Alberta Best Practices

Invitation to provide feedback on new best practices for Alberta craft, media, and visual artists

CARFAC Alberta has released its newly-drafted Alberta Best Practices documents for craft, media, and visual artists and invite you to review and comment on them. CARFAC Alberta and the Alberta Craft Council have endorsed these drafts, feeling that these guidelines offer solid protocols for their constituents.

Best practices are professional guidelines for interactions between artists and those individuals and organizations that work with them in a wide range of capacities. Key topics addressed include contracts, fundraising, gallery relationships, juried exhibitions, and community art.

The Alberta Best Practices Project commenced in 2017, based on documents developed by CARFAC Saskatchewan. The project adapts these documents for use within Alberta’s arts ecology, and was undertaken to meet a clear need in Alberta for the establishment of best practices, to further professionalize and support our sector.

The goal is to seek widespread endorsement and adoption of these best practices by Alberta’s craft, media, and visual arts communities by the end of February 2020.

There will also be public engagement sessions in the fall of 2019 in both Calgary and Edmonton to answer your questions and hear your suggestions on improving these documents. The Calgary session takes place at Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW) on October 26, 2019, between 2:00 and 5:00pm. You will be able to RSVP your attendance to these sessions in a few weeks.

You are welcome to provide comments, both positive and negative, at any time before November 23, 2019. Comments and questions on any of the draft best practice documents can be addressed to chris@carfacalberta.com.

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