Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

PACE members invited to recommend charities for the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts silver anniversary

E-mail your recommendations to admin@pacedmonton.com by Friday, October 28 , together with a brief description of your suggested charity.

Please note:  Only PACE members in good standing are eligible to make recommendations.

Recommended charities must meet the following criteria:

  •  be an Edmonton-based organization.
  •  include an arts component in its operation (e.g., using art as therapy, using art for community building, using art for education purposes, etc.).
  •  involve professional artists in its arts-related programming (organizing, coordinating or participating).
  •  be willing to present to the MCA Steering Committee a comprehensive marketing plan, including goals, on how its members would assist in promoting and selling tickets for the 25th annual MCA.
  •  be prepared to sign a Charity Partnership Agreement with PACE.
  •  commit to active involvement in helping to organize the Donation Presentation following the MCA.
  •  have a suitable venue available at which the Donation Presentation may be held (average attendance between 20-50).
In addition to the donation, the charity can expect to receive:
  •  inclusion in some planning meetings of the MCA Steering Committee.
  •  promotion through logo inclusion on PACE’s Facebook group page, website, media and promotional materials, and the MCA program.
  •  opportunities for media exposure through press conferences and media interviews.
  •  opportunities to feature the results of its arts programming by providing talent at press, MCA and presentation events.

The brief description of the charity should clearly explain why the event’s Steering Committee should consider your recommendation.  The committee will shortlist recommendations based on the indicated criteria and charity description.  They will then follow-up with shortlisted charities in order to finalize their decision.

We look forward to hearing from you by October 28 with your recommendations.  In the meantime, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Keep checking this website for details on the 25th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts happening on April 2, 2012 at the Winspear Centre.
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24th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts charities’ donations presented

L-R: Mayor Stephen Mandel, Catherine Broomfield, Karen Brown Fournell

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival’s Comedy Cares Program and iHuman Youth Society were presented fun “cheques” and real ones at City Hall on September 30.  They were the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the 24th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Mayor Stephen Mandel and PACE’s Treasurer Karen Brown Fournel presented iHuman’s Executive Director Catherine Broomfield with a memento “cheque”, laminated onto a skateboard deck symbolizing the youth with whom they work.

Sue Broderick, Board Chair for the Edmonton

Sue Broderick and Karen Brown Fournell joke around following the presentation.

International Street Performers Festival, accepted a series of brightly coloured scarves pulled from a top hat culminating with a final scarf bearing the donation information for their Comedy Cares Program. The presentation’s lighthearted vein was emblematic of of the “healing through laughter” maxim the program brings to all its visits to patients in local long term care facilities.

Click on this press release to read the full release.
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Alberta’s Government Responds to Art Love!

Click on this image to read the full letter.

One week following our last delivery of art love postcards and we get a very special letter in the mail.  The Honourable Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit, has written us on behalf of Alberta’s government in response to our “I Love Alberta Art” campaign.

As you know, we did receive responses from several MLAs shortly after our postcard deliveries began.  We heard from one hundred per cent of the NDP caucus and a lone PC MLA but, oddly enough, heard nothing from the Alberta Liberals nor the Wildrose Alliance members in response to the letters we sent.

Click on this image to read a PDF version of this letter.

Naturally PACE Chair Daniel Cournoyer, on behalf of the Provincial Advocacy Steering Committee, responded to Minister Blackett – as he did to all MLAs that contacted us – with an earnest invitation to continue the dialogue and further explore the perspectives and circumstances of Alberta’s vital arts sector.

In the interest of spreading this dialogue throughout our province’s political leadership, members of the Provincial Advocacy Steering Committee have been meeting with leadership contenders for each of the parties holding leadership races this year.  We will continue this effort to encourage all parties to make the arts an integral component of their policies and platforms.

