanji


Kristi Hansen


Devon Beggs


Paul Bernhardt

Matt Nickel


Justine Hartlieb-Power


Charles Pilon



Matthew Howatt


Scott Portingale


Amber Jane Borotsik


Dara Humniski


Kathryn Ryan


Timothy Jon Bowling


Christina Ienna


Travis Sargent


Jocelyn Brown


Bridget Jessome


Nicole Schafenacker


Silvia Buttiglione


Kristen Keegan


Leslie Sharpe

Nathan Cuckow


Sima Khorrami


Heather Shillinglaw


Kat Danser


Frederick Kroetsch


Whitney Leigh Sloan


Amy DeFelice


Margaret Macpherson


Lisa Turner


Rosvita Dransfeld


Candace Makowichuk


Cat Walsh


Jerrold Dubyk Maria Dunn

$1,200 $15,000

Lisa Martin Jennifer Mesch


$20,000 $8,400


Travel Grants

$89,269 Travel Grants assist with the travel costs of Edmonton residents active in the arts and festival communities. Travelling to perform, conduct research, attend conferences, or exhibit work offers professional and creative opportunities that may not exist locally. These outside opportunities are vital to the continued advancement and growth of Edmonton’s arts community.

"Lily" by Brady Simpson, photo supplied

Travel grants are available to a maximum of $750 per individual applicant. The Edmonton Arts Council received nearly 200 travel grant applications in 2015, of which more than 125 were supported. One not-for-profit arts organization, Grindstone Theatre Society, received a travel grant of $1,250 to support six Edmonton artists’ participation at the Regina and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals.

JURORS that assessed travel grants over the course of three deadlines in 2015 include: Ahmed Ali – Chair Wayne Arthurson Connor Buchanan Jeff Collins Brenda Draney


Works from Sandra Bromley’s residency in Jingdezhen, China, photo supplied

Benjamin Freeland Kathy MacIntosh Adam Pappas Niobe Thompson

“Culture de résistance,” Montreal, by Mary Joyce, photo by S. Heaton

RECIPIENTS aAron munson Allison Balcetis Amber Borotsik Amelia Shultz-McPherson Amy Loewan Ariane Lemire Ashanti Karimah Marshall Blake McWilliam Bradley Tebble Christopher Quesnel Danielle Soneff Dara Armsden Darian Stahl Dwayne Martineau Eric Doucet Fish Griwkowsky Gavin Dunn Jacques Arsenault Jeff Stuart Jessica Marsh Johnny Blerot Kathleen Danser Kathleen Jessup Kathy Fisher Kristen Keegan Lauren Gillis Leslie Holmes Lindsey McNeill Maigan van der Giessen Mary Joyce Mary Norton Michelle Sabourin Morgan Wedderspoon Murray Wood

Peter Wunstorf Rebecca Warren Rene Englot Ritchie Velthuis Robert Walsh Shea Connor Stuart Ballah Trevor Anderson Trevor Mann Patrick Arès-Pilon Nicolas Arnaez Paul Arnusch Maggie Baird Narisa Bandali Fabiola Belarmino de Farias Amorim Lyle Bell Thomas Bennett Mattia Berrini Silvia Buttiglione Beau Coleman Demmi Connolly Dan Davis Jerrold Dubyk Emma Frazier Marina Fridman Raimundo Gonzalez Benjamin Gorodetsky Khushboo Goyal Usha Gupta Christine Hanson Shumaila Hemani Todd Houseman Matthew Howatt Christine Lesiak

Beth Levia Vladimir Machado Rufino Christan Maslyk Josh McHan Jennifer Mesch Riya Mittal Gerry Morita Spencer Murray Michael Noga Jennifer O'Donnell Marla Palakkamanil Adam Pappas Kimberly Rackel Clyde Rigsby Liam Salmon Nicole Schafenacker Giorgia Severini Brady Simpson Emilie St-Hilaire Matthew Stepanic Jordan Van Biert Kami Van Halst Tom Van Seters Keith Walker David Wolkowski Miranda Allen Joyce Boyer Sandra Bromley Kasie Campbell Dario Charles Keith Colli Mark Davis Stefan Duret Jay Gilday

