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The Arts Council of New Westminster
2020 Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 22nd 2020.

Venue: Online through ZOOM
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00 pm
To register for the AGM, click here
More information about this meeting, click here

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are interested in joining the Board of Directors, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director at info@acnw.ca

We looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) aims to have a Board of Directors that reflects both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and the citizens of New Westminster. The ACNW wishes to highlight the diversity of our community, and to foster the practice of equity and inclusion in our work, those on the LGBTQ2IA+ spectrum, non-binary, people of colour, Indigenous, and/or disabled, are strongly encouraged to apply.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The ACNW Board operates as a governing body and has a responsibility to its members to ensure stewardship of the organization, to provide sound financial management, and to develop a visionary strategic plan.

In addition to this, each member of the Board is expected to chair one of the Committees to the Board in order to carry out the work of the Board and our strategic plan. Placement on Board committees is based on Board member’s interests, passions, and skill set. The frequency Committees meet is dependent on the Committee, therefore time commitments beyond board meetings vary.

Board meetings take place during the afternoon on the fourth Tuesday of every month over Zoom.

Board members are expected to read all materials in advance and come prepared to contribute to the discussion. Once a year the Board meets for a longer meeting, held on a weekend in the Spring to review our Strategic Plan. From time to time there are other ACNW and community events that Board members are expected to attend.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Commit to the mission and vision of the ACNW
  • Familiarize themselves with ACNW’s programs and initiatives
  • Contribute in the areas of board governance, strategic planning, finance and fundraising, and resource development (human and capital)
  • Prepare for and attend monthly board meetings and attend the yearly AGM in November
  • Chair a committee
  • Attend special events as required
  • Act as an ambassador of the ACNW to external stakeholders and community.

QUALIFICATIONS:

We are currently seeking Board members that have a skill set connected to our Strategic Goals and objectives. The ideal candidate will have previous Board experience (an asset but not necessary), bring expertise in one of more of the following areas:

  • Indigenous Perspectives
  • Fund Development
  • Community Connections

ATTRIBUTES:

Attributes of ACNW board members include:

  • clear understanding or commitment to learn about non-profit governance
  • ability to work on a team and communicate effectively
  • a passion for the arts, enthusiasm for the work of the ACNW
  • have the time to commit to completing the work of the ACNW and Board responsibilities

The ACNW is committed to providing all members of the Board with an appropriate orientation to the ACNW and their role as Directors, to ensure all Board members are familiar with and equipped to effectively carry out their responsibilities.

BENEFITS:

  • an opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of the ACNW and the arts in our community
  • an opportunity to develop personal leadership through committees and projects of the Board
  • improved strategic and visionary thinking skills
  • building meaningful relationships with fellow board members, staff, and community
  • an opportunity to use your creativity to contribute in an area of your passion

START DATE:

November 2020

COMMITMENT:

2 year term, 5-10 hours per month; depending on committee work and attendance at events.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and interests in the arts to: Bob Crockett, ACNW President: president@acnw.ca

In your cover letter please talk about what you hope to contribute as a member of the ACNW Board and what you hope to gain from being on the ACNW Board. We appreciate your interest and will contact you to set up a time to meet.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“ACNW Permanent Collection”

Exhibition Dates: Oct 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021.

Free Admission.
Viewing by appointment only
Click here to book an appointment

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years. This year’s exhibition is a curated selection of natural landscapes and floral still lifes from the permanent collection. The styles of the different works range from abstraction to hyper-realism, exploring the subject matter in oil, acrylic, and watercolour paint. This selection of paintings and prints serve as an homage to The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural setting, and during our winter season, this exhibition offers a gentle reminder of the richness and vibrancy within nature.

BlackOutTuesday - RECAP

Blackout Tuesday was a collective action to protest racism and police brutality. Taking place on June 2, 2020, it was an opportunity for reflection on racism and the effects of racism on society. As an act of solidarity, individuals and organizations around the world posted the black square image alongside the hashtag #blackouttuesday. This campaign grew from an initiative called #TheShowMustBePaused, created by “two Black women in the music industry in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard”.

According to the original statement released on theshowmustbepaused.com by Brianna Aygyemang and Jamila Thomas, “This is not just a 24-hour initiative. We are and will be in this fight for the long haul. A plan of action will be announced”. This is only phase one of a multi-phase movement.
Source: theshowmustbepaused.com

Those participating in the Blackout Tuesday event, but not involving themselves in other forms of activism, such as protesting or donating, are being performative in their activism.

On June 2, 2020, ACNW Staff gathered for an important conversation about solidarity action and the intentions behind it. Many views were discussed and considered. We all agreed that action needed to back up our intention. In the end, an action plan was developed by Staff and implemented over the next thirteen weeks. Collectively, we agreed to use our social media platforms to showcase Black artists that we have worked with in the past, currently in our programming, and others that we admire. We did the additional work of contacting these artists seeking their permission to place them on this platform. We thank them for their willingness to work with us and we applaud their continued artistic efforts in our community.

The artists below were curated by ACNW Cultural Programmer, Demi Cheng

Additional Resources

Black Lives Matter – Global
Black Lives Matter – Canada
Black Lives Matter – Vancouver | Donation Page
Hogan’s Alley Society | Donation Page

View the campaign here

The Arts Council of New Westminster is pleased to have received a donation of artworks by Robert King Courtney to the ACNW Permanent Collection by Sean Courtney. We are excited to share the legacy of Robert’s work with the community of New Westminster and exhibit his artwork at The Gallery at Queen’s Park for future generations to enjoy.

Robert King Courtney was born and raised in New Westminster in 1921 and served in World War 2 with the New Westminster Regiment. Robert exhibited at The Gallery at Queen’s Park in 1990 and participated in the ACNW Art Rental program throughout the 1990s.

For more information about the ACNW artwork donation policy, click here

Anvil Centre Logo

Local New Westminster artists are invited to submit artworks for a fall group exhibition to relaunch the Community Art Gallery at Anvil Centre. The exhibition New West Portraits is welcoming submission of works that respond to the personal and collective impacts of the pandemic, as well as the resistance and change associated with the social and cultural shifts unfolding around us.

Portraits can reflect a range of creative expression, from representational to abstract, sharing stories of community, hope and inspiration. Accompanying short written statements or poetry are also welcome and encouraged.

About

The Community Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Anvil Centre Theatre celebrates the rich cultural landscape of New Westminster. The gallery forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art and creates new opportunities for artists in our city. It is an accessible space where New Westminster-based art groups can organize members’ exhibitions. It is open to New Westminster emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional media.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 25, 2020

Exhibition period: October – December, 2020 (Exhibition will be on display during the New Westminster Culture Crawl & Culture Days.)

Please send submissions via email by Friday, September 25, 2020 to hbennett@newwestcity.ca.
Submissions must include:

• Artist name and contact information (phone number, email, mailing address)
• 2-3 JPEG or PDF images of proposed artworks. Maximum 2 pieces per artist will be eligible for selection.
• Label information: artist name, artwork title(s), media(s) and dimensions
• Other didactic text such as a written statement, story or poem (no longer than 100 words). This is not a submission requirement.
• An artist biography

Please note that the proposed work submission must not have been exhibited in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibition year.

Proposals will be adjudicated by a peer jury. All artworks need to be ready for exhibition (framed and/or ready to display with appropriate wiring). There is no exhibition fee paid to selected artists. Submission deadline: September 25, 2020.

Questions and media enquiries can be submitted to hbennett@newwestcity.ca. Hannah Bennett | Program Coordinator, Art Services
Pronouns: she/her/hers City of New Westminster | Office of the Chief Administrative Officer
777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC V3M 1B6
T 604.515.3837 | C 778.773.0587 | E hbennett@newwestcity.ca

Last Monday at the Movies Season - Postponed

The Arts Council of New Westminster has made the difficult decision to postpone the start of our 19th season of Last Monday at the Movies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations from the BC government to cancel public gatherings over 50 people we will push back our September 2020 start date to January 2021. The public health and safety of our audience, volunteers and staff is our top priority.

For those who purchased a 2019/2020 Last Monday at the Movies Season Pass, the March-June 2020 cancelled film dates will be credited and applied to your 2021 Season Pass.
We look forward to seeing you again at the Massey Theatre in January 2021.

For questions or concerns please email programs@acnw.ca

MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Garden Gals create a series of paintings in direct response to COVID-19

A group of women who share a passion for painting and gardening come together to bring messages of positivity to the New Westminster community through Seniors Expressions Through the Arts special projects

July 23, 2020 (New Westminster, BC) —

At a time when no one could predict how long lockdown would be in effect and the world seemed to hold its breath, one woman had a vision of how she might organize efforts to create a mural that would inspire hope. Merril Hall, long-time New Westminster resident and facilitator of local public art projects, was commissioned by the Arts Council of New Westminster to create an art project that could be accomplished within the new parameters of social distancing and eventually become an installation in one of the city’s public spaces. As facilitator of The Garden Gals, a group of active sketchers and painters who share a passion for art in nature and are all avid gardeners, Merill invited the gals to help create a mural project that would depict images that evoke sentiments like thoughtfulness, kindness, and appreciation experienced during these unprecedented times. Creating in isolation, each painter was left to their own devices to choose the color palette and format for their canvas after receiving instructions from Merill that each painting must include a heart and a flower and present an interpretation of the theme, “Positivity During COVID-19”. With titles like, “Hopeful Heart”, “Downside Up”, and “The Window Between Us”, viewers will see a series of paintings that carry the artists’ own powerful messages of how positivity can be witnessed in the world around us, and specifically in the New Westminster community.

The Seniors Expressions through the Arts program run by the Arts Council of New Westminster is a multi-faceted project that aims to foster cultural engagement opportunities for the 55+ community of New West. This mural project came about through recommendations from the program’s advisory committee as a way to memorialize the experiences of living through lockdown due to COVID-19.

Thanks to a partnership with the Anvil Centre, and the window of opportunity afforded by the facility’s closure, the individual paintings will be on temporary display, viewable thorough the Centre’s ground floor windows along Columbia Street August 10 to 27.  “This is a unique way to showcase this timely project”, noted Todd Ayotte, Manager of Community Art and Theatres for the City of New Westminster, adding that “plans are currently underway to reactivate the Community Art Gallery at Anvil later in the fall.” Public are encouraged to witness these works but are reminded to keep their distance and be responsible when occupying space on the sidewalk to view them. Following this exhibition, the paintings will be fused together to become an original mural. “If we had all been together, I would have set the color palette, and drawn up the plan. This way, each artist had their own freedom to choose their own way to connect with the theme. We thought of this as patchwork that would only all come together when the canvases were completed. In the end, we all feel incredibly proud of the work we were able to accomplish apart, together.” (Merrill Hall)

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About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists, audiences, and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at info@acnw.ca.

Media Contact:
Olivia Davies, Seniors Expressions Through the Arts, Coordinator
Arts Council of New Westminster
seniors@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

The Arts Council of New Westminster Board of Directors are very pleased to share the results of our most recent fundraising campaign. The ACNW Board of Directors chose to undertake this campaign in response to the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. A mid-campaign announcement of a $10,000 matching campaign helped push us past our goal. Many individual donors expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to have their donation’s impact doubled by the generosity of an anonymous donor. Our sincerest THANK YOU to everyone that donated to ACNW’s Friends of the Arts Council #NewWest campaign. Together we exceed our initial fundraising goal of $35,000 and raised over $40,000!

These results will assist the ACNW in promoting innovations that help artists adapt to the ‘new normal’ ahead. Combined with reduced costs and support from governments and the Vancouver Foundation, this fundraising result solidifies our ability to operate through the immediate future. With these funds going to programs that support local artists, ACNW programming can be delivered in safe, accessible, and innovative ways. The ACNW will continue to be a valued community partner to artists, arts organizations, the City of New Westminster, and other local agencies and non-profits.

In our immediate future, the ACNW Board of Directors and staff will review our public programming. We will be adapting to new health regulations and guidelines. Our works is to further allow everybody in the community to experience the arts, by increasing access and diversity and reducing barriers to participation. We look forward to continuing in-person New West Craft artisan markets at Tipperary Park, future episodes of the ArtsNW Podcast featuring stories from local artists, and the now-monthly New Westminster Cultural Roundtable as a platform for learning, information exchange, and capacity development.

We could not have achieved these results without the help of our amazing community and the local businesses who generously donated. Special thanks to the City of New Westminster, Vancouver Foundation and ACNW’s various supporters throughout the community for their generous contributions to the campaign. We would like to thank the following amazing folks:

Diamond Donor – $5000 – $15000
Anonymous (x3)

Ruby Donor – $1500 – $4999
Bob and Cathy Crockett

Onyx Donor – $500 – $1499
Rick Carswell
Leah Chang
Margaret Barrett
Leanne and Michael Ewen *
Anonymous

Pearl Donor $250 – 499
Hannah Bennett
Ruby Campbell
Judy Darcy, MLA
Kendra Johnston & Aaron Skogland
Peter Julian, MP
Pam Rogers
Anonymous

Jade Donor – $100 – 249
David Boettcher
Kathy Brandon
Gabor Gasztonyi Studio
Ceci Lam
Gilles Malnarich
Brenda Martel
Brenda McEachern
Janice Meehan
Susan Millar*
Brandon Pham (The Phamily Table)
Russell Roberts/Colleen Winton
Matthew Silverman
Beth Snow
Audrey Soroka *
Anonymous (x 9)

 * denotes Monthly Donor

Coral Donor – $0 – 99
Dee Beattie
Veronique Boulanger
Tim Catcher
Brad Cavanagh
Kait DeWolff
Katrina Hilliard *
Joyce Jackson
Marianne Janzen
Jon Jennings
Simrit Kainth *
Janet Kvammen
Franci Louann
Nima Moazen
Minna Nikula
New Westminster Youth Ambassador Society
Janine Reid
Lori L Walker
Anonymous (x 27)

Dear Editor,

On behalf of myself and all the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of New Westminster, along with staff and volunteers, I want to publicly acknowledge the contribution to our organization that Past-President Leanne Ewen has made over the last ten years. Leanne is that special kind of leader that brings her knowledge and experience as a teacher to every interaction she has with the community. Her efforts guided the Arts Council through many exciting times for the arts in New Westminster and we want to thank her for countless hours and ideas she brought during her time as President.

Beginning as a Board member in 2013, Leanne’s enthusiasm for the arts has always been evident. She started as engaging and thoughtful Board Member that dove right in to developing policy and good governance. Serving as the Vice-President of the Arts Council, Leanne also took on the role of chair of the 2014 LitFest New West organizing committee. Leanne took on the role of President in November 2015, overseeing the first Executive Director change in over 25 years, providing the leadership to develop two strategic plans for the ACNW, and finding the resources this organization has needed to continue to foster the arts in New Westminster. Leanne brought forward the concept of “Bringing Community Together Through the Arts” and in our second strategic plan “Making the Arts Essential”. She understood that the arts are so important to the daily lives of each and every member of our community.

