VANL-CARFAC Pre-Budget Submission 2014: Recommendation #3

 

This year, VANL-CARFAC made five recommendations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the up-coming 2014-15 budget:

 

 

The NLAC sees an increase in project grant applications every year. In 2013 there was $573,658 of funding awarded through the Professional Project Grants program, but the request for funds was $1,494,820.  425 Project Grant applications were submitted, and 37% of those were approved, but at dramatically lower grant amounts than those requested.  Only 38% of funds requested were awarded, even though the quality of applications has been steadily increasing and the juries need to make hard funding choices between equally qualified candidates.

This means that 63% of the artists who applied for grants were unsuccessful, and the remaining 37% of successful applications being awarded funds that are far below the amounts they need to successfully complete their projects.  The reality of the situation is that no one wins; even those whose applications are successful are forced to make serious compromises in order to complete their projects at all.

In terms of sustaining grants for arts organizations, in 2013 the NLAC supported 16 organizations for a total of $575,000 – which was $103,119 less than the amount requested. This situation places arts organizations in stringent fiscal situations, many of whom have no other source of sustaining funding available to them.

As the professionalism of the province’s artists continues to grow, and stronger applications are being submitted, it is becoming increasingly difficult for assessment juries to narrow down many deserving applicants to the few they are able to support, and as a result the small amount of funds are stretched beyond capacity, forcing artists to try and make their work with drastically reduced resources. This illustrates a sector that is a victim of its own success.

We strongly suggest that the provincial government increase the NLAC’s budget from $2.1 million to $4 million in order to increase the funds available for grant support to professional artists and arts organizations. This would show the artists of Newfoundland and Labrador that the government values their hard work and their direct and indirect contributions to our economy. It would enable more artists to continue to produce the work that enriches our community life, and our tourist industry.

 

 

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VANL-CARFAC Pre-Budget Submission 2014: Recommendation #2

 

This year, VANL-CARFAC made five recommendations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the up-coming 2014-15 budget:

 

 

Beyond the creation of artworks, a necessary element of a visual artist’s career is the ability to adequately access a wider art market.  Much of a visual artist’s income comes from outside of Newfoundland and Labrador: through exhibition fees from publicly-funded galleries; copyright and reproduction fees; visiting artist projects; guest lectures; grants; commissions; and through selling their work.  Therefore many of the province’s artists earn a significant portion of their income from elsewhere, and then spend it here. True economic development means new money coming into the province and this is one of the primary ways that artists contribute to the local economy.

 

The Market Access and Export Program was a granting component of the Cultural Economic Development meant to address this need.  These were not grants to assist with the creative side of producing artistic works, but to help to “expand the marketing, promotion and distribution of cultural products and activities.”  Artists were eligible for up to $5,000 to cover the costs of activities such as: the shipping and insurance of their work; travel and accommodation; the production and distribution of promotional materials; and attendance at trade shows and showcases.  As a result of a 10% cut to the CEDP program last year, the Market and Access component was eliminated; and, while organizations, festivals, and small performance series still qualify, individual artists are no longer eligible to apply to the CEDP.

 

The rationale may be given that individual artists can apply to the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council for some of these costs under Professional Project grants; however, there are two major impediments to this:  first, while the Market and Access program has been discontinued, the Arts Council’s budget has not been increased—a fund which is already strained beyond capacity.  In the most recent granting session for Professional Project Grants, in September 2013, the NLAC was only able to award 44% of the requested funds across all sectors.  Second, while individual artists can apply to the NLAC to support “creation, production, operating and travel costs,” the NLAC Best Practices Project Assessment guidelines explicitly state that marketing and publicity expenses are given a low priority by the jury.  Therefore funds to build crates, print posters, and buy promotional ads (and precisely the kinds of marketing activities that the CEDP supported) are not eligible.