Scott Greene Darrin Hagen Elizabeth Hobbs Tasreen Hudson Alison Hughes Bridget Jessome Jonathan Kawchuk Lee Klippenstein Heather Leier Mathew Letersky Patrick Lundeen Denise Mackay Matthew MacKenzie Lianna Makuch Joses Martin Tammy-Jo Mortensen Ali Nickerson Darcia Parada Sean Picard Brett Seaton James Stewart Peter Stone Ben Sures Klyment Tan Dallas Thompson Matthew Wilkinson Jenny Willson-McGrath Beth Wishart-MacKenzie Jeremy Witten Mary Wood Rachel Woznow


Cultural Diversity in the Arts

Todd Houseman and Ben Gorodetsky of Folk Lordz visit the Snowking Arts and Music Festival, Yellowknife, North West Territories, photo by Ben Gorodetsky



Yong Fei Guan with her “Little Monkey in a Tree” series at Paintspot, photo by Annette Aslund

The City of Edmonton, through the Edmonton Arts Council, established the Cultural Diversity in the Arts Program to recognize that artists from all parts of the world enrich Edmonton’s cultural scene.


This is the second round of project grants from this program. Following significant review and consultation, the EAC revised the delivery of this program in 2014, to become a project grant that now parallels other programs for individual artists.


Cultural Diversity in the Arts project grants may be awarded to a normal maximum of $15,000. In 2015 the EAC received 24 eligible applications, of which 10 were supported.

Ben Gorodetsky

Ahmed Ali – Chair Jaime Calayo Marina Mair-Sanchez

Kat Danser Lindsay McIntyre Alexis Keinlen

Malcolm Azania (aka Minister Faust) Shreela Chakrabartty

AMOUNT $14,900 $8,000

Ruben Contreras


Yong Fei Guan

$15,000 $7,000

Shumaila Hemani


Juan Lopezdabdoub


Emmanuel Osahor


Elsa Robinson


Amena Shehab




Celebrations bring together members of our communities to recognize cultural traditions or create new ones. Celebrations grants assist with the production of one-day celebratory events and/or major parades within the City of Edmonton. The Edmonton Arts Council received five eligible applications for Celebrations funding in 2015, all of which were supported.

JURY Christine Frederick - Chair Beth Wishart MacKenzie Marissa Loewen Habib Fatmi


Prayer and wish flags at Riverbend Community League’s Art in Our Park, photo by Bob Bowhay


Sourdough Raft Race Association


Riverbend Community League


Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Mill Woods Presidents' Council Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society of Edmonton

$920 $15,000 $4,000

Csardas Hungarian Folkdance Ensemble at the Canadian Hungarian Cultural Society’s 40th Anniversary celebration, photo by Gábor Takáts


John Mahon Arts Administrators’ Sabbatical Fund Administrators form an integral part of the arts infrastructure of Edmonton. The work behind the scenes, and the expertise required for all aspects of arts management, is often underrecognized. The individuals who specialize in this field are a critical piece of a sustainable arts ecosystem. John Mahon was the Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council for 15 years until his retirement in 2013. This fund and program recognizes his contributions to the Edmonton arts community by providing short-term support to local arts organizations to allow their senior administrators to undertake sabbatical leave projects.


JURY Brian Webb – Chair Carol Holmes

Fawnda Mithrush Raj Nigam

RECIPIENT AMOUNT The Edmonton International Film Festival in support of Executive Director Kerrie Long


The 2015 Award is funded in part by donations from the community, and in part by a special grant from the Edmonton Community Foundation.


Edmonton International Film Festival, photo by Cassian Soltykevych.

Kerrie Long, Edmonton International Film Festival, photo by Cassian Soltykevych

Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund

Matthew Wood at Cypherwild, photo by Daena Crosby.


Thom Bennett, photo supplied

The Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund (EATF) is a joint project of the Edmonton Arts Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation. The EATF is designed to invest in Edmonton’s creative community and encourage artists to stay in our community. The funds are intended to offset living and working expenses, allowing the artist to devote a concentrated period of time to his/her artistic activities, career enhancement and/or development.


The EAC received 59 nominations for this award in 2015. Eight artists were selected. Awards were fixed at $7,500 each.

Gerry Morita

Malcolm Azania (aka Minister Faust) Richard Thomas Bennett Raylene Campbell Curtis Gillespie Ainsley Hillyard Jana O’Connor Matthew Wood (aka CREEAZN)

These awards are provided through an endowment held by the Edmonton Community Foundation.

JURY Mary Phillips-Rickey – Chair Trevor Anderson

Usha Gupta Andriey Talpash



$7100 With no set deadlines for applications and amounts up to $1,000 available per recipient, the Microgrant program supports the hard costs associated with timely, short-term projects that might otherwise falter for want of a small investment.