As she is an aspiring harpist, we are thrilled that Leanne will have more time for her own creative pursuits and efforts. We wish her great success in her future as the “ACNW” continues on with a strong foundation she helped build.

Sincerely,

Bob Crockett
President
Arts Council of New Westminster

The Arts Council of New Westminster, in partnership with the City of New Westminster’s Youth Services and Art Services Departments is proud to be presenting “Art in the Park” in July and August of 2020. For more details about these workshops, click here

In asking ourselves as a staff team how we can continue to support our members, artist and the arts community, we quickly realized that we could respond to the calls for a Cultural Calendar that we have heard from the community for many years.

We have now created this online calendar as a resource on our website here: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/events/

You can submit your events to this calendar! Please bookmark this page: https://artscouncilnewwest.org/events/community/add/. When looking on our website, you can find the ‘Add your Events’ section in the menu under ‘Get Involved’.

In order to keep out spam, your events will be vetted by ACNW staff to ensure they are arts-based and central to New Westminster. Please email info@acnw.ca if you have concerns about your listing.

From your submitted events, we will curate a list of top events and activities for the community to enjoy! We will promote these through our social media and e-newsletters going forward

Contact:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244

The New Westminster Overdose Community Action Team – Peer Network is assembling a memorial to commemorate the many lives that have been lost to the overdose crisis. We hope to capture the collective impact of the overdose crisis, which includes at least 95 lives cut short due to the contaminated drug supply in New Westminster since 2016.

We are inviting New Westminster community members to submit art, writing, or photos that will be framed and mounted on the New Westminster Overdose Memorial. Every submission represents the story of someone who will be remembered in our hearts. We want to provide our community an opportunity to reflect on what we hope to accomplish together in creating a safe and inclusive community for everyone.

We recognize that each person who has passed away has a story and a lesson for us. Each person has left loved ones behind. Acknowledging our community members is critical, as with the onset of the COVID19 pandemic, we are again seeing increasing rates of overdose deaths; the highest since March of last year.

Please submit your art, writing, or photos to the Lower Mainland Purpose Society
Email: courtney.pankratz@purposesociety.org
Fax: 604-526-6546
In person: 40 Begbie Street

Please include a paragraph with your submission, and, if possible, your contact information (name and phone number). Submissions that do not include this information will still be accepted.

The memorial will be on display for International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) and Recovery Month (September).
Details of the location will be confirmed closer to the date.

If you are looking to be connected to supports, contact project ALLIES: 604-690-7337

To download a copy of this Call for Submissions as a PDF, click here

It’s summertime! The Arts Council of New Westminster has made a Summer 2020 playlist filled with Canadian artists from near and far. The playlist features a hodgepodge of many different genres, from instrumental music to rock and everything in between. Sit back, relax, and discover some great musicians with us. Curated by Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer, Demi Cheng.

ArtsNW is a podcast that is homegrown and distinctly New West. Amidst the pandemic, the podcast seeks to remove the distance between us by sharing casual conversations between artists, and finding ways to continue support and present their work to the public through a virtual platform. Brought to you by the Arts Council of New Westminster with the support of 100 Braid St Studios, the City of New Westminster and the BC Arts Council; the podcast gives insight into the way art influences our lives here in the Lower Mainland and the impact of local art on the national and international stage. The podcast is recorded on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

For the summer edition, we are interested in connecting with emerging artists from across lower mainland. The recording will take place in the Arts Council of New Westminster gallery space in New Westminster in late June – early July, with all social distancing protocols in place. Small honourarium will be provided!

For any question, please email: howard@artscouncilnewwest.org

Submit through this Google Form!

Joni Mitchell had it right when she sang “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til its gone”. Among the casualties form this pandemic are all the theatre performances, music concerts and arts show that make New Westminster such a great place in the summer. In response, we’ve reduced expenses, postponed programs and are doing what we can online, including weekly the craft fair and weekly roundtables.

Personally, I miss hearing music on the streets and in our parks.

We don’t know when things will return but we do know life will be different. Your Arts Council is monitoring other cities and working with other organizations to bring back our vibrant arts scene. To keep our operations going through this time we have asked for your help and the response to our fundraising campaign has been terrific. If you have already donated, we thank you. If this is not a good time to donate, we fully understand.

Recently we were approached by a supporter who is willing to match any new donation up to $10,000. That will go a long way to helping us reach our $35,000 goal.

Please pass on the news that “if you could find your way to giving us a gift, your money will be doubled.” Donations can be sent by mail to PO Box 16003, New Westminster, BC, V3M 6W6, or online at acnw.ca/donate. To spread things out, donors could consider pledging a smaller amount monthly.

The ACNW Board believes the arts are essential to a livable city and we will make sure all funds are put to good use.

Thanks
Bob Crockett
President

‘Seniors Expressions Through the Arts’ project changes gears to support ten local residents with funding for art projects and professional development.

Never before has it been more important to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable members of our society. This shift in priorities has triggered changes in the way arts organizations are delivering programming. At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we saw the need to adapt and did what was possible with funding received from the New Horizons for Seniors grant to promote creative expression and professional development for the emerging, mid-career, and senior level artists in our 55+ community. In late April, we put out an Artist Call for a one-time Seniors Arts Awards program. The chance to receive up to $500 in reimbursements for costs related to materials for art projects, technology upgrades, and professional courses offered online encouraged dozens of applicants to apply. A volunteer adjudication committee of 55+ New Westers connected to the arts & culture community was struck to measure the merit of each application and accompanying budget. Ten successful applicants were awarded funds and each of the projects developed with this funding will be considered for public exhibition in the Gallery at Queen’s Park in 2021. Additional online content and virtual exhibition will be available on the Arts Council’s website in early Fall 2020. This initiative is part of the Seniors Expressions Through the Arts program, coordinated by Indigenous arts administrator and choreographer, Olivia C. Davies.

“The opportunity to engage creativity through the pursuit of arts, crafts, design and learning can help dissolve the boundaries and challenges experienced in isolation.” says Olivia C. Davies, Arts Council of New Westminster Seniors Coordinator. “These arts awards will promote the health and welfare of our senior community by encouraging new creative expression and help ease the financial burden of purchasing non-essential items that help fulfill the artist’s desires to create something beautiful in these difficult times of social distancing.”

Award recipients include:

Candace Colmer – series of acrylic paintings and online learning
Carolyn McLaughlin – Batik art fashion designs
Janet Kvammen – Senior’s Weekend Pop Up Show Event with live demos
Jim Keyes – series of acrylic paintings for exhibition and online portfolio upgrades
Lanta Meng – series of oil paintings for exhibition
Lavana La Brey – software and equipment for online teaching and presentations
Lee Down – series of acrylic paintings for exhibition
Melissa Mary Duncan – equipment for online presentations of Fantasy Art practise
Susan Ormsby – series of watercolor paintings for exhibition
Rodrigo Sarrat Cave – printing series of photobooks as teaching tool

Arts Council of New Westminster pleased to share results of giving during May 5 global #GivingTuesdayNow

Dear friend of the Arts Council of New Westminster,

On April 26th, we sent out a request for your support to help us make it through these challenging circumstances.

The landscape is rapidly changing and it is difficult to predict exactly what we will need. But like so many others, we are facing a significant loss of income. Our goal is to raise $35,000 by July 1st. We were thrilled to see over $2,000 come in through Giving Tuesday on May 5th.

You may have heard that events over fifty people will not be taking place this Summer. This means that the ACNW will be developing new programming that we present artists through digital platforms and online offerings. Our efforts are focused on how we can develop those to ensure the arts connect to the daily lives of us in New Westminster.

We are on our way towards $35,000 and are overwhelmed with our community support. Your generosity confirms that you also agree the arts are essential to our community.

We are doing our best to provide service and keep supporting artists in these very uncertain times, and your gift will help us through this out together. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Will you help us get to our goal by July 1st?

My sincere gratitude,

Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Arts Council of New Westminster launching campaign for May 5th global #GivingTuesdayNow
FRIENDS OF THE ARTS COUNCIL #NEWWEST CAMPAIGN 2020 TO RAISE $35,000 TO SUPPORT ACNW PROGRAM DELIVERY AND SERVICES

April 26, 2020 (New Westminster, BC) —

     In response to having to cancel and postpone numerous events resulting in significant sponsorship and event revenues, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is launching the Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 to support the continuity of ACNW’s programs through virtual delivery, along with sustaining services provided for the arts and artists of New Westminster. The campaign will launch on Tuesday, May 5th to coincide with #GivingTuesdayNow – a new global day of giving and unity scheduled as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

As a lead gift, ACNW President Bob Crockett and his wife, Cathy Crockett, have made a gracious donation in the amount of $2,500. This lead contribution has inspired donations from other ACNW board members and will hopefully inspire donations from community members who value the arts and the work of The Arts Council of New Westminster.

Donations to the Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 will ensure that ACNW continues to help make our community a better place to live, work and play. Funds from the campaign will allow the ACNW to continue to be an information and resource centre for artistic and cultural projects and deliver adapted programs such as the New West Craft Virtual Market and the ArtsNW Podcast. Raised funds will also assist the Arts Council in continuing to host the community through the weekly New Westminster Cultural Roundtables using ZOOM on Thursdays at 3:00pm as a forum for sharing amongst artists and artisans. These programs provide opportunities for community cohesion through facilitating arts and cultural activities in New Westminster.

 “We truly believe that a vibrant local Arts scene is essential to a livable city. The Arts Council has an important role in helping the city reconnect and heal from this pandemic.” says ACNW President Bob Crockett. “We look forward to giving artists back their voices and helping people reconnect through shared experiences. A vibrant, viable arts scene keeps the “New” In New Westminster.”

The Friends of Arts Council #NewWest Campaign 2020 will culminate on July 1st, Canada Day, with the goal of raising $35,000, representing $1,000 for each year since The Gallery at Queen’s Park was founded in 1985.

To make a donation, visit www.acnw.ca/donate      

Joining the New West Craft markets this year has been one of the best choices I have made for my business – it allowed me to meet other makers and engage with my community. The fact that the Arts Council of New Westminster, adapted so well to the Covid crisis by making a virtual market for their creators made all the difference. It has allowed me to continue to strengthen the bonds I have made through the market and find new customers while social distancing. I am grateful for their support.
Britt MacDuff, Emerald and Ginger

The Arts Council of New Westminster is a wonderful organization that brings awareness to local artists and provides us with a platform to express ourselves through our work.  During this time of uncertainty and a long road with no clear end in sight ahead of us the New West Craft Virtual markets give us local artists a bit of hope. I am so grateful for all the hard work that is put into them as they keep us in the awareness of local consumers in a time where those of us who rely on markets and trade shows for sales are struggling to keep our small businesses afloat.
Paula Godden, The Pirate + The Gypsy Designs

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About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by artists, audiences, and arts groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at info@acnw.ca.

About #GivingTuesdayNow

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. We invite all Canadians to join us in demonstrating the power of kindness and generosity.

More info: https://givingtuesday.ca/gtnow

Media Contact:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Arts Council of New Westminster
info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244 | www.acnw.ca

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society present:

‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up exhibition

Fall 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group pop-up exhibition during and event to be rescheduled for the Fall of 2020 in New Westminster, B.C. (subject to relaxing of COVID-19 related social distancing practices).

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

PLEASE NOTE: EXTENDED TIMELINE
Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Overview:

This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of an event to be rescheduled for the Fall of 2020 in New Westminster (subject to relaxing of COVID-19 related social distancing practices). A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones, loss of home, ability, identity, and so on. With loss comes different modes of healing. There is no correct response to loss, nor right way to go about healing – it is very individual and personal.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selection images and may auction off the reproductions in support of the New West Hospice Society. For Clarity: you will retain your copyright to your submitted image. Your copyright won’t be transferred to either the ACNW or the New West Hospice Society. This Call is for the non-exclusive license for use of images in the exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will pay for the reproduction of the selection images to be displayed during the exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will also display the selected images on their website.  There will be no use in perpetuity, and no reproductions beyond the ones used in the exhibition. Any submitted images that are not selected by the jury will not be used by the ACNW nor the NW Hospice Society for any purpose.

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

This Call for Submissions will not charge for submissions or exhibiting, and artists will not be paid a fee for participating in this exhibition. The New West Hospice Society will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in late May 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – New West Hospice Pop Up Exhibition” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Thursday April 30, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in late May 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
April 30, 2020
Late May 2020
June 2020
Fall 2020
Fall 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Original deadline to submit
Extended deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Rescheduled New West Hospice Event


Contact:
All inquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

As the Arts Council of New Westminster continues to track the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will be sending out notifications. Join our newsletter to keep up-to-date:

The Arts Council of New Westminster Board of Directors have spent this first week of social distancing curating a playlist of their favourite songs to self-quarantine to during the spread of COVID-19. They highly suggest you throw this on and enjoy the tunes! Click here to listen on Spotify or listen below:

Updated: July 3, 2020 – 8:00am

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is keeping up to date with the continuing developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We are communicating and coordinating with our members, non-profits, partners, and local municipality to ensure we are guided by evidence-based recommendations published by Fraser Health Authority, BC Centre for Disease Control, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The health and safety of artists, audiences, and ACNW staff and volunteers is our top priority. We are carefully reviewing updates to determine our course of action during this time.  We would like to assure our community that we are committed to the safety of all who attend ACNW events and are taking the appropriate measures to help ensure that participants will experience a safe and healthy environment.

Effective, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all City of New Westminster community centres and public facilities have been closed to the public. This has impacted our operations of The Gallery at Queen’s Park. All exhibitions, events, workshops, rental use, and activities have been cancelled up to August 31, 2020.

As such, we are announcing that the following updates on ACNW programming:

The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Closed until August 31, 2020

New West Craft Artisan Markets
A pilot project is being undertaken at Tipperary Park on July 4, 2020. More info here

ArtsToGo/Momentum Youth Arts
An ArtsToGo Workshop was posted online for Canada Day. View here
A pilot project in partnership between these two programs is being undertaken in July and August. More info here

Last Monday at the Movies
The remainder of the 2019/2020 season, up to June 2020. Join us for start of our 18th Season in September 2020. Contact programs@acnw.ca for details about 2019/2020 Season Pass credits

Seniors Expressions Through the Arts
All activities are now taking place online. Contact seniors@acnw.ca for more details

ACNW Summer Music Program
All in-person activities are cancelled until August 31, 2020. Currently being redeveloped through a podcast series

New West Cultural Crawl
We are currently planning for this festival to take place with in-person activities on October 16 & 17, 2020. More information here

Additional events are currently being evaluated. If you are unsure about an activity or program, please email info@acnw.ca for clarity.

