Twelve Month Artful Pledge – January: Join


2015 is the year of the Twelve Month Artful Pledge and it’s time for January’s focus: Join.

There are so many great organizations in Guelph that are supported by a membership. Membership is an easy, and often low cost, way to get involved in an organization. Membership in Guelph Arts Council can start at just $5 per year and is available for purchase on our website, in person, via email, phone or by mail. Membership is strength in numbers—as a member you are showing your support of the arts and demonstrating that you support us as we work together to make our city artful.

Guelph Arts Council is a great place to start but you can also become a member of ED VideoGuelph Creative Art AssociationMacdonald Stewart Art Centre, 10 Carden, Architectural Conservancy of Guelph and Wellington, and Guelph Historical Society, to name a few. [source]

I’m already a member of the Guelph Arts Council, Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), and Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA), so I’m looking at two other options that might suit me…


samples_macdonald_stewart_art_centre_03I’m considering getting my family a membership to the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre which comes with some great benefits including entrance into other Ontario art galleries.

Want to know more about the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre? Here you go:

Guelph’s Public Art Gallery and Sculpture Park

MSAC annually presents over 12 regional, national, and international exhibitions that explore contemporary visual arts and historical research. MSAC’s collections contain over 8,500 works, spanning three centuries of Canadian art including Canadian contemporary art, Inuit art, and public sculpture.
MSAC has the largest sculpture park at a public gallery in Canada, with 38 works permanently sited on the 2.5 acres adjacent to the building with an overall objective of 50 works. Education programming includes: family and culture days, children’s art classes, community events, artist talks, and guided visits. [source]

Want to join yourself? Go for it!


I’m also considering joining CARFAC.

CARFAC-logoCanadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.

…We believe that artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their work. As the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists, CARFAC defends artists’ economic and legal rights and educates the public on fair dealing with artists. In doing so, CARFAC promotes a socio-economic climate conducive to the production of visual arts. CARFAC engages actively in advocacy, lobbying, research and public education on behalf of artists in Canada.

I’ve worked with CARFAC on various things throughout the years and love what they do. It would be great to be involved with an organization actively helping visual artists across the country.

Interested in joining CARFAC? Awesome!

* Top image by Svilen Milev.

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