“Pehonan: As Remembered by Dwayne Donald” by Conor McNally, photo provided

For much of 2015, the Microgrant program was suspended and under review. Applications were opened beginning in September, and the EAC reviewed approximately 25 submissions before the end of the year. Applications to this program were reviewed by an EAC staff panel.

RECIPIENTS Alysha Creighton Lauren Dary Teresa Dzavik Jeffrey Klassen Jason Kuchar Electric Audrey II, photo by Jessi Toms

Nicolas Laroche-Humby Conor McNally Emilio de Mercato Nathaniel Sutton Matthew Struth Mikolaj Warszynski


“Stunning” from the in my skin exhibit, photo by Lauren Dary

Partner Awards The Eldon and Anne Foote Visual Arts Prize in partnership with the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Visual Arts Alberta Association Julian Forrest was nominated by Strathcona County Art Gallery @501, and won the prize for his work Perceptual Disorders (after Keret). Two short listed artists, Blair Brennan and Jill Stanton were also recognized. 2.57k by Eva Colmers, photo supplied

The Edmonton Film Prize in partnership with the Alberta Media Production Industries Association The 2015 Edmonton Film Prize was awarded to Niobe Thompson for his documentary The Great Human Odyssey. Two shortlisted filmmakers, Trevor Anderson and Eva Colmers were also recognized. The Edmonton Music Prize in partnership with the Alberta Music Industry Association Heavy metal band Striker was awarded the Edmonton Music Prize for their album, City of Gold. Two short listed recordings were also recognized – Lucette’s Black is the Color and Faith Healer’s Cosmic Troubles.

Striker, photo by Dana Zuk Photography

The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize in partnership with the Writers' Guild of Alberta and Audreys Books Rudy Wiebe received the 2015 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize for Come Back.

The Little Deputy, 2015, short film by Trevor Anderson, photo by Dirt City Films


financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2015

Sharmila Mathur of the Indian Music Academy at the Edmonton Arts Council AGM, photo by Shrina Patel

Ikenna Onyegbula at Edmonton Poetry Festival, photo by Randall Edwards


Major Matt Mason Collective in “Air� at Found Festival, photo by Nico Humby

Jordan Van Biert and Chronos Vocal Ensemble at Trinity Lutheran Church, photo by Erik Visser

INDEPENDENT AUDITOR'S REPORT To the Members of: The Edmonton Arts Council Society

Report on the Financial Statements We have audited the accompanying financial statements of The Edmonton Arts Council Society, which comprise the statement of financial position at December 31, 2015, and the statements of operations and changes in fund balance, and cash flows for the year then ended, and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory information.

Management's Responsibility for the Financial Statements Management is responsible for the preparation and fair presentation of these financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, and for such internal control as management determines is necessary to enable the preparation of financial statements that are free from material misstatement, whether due to fraud or error.

Auditor's Responsibility Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. We conducted our audit in accordance with Canadian generally accepted auditing standards. Those standards require that we comply with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free from material misstatement.

risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments, the auditor considers internal control relevant to the entity's preparation and fair presentation of the financial statements in order to design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity's internal control. An audit also includes evaluating the appropriateness of accounting policies used and the reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a basis for our audit opinion.

Opinion In our opinion, these financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Edmonton Arts Council Society as at December 31, 2015, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations. Edmonton, Alberta April 8, 2016

Chartered Accountants

An audit involves performing procedures to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. The procedures selected depend on the auditor's judgment, including the assessment of the 51

Statement of Financial Position December 31, 2015




$ 392,098

$ 437,048

General Fund Cash Accounts receivable (Note 3)







TIX on the Square Fund Cash Due from General Fund (Note 12)









Casino Fund Cash Program Fund Cash Accounts receivable











Community Investment Grants Fund Cash Accounts receivable Public Art Fund Cash



Accounts receivable







Prepaid expenses and deposits Property and Equipment Fund Property and equipment (Note 2)




$ 8,981,138

$ 7,184,458

Statement of Financial Position December 31, 2015




Accounts payable

$ 10,953

$ 88,299

Due to TIX Fund (Note 12)







General Fund

TIX on the Square Fund Accounts payable Unearned revenue (Note 6)