We also wish to highlight on-going activities that you can participate in from your home:

  • List to seven episodes of the ArtsNW podcast here
  • New West Cultural Roundtable – Monthly – details here

Additional resources and public statements:

Canadian Heritages FAQ (click here)
Canada Council for the Arts FAQ (click here)
BC Arts Council FAQ (click here)
BC Gaming Statement (click here)
BC Alliance for Arts + Culture Resource Page (click here)
ArtsBC Resource PDF (click here)

What we can continue to collectively do:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces daily.

As audiences are needing to stay at home. What are their options?

  1. You may donate your tickets back to Arts Council of New Westminster and we will issue you a charitable tax receipt for the equivalent amount. This is a particular gift during a challenging time for non-profit arts organizations like the ACNW.
  2. Give your tickets to a friend! They can pick up the tickets under your name, just call the box office and let us know.
  3. Exchange your tickets for a future performance. Please contact our office to discuss options by calling 604-525-3244 or e-mailing info@acnw.ca. We hope that all of you stay healthy – and we look forward to seeing you safely soon.

As new directives require additional physical distancing requirements, our arts activities will be complient with these guidlines. Artists are exploring exciting ways to continue creating; many arts organizations are live-streaming and podcasting (including the ACNW ArtsNW Podcast). We encourage you to practicing social distancing as we continue our lives and responsibly enjoy arts activities.

Sincerely,

Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director

CALL FOR ARTIST 2020

Organizers:
The Shops at Morgan Crossing is located in the heart of South Surrey. The shops at Morgan Crossing is a vibrant outdoor shopping centre offering a unique collection of independent retailers, fashion outlets, restaurants, and cafés.
Website: www.theshopsatmorgancrossing.com

Overview:
An opportunity exists to create a public art piece in the exterior public realm of the shopping centre for
intervention with visitors. The intervention should activate the public realm with an innovative and
potentially interactive public artwork. The objectives of the project are:

  1. To be a defining feature of the shopping centre
  2. To develop a sense of place, community pride and identity
  3. To reflect artistic diversity and creativity
  4. To serve as a visionary piece for the citizens of South Surrey and surrounding communities
  5. To inspire visitors
  6. To enhance the appearance and experience of the shopping centre

The artist will be responsible for design of the artwork; fabrication and installation of the artwork may be by the artist or by others, depending on the nature of the artwork, but the fabrication and installation is to be included in the overall project budget.

The Shops at Morgan Crossing will commission one or more professional artist(s) and/or artist team(s) to create a concept that will be meaningful for The Shops at Morgan Crossing. The winning design element could be located at various locations within the shopping centre. The intent is for the artworks to be a permanent display and legacy of the 10th anniversary celebration and revitalization plan of The Shops at Morgan Crossing.

Artwork must be for installation on the ground and suitable for outdoor weather.

Location:
The Shops at Morgan Crossing is located at 15765 Croydon Drive (at 24th Avenue), Surrey, BC.

See PDF for detailed locations on the site

Potential areas for artwork marked in red circles. Artists are welcome to make suggestions for other areas. Pictures of some of the marked areas follows.

Artist Criteria for Submissions:
Submit proposals of artwork along with a budget that includes the cost of creating the design, fabrication, installation and insurance to jng@strathallen.com. Please be sure to include digital images.

Contact information (Name, address, email, phone number, website)

Please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which areas you are proposing your art to be exhibited with a budget for creating, fabricating and installing the artwork.

An artist Statement giving your aims and objective as an artist in relation to your work.

The intent is to award the fabrication and installation of the artwork to the artist of the selected submission.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2020

Selection Process:
The Selection Committee will meet to consider all submissions received. All applicants will receive a
reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted. If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you.
This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.

Budget
The total budget available to artist(s) team is $50,000. The artwork budget must be inclusive of all costs including (but not limited to) artist fees, studio overhead, consultant fees (structural, electrical, etc.), artwork fabrication, site preparation, travel, transportation, traffic control, installation, all taxes and general liability insurance.

Estimated Timeline:

March 1, 2020
March 20, 2020
March 27, 2020
April 6, 2020
April 30, 2020
April 30, 2020
July 15-30, 2020
Call to Artist Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artist contacted
Permanent display dates confirmed
Contract to be signed
Installation dates

Contact:
All inquires should be directed to:
John Ng, Senior Property Manager
Phone: 604-639-0126
Email: jng@strathallen.com

To download a copy of this Call as a PDF, click here

The Arts Council of New Westminster is currently accepting applications for summer employment opportunities (May 11 – August 28) through the Canada Summer Jobs program:

Summer Music Coordinator

Summer Music Programmer

Cultural Coordinator

Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer

Please submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca
The application deadline for all positions in Monday, April 6th, 2020 at 5 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE that these positions are pending funding from the Canada Summer Jobs programs.

The Arts Council of New Westminster thank all who apply for a summer employment opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been cancelled. The ACNW will be announcing credits for Last Monday at the Movies Seasons Pass holders in the coming weeks.

Drama/Romance
1h 40min

Director:  William Nicholson
Writers: William Nicholson
Stars:  Josh O’ConnorBill NighyAnnette Bening 
When: Monday, March 30, 2020, 7pm at Massey Theatre (doors open at 6:30pm).
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother after 33 years of marriage.

Trailer:


The Arts Council of New Westminster presents:

Abhisek Mukherjee

Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020. 3pm –  4pm

INTER/ACTION

Inter/action is a monthly free public event that facilitates dialogue, practice, and education between the exhibiting artists and members of the community. The programming will be developed and delivered by the artists at The Gallery at Queen’s Park during their exhibition, and will consist of creative events such as artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminars, live drawing/painting, collaborative social practice activities, workshops, or performances. Inter/action: Artist Learning Series encourages the integration of the arts into daily life providing fully hands-on, barrier-free, no-cost art education that promotes intergenerational mentoring opportunities and inclusivity between backgrounds of gender, race, age and ability.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Abhisek Mukherjee was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), a pioneering city in Indian renaissance, a place long known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in art and design since childhood, and holds a Master of Design from NID, a premiere design Institute in India. He is a biophilic sculp­tor, using elements from nature to create scapes and installations. His early work also includes photo-doc­umentaries and clay models. An apparel designer by profession, he is a winner of Best Collection at Max Design Award (2014) and has worked as a designer at Ed Hardy.

At the age of eight, inspired by his father, Mukherjee made his first plant-scape and developed an interest in “painting” with plants; he would collect and bring home natural pieces with which to create eclectic art. He has recently moved to Vancouver, a city abundant in nature that serves as a muse reflective of his art forms. Mukherjee has started a line of planters and handmade cards called Buno, which means “wild” in Bengali, his mother tongue.

Mukherjee’s key purpose and ideology in creating bio designs is to establish a connection between art and its collector. Having seen much magnificent artistry gathering dust, he prefers to explore a medium wherein a user interacts with the sculpture. He celebrates the importance that plants hold in our lives and hopes to someday open a gallery inside a greenhouse.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Background for Thoughts”
by Abhisek Mukherjee

Exhibition Dates: March 4 – 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

For Abhisek Mukherjee, life is a series of breaths. To perceive only when the seer and the seen are perfectly aligned signifies a connection between them, and fosters an environment of stewardship.

Mukherjee’s work is a medium intended to create a sense of awareness, inviting the viewer to interact with nature. We often identify the most significant places in our childhood with the outdoors, and experience the natural environment in a deep and direct manner—not simply as a background for events, but as a factor and a stimulator. An experience where one is involved, with one’s body, senses, and awareness, is likely to be etched in memory for a long time, and a sympathetic attitude toward nature to resonate in one’s memory.

Through inspiration derived from a love of nature and the experience of solitary walks, Mukherjee explores rela­tionships between time, distance and dimensions. His work unveils surprising coincidences and remarkable affinities in the way we look at a view—whether near or far, high or low, or from inside out.

ARTIST BIO

Abhisek Mukherjee was born in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), a pioneering city in Indian renaissance, a place long known for its literary, artistic and revolutionary heritage. Mukherjee has taken a keen interest in art and design since childhood, and holds a Master of Design from NID, a premiere design Institute in India. He is a biophilic sculp­tor, using elements from nature to create scapes and installations. His early work also includes photo-doc­umentaries and clay models. An apparel designer by profession, he is a winner of Best Collection at Max Design Award (2014) and has worked as a designer at Ed Hardy.

At the age of eight, inspired by his father, Mukherjee made his first plant-scape and developed an interest in “painting” with plants; he would collect and bring home natural pieces with which to create eclectic art. He has recently moved to Vancouver, a city abundant in nature that serves as a muse reflective of his art forms. Mukherjee has started a line of planters and handmade cards called Buno, which means “wild” in Bengali, his mother tongue.

Mukherjee’s key purpose and ideology in creating bio designs is to establish a connection between art and its collector. Having seen much magnificent artistry gathering dust, he prefers to explore a medium wherein a user interacts with the sculpture. He celebrates the importance that plants hold in our lives and hopes to someday open a gallery inside a greenhouse.

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Summer Music Coordinator will be responsible for full program delivery. This position will coordinate, administer, and promote a concert series throughout New Westminster. The program takes place at locations throughout New Westminster during the summer of 2020, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of Music by the River, Uptown Unplugged, Fridays on Front and other music events throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Summer Music Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Cultural Coordinator will work in collaboration with all ACNW staff in undertaking a community-based research and planning project for the implementation of workshops, events and other arts activities in New Westminster for Indigenous artists to connect, promote and present their work.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of National Indigenous Peoples Day Music by the River, Fridays on Front and other ACNW programming.
  • Strengthen Indigenous connections in New Westminster and overseeing the presentation of Indigenous Artists within ACNW programming
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Cultural Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Summer Music Programmer will work closely with the Summer Music Coordinator to ensure full program delivery. This position will produce live music concert series throughout New Westminster. The program takes place at locations throughout New Westminster during the summer of 2020, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the production and programming delivery of Music by the River, Uptown Unplugged, Fridays on Front and other music events throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping the Summer Music Coordinator with planning and facilitating meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Production and Live Sound.
  • Familiarity with running PA system and assembling staging
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $16.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Summer Music Programmer – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer will support arts and culture events taking place within Queen’s Park during the Summer of 2020. The Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer will work closely with the ACNW Program Coordinator and Gallery Coordinator to ensure full program delivery, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the production and programming delivery of Poetry in the Park, ArtsToGo workshops, Queen’s Park Bandshell programming, and activities within The Gallery at Queen’s Park.
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Onsite day-of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Production and Arts Workshops.
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 11, 2020 to August 28, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $16.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week
Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 6, 2020.
Include “Queen’s Park Cultural Programmer – Application” as the subject of your email.
Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the New West Hospice Society present:

‘The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing’ pop-up exhibition

Festival of Loss and Healing | May 2, 2020

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

We invite all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit photographic images for a group exhibition during the Festival of Loss and Healing in New Westminster, British Columbia. Reproductions of submitted images will be featured in a pop-up exhibition at the New Westminster Festival of Loss and Healing on May 2, 2020.

The theme of the exhibition is “The Compassionate I : Personal Images of Loss & Healing”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Overview:

This Call for Submissions is for photographs engaging the broad themes of loss and healing.  These images will become an important part of the May 2020 New West Hospice Society’s Festival of Loss & Healing in New Westminster. A whole range of loss affects the human condition. Loss of loved ones including pets, loss of home, ability, identity, and so on. With loss comes different modes of healing. There is no correct response to loss, nor right way to go about healing – it is very individual and personal.

We are seeking all types of photographic images for this contest. Images can be black & white or colour; captured by digital camera, film camera, or a phone. They can be of people, places, things — realistic or abstract. Anything goes. Images should be an interpretation of loss and healing and captured by a compassionate eye / I.

Although not mandatory, you are welcome to submit a short synopsis to enhance the story of your image.

One image per entry will be allowed. All varieties of photographic methods will be considered including Phone Camera, Digital Camera, and Film/Polaroid. Up to nine images will be selected by the jury to be included in the pop-up exhibition.

Please note: The New West Hospice Society will reserve the right to retain the reproductions of the selected images and may be auctioned off in support of the New West Hospice Society. Digital images will may also display on the New West Hospice website and promotional materials

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging photographers. To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

Budget:

The Festival of Loss and Healing will not charge for submissions for exhibiting, nor will the Festival pay a photographer to participate in this exhibition. The Festival will pay for reproduction costs of the images to be exhibited.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

  • One digital image of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be in JPG format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 5MB. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium.
    Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your submitted work (optional).

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – Festival of Loss and Healing” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Tuesday March 31, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in early April 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Estimated Timeline:

February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020
Early April 2020
Mid-April 2020
May 2, 2020
May 2, 2020
Call for Submissions Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Festival of Loss and Healing


Contact:
All inquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

Call for Artists
Artists by the River is a one day Fine Art event hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster. On Saturday, June 13 the boardwalk at Westminster Quay will be lined with an assortment of painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, pottery artists and more. Are you a fine artist? Interested in joining this community event? Click here to apply.

Email programs@acnw.ca to learn more.

The Arts Council of New Westminster requests your feedback!

Please take ten minutes to fill out our Community Engagement Survey. Your answers will assist the ACNW in enhancing the delivery of programming and serving our community.

Click here for the Community Engagement Survey

Click here for the ACNW Programming Survey

The survey will be open for your feedback until February 29, 2020

Call for Artists - The Art of Pride - Art for, by, about and in allyship with LGBTQ2SIA+

Youth for a Change, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster, invite artists to submit for consideration for inclusion in our 5th annual art show. All mediums will be considered.

The Art of Pride
Art exhibit by, for, in allyship with LGBTQ2SIA+.
With spoken word performance.
Exhibition date: August 10, 2020
Location: Centennial Lodge, New Westminster

To participate contact: surreyjen@yahoo.ca

Submit your application for the 2020 ACNW Summer Music Program, including live concerts a part of Uptown Unplugged, Music by the River, and many more.

Drama/Romance
1h 23min

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Writers: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass
Stars: Samantha MugatsiaNeville MisatiNice Githinji
When: Monday, February 24, 2020 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

SYNOPSIS:
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Inspried by Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree”, which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, “Rafiki” challenges deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya.

TRAILER:

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Vulnerability”
by Alisha Sian

Exhibition Dates: February 5 – 23, 2020
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, February 16, 2020, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Vulnerability is an abstract realism drawing series that explores nakedness, internalized invalidation, and unrelenting conflict, from both inside and outside of the self. Invoking feminist and cultural themes of conformity, scrutiny, self-consciousness and self-empowerment, each portrait utilizes intensified contrast and experimental line work to highlight instances of lightness in heavy states of being.

