People are experts about issues that affect them 
Only a year away from Flotilla, the next gathering of the artist-run collectivity in Charlottetown, PE, hosted by the Association of artist-run centres from the Atlantic, now called Atlantis! The region, made up of four provinces, has been slowly building momentum since 2005 when formally incorporated. A survey of the region commissioned in 2004, recently discovered in the ARCA archive, places funding and human resources at the top of the list of “problems” – If a similar survey were made today, in what ways would responses show progress?
Part of ARCA’s mandate is to produce studies and advocacy resources. Luckily, community based research is made easier today with recent developments in online data collecting and processing platforms. Members of the RCAAQ, frustrated with their own work conditions, have mobilized to update a 2005 survey on human resources, likely to show stagnating wages. The research questions are designed by the members collectively, based on shared experience, knowledge, and, ultimately, aspirations for positive change. ARCA is participating in the process, both as a peer and as a resource, motivated by the potential of community based research to inform future knowledge campaigns.
In a similar way, aggregate financial and statistical data reports are now offered by CADAC to “clients” as a service, free of charge – ARCA was likely not alone asking to have free access to data produced by its memberships. Now, all we need is to make those numbers tell our stories!
-- --  Everyone can do Research : A Plain Language Guide on How to do Research, developed by the Community-Based Research Team at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. CC - 2013
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ARCA reacts to announced dissolution of PEICA
In a letter to Doug Currie, the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture, ARCA reacts to the announced dissolution of the PEI Council of the Arts (PEICA). ARCA has learned from our members in Prince-Edward Island, that the decision to dissolve the PEICA was made without first considering a proposal from the arts community. This is worrisome for the arts in PEI and, by extension, for the arts nation-wide. PEICA is the only arts council in the country not created through legislation.
PAARC submits a brief to BC Standing Committee on Finance
October 14, 2016, Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte, Chair, on behalf of the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centres (PAARC), presented a brief to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia’s Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as part of their 2017 Pre-Budget Consultations. The brief informs of the current challenges faced by artist-run centres in BC followed by a series of five recommendations, supported by the recently published Sectoral Report commissioned by PAARC last year.
Flotilla : Update
— ARCA is sponsoring a joint PAARC & PARCA delegation to attend the Common Field Convening from October 20-23, 2016 in Miami, Florida, to publicize Flotilla. The 2016 convening will explore arts organizing in a time of accelerate capitalism.
— ARCA has sponsored travel of a delegate from Atlantic Canada to attend the Aboriginal Curatorial Collectives gathering Kwä̀n Mày Dáyè DàátthʼI (Sit by the fire with us) that took place in Whitehorse, September 28-30.
A new artist book prize for emerging artists!
Deadline for submission :
February 1, 2017
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Publication Studio Vancouver (PSV) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for The Scorpion and Felix Prize, a new book prize for emerging artists. One artist will be selected by a jury to receive an honorarium of $500 and to have their book published by PSV.
Submissions are open to all emerging artists who have demonstrated an interest in publication as an artistic practice through their work. Preference will be given to artists who are willing to experiment with the book as a medium while keeping the conceptual and practical frameworks of PSV in mind.
To Spoil the Party, To Set Our Joy Ablaze
The self-run organisation JOURNÉE SANS CULTURE invites you to the launch of To Spoil the Party, To Set Our Joy Ablaze, edited by Journée sans culture, this Thursday October 20 at 5 p.m., at Bar Le Ritz PDB, 179 Jean-Talon Street West, Montreal.
The publication tackles issues of vital concern to artists and cultural workers… At the core of the issues examined in the book are the precarious and depleting working conditions affecting artists and cultural workers…The breadth of these critiques must not be allowed to overshadow the affirmation of what moves and matters to us. As regards artists and cultural workers, this publication is equally committed to setting our joy ablaze.
decentre redux: concerning artist-run culture now
Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
100 McCaul St., Room 284
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YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Onsite Gallery at OCAD University co-present a FREE panel discussion and workshop to collectively discuss the work that’s been done and the work that’s needed for artist-run-centres to continually reinvent themselves.
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> selection from the e-artexte digital repository
Bricault, Michel et Côté, Mario et Deslauriers, Anne et Faucher, Christine et Gauvin, Patricia et Hardy, Dominic et Ninacs, Anne-Marie et Pellerin, Josée et Pilon, Laurent et Richard, Moniques et Williams, Alun. Interdire, susciter, combattre : La prise de risque en création. Montréal, Qc: École des arts visuels et médiatiques de l'UQAM, 2016.
Detterer, Gabriele et Nannucci, Maurizio et Gale, Peggy et Bayer, Fern et Bronson, A A et Ault, Julie et Lippard, Lucy R. et Wilson, Martha et Bovier, Lionel et Cherix, Christophe. Artist-Run Spaces. Dijon, France: Les presses du réel; Zurich Suisse: JRP Ringier, 2012.
O'Brian, Melanie et Selcer, Anne Lesley. Banlieusard. Vancouver, BC: Artspeak Gallery, 2005.
Scott, Walter. Wendy. First Edition. Toronto, Ont.: Koyama Press, 2014.
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The work and life of Clive Roberston on Wikipedia
Check out the Clive Robertson Wiki page, developed with the assistance of visiting artist Ciara Philips: « Canadian performance and media artist, critic, curator, publisher and retired Queen’s University art history professor, Clive Robertson, has been recognized as a force for artist organization advocacy and served in the 1970s as President and in the late 1980s as National Spokesperson for ANNPAC/RACA (Association of National Non-Profit Artist Centres/Regroupement d’artistes des centres alternatifs). » > Read article
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Grassroots research initiative by members of the RCAAQ : a survey on wages and work conditions in Québec artist-run centres
During the last Regroupement des centres d'artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) forum held in June 2016, there was much discussion around the working conditions faced by members in the artist-run network. After identifying a general dissatisfaction with the salaries and working conditions when comparing our network with other cultural sectors, the members formed a committee with a long-term mandate to secure stable and equitable living wages through a multi-phase campaign.
The campaign begins with an update of an RCAAQ-conducted study from 2005, drawing inspiration from IMAA’s 2011 study on the same topic, which gives a bird’s-eye view of shared challenges and proposes a pay scale. This resource continues to prove useful to members while the RCAAQ await fresh data expected to provide a comprehensive understanding of how much or how little working conditions and wages have evolved since 2005.
ARCA will be working with its own HR committee to decide what approach, or survey questions, will best serve a joint, network-wide advocacy campaign.
Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference wishes to thank the Canada Council for the Arts for its support. / La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés reconnaît l'appui financier du Conseil des arts du Canada.