General Fund



TIX on the Square Fund



Casino Fund



Program Fund



Community Investment Grants Fund











Program Fund Accounts payable Community Investment Grants Fund Accounts payable Public Art Fund Accounts payable

Fund Balances

Public Art Fund Property and Equipment Fund


Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balance For the year ended December 31, 2015 General Fund



$ 1,417,396

$ 1,491,063



Investment income






Revenue City of Edmonton service contract (Note 8) Other income

Grant - administration







Expenditures Staffing costs and benefits Office costs



Telephone, internet and website



Jury and honorariums






Board of Directors costs and Annual General Meeting



Conferences and travel



Equipment lease



Marketing and promotion



Consulting fees



Professional fees






Bank charges and interest





Excess of revenue over expenditures



Transfer to Property and Equipment Fund













Transfer from (to) Public Art Fund Transfer to TIX on the Square Fund Transfer from Casino Fund Net increase in Fund balance Fund balance, beginning of year

Fund balance, end of year




$ 351,538

$ 270,671

Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balance For the year ended December 31, 2015 TIX on the Square Fund



$ 2,168,964

$ 1,589,266

Revenue Sales for distribution



City of Edmonton - Operating income




Credit card charges recovered














Credit card charges









Advertising and promotion



Bank charges and interest








Gift certificates Expenditures Sales reimbursement Staffing costs and benefits




Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures



Transfer from General Fund



Fund balance, beginning of year



$ 141,256

$ 101,384

Fund balance, end of year


Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balance For the year ended December 31, 2015

Casino Fund



$ 79,978

$ 2,350





Casino expenses



Interest and bank charges



Revenue Casino revenue Investment income Expenditures





Transfers to General Fund



Transfer to Program Fund







Excess of revenue over expenditures

Net increase in Fund balance Fund balance, beginning of year

Fund balance, end of year




$ 56,024

$ 9,711

Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balance For the year ended December 31, 2015

Program Fund



$ 1,622,666

$ 1,621,281



Edmonton Artists Trust Fund (Note 4)



Alberta Foundation for the Arts



Lee Fund Grant



Arts Administrator Sabbatical Fund (Note 4)





Arts Habitat



Cornerstone Grants



Revenue City of Edmonton - Programs City of Edmonton - Sir Winston Churchill Square


New Pathways



Special Programs



Sir Winston Churchill Square



Aboriginal Initiatives



Living Local



Lee Fund Grant



Edmonton Artists Trust Fund



Arts on the Avenue



Arts Administrator Sabbatical Fund Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures Transfer from Casino Fund Fund balance, beginning of year

Fund balance, end of year











$ 96,519

$ 149,995


Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balance For the year ended December 31, 2015

Property and Equipment Fund



$ 35,647

$ 34,851



Expenditures Amortization Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenditures Transfer from General Fund





$ 101,732

$ 118,142

$ 3,393,200

$ 4,965,700



Excess of revenue over expenditures



Transfer from (to) General Fund





$ 1,711,775

$ 1,244,422

Fund balance, beginning of year

Fund balance, end of year

Public Art Fund Revenue City of Edmonton - Public Art Funds revenue Expenditures Public Art Projects expenditures (Notes 10 and 11)

Fund balance, beginning of year

Fund balance, end of year (Note 10)


Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balance For the year ended December 31, 2015

Community Investment Grants Fund



$ 8,980,000

$ 8,843,111





Arts Operating Grants



Festival Operating Grants



Edmonton Artists Individual Grants



Arts and Museum Building Operating Grants






Festival Seed Grants



Cultural Diversity Awards

Revenue City of Edmonton Community Investment Grants Investment income Expenditures



Travel Grants



Community Arts Grants



Major Parade and Celebration Grants



Emergency Grants



Organizational Support Grants








Excess of revenue over expenditures



Fund balance, beginning of year



$ 80,500

$ 50,500

Fund balance, end of year


Statement of Cash Flows For the year ended December 31, 2015

General Fund



$ 157,977

$ 313,317

Accounts receivable



Accounts payable





Net inflow (outflow) of cash related to the following activities: Operating activities Excess of revenue over expenditures Change in non-cash balances relating to operations

Financing activities Loan payable from (to) TIX Fund



Transfer to Property and Equipment Fund







Transfer to TIX on the Square Fund Transfer from (to) Public Art Fund Transfer from Casino Fund





Increase (decrease) in cash



Cash, beginning of year



$ 392,098

$ 437,048

Cash, end of year


Notes to Financial Statements For the year ended December 31, 2015 Nature of Operations

Casino Fund

The Edmonton Arts Council Society (EAC) exists to support and promote the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC meets the needs of its members and the arts community as a whole though activities that: - help provide financial support to festivals, arts organizations and individual artists; - educate those who play a role in the success of the arts community about the quality of artistic work produced here, its importance to the city, and its needs; - advise decision makers on specific issues that affect the arts; and - nurture the quality of artistic work produced here.