The creations of a long-time dweller in the colourless world of graphite pencils and putty erasers, Sian’s black and white drawings explore mysterious territory—the strange borderline between realism and abstraction, and delicate balance of harmony and chaos—in order to convey the complex beauty of faces, bodies, and experiences. A budding career as a mental health nurse and compassion for all living beings play a dominant role in Sian’s goal with every drawing—to find solace in the darkest of places. She hopes that her art will encourage others to explore themselves completely and unapologetically.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Surrey-based visual artist Alisha Sian has aspired to embrace her artistic passions from an early age, including enrollment at Emily Carr. Like many young girls of South Asian heritage growing up in an increasingly expensive city, her family pressured her into a more financially viable career path, and away from pursuing art in any professional context. Sian has taken matters into her own hands and is sharing her debut exhibition  drawing series, Vulnerability, in the hopes of starting her career as a professional artist.

Sian frequents life-drawing seminars in the metro Vancouver area and since 2017 has been commissioned for portrait work, mostly in graphite pencil. She has earned a nursing degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and completed a practicum in mental health, addictions and youth care. She is now a fully certified nurse, a profession that deeply inspires the emotional content of her work.

Biography/Drama/History
101 Minutes

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Ben Elton
Stars: Kenneth BranaghJudi DenchIan McKellen 
When: Monday, January 27, 2020 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

SYNOPSIS:
The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father.

TRAILER:

Request for Proposals: ACNW CRM Implementation and Staff Training
Proposal Due Date: January 10, 2019

Project Overview
Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

In July 2019, the ACNW undertook the implementation of a new CRM system (Etapestry). The implementation was stalled in September 2019 and is currently half finished. The ACNW is seeking a consultant to complete the implantation, integrate the system with the ACNW Wordpress website, and guide ACNW staff through training in the use of the new CRM system.

Project Goals

  1. Successfully completed implementation of the selected CRM system.
  2. Integration of forms into the ACNW website, and automated messaging and receipting for donations and membership.
  3. Successful training of ACNW staff to utilize the CRM using Blackbaud University resources.

Scope of Work

Phase 1 – Implementation and Integration

  • Set up and test webforms
  • Complete CRM implementation
  • Integrate into ACNW website

Phase 2 – Training

  • Assess ACNW staff knowledge of CRM system
  • Develop ACNW staff training plan
  • Oversee ACNW staff training

Current Roadblocks/Barriers
The ACNW is seeking to finish the implementation of a new CRM system while the organization is currently straddling two systems. ACNW staff are not familiar with the new system and need support in learning the system and embracing the new technology.

Evaluation Metrics /Criteria
Proposal will be evaluated based on samples of your past work, a proven success record working with similar non-profits, your expertise and technical skills, and cost of services within our budgeted range.

Submission Criteria

  1. Description of your experience and/or organization overview
  2. 3 examples of past work in CRM implementation
  3. Testimonials
  4. Timeframe for completion
  5. Project management methodology

Project Due by: March 31, 2019
Budget: $5,000 – $6,400
Contact: Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director | info@acnw.ca | 604 525 3244

To download a PDF of this RFP, click here

Interested in sharing expertise and making a difference to the New Westminster arts community? The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is seeking (10) Seniors to join the “Seniors Expressions Through the Arts” volunteer programming committee.

This committee will meet weekly on Tuesday mornings from January to May 2020 to brainstorm ideas, plan, and deliver monthly arts activities at the Centennial Lodge. Term: January 10, 2020 to May 30, 2020. Time required is approximately 2 hours per week. Although we will meet weekly, committee members may be asked to dedicate considerable periods of time to the delivery of each activity of the project.

Who are you? Committee members are volunteers with professional experience in their fields who enjoy working and interacting with others and have a positive attitude. As volunteers, committee members receive no remuneration for their work. Seniors Coordinator will provide ongoing support and administration for the committee.

Why join? Committee members create connections and community through the arts and promote the ACNW at public events. The Committee also works to improve artists’ networks, reduce social isolation in seniors, and build continuity and presence through ongoing involvement in community events.

Role of Committee Members:

Committee members will be supported by the Coordinator to develop, curate, promote, and produce monthly arts events at the Centennial Lodge in New Westminster; develop, create, and promote a brand-new “Arts Passport” designed to encourage frequent engagement in the thriving arts and culture community; and lay the foundation for year-round arts programming with a focus on Seniors. Committee members will review program delivery, and advise the Board of Directors on the needs of the arts community and general policy matters.

Committee members responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly committee meetings, email/call the committee chair or coordinator as needed;
  • Attend and support arts events representing ACNW. Responsibilities for each event vary depending on the needs of the organizer/artist;
  • Maintain interest and curiosity for the New West arts community
  • Promote arts events in person, through their networks, and online.

Committee members are viewed as representatives of The Arts Council of New Westminster and must conduct themselves in an appropriately professional manner, respecting their ACNW responsibilities and obligations and following the Ground Rules for Group Deliberations and Consensus Building as approved by the Board, January 2016.

Criteria for Committee Membership

Committee members must:

  • Be aged 55+;
  • Be willing to engage in the development and implementation of arts events;
  • Have no real or perceived bias respecting any special interest group while serving as committee members;
  • Consider the best interests of the entire community;
  • Be willing and able to make a significant contribution of time during their tenure. 

Benefits

Apply your knowledge, skills and expertise to the planning and delivery of arts and  culture activities for Seniors like you, in your community. You will work as a team to make recommendations and plan events and activities that connect you to the various arts and culture communities in New Westminster. You will gain new skills, make new connections, advance arts and culture, and meet and work with lots of great people and for a great organization!

How to Apply

To apply to be a committee member, please send a short expression of interest describing why you would like to join the committee along with relevant experience and contact information to the Seniors Coordinator by emailing info@acnw.ca Deadline to apply is December 31, 2019.

To download a PDF copy of this Call, click here

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2020

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have an Artist-in-Residence program that feature a variety of disciplines by a wide range of artists from New Westminster. The Artist-In-Residence program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists living and/or working in New Westminster. For clarity: this is an artist development program, you do not need to be an established artist. This is a opportunity to develop as an artist, and no previous experience is expected.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Friday January 31, 2020

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queen’s Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly.

The ACNW is seeking to provide New Westminster artists and local not-for-profit arts organizations the opportunity to use the Lower Studio space in The Gallery at Queen’s Park free of charge in exchange for a weekly public programming event (2 hours) that engages the community. Collaborations between artists and community groups are welcome.

Selected eligible artists and organizations will have 24-hour non-exclusive access to the Lower Studio space. All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s opening hours are maintained by volunteer staff, therefore the Artist-in-Residence will be expected to work collaboratively within the operations of the Gallery for the duration of their residency.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To be considered for this program, you must live and/or work in New Westminster.
  • To be in-residence, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your residency.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for artist-in-residence program, nor does it pay an artist to participate.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $75 for public programming during the residency.

How to Apply:

The Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee (GESC) will meet in February to consider applications for the following year. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit a completed Application Form (found in the PDF package below):

  • Applicant’s Background:
    For Individual Artists: Artistic practice and objectives with short biography and/or professional artist CV
    For Arts Organizations: Organization history including mission statement, years of operation and a brief description of the organization’s current programs and services
  • Public Programming description:
    What the project is about, your plan for public programming in the space (readings, publications, book or zine launches, performances, film screenings, pop-up events, artist talks, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice, workshops, classes, community meetings etc.), and how it will engage/benefit the community
  • Your requested start date and occupancy period/time frame of use of the Lower Studio
  • Any proposed collaboration with other artists or groups, if applicable
  • Contact information (name, mailing address, phone number, email, website)
  • Please indicate If you are currently an ACNW member

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with The Gallery at Queen’s Park – Artists in Residence in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on January 31, 2020. Proposals received by January 31, 2020 will be reviewed with preliminary decisions announced by February 28, 2020. Following that time, proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. All submissions will be juried by a panel of professional artists, educators, and administrators. Please note: All successful applicants will be required to be members of the Arts Council of New Westminster.

The Selection Process:

The GESC will meet in February 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, a term length for residency will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the residency can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

December 1, 2019
January 31, 2020 
Early February
Late February
Early March
March 15th, 2020 & onward

Call to Proposals Launched
Deadline to submit
Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Residency dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Residency/Public Programming begins

Contact:
All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

To download a copy of this Call and Application Form in PDF format, click here

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ARTSNW, the podcast. A first listen to the art beat of the city.
THE ARTSNW PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS MAKERS AND MOVERS IN THE ROYAL CITY

November, 15 2019 (New Westminster, BC) —

Host Joel Mackenzie (Mainland- a BC History Podcast) dives into the vibrant arts scene on the Fraser River with the debut season of The Arts Council of New Westminster’s ARTSNW Podcast. Join Joel and a who’s who of New Westminster artists, composers, writers, makers, and arbiters as they explore how art is conceived, created, and consumed in today’s culture. Each episode includes onsite interviews in the spaces where our guests work, where Joel encourages them to examine how art effects their perception of the world and their own internal artistic practices. By physically anchoring the artist and their art in the places where they create, an unusual level of intimacy and insight is offered the audience. Find the podcast at http://artsnw.buzzsprout.com.

Brought to you by the Arts Council of New Westminster with the support of 100 Braid St Studios, the City of New Westminster and the BC Arts Council, the podcast gives insight into the way art influences our lives here in the Lower Mainland and the impact of local art on the national and international stage.

The ARTSNW podcast is recorded in the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

About the Arts Council of New Westminster

Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavours.

For more information about The Arts Council of New Westminster, visit http://www.acnw.ca. We can be reached at media@acnw.ca, or in person at our offices in The Gallery at Queen’s Park.

Contact
CS Fergusson-Vaux, Marketing &Outreach Coordinator
email: media@acnw.ca
phone: 604 525 3244
website: acnw.ca
press kit: acnw.ca/artsnw

Seniors Coordinator – Contractor
Job Description

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

“Seniors Expressions Through the Arts” is a project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors program being undertaken by the Arts Council of New Westminster. The Seniors Coordinator will support the work of the Seniors Expressions Committee as they develop, curate, promote, and produce monthly arts events at the Centennial Lodge in New Westminster. The Coordinator will also support the committee in the development of an Arts Passport and a video documenting the entire project. 

Duties include:

  • Participating in the facilitation and coordination of the “Seniors Expressions Through the Arts” program;
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations;
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement of the Seniors Expressions Committee;
  • Helping to plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, emailing meeting notifications;
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc.);
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines;
  • Onsite day-of support;
  • Other duties, as assigned by the ACNW Executive Director.

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions;
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving;
  • Culturally aware, with a passion for the arts;
  • Available to work weekends and evenings;
  • Valid Class 5 Province of British Columbia Driver’s License.

Timeline: December 1, 2019 to May 31, 2020, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.
Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 20 hrs per week, Contract position.

Submit resumé and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on November 29, 2019. Include “Seniors Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

To download a PDF copy of this posting, click here

We acknowledge that we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

Changing the Conversation: Reflective Empathy and Public Discourse on Social Housing

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2019

We invite all visual and literary artists from Metro Vancouver to submit applications for a group exhibition during the Change the Conversation Series. Literary works will be featured at a public event on March 27th, 2020 at the Laura Muir Theatre on the New Westminster campus of Douglas College and photographic works will be displayed in the Amelia Douglas Gallery from March 27th – April 20th, 2020.

The theme of the exhibition is “Poverty, Housing, and Empathy”.

In recognizing how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, we specifically encourage artists with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and substance use to submit. Artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Overview:

Public opposition to social housing is often accompanied by stigmatizing stories about those impacted by poverty and homelessness. The goal of this project is to use the arts to have a better public conversation about these issues by seeing more deeply into the world of those without secure housing in New Westminster and the broader Metro Vancouver area. This call for artists seeks poetry, creative non-fiction, and photography that invites us to think more deeply and to develop more empathy for those with lived experience of poverty, homelessness, and substance use.

Eligibility:

This call is open to applications from both established and emerging artists in the following categories:

  1. Poetry
  2. Creative non-fiction writing (maximum 1500 words)
  3. Photography

Budget:

Each category will have three prizes with monetary awards:

1st Prize: $750
2nd Prize: $500
3rd Prize: $250

In addition to these prizes, there will be seven bursaries of $200 each for seven additional photographs.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Selection Committee will meet in late January 2020 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered, please submit the following:

Category: Poetry

  • Must be an original work of poetry, not previously published in print or online
  • Word count: 5 – Max. 500

Category: Creative Non-Fiction Writing

  • Must be an original work of non-fiction, not previously published in print or online
  • Word count: 1,200 – Max. 1,500

Category: Photography

  • A selection of 3 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg

For all categories, please submit the following:

  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website, or shelter address).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A short paragraph about your background and lived experience.

If possible, please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with “Exhibition Submission – Changing the Conversation” in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB. For handwritten submission options, please contact the gallery at 604-525-3244.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Wednesday January 15, 2020.

The Selection Process:

The Selection Committee will meet in late January 2020 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, name of your artwork, and complete contact information.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
  • Please test all digital documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

November 1, 2019   
January 15, 2020
Late January 2020
February 2020
February 2020
March 20-25, 2020
March 27 – April 20, 2020

Call to Artists Launched
Deadline to submit
Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Installation dates
Exhibition at the Laura Muir Theatre Lobby

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

Click here to download a PDF of this Call for Artists

The Arts Council of New Westminster
2019 Annual General Meeting
will be on Sunday, November 24th 2019.

Venue: Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30 pm
More information, click here

Please note, this agenda contains a special resolution that will update the ACNW Constituation and Bylaws, click here for more information

After our formal AGM, please plan to stay for our Annual Arts Celebration, 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

Please share this invitation with others, as the meeting is open to the public. If you have any questions, would like more information, or are interested in joining the Board of Directors, contact Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director at info@acnw.ca

We looking forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Director: Sebastián Lelio    
Writers:   Alice Johnson Boher (adapted screenplay), Sebastián Lelio 
Stars: Julianne MooreJohn TurturroCaren Pistorius 
When: Monday, November 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

SYNOPSIS:
A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. She soon finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with the joys of budding love and the complications of dating.

TRAILER:

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New West Craft Labourer
Job Description

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

New West Craft is an existing program hosted by the Arts Council of New Westminster at the River Market in New Westminster. New West Craft celebrates the promotion of local artisans.  Currently there are two weekend Artisan Fairs every month with spaces provided for artisans to sell their crafts.  The New West Craft Labourer, working closely with the ACNW Program Coordinator, along with River Market staff, will set-up and teardown the event at each event. 

Duties include:

  • setting up 25-35 folding tables / taking down 25-35 tables at end of event
  • setting up chairs
  • moving furniture
  • placing signage out on the boardwalk and other locations around River Market / collecting signage and placing in storage
  • assisting vendors load and unload
  • monitoring the cargo elevator
  • ensuring the loading bay is clear of parked vehicles
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Program Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Ability to lift, carry, and/or push up to 60lbs
  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work on Saturdays

Timeline: November 15, 2019 to June 30, 2020, First and Third Saturday of each month.
9:00am – 11:00am and 4:00pm – 5:00pm.
Remuneration: $75.00 per day

Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on November 10, 2019. Include “New West Craft Labourer – Application” as the subject of your email. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

To download a copy of this job posting in PDF format, click here

Mardell Rampton – “Water’s Edge” – November 6 – 24, 2019

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Water’s Edge”
by Mardell Rampton

Exhibition Dates: November 6 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

As you enjoy Mardell Rampton’s textile designs, let her own poetic words bring you a deeper understanding of the inspiration behind them; allow these creations evoking water to seduce and calm you while you wander through the exhibition. 