 

 

 

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VANL-CARFAC Pre-Budget Submission 2014: Recommendation #1

 

This year, VANL-CARFAC made five recommendations to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for the up-coming 2014-15 budget:

 

 

Public Art is considered to be a key component to the attractiveness and identity of a province and its municipalities. It demonstrates the character of communities, and we know that investment in the arts strengthens local economies. Indeed, support for the arts is a reflection of a progressive province. It increases public awareness and appreciation of the arts and stimulates the growth of the arts and arts-related business.  It encourages the use of public areas and it stimulates public art in private developments through example.

The dedication of 1% of the budget of all capital works projects towards public art commissions is a show of commitment to enhance the daily lives of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. By making a commitment to infuse more visual art into public spaces, the province would help lead the way toward a more enriched way of life for all of its citizens.

Applicable projects would include new building construction, major additions to existing buildings, park development projects, and new engineering structures like bridges. Art is not simply something to be experienced within the confines of a gallery. Public art projects could be as varied as sculpture, memorials, fountains, site-specific art, special lighting, special landscaping (land art), architectural components, murals, community art, and electronic art such as media boards. The policies for 1% for public art which have been adopted in several provinces and many cities across Canada provide a useful blueprint for the implementation of this important public program.

Spread the word!   #nlpoli    #prebudgetconsulations   #nlarts

 

 

 

 

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Mail Art Fundraiser: The 2014 Edition!

 

You are invited to VANL-CARFAC’s 2nd Annual Mail Art Fundraiser! If you participated in this event last year, you already know what a great opportunity it is to get some beautiful, crazy, quirky, moving and/or generally fabulous pieces of art; and to give your own as well!

Want to know how it works? :

Step 1: Private Message or E-mail Hillary Winter (hillarywinter@yahoo.ca) your mailing address and donation amount (Suggested $10.00).  She will be taking addresses until Saturday, March 15. (More details below)

Step 2: Each person is responsible for creating three small original (mail size) artworks. (More details below)

Step 3: Once your artwork is complete, you just take a picture of your completed work and email it to hillarywinter@yahoo.ca and you’ll receive a message/ e-mail with 3 addresses where you will be expected to mail your artworks. The artworks must be mailed NO LATER than April 15th (Please!!)

Step 4: You will receive 3 artworks in the mail from 3 different artists!

Details:

Donation:  Donations can be made by drop-off (to the VANL office), email transfer, regular mail or through the PAYPAL button below. Whatever works best for you. However, please let me know when you send your address how you would like to donate.  I will reply to each message, so if you do not get a reply please contact me again (through facebook if you think e-mail isn’t working).   All money raised will go to support VANL-CARFAC (http://www.vanl-carfac.ca/)

Sizes: 3 1/2″ x 5″ (Standard postcard ) and maximum 11″ x 14″ . Mailing rates will vary, depending on the weight of the work and its destination.

Materials: Be creative. Drawing, painting, sewing, photography, sound art, collage!

Note: If you do participate in this event please honor the commitment and be sure to mail your three works. Last year left us with a couple of people not receiving all three of their expected pieces.   SO, this year, we are asking participants to send a quick pic of your finished pieces and send it in to us, at which point we’ll give you the three addresses where you send your work–which should take care of that problem.  This fundraiser is based on a collective act of good faith, and the organizers cannot be held responsible for art that isn’t sent.  However, we also have a few participants making extra so hopefully no one should be left empty handed.

And Please invite your friends!

 

(suggested: $10.00)

 

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2014 EVA Awards Nominations: Deadline March 1st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to learn more about the EVAs, or make a nomination!

Job Opportunity: VANL-CARFAC Sponsorship Coordinator

Job Opportunity: VANL-CARFAC Sponsorship Coordinator

VANL-CARFAC seeks to engage a professional with project management and fundraising experience acquired largely through working in the cultural fields.