The Casino Fund was set up in response to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s requirement to have a separate account to receive proceeds from casinos managed by the Society. Funds from this account can only be spent in areas designated in each casino application. Proceeds are used mainly for community programs as well as EAC and TIX on the Square website development and updates. The Society currently holds a fundraising casino every two years.

The EAC was incorporated on April 19, 1995 under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta and was registered as a charity effective August 1, 1997 under the Income Tax Act of Canada. Work carried on by the EAC is dependent upon the current Service Agreement funded by the City of Edmonton. The Society follows the restricted fund method of accounting and the operations of the Society are organized into project funds. A summary of each of the funds is as follows:

General Fund Donations which have not been designated by the donor for one of the other funds are placed in the General Fund. The costs of administering the Society and the costs of improving or expanding the Society are recorded in this fund.

TIX on the Square Fund TIX on the Square is a community box office, Ticketmaster outlet, retail store, and information booth. It is owned and operated by The Edmonton Arts Council Society and serves the entire arts and cultural community in the greater Edmonton region.

Program Fund When requested by the City of Edmonton, the EAC produces special projects. These projects have included Churchill Square Programming, revitalization projects on Alberta Avenue and others. In addition, the EAC develops grant programs with the Edmonton Community Foundation and corporate partners.

Public Art Fund The Service Agreement between the City of Edmonton and the EAC identifies support for the City's public art program as a core duty of the EAC. This involves creation of master plans for public art, policy development, and production of specific public art projects generated by the Percent for Art program or from other sources. The public arts projects are multi-year projects that range from three to seven years.

Community Investment Grants (CIG) Fund Service Agreement between the City of Edmonton and the EAC identifies responsibility for the City's Community Investment Grants program in the arts and festivals as a core duty of the EAC. This involves administration of all relevant existing CIG grant programs as well as development of new CIG grant programs in the arts and festivals. 61

Notes to Financial Statements For the year ended December 31, 2015 Property and Equipment Fund The Property and Equipment Fund was established to collect and disburse funds on capital projects undertaken by the EAC and to maintain the assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses related to the Society's property and equipment.

Note 1: Significant Accounting Policies Basis of Presentation These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations. Revenue Recognition Restricted contributions are recognized as revenue of the appropriate fund in the year in which the events giving rise to the contribution have occurred. If a separate fund does not exist, the restricted contribution will be recorded as part of the General Fund and will be deferred and recognized as revenue when the related expenses are incurred. Unrestricted contributions are recognized as revenue of the General Fund in the year received. Cash Cash includes cash on hand, bank deposits and term investments with maturities less than one year. Property and Equipment Property and Equipment are recorded at cost. Amortization is calculated on the declining balance basis over the assets estimated useful life at the following annual rates: Computer equipment and website 30% TIX renovations 30% Office equipment 20% Vehicle 30%


Contributed Services Contributed services of volunteers are not recognized as revenue in these financial statements because their fair value cannot be reasonably determined. Contributed Goods The Society only records non-cash donations when a charitable receipt is issued. These donations are recorded at the fair value of the items received. Donations With the establishment of the Edmonton Artists Trust Fund (Note 4) and John Mahon Arts Administrator Sabbatical Fund, donations that are not restricted are forwarded directly to either Fund held by the Edmonton Community Foundation at the discretion of the Society. Income Taxes The Society is a not-for-profit organization incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta and, as such, is exempt from income taxes under Section 149(1) of the Income Tax Act of Canada. Use of Estimates The preparation of financial statements in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for- profit organizations requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amount of assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amount of receipts and disbursements during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Items subject to significant management estimates include valuation of accounts receivables, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and amortization.