Come with me here…to the water’s edge…let the blues and greens of the natural world ease away the tension…the stress…the pace of our modern world.

Allow the gentle repetitive motion of the waves lapping against the shore to bring a steadying beat to the frenetic race of time.

Let the qualities of nature wash away the jagged edges of stress and intensity. Bask in the brilliant blue of a coastal summer day, or float gently in the peaceful grays and muted tones of a drizzly damp day.

The textures…the colours…distilled from time spent on the sea with my family as a child. The wild and stunning beaches of the west coast of Vancouver Island. The powerfully haunting totems in abandoned First Nations villages all along the BC coastline…the silvery grey of the weathered cedar the only discernible colour…the mystical beauty of the carved figures eroded by the punishing effects of the wind, the salt air and the sun.

Rampton adds:

The software engineer in me chooses only a single form (the rectangle) with which to compose my work… the lines, the precision of the construction methods reflecting these analytical and structured qualities. The artist in me softens these more rigid constructs with cloth…the organic shape of each rectangle…the slow intuitive mark of the hand.

My wish for you is to connect with these essences, captured carefully in my dye pots and watercolour paints, and in the marks I make on cloth and on paper, giving your spirit a place to rest in ease…grace…serenity.

ARTIST BIO

Mardell Rampton is a Canadian artist who works intuitively with colour and texture on cloth to create her paintings. Her process involves hand dyeing, hand painting, and marking the cloth. Working from Studio Southwynde in Burnaby, BC, Rampton is an internationally exhibited artist with recent work appearing in shows in the US, Canada, France and Italy. More recently, the artist has also been exploring watercolour on cold pressed papers.

Dear Member,

Your membership in The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is very important to us. Your membership with the ACNW needs to be renewed before December 31st in order to remain active. Please take this letter as a friendly reminder to renew if you have not already done so. Your renewed Membership will be valid for one year from the date of purchase

The Arts Council of New Westminster has been active in the community for fifty years. Since its incorporation as a not-for-profit society, the ACNW has met its mandate to encourage, support and nurture emerging talents and increase awareness of the arts in the community. We have been able to accomplish this through a strong membership base.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank you for your continued support through renewing your membership with the ACNW. Please share this reminder with anyone you might know who may also be interested in membership with the ACNW.

Sincerely,
Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director

Simply renew your membership by visiting: acnw.ca/membership
Other options: Print form and mail, or return in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writers:  Richard Glatzer Wash Westmoreland (screenplay by) 
Stars:  Keira KnightleyFiona ShawDominic West 
When: Monday, October 28, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.

Trailer:

 







Robert Fee – “Makeshift” – October 2 – 27, 2019

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Makeshift”
by Robert Fee

Exhibition Dates: October 2 – 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Robert Fee’s recent work starts by punching deliberately uncoordinated keyboard entries into a search engine. Fee is interested in how the Internet interprets and represents the new random “word” created from this process. Usually an indecipherable arrangement of unrelated numbers, letters and characters provide images that initially appear to be random, but at times seem connected. Fee picks from the disparate images and begins to develop a singular image, forming new connections and patterns. The further act of painting hybridizes, edits and distills the scrambled drawing into a specific composition. The resulting piece becomes a represent-ation of Fee’s initial search and eventually finds its own place in the digital landscape, co-existing with its incidental origins.

ARTIST BIO

An artist and musician now living in New Westminster, Robert Fee originally hails from the Okanagan. After completing an Art Degree with a major in drawing and painting, Fee spent many years playing Jazz and Blues in clubs in BC while building his art portfolio. He made the move to Vancouver in the late 1990’s, first studying jazz at Capilano College, then completing a Bachelor of Art Education at UBC.

A high school Art teacher for nearly 20 years, teaching has become a great passion in Fee’s life; he finds witnessing the creative process fascinating, and enjoys seeing myriad individual approaches to visual problems in the course of a school year. He is inspired by his students, and continually surprised at the diverse nature of mark-making.

As for his own work, Fee approaches painting in a way similar to jazz improvisation. His main instrument is the saxophone. The idea of creating a solo, starting from basic structures and developing them in new and unexpected ways, could also describe the way Fee works with paint—in a simple and direct way, trying to express honestly.

Savage Society is looking for contemporary dancers for an upcoming two week workshop of Tai Grauman’s new play in development You used to call me Marie…

In this 2 week workshop, we will be exploring how we can create horses by using an ensemble of 6 contemporary dancers.

Synopsis: ” You Used to Call me Marie…” follows two souls in eight different Metis love stories at eight distinct points in time. Beginning in creation and ending in the present, we watch Iskwewo and Napew before and after the creation of Treaty 6. We watch the emergence of the Metis communities across the plains and the robust colonization that arises from the fur trade alongside the loss of knowledge that happens over time. ” You used to call me Marie …” shares the love, the loss and the fight of Treaty 6’s Metis women. Through alternate forms of theatrical structure, five different languages, puppetry, jigging and contemporary dance, this piece shares timeless stories of the survival of Metis peoples across Treaty 6.

Contact : tai@savagesociety.ca
Workshop dates: October 15 th – 26 th , with a public presentation on the 25 th and 26 th .
Location: The Massey Theatre
Remuneration: $1,400
Please submit a headshot and resume to tai@savagesociety.ca to be considered.

We encourage submissions from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Preference will be given to self-identifying Indigenous applicants.
Artistic Director: Kevin Loring
Savage Society tells stories based on myth, tradition and the contemporary Indigenous experience.
www.savagesociety.ca

Drama, Romance
1h 34 min

Director:  Noble Jones
Writers: Noble Jones
Stars:John LithgowBlythe DannerDerek Cecil 
When: Monday, September 20, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synoposis:
Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.

Trailer:

The Royal City Musical Theatre Society is currently looking to fill the role of Executive Producer. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, our Executive Producer has the responsibility for the overall management of the production, marketing and company administration.

In collaboration with our Artistic Director, the Executive Producer assembles and provides leadership to the Production Team {overseen by the Director and the Technical Director}, as well as serves as the liaison with local theatres used for rehearsals/performances, and oversees both the contracted Marketing Company (Bridge Communications) and Administrative Assistant personnel.

Responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain and manage the production schedule. Organize and manage audition process. – Budget: In coordination with the Director, Treasurer, and Board, create a production budget; manage the budget through the production. Work with all departments to ensure budget is maintained. Produce and maintain purchase orders in concert with accounts payable schedule.
  • Provides Leadership to the Production team with regard to resolution of conflicts or differing views on the management of the Production.
  • Functions as a central point of communication for the production team. Facilitates regular production meetings with entire Production Team.
  • Liaise with rehearsal and performance venue representatives.
  • Contract Administration: Negotiate and produce all contracts (Production Team, Designers, performers) and work together with Bookkeeper / Treasurer on payment schedules that work with cash flow. Develop and execute all production related contracts for union and non-union artists and collaborators.
  • Collaborates with various committees of the RCMT Board, including but not limited to: Finance, Fundraising, Production and Marketing.
  • Serve as the primary liaison between RCMT and local theatres (Massey and Anvil) professional associations and unions, and production rights companies.
  • Attend monthly Board meetings; update the Board on production status.
  • Promotes cast and production morale at all times by providing a positive environment where all members of the production are treated respectfully.
  • Lead the annual production post mortem. Provide a written post production report and recommendations to the Board.
  • RCMT Office Management: Manage monthly administrative budget and office functions including phone calls, emails, direct mail, filing, preparing business documents, grant writing/reporting, maintaining all databases, and ordering any necessary supplies. Maintain a complete file documenting all communications and correspondence.
  • Work with the Board’s Executive Committee Chair to ensure all documents and tools related to Org Structure, Roles/Responsibilities, Meeting Agendas/Minutes, Fundraising Initiatives, Contact Lists (cast, members, volunteers), are updated and distributed as needed.
  • Provides ultimate oversight of the Marketing and Advertising Contract (publicity and advertising) and Leadership to the Marketing Committee.
  • Work with a volunteer digital marketing rep to oversee the website and social media feeds, and E-Blasts in order to maximize awareness of the company and production.

Qualifications & Experience  

  • Experience with theatre production and management.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to work in harmony with all production departments.
  • Proven track record for completing Theatre Production on time and on budget.

Hours of Work  

Hours of work will be scheduled as needed. Currently we mount one show per year that runs during the month of April. The bulk of the hours will be spent from September to May, with February to April having the heaviest workload.

Compensation  $15,000 per year

How to Apply    

Please email your cover letter and resume to Kristine Ketter at president@royalcitymusicaltheatre.com.

About the Organization

We produce only large-scale musical theatre shows with community-based casts of as many as sixty on the stage. Very few organizations outside of Broadway or London’s West End are able to mount such large productions.

We have produced thirty prize winning Broadway musicals, which have been universally praised by local media and audiences and are just about to announce #31!

www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com

riverfest logo

The Arts Council of New Westminster and The Fraser River Discovery Centre presents:

RiverFest Pop-Up Art Exhibition
Fraser River Discovery Centre
Thursday, September 19
10:00am – 4:00pm
as part of RiverFest New West

On Thursday, September 19, we invite you to experience the spirit of the Fraser with the RiverFest Pop-Up Art Exhibition. Theme: the working river and its natural environment.

Exhibiting Artists:

Bettina Harvey
Janet Kvammen
Margarita Hobbes
Mat Holmstrom
Melissa Burgher
Ranu Chakraborty
Stephen Hawkins
Susan Greig
Victoria Mitchell

Click here for more information about RiverFest

The Arts Council of New Westminster is thrilled to announce a donation of refurbished office equipment from the Electronic Recycling Association. We are overwhelmed by the donation and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity. Through this donation, ACNW staff will be able to improve the delivery of programming at The Gallery at Queen’s Park and at arts events across New Westminster throughout the year.

OPPORTUNITY

The City of New Westminster is seeking to commission one or more professional artist(s) and/or artist team(s) to create a single or multiple permanent site-specific artwork(s) that will be meaningful for Indigenous and other cultures. The intent is for the artworks to be integrated with the public realm design of the building and/or landscape of the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre (NWACC).

TOTAL BUDGET FOR ALL ARTWORKS: $500,000 (+GST) CAD (maximum, all-inclusive)

ELIGIBILITY

Professional artists or artist teams are encouraged to submit their qualifications and letters of interest in being considered for the commission. Having experience working with project teams or in creating public art will be considered an asset.

*A professional artist is defined by the Canada Council as someone who:

  • has specialized training in the artistic field (not necessarily in academic institutions) 
  • is recognized as a professional by his or her peers (artists working in the same artistic tradition) 
  • is committed to devoting more time to artistic activity, if possible financially 
  • has a history of public presentation or publication.

https://canadacouncil.ca/glossary/professional-artist

City of New Westminster Council, staff, the City’s Public Art Advisory Committee members, selection panel members, project personnel and immediate family members are not eligible to apply.

SELECTION PROCESS

Artist(s)/artist team(s) will be chosen using a two-stage selection process: an open call for expressions of interest; and, an invitation to short-listed artists to submit a public artwork(s) proposal.

HONORARIUM

An honorarium of $3500 will ONLY be paid to each invited artist/artist team who submits a complete proposal and presents their proposal to the Selection Panel.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (PHASE I): 3:00 pm PST on Thursday, September 12, 2019

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF CONCEPT PROPOSAL (PHASE II): 3:00 pm PST on Thursday, January 23, 2020

INSTALLATION: The delivery of the public art project will be integrated with the design and construction of the New Westminster Aquatics and Community Centre. The new aquatic centre is scheduled to be operational early 2022.

MORE INFORMATION

To download the full document and supporting material, please go to https://www.newwestcity.ca/business-and-economy/doing-business-with-the-city/request-for-bids-and-proposals-open.php

Submission Deadline
September 12, 2019

You are invited to submit your interest in participating in the show by filling out the form by September 7, 2019.

We will preview your website and social media channels for examples of your work (you do not need to submit the final work or photos of your work).

If you are accepted into the show you will receive an email along with an invoice for the $25 entrance fee. You may pay by credit card or e-transfer. You should receive confirmation of acceptance within 7-14 business days.

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Once you have been accepted into the show you may submit one to three, 12”x 12”x1 ½ deep” gallery wrapped canvases or wooden cradles. If you are a textile artist or mixed media artist we are happy to discuss other options but all art must be 12″ x 12″ and must pre-approved by organizers; subject matter is artists’ choice, ready to hang, and signed on the back only. If you are a returning artist we ask that you submit all new work to the current show.

Please visit the Submission Page for hanging requirements.

You will also receive guidelines for social media, a press release and other and instructions/postings for use on social media channels.

Each piece of anonymous show art will be priced at $150.00 regardless of the artist and $100.00 per painting will be paid back to the artist when sold. The rest of the monies will go to the New Westminster Arts Council and to cover the basic costs of the show.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Art may be brought to 100 Braid St Studios on:

September 19: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 20: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 21: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 23: Jurying Process
Once the final pieces are submitted, the show will be juried by a committee of artists and art professionals. There is no guarantee that any piece submitted will be chosen for the show. The iAD selection committee at 100 Braid St reserves the right to refuse any work that we consider offensive to the public

September 27: Artists Notified – Accepted or Declined :: Pick Up of Declined Pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm
October 4-13: Pick up of declined pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 27 – October 25: Promotion of artists with work accepted into show

October 23: Show Curation & Hanging
October 24: Private Pre-Show for Sponsors & Friends of the Studio
October 25: Public Opening Gala
October 26: Artist Reception
October 26: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm
October 27: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm

Oct 31 – Nov 1: Unsold Art Pick Up 1:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 30-Nov 15 Payments Made to Artists

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iAD Selection Jurors:
Susan L. Greig, Owner/Founder 100 Braid St Studios
Michael King, President Plein Air BC
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, New Westminster Arts Council
Trudy Van Dop, Owner VanDop Galleries

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: iad.100braidststudios@gmail.com

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Natura”
by Marney-Rose Edge

Exhibition Dates: September 4 – 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Natura means Nature. Inspiration for this body of work began with Marney-Rose Edge’s own backyard pond and spread to local ponds, waterways and nature reserves within our urban areas. Edge strives to highlight not only the beauty found in these places, but also to contrast it against the decay of vegetation that supports and sustains a rich tapestry of life, including animals, birds and their nests. The artist wants the viewer to feel surrounded by nature from a different point of view, a whole new experience. This exhibition includes acrylic paintings, drawings and watercolour studies on paper that support the theme.

