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Save the date for our 2017 Annual General Meeting  

Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Winspear Centre
4 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton, AB

Please join us for the 2017 AGM, where the EAC will provide an update on recent and upcoming projects, and members will vote to appoint nominees to the Board of Directors. The AGM will be followed by a member mixer over light refreshments and live music by the A/B Trio.

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The building is fully barrier-free, and accessible. Some street parking is available in the area and the venue is in close proximity to the LRT Churchill Station and ETS routes such as the 7 and 15. Visit the Winspear Centre's website for more detailed information.

RSVP with Penelope Haro Aranda: 780.424.2787 ext 221 / pharoaranda@edmontonarts.ca

2017 Board of Directors Nominations

Ahmed Ali (second term)
Multi award winning poet Ahmed Ali also known as ‘Knowmadic’, is a Somali born, full-time poet, entertainer, educator, public speaker and youth worker. He is the co-founder and current artistic director of the Breath in Poetry collective. Ahmed has enthusiastically served on the Edmonton Arts council for three years and has chaired the Equity Committee for two. Ahmed's artistic approach focuses on identity and positive perspectives. His style of poetry is noted as humorous, witty and full of wordplay.

Patricia Darbasie
A graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting program, Pat has been an active member of the Edmonton theatre community for over 20 years, and is a two-time Sterling award winner. In 2001 Pat started writing plays; Carnival Magic, a play based on West Indian culture, toured Edmonton area schools with Concrete Theatre. Ribbon, about black settlers in Amber Valley, is a one-woman show she wrote and performed for her MFA thesis in Directing at the University of Alberta.

Upon completion of her MFA, Pat studied Voice and Speech at York University, where her thesis was The Syringa Tree which she directed using voice and movement techniques from her year of study. Pat has taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta and Concordia University College, and continues as a freelance artist with her fingers in many creative pies!

Michael Hamm
Michael has been producing and creating films in Edmonton for 37 years and has mentored dozens of Albertans who continue to work in the industry — many of whom have moved to larger film centres such as Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles. He has also volunteered his time to create promotional videos and commercials for not-for-profits and ‘pitch’ videos for charities such as iHuman and Wellspring. Michael is currently on the Board of the Edmonton International Film Festival.

Stephen Kanyo
Mr. Kanyo is the founder and president of Masters Art Academy and the publisher of Ambassadors of the Art, the first visual art magazine in Edmonton. He discovered his interest in art many years ago after having several artist clients in his medical clinic in Germany. As a counselor and personal development coach, Mr. Kanyo began to support and mentor artists from different artistic areas, and developed a passion for recognizing and promoting talent, particularly in visual art.

After Mr. Kanyo moved to Edmonton he founded the Alberta Arts Academy (later renamed Masters Art Academy) a non-profit organization where together with his wife Svetlana Kanyo, they are offering high level visual art classes and workshops for children and adults. The Academy today has the work of over 200 young artists published in international magazines, and students have won more than 50 distinction and awards in international art contests. Every year Mr. Kanyo organizes art shows for children and adults through Masters Art Academy in cooperation with members of the Boyle Street community.

Don Robinson
Don Robinson is the Executive Director of the Friends of University Hospitals, a non-profit organization that includes the McMullen Gallery, the Artists on the Wards and an extensive art collection in its mandate. He has been a member of the EAC since 2006 and the Alberta Museum Association since 2007. He served as the Finance Chair for Harcourt House from 2006-2009 and on the Winnipeg Arts Council Board of Directors from 1996-2000. He was the Controller for the Manitoba Arts Council from 1985-1997 and Manager of Finance and Administration for The Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1998-2003.

Vivianne Sparrow
Vivianne Favreau Sparrow is an independent contract accountant and violinist who believes art is to be celebrated and embraced and has a desire to support the Edmonton arts community with her financial expertise. Peace of mind is at the forefront of Vivianne’s objectives when providing support to business owners, board of directors and finance teams. For the past 12 years, her services have included financial accounting process review and assessment, financial statement analysis and preparation, corporate tax, hiring of key personnel and employee mentorship.

Vivianne earned her CMA, CPA designation while working in public practice and has experience in various private industry sectors. A violinist since the age of 3, she currently plays first violin with Orchestra Borealis, formerly known as Concordia Symphony Orchestra. In addition to life as an accountant, musician and Mom of two, Vivianne volunteers her time to various community, school and sport organizations.


Edmonton Arts Council
Board of Directors
Roles and Responsibilities

Term: 3 years

Time commitment: Monthly meeting held on the second Wednesday of each month. Time investment will increase with participation on committees.

The Edmonton Arts Council: The Edmonton Arts Council is a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the arts community in Edmonton. The EAC works to increase the profile and involvement of arts and culture in all aspects of our community life through activities that:  

  • Invest in Edmonton festivals, arts organizations and individual artists through municipal, corporate and private funding.
  • Represent Edmonton’s arts community to government and other agencies and provide expert advice on issues that affect the arts.
  • Build partnerships and initiate projects that strengthen our community. 
  • Create awareness of the quality, variety and value of artistic work produced in Edmonton.

All members of the Board of Directors are volunteers. Edmonton Arts Council bylaws and Board Policies are available by contacting the EAC office. Nominees should be 18 years of age or older at the time of nomination.

Board of Directors Nominations

We have five upcoming vacant positions on our Board of Directors.

Any voting member of the EAC can nominate a member, in good standing, to fill a vacancy. Please ensure your nomination is received at the EAC office no later than noon (12:00pm) Monday, May 15, 2017.

Learn more about your EAC membership here: edmontonarts.ca/membership/
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