Notes to Financial Statements For the year ended December 31, 2015 Financial Instruments Financial instruments are recorded at fair value when acquired or issued. In subsequent periods, financial instruments with actively traded markets are reported at fair value, with unrealized gains and losses reported in the statement of income. All other financial instruments are reported at amortized cost and tested for impairment at each reporting date. Transaction costs on the acquisition, sale or issuance of financial instruments are expensed when incurred. Conversely, transaction costs are added to the carrying amount for those financial instruments subsequently measured at amortized cost. Long-lived Assets Long-lived assets consist of property and equipment. Longlived assets held for use are measured and amortized as described in the applicable accounting policies. The Society performs impairment testing on long-lived assets held for use whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of an asset, or group of assets, may not be recoverable. Impairment losses are recognized when undiscounted future cash flows from its use and disposal are less than the asset's carrying amount. Impairment is measured as the amount by which the asset's carrying value exceeds its fair value. Any impairment is included in earnings for the year.

Note 3: Government Remittances As of December 31, 2015, accounts receivable includes $59,379 (2014 - $41,329) of Goods and Services Tax receivable from the federal government.

Note 4: Trust Funds Held by the Edmonton Community Foundation The Edmonton Artists Trust Fund (EATF) and John Mahon Arts Administrator Sabbatical Fund (JMAASF) are joint projects of the EAC and the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF). The purpose of the EATF fund is to invest in Edmonton's creative community by providing grants to individual artists who are living and working in Edmonton. The purpose of the JMAASF fund is to enhance the quality of life for those living in the greater Edmonton area by supporting qualified donees that support and promote the arts in Edmonton. Open-ended endowment funds have been established with ECF to which anyone can make tax deductible donations.

Note 5: Commitments The EAC has committed to minimum monthly lease payments of $1,653 per month for premises they occupy until March 2017.

Note 2: Property and Equipment Cost Computer equipment and website



Accumulated Amortization 221,166 $

2015 Net Book Value

2014 Net Book Value

39,946 $


TIX renovations










Office equipment







286,463 $ 101,732 $ 118,142 63

Notes to Financial Statements For the year ended December 31, 2015 Note 6: Unearned Revenue

Note 8: Economic Dependence

Unearned revenue of the TIX on the Square Fund is comprised of gift certificates sold that have not been redeemed.

Ongoing operations of the EAC are dependent upon receiving continuing funding from the City of Edmonton. The current service agreement is in effect until December 31, 2016.

Note 7: Financial Instruments Credit Risk Credit risk arises from the potential that a counter party will fail to perform its obligations. The Society is exposed to credit risk in respect to its accounts receivable balances and cash balances. Cash is held at major financial institutions minimizing any potential exposure to credit risk. It is management's opinion that the risk related to accounts receivable is minimal since the Society only deals with what management believes to be financially sound counterparts and, accordingly does not anticipate significant loss for non- performance. As at December 31, 2015, accounts receivable consists of 95% (2014 - 97%) due from the City of Edmonton thereby increasing the concentration of credit risk. Liquidity Risk Liquidity risk is the risk that an entity will encounter difficulty in meeting obligations associated with financial liabilities. The Society is exposed to this risk mainly in respect of its receipts from its funders and accounts payable.


Note 9: Comparative Figures Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform with the current year's presentation.

Note 10: Public Art Fund Public art disbursements include artist fees, conservation work, and administration. The fund balance at the end of the year includes reserves for future conservation work.

Note 11: Allocated Expenses Certain costs are recorded in the General Fund and then allocated to other funds. The allocations are based on staff time used by each fund. Included in Public Art expenditures in the Public Art Fund is $172,068 (2014 $235,479) in staffing costs and benefits allocated from the General Fund.

Note 12: Due from (to) TIX The balance due from (to) TIX is unsecured and noninterest bearing. The balance outstanding is expected to be settled within the next fiscal year.

Shumka’s KOBZAR…a work in progress; to premiere in April of 2016, photo provided

Juan Lopezdabdoub exhibit at Nina Haggerty for The Works Art and Design Festival, photo by Annette Aslund

“Impose” by the Threshold Collective, photo by Aspen Zettel Photography

Faiith at Up+Downtown Music and Arts Festival, photo by Eric Kozakiewicz

edmonton arts council Prince of Wales Armouries, 2nd Floor, 10440 - 108 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5H 3Z9 p. 780.424.2787 | f. 780.425.7620

Cover image: “Ouroboros� by Gary James Joynes at Nuit Blanche Edmonton, photo by Fish Grikowsky Back cover image: Kaliedo Family Arts Festival, photo by Epic Photography

Edmonton Arts Council - 2015 Annual Report  
Edmonton Arts Council - 2015 Annual Report