Light and colour are key, energetic components that stimulate the senses and create mood and drama in Edge’s work, no matter the medium. A sense of movement has recently been gaining momentum as another thread of commonality.

Contrasts are used between colour, values, edges and texture, so that the viewer does not see everything at once, and discoveries can be made over time. Choosing the right medium for the subject—from watercolour and oils for florals, or acrylics for the textural mediums used in a nest series—to utilizing the versatility of acrylics in a reductive technique for the decaying texture of the Natura series, all contribute to Edge’s journey as an artist.

ARTIST BIO

Marney-Rose Edge was born into a creative family and raised in New Zealand in the beautiful art deco seaside town of Napier. Her father was an avid amateur photographer, and her mother hand-coloured photographs and dabbled in pastels. Ever since childhood and always fascinated with colour, Edge has loved creating beautiful things. She is a “late bloomer” who ventured into painting in her forties; her inexhaustible passion for it has not diminished. A natural teacher, Edge has a following with her watercolour classes and workshops; she also instructs privately.

After a career spanning almost 30 years in the Graphic Arts/Printing industry, an opportunity for Edge to become an entrepreneur/sole business owner, painting full-time, presented itself. She paints realistically, influenced by romantic beauty and an ethereal softness creating an escape from the everyday.

Edge’s paintings have won many awards locally and internationally, and appear in publications such as The Best of Watercolour, The Best of Acrylics and International Artist Magazine. Edge earned Senior Signature status with the Federation of Canadian Artists in 2013 and has served on the Board of Directors, as well as on the Fraser Valley Chapter Board. She is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour.


To download a PDF of this Call for Board Members, click here

Two Gents of New West (a.k.a. Howard Dai and Tiger Xu) and the Arts Council of New Westminster’s Momentum Youth Arts program are once again teaming up to offer a free, family-friendly series of performances by emerging local artists and an open mic session to close out each session.

Dates: August 10, 17 and 24, 2019
Location: Queen’s Park Bandshell
Time: Noon to 4pm
Cost: Free, or by donation

Email twogentsnw@gmail.com to find out more or watch for details as the dates draw closer.

The Arts Council of New Westminster
and
Youth For A Change
present:

 The Art of Queer
Art show & Spoken Word
a part of New West Pride week.

Entry by donation if you can, free if you can’t.

August 12, 2019
Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
6-8pm

Join us for an art exhibition featuring LGBTQ+ artists and spoken word, event beginning at 6pm.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Allegory and Grace”
by Annette Nieukerk

Exhibition Dates: August 7 – 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 7, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, August 11, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

In her figurative work, Annette Nieukerk is primarily interested in the narratives at the heart of human existence. What are our stories? What is factual and what has been eroded by memory? What is hidden, and what is secret?

Nieukerk’s work speaks to the intricacies and layering of those narratives and how what is exposed to view and what is hidden are both reflected in the physicality of our bodies. Utilizing contrasting media—walnut drawing ink and oil paint on translucent Mylar—Nieukerk exposes the inner narrative of each human figure.

Nieukerk’s work also questions the notions of beauty and identity within our culture, focussing primarily on older women—those sixty years of age and older—a segment of our “youth is beauty”-driven society often considered uninteresting or undesirable—and certainly not “beautiful.” Nieukerk’s work challenges the stereotypes that equate beauty with youth and searches for both the outer beauty in the aging body that society shuns, and the inner beauty that lies underneath the skin.

“Allegory and Grace,” a continuation of Nieukerk’s larger series, “In Praise of Older Women,” questions whether our society has reached a time to truly embrace the aging of a woman’s body and the experiences—births, deaths, loves, losses, joys and sorrows—that are etched so gracefully into the folds of her skin. In each image, a flower enhances and echoes the female form—symbolic of grace, beauty, and life’s seasons.

As an aging female artist, an expansion of this area of interest for Nieukerk is her own sense of identity in working with other females her age, and what effect this in-depth exploration has on her artistic practice.

Artist Bio

Now in her fifth decade of art practice, Annette Nieukerk has had a varied career spanning disciplines, media and genres. As a young artist, she depicted the prairie landscape using silkscreen printing as her medium of choice. In mid-career, Nieukerk became passionately involved in theatre design and followed that path for many years while maintaining her role as an art educator. Today, Nieukerk works out of a studio in East Vancouver, utilizing a variety of painting and drawing media employing the aging female figure as the focus of her practice.

Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. It accomplishes that mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Marketing Coordinator is a critical member the ACNW team. The Marketing Coordinator will oversee the #ArtsNW marketing campaign, design marketing materials and posters, website updates, social media posts, and supervise the production of a monthly podcast. The Coordinator will oversee the ongoing development and execution an all-encompassing marketing strategy for all current and upcoming events and programs. This position requires someone who is reliable, professional, outgoing, and passionate about the impact of arts & culture in the New Westminster. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate with ACNW’s programming staff to promote events on behalf of ACNW Members throughout New Westminster.
  • Participate in all efforts to publicize ACNW Member events and initiatives through social media channels.
  • Propose new ideas to improve and continue marketing in the future
  • Regularly checks and answers inquiries/emails sent to the media@acnw.ca account
  • Meet with the Executive Director in The Gallery at Queen’s Park once per month to report on progress.
  • Other duties as assigned by the ACNW Executive Director.

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Passionate about the arts in New Westminster
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal; fluent in English
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong information gathering and information monitoring skills
  • High degree of self-motivation; ability to work independently
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Production graphic skills an asset

TERMS

Timeline: August 15, 2019 to June 30, 2020, opportunity to renew subject to funding.

Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 20 hours per week

Flexible work week, with the ability to work from home.

HOW TO APPLY

Submit cover letter, resume, and three examples of poster designs in PDF format to: Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, via email to info@acnw.ca by 5:00pm on August 1, 2019.

Please note: applicants from New Westminster are strongly encouraged to apply.

We thank all applicants; only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

To download a PDF of this posting, click here

Arts Council of New Westminster and New Westminster Family Place present:

A La Commedia
a production by the Burnaby Summer Theatre
from the Burnaby Arts Council

Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park
July 16 2019
9:45am – 11:00am
All Ages
Free admission

A La Commedia is a contemporary exploration into the form of Commedia Dell’Arte which originated in Italy in the renaissance. This is a people’s theatre performed on the streets, in markets, for all ages, and all social classes! It is a physical form that combines mask, music, slapstick, and in this case Greek Mythology! 

About the presenters:
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is a community arts organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts and foster support for those engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.

New Westminster Family Place is a family resource centre a community hub where families access support, opportunities for engagement, and community resources.

Robert Ascroft – “New West By The Numbers” – July 1 – 28, 2019

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“New West by the Numbers”
by Robert Ascroft

Exhibition Dates: July 1 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, July 14, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Fascinated with urban environs, Robert Ascroft feels that city structures, like organic life, undergo creation, aging, decay and destruction, and sees beauty in their varying “life stages.”

During New Westminster’s current urban revitalization, a few of its unique buildings have been demolished. Some are slated for destruction; others are being revitalized or repurposed, and some are just enduring. Ascroft’s watercolours document some of this city’s unique buildings. His subject choices are based on two aspects: a building’s symmetry, and its windows. He seeks rectangles, square shapes and repetitious lines that hold particular appeal.  

Shakespeare said that “eyes are the window to your soul.” Ascroft views a building’s windows as the ‘eyes’ to its soul, and seeks structures where windows may both show what is inside and possibly reflect the outside surrounds.

New West By the Numbers identifies paintings by street number but not by street name. Ascroft wants the viewer to concentrate on the building itself and not its location. These are not architectural renderings—some details have been omitted and colours modified to create a cohesive image. Each title includes a statement referring to the building’s status in the fall of 2018. Ascroft’s style has been influenced by American Andrew Wyeth, Newfoundland artist Christopher Pratt and Fort Langley artist Alan Wylie.

ARTIST BIO

Born in Montréal, Québec, Ascroft’s interest in art emerged in childhood and early adulthood. During his first career as a graphic artist, he studied evenings for a degree in art education, and then earned a diploma for the teaching of art. He introduced and taught a high school alternative art program based on mass media for four years, serving on the province’s high school examinations committee for two years.

Obtaining a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, Ascroft’s professional path changed direction when he embarked on a succession of careers: university teaching, corporate training development, business management and consulting.

Upon retirement, Ascroft resumed his passion for art and taught watercolour painting at Century House for four years. He lives in New Westminster with his wife, Jeanie.

At the Arts Council of New Westminster, we live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the QayQayt (qiqéyt) Nation as well as all Coast Salish Nations.

THE GALLERY AT QUEENS PARK
EXHIBITION APPLICATION PACKAGE

CALL FOR ARTISTS 2020

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities. This program is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight the diversity of our community, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on
Friday August 30, 2019

Overview:

The ACNW operates a picturesque gallery in the Centennial Lodge, Queen’s Park known as The Gallery at Queens Park, which features a wide range of visual arts by local and emerging artists in exhibitions which change monthly.

This Call is for monthly exhibitions between February 2020 and November 2020 inclusive. Exhibitions typically open on the first Wednesday of each month and generally close on the last Sunday of the month.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park has one exhibition space, known as the Eileen Montague Room (labelled as the Main Gallery Space, see page 5), with a total linear hanging space of approximately 15 m (49.5 ft). In certain instances, the Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee may pair two selected artists during the exhibition period.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise ready for presentation.

As a community gallery, the gallery’s operating hours are maintained by volunteer staff; therefore, the artists selected for exhibitions will be expected to provide assistance in sitting as a Gallery Attendant on all Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm for the duration of their exhibition.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of your exhibition.
  • Artists whose work has already been exhibited in the gallery are invited to apply, allowing a 3-year interim between applications.

PLEASE NOTE:  The proposed exhibition submission must not have been showcased in New Westminster in the preceding 12 months, nor (upon acceptance) be displayed in any other New Westminster gallery during the exhibiting year.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council receives a 25% donation on sales of work in the Gallery.
  • The Gallery at Queen’s Park will pay an honorarium of $75 for public programming during the exhibition, a part of the Inter/action Artist Learning Series.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) meets once a year, in September, to consider applications for the following year. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 8-10 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website).
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • An Artist Biography to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) including a list of your previous exhibition and education experience.
  • A written proposal for public programming to be produced and hosted by the artist at the Gallery. The public programming event must take place during regular posted open hours, on a Sunday, during the exhibit. Proposed public programming may be events such as an artist talk, performance art, theoretical or technical seminar, live drawing/painting, social practice, etc.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to gallery@acnw.ca with Exhibition Submission The Gallery at Queens Park in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadline for submission is 4:00pm on Friday August 30, 2019. Applications will not be rolled over. To be considered for an application for the following year, please re-apply.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in September 2019 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, an exhibition date will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and provide other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

  • Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and mailing address, including postal code.
  • Email submissions are preferred. For hard copy submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
  • DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows.
  • Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility.

Submit your application via email to: gallery@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

July 1
August 30
Mid-September
Early October
Late October
February – Nov 2020
Call for Artists launched
Deadline to submit Exhibition Schedule
Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
Artists contacted
Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
Exhibition schedule

Contact:

All inquiries should be directed to:
Karen Justice, Gallery Coordinator
Phone: 604-525-3244
gallery@acnw.ca

For complete information on how to apply for an exhibition, please refer to the Exhibition Application package.
For more information about The Gallery at Queen’s Park, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery

Anonymous Show & Gala

You are invited to submit your interest in participating in the show by filling out this form.
Submission deadline: September 7, 2019.

We will preview your website and social media channels for examples of your work (you do not need to submit the final work or photos of your work).

If you are accepted into the show you will receive an email along with an invoice for the $25 entrance fee. You may pay by credit card or e-transfer. You should receive confirmation of acceptance within 7-14 business days.

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Once you have been accepted into the show you may submit one to three, 12”x 12”x1 ½ deep” gallery wrapped canvases or wooden cradles. If you are a textile artist or mixed media artist we are happy to discuss other options but all art must be 12″ x 12″ and must pre-approved by organizers; subject matter is artists’ choice, ready to hang, and signed on the back only. If you are a returning artist we ask that you submit all new work to the current show.

Please visit the Submission Page for hanging requirements.

You will also receive guidelines for social media, a press release and other and instructions/postings for use on social media channels.

Each piece of anonymous show art will be priced at $150.00 regardless of the artist and $100.00 per painting will be paid back to the artist when sold. The rest of the monies will go to the New Westminster Arts Council and to cover the basic costs of the show.

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IMPORTANT DATES

Art may be brought to 100 Braid St Studios on:

September 19: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 20: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm
September 21: Art Work Drop Off (at 100 Braid St Studios) 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 23: Jurying Process
Once the final pieces are submitted, the show will be juried by a committee of artists and art professionals. There is no guarantee that any piece submitted will be chosen for the show. The iAD selection committee at 100 Braid St reserves the right to refuse any work that we consider offensive to the public

September 27: Artists Notified – Accepted or Declined :: Pick Up of Declined Pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm

October 4-13: Pick up of declined pieces 1:00pm-9:00pm

September 27 – October 25: Promotion of artists with work accepted into show

October 23: Show Curation & Hanging
October 24: Private Pre-Show for Sponsors & Friends of the Studio
October 25: Public Opening Gala
October 26: Artist Reception
October 26: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm
October 27: Public Viewing Hours Noon-5pm

Oct 31 – Nov 1: Unsold Art Pick Up 1:00pm-9:00pm

Oct 30-Nov 15 Payments Made to Artists

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iAD Selection Jurors:
Susan L. Greig, Owner/Founder 100 Braid St Studios
Michael King, President Plein Air BC
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director, New Westminster Arts Council
Trudy VanDop, Owner VanDop Galleries

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: iad.100braidststudios@gmail.com
To submit, please fill out this form here

We were thrilled to host the Canada Day Silent Auction during the festivities to raise funds for “Arts in Queen’s Park”.

Special thanks to the City of New Westminster and the Canada Day Organizing Committee for putting together such an amazing event. We are also very grateful to the dedicated volunteers who have supported our efforts.