Project:            Excellence in Visual Arts (EVA) Awards

Date of call:    October 17th 2013

Deadline:        November 1st, 2013

Title:  Sponsorship Coordinator, EVA Awards (SC)

Description:  The SC will create a comprehensive sponsorship solicitation strategy including a database of contacts and a timeline for delivery of funds. The SC will work in conjunction with the EVA Committee to ensure that all appropriate businesses and individuals are included in this database. The SC will work independently to deliver the sponsorship target amounts, and must have their own workspace from which to provide the service. VANL-CARFAC will provide the SC with all necessary background information on the organization and the EVA Awards, as well as a breakdown of sponsorship categories and sponsor packages to be distributed to key candidates. The Board of Directors and EVA Committee may also serve as primary contact for key sponsors with whom they have a personal relationship.

All work will be performed under the direction of the Board of Directors but under the direct supervision of the EVA Awards Committee and Executive Director.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution, have a minimum of 2 years work experience in the cultural or fundraising sector, or an appropriate combination of education and work experience. Applicants must also have;
§  Demonstrated knowledge of the cultural sector in the province.
§  Demonstrated ability to work under a volunteer board or committee.
§  Effective oral and written communication skills.
§  Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
§  Strong organizational skills and the ability to work with a high level of independence; ability to balance competing priorities and exercise good judgment.
Computer skills, time management skills and a positive attitude are essential.

Evaluation:      Applicants must submit a cover letter, an up-to-date resume and three professional references. Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted by the Human Resources committee.                                         

Project Timeline: Hours of work are to be determined by the SC according to the needs of the sponsorship campaign. Candidate must have a flexible work schedule.

Start Date:       November 12th, 2013

End Date:        May 30th 2014

Resources: Access to all VANL-CARFAC informational resources. As a contract worker, the SC will be expected to have access to her/his own workspace, phone, computer, internet and email access.

Target: The SC is expected to raise a target amount of $10,000 (including program ad sales).  Some in-kind sponsorships may be considered to count toward the total amount raised but must be cleared in advance with the EVA Committee.  The SC will be required to assist the EVA committee and Executive Director in the organization of the annual EVA promotional reception.

Expenses:  Contract awarding professional fees @ $3000. This fee will be paid in five installments: an initial sum of five hundred dollars ($500) payable upon signing of contract, a second payment of five hundred and fifty dollars ($550) upon raising three thousand dollars ($3000) of the projected goal; a third payment of five hundred and fifty dollars ($550) upon raising six thousand dollars ($6000), a fourth payment of five hundred and fifty dollars ($550) upon raising nine thousand dollars ($9000).  A final installment ($850) will be payable upon reaching the full projected goal ($10,000), the completion of the tasks outlined in “Terms and Duties” and upon receipt of the SC’s final report/database following the 2014 EVA Awards.

Deadline: All applications should be received no later than November 1st 2013. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Apply to:   vanlcarfac@gmail.com , with Sponsorship Coordinator Application in the subject line.

For more information on the EVA Awards program, sponsorship categories and past sponsors of the awards, see the EVA Awards page of www.vanl-carfac.com.

Panel Discussion on the Artist Resale Right

 

RCA/VANL Cinq à sept at the LSPU Hall This Friday

 

RCA/VANL Cinq à sept at the LSPU Hall

July 19 at 5-7 PM

 

The staff of RCA & Visual Artists of Newfoundland & Labrador (VANL) would like you to come and hang out at the L.S.P.U. Hall (Cox & Palmer Second Space) on Friday, July 19 from 5-7pm.

Free Admission! Happy Hour prices! $4 beer/wine

Bring your friends!

 

If you have any questions, please contact the VANL office at 738-7303 or by email at vanlcarfac@gmail.com

 

LSPU Hall

3 Victoria Street

St. John’s, NL A1C 3V2

 

 

 


VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

 

 

VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

In light of the recent budget cuts at the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, many concerns have been raised as to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery.  Following these cuts, two gallery and administrative staff positions were eliminated: the Curator of Canadian Art and the gallery’s Secretary.  In addition three staff, the Curator of Contemporary art, the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and the Director of the Art Gallery have resigned. *  

