Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres



Alberta Association of Artist-Run Centres

Founded in 2005, the Alberta Association of Artist-run Centres (AAARC) supports advocacy, networking, and organizational growth for artist-run visual arts organizations across Alberta. As a syndicate of eleven not-for-profit artist-run centres, each with their own mandate, AAARC's activities continue to strengthen community and collaboration in the visual arts by facilitating close communication between organizations.

Since the early 1970s, and continuing today, Alberta's artist-run centres have fostered artistic ingenuity, creative production, and dynamic public engagement with art—supporting a wide range of artists and contemporary art practices.

AAARC is part of the regional caucus of ARCA, an organization that represents and advocates for Canadian artist-run organizations on national and international levels, and in August 2020 AAARC will partner with ARCA to host Lands to Travel Through, an artist-run gathering in Calgary, Alberta:

AAARC is a non-profit society that seeks to:
• Provide a communication network for artist-run culture throughout Alberta;
• Promote the recognition and continued development of artist-run culture;
• Strengthen and provide stability for member organizations;
• Support the continued professionalism of artist-run centres;
• Promote the activities of member organizations through shared initiatives, outreach and education at a variety of levels;
• Advance non-discriminatory practices, and to facilitate inclusive and collaborative dialogues;
• Support equality regardless of gender, orientation, ethnic, racial and national identity, or generational group;
• Represent the collective interests of member organizations to external agencies, including all levels of government, funding bodies and advocacy organizations.

AAARC’s Board of Directors

Su Ying Strang, President

Ginger Carlson, Vice-President & ARCA Rep

Natasha Chaykowski, Treasurer

April Dean, Secretary

Areum Kim, Director

Becca Taylor, Director

Desiree Nault, Director

Jacek Malec, Director

Michelle Schultz, Director

Tracy Wormsbecker, Director

AAARC’s Staff

sophia bartholomew, Operations Coordinator

Image: Emily Promise Allison, Dream Sequence, Untitled Art Society. Photo: Elyse Bouvier