Ofcourse, we can’t do this event without the help of our amazing community and the local businesses who generously donated to our silent auction. We would like to thank the following amazing folks:

    • Anvil Centre Theatre
    • BC Lions Football Club
    • Belmont Cafe
    • Boston Pizza
    • Burger Heaven
    • Crystal Nails Spa
    • Foreman Automotive
    • Gail Van Dyck
    • Good Omen
    • Greens and Beans
    • Inn at the Quay
    • Iris Mes Low
    • Karen Justice
    • Kat Vedah
    • Keli Monkman
    • Key West Ford
    • Landmark Cinemas
    • London Drugs
    • Massey Theatre
    • Mila + Paige
    • Neil Douglas Guitar Shop
    • One Thing Lockets
    • Oxygen Yoga & Fitness
    • Pacific Breeze Winery
    • Patterson Brands
    • Pink Ribbon Bakery
    • Piva
    • Riplee’s Ranch
    • Roger and Catherine Lee
    • Royal City Musical Theatre
    • Castle Restaurant & Bar
    • Russian Spoon
    • Safeway (NW Skytrain)
    • Salmonbellies Shop
    • Steel & Oak
    • Sushi Well
    • Taverna Greka
    • The Pirate and the Gypsy
    • Vancouver Canucks

(Documentary)
1hr 24

Director:  Moss Mossanen

Stars: Beverley BassReg BatsonBeulah Cooper |
When: Monday, June 24, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:   
You Are Here – A Come From Away Story is an intimate feature documentary that goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days during which the community housed, fed and cared for the dislocated passengers (or the “come from aways” in Newfoundland parlance). While their stories were the inspiration for the extraordinary Broadway hit musical, Come From Away, the documentary, You Are Here, reveals first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness the community showed their unexpected guests.


The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Our Journey to Here”
by New Westminster Secondary Student Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: June 5 – 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 5, 6-8pm

Graduation Reception: Thursday, June 27, 6-8pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The New Westminster 2019 Graduating Students have worked hard to bring together their best work for their second Grad Show. The show includes all manner of creation: ink drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. These artists are excited to launch themselves into the big world and land in a way that honours their high school life. As you wander through the gallery of images and sculpture you will see yourself mirrored in their youth and proudly imagine the strength of our community’s future. Feel free to take selfies with your favourite image and artist on Grad Night, June 27, 2019.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“INSPIRED”

4th Annual Student Art Exhibition by Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool Exhibition

Dates: May 29 – June 2, 2019

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The Gallery at Queen’s Park is pleased to present a pop-up exhibition featuring artwork by the current students of the Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool. Taking a lyrical flight of creative fancy after having been delighted by many of the exhibitions at the Gallery at Queen’s Park this past year, the children explore a variety of artistic media to create sculpture, paintings, drawings, ceramics and collage. Come and see their dynamic body of work!

Queen’s Park Parent Participation Preschool was established in 1965, and has since offered a quality and nurturing preschool program for three and four year-old children, to families living in New Westminster and its surrounding communities.

The Arts Council of New Westminster along with the Massey Theatre Society, New West Film Fest, and the N Dub Film Club is proud to present:

The N Dub Film Club Screening

on Monday May 27th from 5:00-6:30pm on the big screen at the Massey Theatre. Screening a series of short films created during the current school by New Westminster Secondary Students from grades 10 through 12, the films will cover topics including climate change, mortality, friendship, and a humorous take on student life. Emceed by local author and former CBC personality, JJ Lee, the screening will include a Q&A session with the filmmakers. The event is free to the public to attend, however tax-deductible donations to the Arts Council of New Westminster are welcomed.

The Last Monday at the Movies film series will take place following the screening at 7:00pm, screening ‘Wild Rose’, a story of a musician from Glasgow with dreams of becoming a Nashville star.

Last Monday at the Movies movie series that takes place at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster, B.C. on the last Monday of each month. Last Monday at the Movies is a celebration of independent film showing the best of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit. Now in it’s 17th season, films take place between September through June, excluding December. The films start at 7:00pm and are followed by Last Word, a post-film talk discussing the film’s topic, taking place directly after the film in the Plaskett Gallery.

For more information about films and how to purchase tickets, visit the website: acnw.ca/movies

(Drama. Music)
1hr 40

Director:  Tom Harper
Writers: Nicole Taylor
Stars: Julie WaltersJessie BuckleyCraig Parkinson 
When: Monday, May 27, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:   
Fresh out of prison, a Scottish woman juggles her job and two children while pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She soon gets her chance when she travels to Nashville, Tenn., on a life-changing journey to discover her true voice.

Trailer: 

The N Dub Film Club, Massey Theatrem and the Arts Council of New Westminster present:

The N Dub Film Club Screening

May 27, 2019
Massey Theatre
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Free!

Join us for a screening of works created by students of the N Dub Film Club from New Westminster Secondary School. Interviews with the film makers will share the meaning and intent behind their work. Come support the filmmakers of tomorrow!

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“The Places We Can’t Remember”

by Garey Shergill

Exhibition Dates: May 1 – 26, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 1 , 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 5, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

In his abstract series, “The Places We Can’t Remember,” Shergill explores both the pull and play of form and the role of muted colour in conjuring memories of travel—and most significantly—fleeting impressions of place. His evocative oils distill these experiences to their very essence of perception. 

When I think back to all the places we have travelled, what I remember most is you and the colours that surrounded us. I close my eyes; you are walking beside me, my hand in yours, and time stands still for a moment.  

Artist Biography

Born in 1982 in Surrey, BC, Garey Shergill was the youngest, and only boy, of five children. At age 16, he began to explore art as a form of escape to cope with personal insecurities, using it as an emotional outlet and form of personal therapy. Art was the only thing that was truly his own, within the privacy of his sketchbook. Topics of gender and sexuality were present within his work—moving into the abstraction of shapes and figures became a way to disguise the inner conversation he was having within himself. Garey’s passion for art intensified when one of his sisters began studies at Emily Carr; he would watch her work, and soon after began to sit in on her classes.

Fast forward ten years: art was exclusively a highly personal expressive outlet for Shergill. This shifted when he joined a group in the Queensborough area of New Westminster called Artists in the Boro, where his passion and drive were encouraged. He was accepted to Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2012. During this program, Shergill investigated sculpture, woodwork, screen printing and photography. Having tried various media and subjects, he always found his way back to painting. During his schooling, Shergill participated in several group exhibitions in Vancouver and New Westminster, and in 2016 had a solo exhibition at the Gallery at Queen’s Park called “Foreign Gaze: Bollywood Eyes.” The latter ignited his passion to create paintings in series. Graduating with a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr in 2018 was a “full circle” moment for Garey, one that began when he was a 16 year-old sitting in the classroom with his sister.

The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the visual, literary and performing arts. Its aim is to bring the community together through the Arts. The ACNW operates a variety of arts programs throughout the community of New Westminster. At each event, the ACNW has a presence through an outreach table that serves as a resource for the community to discover the arts community in New Westminster, learn more about the ACNW, and sign up for upcoming events, membership, and volunteer opportunities.

The ACNW is seeking a versatile individual to fill the position of Outreach Coordinator. The successful candidate will facilitate the outreach efforts of the ACNW in the community. This position will aim to revamp the ACNW to expand inclusivity and change our language, so it reflects the desire of welcoming diversity into The Gallery and beyond. The successful applicant will have knowledge and experience in the arts-in-general, the ACNW, its programming, and the greater arts community in New Westminster.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Set up and staff the ACNW outreach table at important community events.
  • Distribute literature and information about the ACNW, and its members.
  • Engage the community as they experience the table
  • Facilitate ACNW member registration and e-newsletter signups
  • Process payments for ACNW memberships. 
  • Post social media posts on ACNW accounts, capturing events in action

Knowledge and Experience

  • Previous experience / background in community outreach activities.
  • Computer literacy, experience with Microsoft, Google, and other online tools such as MailChimp
  • Proficient with social media accounts: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Key Competencies

  • Passionate about the arts in New Westminster
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal; fluent in English
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong information gathering and information monitoring skills
  • High degree of self-motivation; ability to work independently and with a team
  • Able to work odd hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle for use on ACNW business
  • Flexible and adaptable

Work Schedule:

Events / Opportunities:

Volunteer Fest (Royal City Centre) January 6 hours
Family Day (at Anvil) February 5 hours
Easter in the Park March/April 5 hours
LitFest New West March / April 9 hours
Hyack Week – Uptown St Fest May 6 hours
Sapperton Day June 6 hours
Queensborough Children’s Festival June 5 hours
National Indigenous People’s Day June 4 hours
Canada Day July 5 hours
Uptown Live July 8 hours
New West Cultural Crawl August 12 hours
River Fest September 6 hours
Seniors Festival October 4 hours
ACNW Annual General Meeting November 4 hours

Event hours: 85 hours | Additional prep time: 5 hours prep time every four months
Total hours: 100

Additional ACNW Events

New West Craft at River Market 1st & 3rd Saturday monthly, year-round 6 hours x 24 events
New West Farmers Market Once per month, year-round 6 hours
Music by the River July 4 hours x 8 events
Last Monday at the Movies Monthly 2 hours x 9 events

Event hours: 200 hours | Additional prep time: 10 hours prep time every four months
Total hours: 230

This position is from May 15, 2019 until June 30, 2020. Renewal will be subject to future funding. Remuneration: $15.00 per hour.

Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on May 3, 2019. Include “ACNW Outreach Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

To download a copy of this job description as a PDF, click here

The Arts Council of New Westminster in partnership with the Fraser River Discover Centre is now inviting all visual artists from Metro Vancouver to submit applications for a group exhibition during the opening night of the 2019 edition of RiverFest. The exhibition is to take place on September 18 & 19, 2019 in the rotunda and lobby at the Fraser River Discover Centre in New Westminster, BC. The theme of the exhibition is the working river and its natural environment. This call is open to applications from both established and emerging artists.

The Arts Council wishes to highlight how diverse our community is, and in order to break down any exclusionary barriers and create a platform for marginalized voices, artists on the LGBTQ spectrum, non-binary artists, artists of colour, Indigenous artists, and disabled artists, are strongly encouraged to submit.

Submissions will be received up to 4:00pm on Friday June 28, 2019

Overview:

RiverFest is a FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day along the mighty Fraser River. The 2019 festival will take place from September 23-28, 2019.

The week-long event starts on Wednesday, September 23th with a special RiverFest edition of FRDC’s curriculum-based RiverSchool for three lucky elementary school classes. That is followed the next day by our *click* photos of the fraser exhibit unveiling, whose photograph theme this year is Movement. The climax of the week is Saturday, which will include the Family Fun Zone (inside the FRDC), Artisans on the River (with New West Craft), the Samson V Maritime Museum, the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade.

The Arts Council of New Westminster aims to have exhibitions that feature a variety of visual arts by a wide range of artists from the Metro Vancouver region. The exhibition program aims to reflect both the cultural and artistic diversity of contemporary art and to serve as an educational forum for the citizens of New Westminster and surrounding communities.

The exhibition will feature a private reception with exhibiting artists and private guests on Wednesday September 18at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10am -4pm on Thursday September 18th.

Artwork must be suitably framed, ready for hanging, or, if three-dimensional, appropriately mounted or otherwise ready for presentation.

Eligibility:

  • To apply to this Call, you are not required to be a member of the Arts Council of New Westminster.
  • To exhibit, you must be a current member of the Arts Council of New Westminster at the time of the exhibition.

Budget:

  • The Council does not charge for exhibiting, nor does it pay an artist to exhibit. The Council will don’t receive any commission on sales of work during the exhibition.

How to Apply for an Exhibition:

The Arts Council’s Gallery Exhibitions Selection Committee (GESC) will meet in July 2019 to consider applications for the exhibition. A well-prepared proposal helps in the selection.

To be considered at the next GESC meeting, please submit the following:

  • A selection of 3 digital images of proposed work you wish to exhibit. Digital images should be jpg format at 150 dpi; each image should be a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. Image files should be clearly labelled with your Name, the Title of Work, Size in inches and Medium. Example: Artist-Title-Size-Medium.jpg
  • Contact information (mailing address, phone number, email, website). In this document, please provide a clear and concise statement explaining which space you are applying for (Main, Lower, Both)
  • An Artist Statement giving your aims and objectives as an artist in relation to your work.
  • A Curriculum Vitae (3 pages max.) to establish a better understanding of your background and experience.

Please include all written material as PDF files and submit via email to info@acnw.ca with Exhibition Submission RiverFest in the subject line. Please ensure that attachments total less than 5MB.

Deadlines for submission is 4:00pm on Friday June 28, 2019. Applications will not be rolled over for future exhibitions.

The Selection/Exhibition Process:

The GESC will meet in July 2019 to consider all applications received. All applications will receive a reply by email, stating whether the work has been accepted.  If your application has been successful, you will be contacted by telephone, exhibition details will be confirmed, and a contract will be sent to you. This contract will outline your responsibilities and providing other details and dates.  A signed contract is required before the exhibition can proceed.

Application Tips:

•    Be sure that all documents include your name, a working title of the proposed exhibition and complete contact information; phone number, email address, website and postal code.
•    Email submissions are preferred. For physical submissions, please phone the gallery at 604-525-3244 for equitable access procedures.
•    DO NOT send composite images or prepared slideshows
•    Please test all documents on a PC computer to ensure compatibility

Submit your application via email to: info@acnw.ca

Estimated Timeline:

May 1                          Call to Artists Launched
June 28, 2019             Deadline to submit
July                              Gallery Exhibition Selection Committee meets
July                              Artists contacted
August                         Exhibition dates confirmed, contracts signed and returned
September 2019         Exhibition at the Fraser River Discover Centre

Contact:

All enquiries should be directed to:
Stephen O’Shea, Executive Director
Phone: 604 525 3244
info@acnw.ca

For more information about the Arts Council of New Westminster, visit www.acnw.ca/gallery
For more information about RiverFest, visit www.fraserriverdiscovery.org/RiverFest
To download a PDF of this Call for Artists, please click here

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

(Documentary)
1hr 23

Director:  Allison Reid
Writers: Allison Reid
Stars: Fred BercovitchDavid ChinchillaLisa Clifton-Bumpass 
When: Monday, April 27, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:   
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas — in fact, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip — 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behavior in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES retraces the steps of Anne’s ground-breaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild — and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become.

Trailer:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8901942/videoplayer/vi3978541593

Douglas College Student Hailey Connor with  ACNW President Leanne Ewen

Every year the Arts Council of New Westminster awards two scholarship/bursary awards through the Hilda Cliffe Scholarship Program. These awards support students furthering their studies in the Arts. Through a partnership with Douglas College Foundation, we award a performing arts student with a scholarship for their studies. Partnering with New Westminster Secondary School, a local student furthers their training or a career in the Arts. Every donation to this program allows the Arts Council to continue supporting our future artists.

As a friend of the Arts Council, we are turning to you. Finances should never prevent a student from attending an art program or pursuing a career in the arts.  Right now, you can make sure that students in our community succeed.

Making a donation to our scholarship and bursary program will ensure we continue to recognize and encourage talented young artists. Donations of any size can be processed by visiting our website.

DONATE NOW


Hilda Cliffe has been active in the arts and culture in New Westminster since 1963. She served a variety of Boards including the Vagabond Players, the Massey Theatre, as well as President of the Arts Council of New Westminster from 1991 to 2001.
Hilda Cliffe has been recognized for her commitment to the Arts in our community as the recipient of the The Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, BC Governor General Award, and the Bernie Legge Cultural Award.
Hilda Cliffe exemplifies the spirit of giving back to your community through her dedication and commitment to the arts. The Arts Council continues to honour Hilda’s contribution to the Arts with an annual scholarship in her name.