As the umbrella organization for the visual arts sector, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has been tasked with the responsibility to act as the spokesperson for the province’s artists and to act as a liason between the public and our public institutions with respect to these issues.  VANL-CARFAC has heard from many artists, stakeholders, members of the business community and numerous cultural supporters from around the province, and from across the county, who have expressed serious concerns regarding the Rooms’ future.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that the province’s population has assurances that the integrity of our primary public art gallery will be preserved, that professional and artistic standards are maintained, and that the staff will have adequate resources to fulfill the mandate set out in the Rooms Act: to reflect the culture of the province, to provide outreach to communities around the province and to ‘research, present and interpret art in a professional manner.’  The answers to these questions will have ramifications not only within Newfoundland and Labrador, but also will impact the Rooms’ ability to meaningfully represent the province on a national level.

As a first step, following the budget cuts, VANL-CARFAC and the Eastern Edge Gallery organized the ART=WORK forum, to hear the concerns from within the sector.   In response to repeated requests by those who could not attend the forum in person, a petition was drafted to provide an opportunity for the voices of all cultural supporters, from all across the province, to be heard.   We encourage everyone to click here to go the petition and to lend your support by signing and leaving a strong comment of support.

In the coming weeks, VANL-CARFAC will be posing a variety of questions to the CEO and Board of Directors of The Rooms and to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.  These questions include the following:

  • Will the status of the Rooms Art Gallery, as an individual entity within the corporation, be preserved?
  • What is the plan for replacing professional staff in the vacated positions, and when will the hiring begin?
  • Will The Rooms be able to fulfill its stated purpose as described in The Rooms Act, despite the recent cutbacks?
  • Will the mandate of the Provincial Art Gallery remain as it is currently outlined in the Rooms Act?
  • What is the status of the planned upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and beyond, and how has the scope and number of exhibitions been affected by these cuts–and what does this mean to future exhibitions in the Rooms Art Gallery?

VANL-CARFAC and The Rooms corporation are both mandated to educate and advocate with respect to visual art in this province, so we must work together to create an open exchange between our public art gallery and our province’s artists,  to ensure that The Rooms will be able to properly foster and reflect the rich visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

VANL-CARFAC welcomes all questions and comments regarding this issue.  Please contact the advocacy committee at advocacy@vanl-carfac.com, or VANL’s executive director, Dave Andrews, at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn or by phone at 877-738-7303.

 

 

*  This statement was amended on July 2 to correct an error which stated that the position of Manager of Exhibitions and Publications was eliminated.

 

 

 

VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

In light of the recent budget cuts at the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, many concerns have been raised as to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery. Following these cuts, gallery and administrative staff positions have been eliminated including the Curator of Canadian Art, the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and the gallery’s Secretary.  In addition two staff, The Curator of Contemporary art and the Director of the Art Gallery have resigned.

As the umbrella organization for the visual arts sector, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has been tasked with the responsibility to act as the spokesperson for the province’s artists and to act as a liason between the public and our public institutions with respect to these issues. VANL-CARFAC has heard from many artists, stakeholders, members of the business community and numerous cultural supporters from around the province, and from across the county, who have expressed serious concerns regarding the Rooms’ future.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that the province’s population has assurances that the integrity of our primary public art gallery will be preserved, that professional and artistic standards are maintained, and that the staff will have adequate resources to fulfill the mandate set out in the Rooms Act: to reflect the culture of the province, to provide outreach to communities around the province and to ‘research, present and interpret art in a professional manner.’ The answers to these questions will have ramifications not only within Newfoundland and Labrador, but also will impact the Rooms’ ability to meaningfully represent the province on a national level.

As a first step, following the budget cuts, VANL-CARFAC and the Eastern Edge Gallery organized the ART=WORK forum, to hear the concerns from within the sector. In response to repeated requests by those who could not attend the forum in person, a petition was drafted to provide an opportunity for the voices of all cultural supporters, from all across the province, to be heard. We encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page or vanl-carfac.com and to lend your support by signing the petition and leaving a strong comment of support.

In the coming weeks, VANL-CARFAC will be posing a variety of questions to the CEO and Board of Directors of The Rooms and to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.  These questions include the following:

· Will the status of the Rooms Art Gallery, as an individual entity within the corporation, be preserved?

