Help support our Annual Giving Campaign!
The Art Gallery of Alberta is excited to launch our 2019 Annual Giving Campaign—Art Gives a Voice, running November 19-December 31, 2019. Sponsored by Dentons, it is our only crowd-funded campaign raising funds to support the AGA’s events, community outreach and educational programs. We chose this campaign theme as we believe art enables people to communicate, advocate, educate and inspire. Especially those who may be marginalized or vulnerable.
Each week we will share stories from our community of supporters who provide their perspectives on how art has given them, or those they know, a voice. We hope you will also consider joining us for this year’s campaign by participating in some of our planned events, and if you are able, with your donation to help support our featured artists, exhibitions and programs.
Art Gives a Voice
Listen to our ambassadors share how they have seen art give people a voice. Check back weekly for a new testimonial.
Councillor Scott McKeen
Councillor McKeen has seen art benefit one of our frequent community partners, iHuman giving these at-risk youth a voice. Click for the video and learn more about this great group on their website here.
Steve Pirot - iHuman Youth Society
iHuman Youth Society is an organization that provides a broad range of opportunities to marginalized young people between 12 to 24 years of age in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). The AGA has had the opportunity to display visual art from iHuman youth in our public “Showcase: small spaces/big ideas” gallery. Click for the video and learn more about this great group on their website here.
Paul Freeman - Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts / Artist
Paul Freeman is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, an art centre for artists with developmental disabilities in Edmonton. He is also a sought-after yeg artist who loves to help others discover their own voice through art just as art has helped give him a voice. Listen to his story here.
The Heart of the City Music Program
The Heart of the City Music Program (HCMP) is a student group at the University of Alberta providing free music lessons to Edmonton’s inner-city children. Their Performance Troupe consists of young musicians who volunteer their time and talent by playing at public venues to raise awareness for HCMP's mission of using music to enhance the lives of at-risk youth and provide them a voice through music. Click here for the video.
This past fall the AGA partnered with the Bissell Centre to present Cycles and Circles in our Community Gallery. This exhibition explored the opioid epidemic through art and considered its effect on people struggling with addiction, their family members, and the inner city community at large. The Bissell Centre provides services to people who are experiencing poverty and/or homelessness in Edmonton’s inner city. Click here for the video.
Here's how you can participate:
- Donate with four easy ways to give, any amount is welcome!
- Online with Canada Helps
- Text AGA to 30333 to donate. We’ll text back and ask if you wish to donate $10 or $20 to help support our programs, exhibitions & this year’s campaign Art Gives a Voice. Thanks for helping artists share their voice!
- In-person at the Art Gallery of Alberta's guest services desk
- Phone Alle at 780.392.2487
- Attend our Giving Tuesday Studio Event on December 3
Join us from 5-6pm at the AGA for late-night gallery access and then from 6-7:30pm to create a holiday card or artwork for the Dentons Purple Art Contest. Sip and make while supporting our Annual Giving Campaign!
Cost: $10 adults/$5 youth under 16
Cash Bar-ID required. All proceeds will support the AGA’s programs and exhibitions.
Includes a calligraphy demo, the card-making activity and all supplies and gallery access. Proceeds will be used to support the AGA’s programs and exhibitions.
- Participate in the Dentons Purple Art Contest
This year we have an exciting new opportunity with a chance to win a total of $1000 dollars in prize money courtesy of our sponsor Dentons with the Dentons Purple Art Contest. Share your voice or perspective by creating an artwork using the colour purple. Here's how:
- Submit your artwork by Sunday, December 29 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- From December 30 -January 6 an independent jury will shortlist the submitted artworks
- January 6-9 the shortlisted artists/works will be announced at youraga.ca
- Winner announced January 9
Read full contest rules here to participate. Free to enter, donations greatly appreciated.