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“The Recollection Experiment”
by Lisa-Scarlett Cruji

Exhibition Dates: April 3 – 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Through the marriage of original brief narratives and poetry in the form of haiku and tanka, and vintage photographs, Cruji’s collage collection invites viewers to consider both the possible identity of narrator and influence of the ghosts of personal memories—those that are factual, and the ones that speak to us through filters of love, fear, ecstasy and regret.

“The Recollection Experiment” plays with the overall notion of memory and the way it often poses the questions, Whose voice do we hear when we read the words? What’s real and what isn’t?

ARTIST BIO

When asked if she considers herself more of an artist or a writer, Lisa-Scarlett Cruji replies, “I am both, in equal parts.” Realizing that her miniature watercolours increasingly featured text, Cruji gradually discovered that the addition of words could add another dimension to her art—providing a narrator to express even the most complex feelings, while the image communicated in a more subtle, but no less important way.

Cruji studied Expressive Arts at the Haliburton School of the Arts; bookbinding, book arts and printing with the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and poetry writing at Simon Fraser University. She holds the accreditation of Artist Educator from The Royal Conservatory of Music, Learning through the Arts Division.

Cruji’s work has been exhibited in both solo shows and juried group exhibitions. She has taught mixed media art and book arts, and studied under talented artists such as her artistic heroes Nick Bantock and George A. Walker. As author and illustrator of the book, The ‘How Did You Die?’ Show, Crjui found an opportunity to showcase her fun-loving, somewhat macabre, mixed media/Polaroid image transfer art. An avid reader, progressive rock fan, and mandolin player, Cruji is originally from Kingston, Ontario; she now lives in Vancouver, BC.

Puzzle
(Drama)
1hr43

Director:  Marc Turtletaub
Writers: Polly Mann (screenplay by), Oren Moverman (screenplay by) 
Stars:  Kelly MacdonaldIrrfan KhanDavid Denman  
When: Monday, March 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
A woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX-TxPEXmJI



The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Elements & Arraygraphy”
by Arthur Babiarz & Olga Turok

Exhibition Dates: March 6 – 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Arthur Babiarz  Arraygraphy is Arthur’s bona fide creation. These poly-form compositions resemble concertos of shape, colour, texture and direction. A comparison to music is intentional. As with the arrangement of musical tones, Arraygraphy creatively disperses abstract elements to stimulate the viewer. Multi-layered composition adds both complexity and depth to this two-dimensional artwork, heightening the overall expressive qualities of each piece.
Arraygraphy’s style is intended to positively stimulate the viewer’s imagination, guiding emotions through the meanderings of an intriguing visual plot. The experience can evoke the sense of participation in an improvisational play, or venturing into the shifting patterns of jazz or classical music.
The artist’s aim is to create, within a universal visual language, thought-provoking work that speaks to creative and active people who live and work in a modern multicultural society. “Art is an inspiration that matters,” he says.

Olga Turok finds tremendous enjoyment in the process of transforming raw organic material into a fine art object. Every vessel gains its own story, meaning and purpose. It is the magic of this transformation that Olga wishes to share with others, as well as her passion for art.

Artist Bio

Since childhood, Arthur Babiarz has been interested in art and photography. His drawings, paintings, and later design work were often influenced by that medium, and Arthur considers his camera, which he always carries with him, his “vision extension.”
Born and raised in Poland, where he studied fine art and design, Arthur subsequently received his MFA degree. His image creation skills are applied to both his professional and artistic activities. In Canada, as a university level visual art and graphic design instructor, Arthur also teaches computer graphics, digital photography and post-production editing.

Olga Turok discovered clay in 1975 and soon realized that it would be her artistic passion. She finds working with this material healing, meditative and fulfilling, and becomes inspired on outdoor excursions where she connects with nature.
Olga is a self-taught potter and also a watercolourist. Clay is her main medium for the creation of both functional and decorative pottery. She enjoys hand-building and throwing pots for burnishing, and sawdust firing by hot smoke. Elsa also sculpts structures that she calls “My Vancouver.”
Working on her pots makes Olga feel grounded and connected to the Earth. Every vessel undergoes a long process of creation, which involves the four elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
As a member of Artists in Our Midst, Point Grey Potters, and the Potters Guild of BC, Olga participates in many community events and shows.

The Arts Council of New Westminster requests your feedback!

Please take ten minutes to fill out our Community Engagement Survey. Your answers will assist the ACNW in enhancing the delivery of programming and serving our community.

Click here for the survey

The survey will be open for your feedback until February 28, 2019

I Am Not Your Negro
(Documentary)
1hr 33

Director:  Raoul Peck
Writers: James Baldwin, Raoul Peck
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King 
When: Monday, February 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

  

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM



Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. It accomplishes that mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Summer Promotions Coordinator will develop and execute an all-encompassing marketing strategy for all current and upcoming events and programs. This position will develop print materials, website updates, social media posts, and press releases.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and execute a summer marketing strategy
  • Attending, promoting, and reporting on both ACNW and community events, adding excitement to the events, and giving attendees an opportunity to talk about their involvement with the arts
  • Coordinating with ACNW’s programming staff in order to help host events on behalf of ACNW throughout New Westminster.
  • Participates in all efforts to publicize events, including media releases, print advertisements, and web and social media updates.
  • Write press releases
  • Compose and manage correspondence.
  • Research potential marketing partnerships and sponsorship opportunities
  • Propose new ideas to improve and continue marketing in the future
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated background in Marketing, Communications, and Promotions
  • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
  • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
  • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
  • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
  • Available to work weekends and evenings

Timeline: May 6, 2019 to August 30, 2019, Monday to Friday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.

Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week

Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca  before 5:00pm on April 1, 2019.

Include “Summer Promotions Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

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Founded in 1967, the Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is a non-profit organization committed to a mission of bringing the arts to the centre of community life. We accomplish our mission through initiatives that focus on arts programming in the community, arts advocacy, and programs that nurture and support our local artists and arts organizations.

The Music Program Coordinator will be responsible for full program delivery. This position will coordinate, administer, and promote a concert series throughout New Westminster. The program takes place at locations throughout New Westminster during the summer of 2019, with the aid of volunteers and staff support as available.

Responsibilities:

  • Participating in the facilitation and the coordination of Music by the River, Uptown Unplugged, Fridays on Front and other music events throughout New Westminster
  • Building long term connections and partnerships with the artists, the arts community, local businesses and service organizations.
  • Facilitating volunteer involvement
  • Helping plan and facilitate meetings, taking minutes, email meeting notifications
  • Collection of data (including attendance records, community engagement, etc)
  • Tracking goals, progress, and deadlines
  • Onsite day of support
  • Other duties as assigned, by the ACNW Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • An interest in and/or knowledge of Event Management and Promotions
    • Completion of one year of post-secondary education
    • Computer literacy, experience with multiple social media platforms
    • Attention to detail and ability to work independently
    • Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
    • High degree of self-motivation and creative problem solving
    • Culturally aware and a love for the Arts
    • Available to work weekends and evenings
    • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License for the Province of British Columbia

Timeline: May 6, 2019 to August 30, 2019, Wednesday to Sunday; however, a flexible week may be necessary in order to meet programming needs.

Remuneration: $18.00 per hour, 40 hrs per week

Submit resume and cover letter by email to info@acnw.ca before 5:00pm on April 1, 2019.

Include “Music Program Coordinator – Application” as the subject of your email.

Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Please note that the staffing of the position and its duration are conditional on the approval of the grant application submitted to the Canada Summer Jobs program. To be considered for this position, students must be between 15-30 years of age at the start of employment, registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year, intend to return to school on a full-time basis next year, is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred.

To download a PDF of this job description, click here

The Arts Council of New Westminster wishes to acknowledge the passing of Tony Antonias this past Friday. Recognized as a Honorary Life Member of the ACNW, Tony was known for composing the $1.49 Day Woodwards jingle and being a tireless advocate for the Arts in New Westminster.

Thank you Tony for all you gave our community, for your passionate service of the Arts.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and Hyack Festival Association want to make a Better Community through hands-on, artist-led neighbourhood workshops where neighbours come together to create, design and build community floats (moving stage with “actors”) to showcase in the yearly Hyack International Parade in New Westminster. The workshops, suitable for all ages and skill levels, will stimulate individual and collective creativity, and provide a much-needed creative outlet for our community. Offering an intergenerational and inclusive exchange while fostering social connections, these workshops will give the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life, learn new skills, and keep active and engaged. Floats will be publicly presented, and participants will feel proud of the final group accomplishment. Free public workshops will be held at resident associations and community centres.

Artist Submission requirements:
Name:
Phone Number & Email:
Preferred Neighbourhood: 3 images of your work (jpg format, max 2mbs total)
Artist biography:
Attached your C/V highlighting previous community experience
Send to info@acnw.ca Deadline: February 15, 2019

A jury of your peers will select artists to participate and assign you to a Neighbourhood. You will be notified by February 22, 2019.

Selected artists will be paid an honorarium of $150 for participating as the Neighbourhood Artist-in-Residence.

Schedule (subject to change):
Feb 15 2019 Artist Submissions Due
Feb 22 2019 Artists notified of selection
February 22-28 2019 (approx.) Artist-led Neighbourhood Float workshop 1
March 2019 Neighbourhood Float workshop 2
April 2019 Artist-led Neighbourhood Float workshop 3
May 25 2019 Hyack International Parade

Katrina Hilliard proudly presents the Gallery in the Park Auction. This fundraiser promotes both local and international artists through two silent auctions and one live auction. With a cash-bar onsite, your evening will be paired with live music, free appetizers and the atmosphere that comes with an art gallery in the regal Queen’s Park. 

Artists include Iris Scott, a prominent finger-painting artist based out of New York City; Terry Aske, a local artist known for his contemporary quilt work portraying New Westminster landmarks; Stephen Rogers, grandson to the founder of Rogers Sugar, who has begun trying his hand at acrylic painting; and many more!

Partial proceeds will be passed on to the Arts Council of New Westminster, with the remainder being used to support the education of further graduate arts studies for Katrina Hilliard at the University of Glasgow.

We welcome you to come and explore the hidden treasure that is The Gallery at Queen’s Park through this highlighted social event! Tickets are $10 each, and MUST be purchased in advance. You can buy them online by CLICKING HERE, or by contacting Katrina Hilliard at (778) 996-1754.

Thank you to the Following Organizations for their Donations:
– Arts Club
– Bard on the Beach Theatre Society
– Epicure by Katie Hoflin
– Inn @ The Quay
– Mary Kay by Rosie Brown  
– Maui Jim
– Pacific Breeze Urban Winery
– Pure Romance by Miranda Diffner

Thank you to the Following Artists for their Donations:
– Bruce Acton
– Terry Aske
– Jack Cowan – provided by a 3rd party donor
– Dorothy Doherty
– Linda Hilliard
– Cat Jones
– Karen Justice
– Penny Lim
– Iris Mes-Low
– Henery Robertson – provided by a 3rd party donor
– Stephen Rogers
– Iris Scott- Karen Wheeler – provided by 3rd party donor
– Paul Windsor – provided by 3rd party donor

Share this event on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/events/234343930814154/

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“Lines of Thoughts”
by Elsa Chesnel

Exhibition Dates: Feb 6 – 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 6, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, Feb 10, 3-4pm

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

Elsa Chesnel has always been seduced by charcoal, by the black mess engulfing her as the drawings emerge. With charcoal as her preferred medium, Elsa set out to express feelings through contrast.  The limitations of Chesnel’s medium of choice, however, pushed her to use acrylics to express herself in larger format, which in turn allowed for experimentation with colour.

When creating, Chesnel loses herself in shapes and volumes, then refines and discovers meaning through lines as she explores her own thoughts. The artist is as much a part of the process as a part of the final product. In many ways, Lines of Thoughts is Chesnel’s own version of Rorschach’s inkblots.

Artist Bio

Self-taught in the visual arts, Elsa Chesnel rejected integrating into a French Art School to concentrate on immigrating to Canada. This decade of apparent setback in her artistic growth came back with a vengeance of darkness and colour, sending her staggering toward abstract artwork. She regained her footing remembering Kandinsky’s reckless curves, experimenting with Sonia Delaunay’s bold colours, and discovering Joan Mitchell’s aggressive softness.

 

 

Dear Member,

Your membership in The Arts Council of New Westminster (ACNW) is very important to us. Your membership with the ACNW needs to be renewed before December 31st in order to remain active. Please take this letter as a friendly reminder to renew if you have not already done so. Your renewed Membership will be valid for the 2019 calendar year.

The Arts Council of New Westminster has been active in the community for fifty years. Since its incorporation as a not-for-profit society, the ACNW has met its mandate to encourage, support and nurture emerging talents and increase awareness of the arts in the community. We have been able to accomplish this with a strong membership base.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank you for your continued support through renewing your membership with the ACNW. Please share this reminder with anyone you might know who may also be interested in membership with the ACNW.

Sincerely,
Stephen O’Shea
Executive Director

Simply renew your membership by sending an email money transfer to payment@acnw.ca and be sure to email us the password.
Other options: Pay online via Paypal, Print form and mail,
or in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park

Tea With The Dames   
(Documentary)
1hr 24

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith
When: Monday, January 28, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}
{At the door, CASH ONLY}

Synopsis:
Together, they’re 342 years old. They’re in their seventh decade of cutting-edge, epoch-defining performances on stage and on screen. Funny, smart, sharp, competitive, tearful, hilarious, savage, clever, caustic, cool, gorgeous, poignant, irreverent, iconic, old, and unbelievably young. Special friends, special women and special dames: a chance to hang out with them all, at the same table, at the same time, and enjoy sparkling and unguarded conversation spliced with a raft of archive.

Trailer:

The Gallery at Queen’s Park presents:

“ACNW Permanent Collection”

Exhibition Dates: Dec 5, 2018 – January 27th, 2019.

Free Admission.

Exhibition Statement

The Arts Council of New Westminster’s permanent collection of artwork consists of a variety of styles and mediums of various artists and patrons that have been connected to the Arts Council over the past fifty years. This year’s exhibition is a curated selection of natural landscapes and floral still lifes from the permanent collection. The styles of the different works range from abstraction to hyper-realism, exploring the subject matter in oil, acrylic, and watercolour paint. This selection of paintings and prints serve as an homage to The Gallery at Queen’s Park’s unique natural setting, and during our winter season, this exhibition offers a gentle reminder of the richness and vibrancy within nature.

 

Leave No Trace 
(Drama)
1hr 49

Writer: Debra Granik (screenplay by), Anne Rosellini (screenplay by)
Director: Debra Granik
Stars:  Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
When: Monday, November 19, 2018 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
{Advance tickets at the Massey Theatre Box Office}
{Advance tickets online at ticketsnw.ca}{At the door, CASH ONLY}

 Synopsis:
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.