· What is the plan for replacing professional staff in the vacated positions, and when will the hiring begin?

· Will The Rooms be able to fulfill its stated purpose as described in The Rooms Act, despite the recent cutbacks?

· Will the mandate of the Provincial Art Gallery remain as it is currently outlined in the Rooms Act?

· What is the status of the planned upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and beyond, and how has the scope and number of exhibitions been affected by these cuts–and what does this mean to future exhibitions in the Rooms Art Gallery?

VANL-CARFAC and The Rooms corporation are both mandated to educate and advocate with respect to visual art in this province, so we must work together to create an open exchange between our public art gallery and our province’s artists, to ensure that The Rooms will be able to properly foster and reflect the rich visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

VANL-CARFAC welcomes all questions and comments regarding this issue. Please contact the advocacy committee at advocacy@vanl-carfac.com, or VANL’s executive director, Dave Andrews, at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn or by phone at 877-738-7303.

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

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VANL-CARFAC Raises Questions Regarding the Future of the Rooms

 

In light of the recent budget cuts at the Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, many concerns have been raised as to the future of the Provincial Art Gallery. Following these cuts, gallery and administrative staff positions have been eliminated including the Curator of Canadian Art, the Manager of Exhibitions and Publications and the gallery’s Secretary.  In addition two staff, The Curator of Contemporary art and the Director of the Art Gallery have resigned.

As the umbrella organization for the visual arts sector, Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador has been tasked with the responsibility to act as the spokesperson for the province’s artists and to act as a liason between the public and our public institutions with respect to these issues. VANL-CARFAC has heard from many artists, stakeholders, members of the business community and numerous cultural supporters from around the province, and from across the county, who have expressed serious concerns regarding the Rooms’ future.

Given the current situation, it is imperative that the province’s population has assurances that the integrity of our primary public art gallery will be preserved, that professional and artistic standards are maintained, and that the staff will have adequate resources to fulfill the mandate set out in the Rooms Act: to reflect the culture of the province, to provide outreach to communities around the province and to ‘research, present and interpret art in a professional manner.’ The answers to these questions will have ramifications not only within Newfoundland and Labrador, but also will impact the Rooms’ ability to meaningfully represent the province on a national level.

As a first step, following the budget cuts, VANL-CARFAC and the Eastern Edge Gallery organized the ART=WORK forum, to hear the concerns from within the sector. In response to repeated requests by those who could not attend the forum in person, a petition was drafted to provide an opportunity for the voices of all cultural supporters, from all across the province, to be heard. We encourage everyone to visit our Facebook page or vanl-carfac.com and to lend your support by signing the petition and leaving a strong comment of support.

In the coming weeks, VANL-CARFAC will be posing a variety of questions to the CEO and Board of Directors of The Rooms and to the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.  These questions include the following:

· Will the status of the Rooms Art Gallery, as an individual entity within the corporation, be preserved?

· What is the plan for replacing professional staff in the vacated positions, and when will the hiring begin?

· Will The Rooms be able to fulfill its stated purpose as described in The Rooms Act, despite the recent cutbacks?

· Will the mandate of the Provincial Art Gallery remain as it is currently outlined in the Rooms Act?

· What is the status of the planned upcoming exhibitions for 2014 and beyond, and how has the scope and number of exhibitions been affected by these cuts–and what does this mean to future exhibitions in the Rooms Art Gallery?

VANL-CARFAC and The Rooms corporation are both mandated to educate and advocate with respect to visual art in this province, so we must work together to create an open exchange between our public art gallery and our province’s artists, to ensure that The Rooms will be able to properly foster and reflect the rich visual culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.

VANL-CARFAC welcomes all questions and comments regarding this issue. Please contact the advocacy committee at advocacy@vanl-carfac.com, or VANL’s executive director, Dave Andrews, at vanl-carfac@nf.aibn or by phone at 877-738-7303.

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 8th Annual EVA Awards!!