What a great evening with SIX parties running candidates in Alberta’s 2012 provincial elections being represented!!
- Alberta Liberals – Laurie Blakeman, running in Edmonton Centre
- Alberta NDP – Nadine Bailey, running in Edmonton Centre
- Alberta Party – John Hudson, running in Edmonton McClung
- Evergreen Party – Trey Capnerhurst, running in Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
- PC Alberta – Heather Klimchuk, running in Edmonton Glenora
- Wildrose Party – Doug Main, Communications Consultant (no candidates were available)
There was much lively discussion on the future of our province’s arts, culture and heritage sector. Links to photos and recordings of the event are provided below with more to come (Hint: The most exciting (and revealing) parts start around the middle of the forum):
PACEdmonton YouTube Channel featuring 23 videos from our Edmonton Arts Forum on April 20, 2012. WARNING: Our Coordinator filmed these so they are VERY amateur, but at least you can follow what happened.
- Video 1 Video 13
- Video 2 Video 14
- Video 3 Video 15
- Video 4 Video 16
- Video 5 Video 17
- Video 6 Video 18
- Video 7 Video 19
- Video 8 Video 20
- Video 9 Video 21
- Video 10 Video 22
- Video 11 Video 23
- Video 12
Come to Edmonton’s Only Arts Forum
Have a heart-to-heart chat with Alberta election candidates about their parties’ visions for arts, culture and heritage in our province.
PACE is organizing an Arts Forum for this Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jefferson Room at the Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Avenue.
Bring your arts, culture and heritage questions with notebooks and pencils to the Prince of Wales Armouries this Friday. Tell all your professional artist and arts supporters friends to come, too. Let’s impress upon all these candidates how important arts, culture and heritage is to all Albertans.
Party representatives confirmed so far:
- Alberta Liberals – Laurie Blakeman
- Alberta NDP – Nadine Bailey
- Alberta Party – John Hudson
- PC Alberta – Heather Klimchuk
- Wildrose Party – TBA
Again, here are the details on our upcoming Edmonton ARTS FORUM:
Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Place: Jefferson Room, Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Avenue
Want to know where the different parties stand on arts and culture issues in the province of Alberta? PACE recently sent the following information and questions to the leaders of every party running candidates in the current election.
PACE is starting to receive responses to the “ask” it sent to all political leaders running in the 2012 Alberta provincial election. We have heard back from the Alberta NDP and the PC Alberta leaders so far. Click here to see the answers they gave to the questions we asked on behalf of Alberta’s arts and culture sector.
In the meantime, we encourage members of the arts community and all their supporters to pose these same questions to candidates at forums and on the doorstep. We need to impress upon them that the Alberta arts sector is vital to our province and we are taking an active role in the outcome of this election.
What you need to know about arts and culture in Alberta before you answer our questions:
- 91% of Albertans feel art activities are important in contributing to the overall quality of life in their community. Source: Annual Survey of Albertans, Resinnova Research & Consulting Inc. 2010
- Albertans receive a 12:1 return on every dollar spent on the arts. Source: Summary of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Alberta,Alberta Foundation for the Arts, 2005.
- 88% of Albertans feel it is important that the Government of Alberta continues to fund and support the arts. Source: Culture and Community Services Annual Survey of Albertans on Culture, Leger Marketing, 2011
- All three levels of government receive tax revenue through the arts sector. A total of 67.9 million in taxes is collected (in Alberta) through taxation systems each year. Source Culture and Community Spirit Department Fact and Figures 2010
Please give us your position on the following:
1. Do you support a restoration of the 2010 16 per cent cut to the AFA?
2. If elected to serve the people of Alberta in the next Legislature, will you work towards immediately increasing lottery money investment to arts, culture and heritage by 25%?
Here are the arts and culture platforms put out so far. We will post more as they become available. Check out what these parties have to say on our future:
- Alberta Liberal Party: http://www.albertaliberal.com/files/Yes%20-%202012%20Election%20Platform.pdf (p.22 – includes sports)
- Alberta New Democratic Party: http://albertandp.ca/
- Alberta Party: http://www.albertaparty.ca/
- PC Alberta Party: http://www.votepc.ca/public/data/documents/AlbertaByDesign-DraftV5-04-12-12.pdf (p. 31)
- Wildrose Party: http://www.wildrose.ca/media/2012/04/Pledge.pdf (p. 19)
Click here for some interesting comparison information provided to us by our friends at the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations.
And check out the following links:
General provincial advocacy information is available at the Public Interest Alberta website.
A very warm congratulations to our Silver Anniversary Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Award Recipients!April 3rd, 2012
Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE are impressed with the calibre of all the nominees for the awards offered at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts. We are truly fortunate to have such a diverse and talented pool of creative artists and arts supporters. Thank you to everyone that allowed your name to be put forward for consideration. The juries had their work cut out for them choosing the following, deserving recipients: