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The Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is pleased to offer a variety of information sessions and professional development workshops to the Edmonton arts community. Past workshops have included Grant 101 presentations, workshops for upcoming grants, public art workshops, arts marketing sessions and more.

Collaborations Between Artists & Communities Workshop

The Edmonton Arts Council’s Community Arts grant program deadline is coming up on May 1st.
EAC is hosting two free workshops to inform artists and representatives of non-profit organizations and community groups about the grant application process for this program. There will also be a panel discussion with former grant recipients & jury members who will provide insight into how they approached their applications and their collaborative projects along with opportunities to discuss components of the application (ie. resume, budget, project description).
Topics Covered:

  • Community-engaged arts vs. artists working in community
  • How to properly manage a project involving community partners
  • Funding sources and other resources for community-engaged arts initiatives

Workshop #1

Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Meadows Library Branch, Program Room (2702 17 St NW)

Guest panelists:

  • My Journey: Stories of Newcomer Youth Transplanting Roots in Edmonton, 2016 EAC Community Arts recipient – Steffanie Beekman (Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers) & Emmanuel Osahor (Artist)
  • Becoming Edmonton, 2016 EAC Community Arts recipient and Sharing Spirit, 2012 EAC Community Arts recipient – Jason Gondziola (Artist)
  • Ainsley Hillyard, artist/past juror, EAC Community Arts Grant

Workshop #2

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Lestock Lounge, Prince of Wales Armouries (2nd Floor, 10440-108 Ave NW)

Guest panelists:

  • Leo Campos-Aldunez, artist/past juror, EAC Community Arts Grant
  • Becoming Edmonton, 2016 EAC Community Arts recipient and Sharing Spirit, 2012 EAC Community Arts recipient – Jason Gondziola (Artist)
  • Theatre project with older adults with dementia at Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 2016 EAC Community Arts recipient – Dhana Cartmell (Artist) & Kate Serediak (Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital)

Note: Both workshops are the same.

To help give us an idea of how many people to expect, please RSVP to Kristina de Guzman: kdeguzman@edmontonarts.ca / 780.424.2787 ext 242.

 Crisis Communications for Arts Administrators

Crisis refers to any situation that threatens the safety, integrity, reputation or funding of your organization and its business.

Does your organization have a communications plan to quickly and effectively address your audiences in the event of a “communications crisis”? Being prepared in the event of a crisis allows you to create strategies to deal with a full range of problems you might encounter, moving your organization from a reactionary mode to taking proactive steps that aid in agency and community healing. By planning ahead, those crucial networks and relationships you need during a crisis will already be built before a crisis strikes, allowing for quick and transparent communication with key audiences.

The EAC is hosting a free crisis communications/issues management workshop with communications specialist Shawna Randolph to help your organization feel be better prepared in the event of a communications crisis.

Date: March 27, 2017
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Prince of Wales Armories, 2nd Floor, Lestock Lounge

Please note space is limited. RSVP to Jamie Chapelsky: jchapelsky@edmontonarts.ca / 780-424-2787 ext. 239.

Shawna Randolph bio:

Shawna Randolph is a communications specialist with more than 25 years experience, concentrating on:
Media relations training and consulting/coaching (standard, and crisis media relations training);
Communications planning;

  • Public awareness campaign planning and implementation;
  • Writing (news releases, newsletters, website material, brochures, etc).
  • Voice-over and on-camera talent work;
  • Emcee services.

Shawna is currently the co-host of CTV-2's Alberta Primetime, a daily current events news magazine show. She is also well known for her time with CFRN Edmonton (now CTV Edmonton) as the station's prime news anchor from 1997-2001.  Shawna retired from the daily grind of news anchoring from CFRN in 2001 to find more balance in life.
Shawna then launched her new sub-career in public relations by managing communications for the City of Edmonton's Transportation Department.  In 2006, she created the City of Edmonton's Media Relations Unit and managed it until 2008.  That's when Shawna decided to launch her own company, Shawna Randolph Communications. Shawna provided regular media relations support to the Edmonton Humane Society as the organization's spokesperson from 2008 to 2013. Shawna continues to offer services through her company such as media relations training and coaching, emcee services, etc.
Shawna fully understands that an organization's reputation and profitability can depend on the degree to which the targeted "public" supports and understands its goals and policies.  She has the ability to communicate thoughts clearly and simply; while displaying creativity, initiative, and excellent judgement.

Financial Literacy Workshops for Non-Profits

The City of Edmonton - Citizen Services, Edmonton Arts Council, and Edmonton Heritage Council are pleased to present three workshops for members of non-profit organizations wanting to develop skills to manage the financial side of their organizations.

When: Wednesdays, April 5, 19, 26 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave (rooms indicated below)
Cost:  $40 per session or three sessions for $100.  Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions to get the full benefits of the workshops. Cost includes light snacks and refreshments.
Intended for: Employees or board members of non-profit organizations wanting to increase their basic knowledge of key concepts and processes associated with financial statements, budgets, and the organization’s financial responsibilities as a non-profit society.
To Register and Pay:  Contact Tix on the Square by phone (780) 420-1757.

Workshop 1 - Financial Accountability for Non-Profits:  A Year-long Affair
A non-profit society needs to be accountable - but to whom or what authority? Explore the financial roles and responsibilities of a non-profit organization as set out in typical society by-laws. How can management and Boards ensure adequate financial and administrative oversight over a typical year? Participants will learn how to schedule an Annual Financial Cycle that integrates Budgeting, Variance Reporting, preparation of year-end Financial Statements, holding an Annual General Meeting, and filing the Annual Return.

Instructor:  Sylvia Shank, CPM - General Manager, Sacul Accounting and Small Business Services
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2016
Location: Lestock Room (Rm 218B), Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave

Workshop 2 - Financial Statements:  What are they really saying about your organization?
Financial Statements reveal much about an organization – where the money comes from, where it is spent, and whether the organization makes a surplus or runs a deficit over the year.  They also speak volumes about the viability and health of the organization and its ability to withstand periods of growth or hardship.  What are the minimum requirements of Financial Statements to meet generally accepted standards? Learn the basic components and terminology of Income Statements and Balance Sheets, and how they tell the story of your organization. Participants will take part in an introductory exercise in financial statement preparation.

Instructor: Frank Saccucci, MBA - Associate Professor, MacEwan University.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2016
Location: Kinross Room (Rm 216), Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave

Workshop 3 – Budgets: Keeping On Track 

Budget preparation is a sizeable investment of time – is the effort really worth it for a typical organization? The answer is an emphatic: “Yes!”  Learn how annual budgets and variance reports are used to keep day-to-day financial activity on-track and contribute to the long-term viability of an organization. Participants will acquire budget and monitoring skills by preparing their own sample budget and variance report.

Instructor: Frank Saccucci, MBA - Associate Professor, MacEwan University.
Time: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2016
Location: Kinross Room (Rm 216), Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 – 108 Ave


Frank Saccucci, MBA
Frank has been delivering seminars for over 25 years to participants across Canada and the U.S. He has been a faculty member at MacEwan University for 20 years and prior to that, enjoyed 10 years of industry experience.  He also chaired the Executive Leadership For Non Profit Program and the Resource Centre for Voluntary Organizations for a five-year period while at MacEwan. Frank has delivered his Finance for Non-Financial Managers to numerous Canadian corporations and currently teaches this course at the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta.

Sylvia Shank, CPM
Sylvia has been an accounting payroll professional since 1988 and currently runs two accounting businesses – one of which specializes in non-profits. She has a diploma in Accounting from NAIT and a certificate in Management from the University of Lethbridge.  Sylvia has worked with non-profit organizations for the last 15 years providing full cycle accounting including the preparation of financial statements, budgets, payroll, and business plans.  More recently, Sylvia has broadened her business to include financial and payroll training sessions to both corporate and non-profit clients.  The Edmonton Arts Council and Edmonton Heritage Council currently contract her to provide financial analyses of operating grant applications.

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