In the meantime, we continue to collect signed postcards and are looking forward to at least one more delivery when Alberta’s Legislative Assembly resumes sitting in the fall.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to send in your “I Love Alberta Art” postcard, now is your opportunity.  Simply click here to find an assortment of postcards in different formats that you can download and mail or e-mail for inclusion in our final delivery.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering how effective this campaign has been, here’s a little story you may enjoy:

A couple of people were recently visiting a facility of one of our committee members.  As they were admiring the artwork, they came upon a display of arts advocacy postcards.  Noting their interest, one of our colleagues explained the purpose of the cards and invited them to sign one each.  They emphatically declined, stating that they both work in the Premier’s Office and they have already received so many “I Love Alberta Art” postcards they don’t know what to do with them all!

We humbly offer a simple solution:  Act on them.

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And the award recipients are….

Mayor Stephan Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton congratulate the recipients of the 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards:

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Avenue Magazine

 

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

ATB Financial

 

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

Lexus of Edmonton

 

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Charles Thomas Peacocke

 

City of Edmonton Book Prize

Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium by Myrna Kostash

 

Molson Coors Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction

Sandro Dominelli

 

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

Arlen Konopaki

 

Stantec Award for Youth Artist

Cynthia Hicks

 

Sutton Place People’s Choice Award

Ulrike Rossier

 

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

GeriActors and Friends

 

Proceeds from the 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts go to iHuman Youth Society and the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Comedy Cares program.

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And the 2011 nominees are….

PACE’s 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts

PACE's 24th Annual Mayor's Celebration of the ArtsOn Monday, March 14 at City Hall, Mayor Stephen Mandel and the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE) unveiled the excitement and anticipation that is the 2011 Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

Ladies and gentlemen,  we are pleased and proud to announce our nominees for the 24th annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts happening on April 11, 2011.  Get your tickets today at:  http://www.winspearcentre.com/all-events/2011-events/mayors-celebration-of-the-arts/

ATCO Gas Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement

Charles Thomas Peacocke

A.J. (Al) Rasko

Sam Uhlick

Brian Webb

City of Edmonton Book Prize

Tim Bowling (Gaspereau Press) for In The Suicide’s Library

Myrna Kostash (University of Alberta Press) for Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium

Rudy Wiebe (University of Alberta Press) for Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010

Molson Coors Award for Excellence in Artistic Direction

Michael Clark

Robert J. de Frece

Sandro Dominelli

Josée Thibeault

Northlands Award for an Emerging Artist

Macha Abdallah

Amber Bissonnette

Punita Chohan

Alexis Marie Chute

Carrie Day

Ainsley Hillyard

Arlen Konopaki

Iligy alias Ilyass Mahfoud

Amy Skrocki

Meghan Wagg

Stantec Award for Youth Artist

Candace Chu

Cynthia Hicks

Christine Lee

Emily Schultz

Sutton Place People’s Choice Award

Debra Bachman Smith, Visual Arts Alberta Association Gallery

Rachelle LeBlanc, The Alberta Craft Council

Danièle Petit, Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta

Ulrike Rossier, Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts

Kelsey Stephenson, Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP Gallery)

James E. Trevelyan, The Works International Visual Arts Society

TELUS Courage to Innovate Award

Firefly Theatre & Circus Society

Geri Actors and Friends

Rob Heath

iDance Edmonton

Drew McIntosh

Guillaume Tardif

John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts

Avenue Magazine

Kevin Hendricks

Rhea March

Bart West

Mayor’s Award for Innovative Support by a Business for the Arts

ATB Financial

ATCO Gas & ATCO Electric

The Delcon Group:  Dr. Dianne and Mr. Irv Kipnes

Film Alberta Studios:  Sam Osman

WorleyParsons/CoSyn Technology

Mayor’s Award for Sustained Support of the Arts

Days Inn Downtown Edmonton

Lexus of Edmonton

Michael Hamm/Frame 30 Productions

Students’ Association of Grant MacEwan University

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Postcard Callout!

I Love Alberta Art Postcard Campaign

PACE is calling on all arts supporters across Alberta to get their completed post cards in as soon as possible.  If you are looking for postcards to send in, click here to go to our Advocacy Toolkit page.

Check back often to follow our progress as we deliver postcards from every region of Alberta to our provincial legislature.  We want to let our government know how much Albertans love and support the arts in our province.  We want to let them know how much we want them to love and support Alberta’s arts, too.  It’s important to build the Alberta we all want to live in.

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