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Monday
Nov262018

#GivingTuesdayCA ❤️ A Growing Legacy

Images (clockwise): Past Linda Stanier Award Recipients: Anna Rasmussen, Christian Barr, John Chalke, Sam Uhlick, Dawn Detarando and JoAnna LangeLinda Stanier Award & Endowment – a Growing Legacy

Linda Stanier was an artist, a potter of exceptional talent. She was prominent in Alberta's active ceramics scene as a maker, technician, teacher, juror, curator, and enthusiastic 20-year member of the Alberta Craft Council, volunteering and serving on the ACC Board of Directors from 1990-94. 

Linda touched the lives of everyone she met with her joyful giving spirit and her wonderful sense of humour. It was in honoring Linda’s generosity and devotion to her ceramics community that inspired her family to set up an endowment and award when she passed away in 2004 after her journey with cancer.

November 27, 2018, is GivingTuesday. What is GivingTueday, you ask? After BlackFriday and CyberMonday comes a global movement for giving and volunteering. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Today we celebrate and honour the giving spirit of Linda Stanier.

Linda's family worked with the Alberta Craft Council and the Edmonton Community Foundation to establish a permanent endowed award; the Linda Stanier and Family Memorial Award for excellence in ceramic arts.

The endowment for this award was set up with an initial investment from family and friends of $23,743.35 in 2004. The Edmonton Community Foundation manages this endowment, placing it in a range of investments, which averages about 8% in earnings annually. The award money comes from the interest accrued; the amount normally disbursed is 4% of the fund value at the end of the prior year. Approximately 1% of the interest earned goes to fund the operating of the endowment and the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the remaining 3% (on average) stays in the fund as a buffer against inflation or bad investment years.

l to r: Sam Uhlick, Dawn Candy

In the 14 years since the endowment was set up its value has grown to the value of $50,700, with interest accrued, and additional contributions including money raised from the sale of Linda’s ornaments at the ACC.  This growing endowment is now able to support an additional disbursement and the ACC is working with Linda’s family and the Edmonton Community Foundation to explore options of how to expand on the good work of this growing legacy.

To date, $14,000 have been awarded to deserving ceramic artists across our province in Linda’s honour.

2005 – Diane Sullivan, Calgary, $1000

2006 - John Chalke, Calgary, $1000

2007 – Katrina Chaytor Calgary, $1000

2008 – Judith Green, Pincher Creek, $1000

2009 – Christian Barr, Wildwood, $1000

2010 – Sam Uhlick, Edmonton, $1000

2011 – Dawn Detarando & Brian McArthur, Red Deer,  $1000

2012 - Jim Etzkorn, Medicine Hat, $1000

In 2012, ACC awards went to every other year, doubling the amount awarded

2014 - Anna Rasmussen, Dickson, $2000

2016 - JoAnna Lange, Edmonton, $2000

2018 - Dawn Candy, Red Deer, $2000

(Original article featured in Alberta Craft Magazine, Fall 2018)

 

Are you interested in learning more on how to set up an endowment with the Alberta Craft Council? Connect with us, send us a message to executivedirector@albertacraft.ab.ca

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Sunday
Nov252018

#GivingTuesdayCA ❤️ Time

Photo by Ryan HK

November 27, 2018, is GivingTuesday. What is GivingTueday, you ask? After BlackFriday and CyberMonday comes a global movement for giving and volunteering. Across Canada and around the world, GivingTuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.


Today we feature the gift of TIME
and ACC volunteer Jeff Yee. If you've seen any photos of the Alberta Craft Gallery events, chances are Jeff was behind the camera.
Time is an amazingly valuable contribution to most, if not all, non-profit organizations and Jeff is very well aware of it. Granting your time to contribute to success stories, to share your skills, and connect with your community is a great gift.

Jeff has been a volunteer at the Alberta Craft Gallery in Calgary since day one (about a year and a half ago) and is pretty much a staple at every event now! Jeff is a professional photographer who never shies away from sharing his talent with the arts and culture sector in Calgary. We asked Jeff Yee a few questions about what volunteering means for him.
  • ACC: How did you first become involved with the Alberta Craft Council in Calgary? (I know you are friends with Jill but you could have said 'no' 😊)
    J: My introduction to the Alberta Craft Council in Calgary was through Jill Nuckles, who I’ve been friends with through my wife Joanie for many years. Jill and Joanie were at ACAD at the same time. I have been photographing different events for Jill over the years, so when she asked if I could volunteer my time with the Alberta Craft Council here in Calgary, I couldn’t say no! As my wife is a fibre artist and many of our friends are artists. I want to help promote and support the arts and crafts community in any way I can.
    ACC: thanks Jill!

 

photo by Jeff Yee

  • ACC: What do you think makes Alberta fine craft special?
    J: What makes Alberta fine craft special, is the growth of the artists and how they support each other, by sharing their skills and knowledge with each other and the next generation. I also believe the uniqueness of the fine crafts that are created in Alberta reflects the diversity of the environment we live in and surrounds us.
  • ACC: Which event has been your favourite to shoot at the Alberta Craft Gallery?
    J: I would have to say that my favourite event that I’ve photographed was the ‘Light the Gallery’ event. This was the beginnings of the Calgary gallery, and brought so many of the artists together, along with the support of the community. It just had a fun-loving atmosphere about it, and everyone was having such a great time! There were just so many great moments to capture.

photo by Jeff Yee

  • ACC: Do you volunteer as a photographer for any other not-for-profit organizations?
    J: I [also] photograph events regularly for Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects. I have a love for arts and crafts, but also for the performing arts, as I find live theatre to be very culturally enriching.
  • ACC: A secret of the trade…What’s your go-to icebreaker when photographing people?
    J: Well, that’s a hard question to answer. This is a skill that I’ve developed over the years as a people photographer and my interactions with 1000’s of people over those years. But if I had to offer up one thing in photographing people; that would have to be how you treat the people you’re capturing, just be yourself and treat them as you would treat your friends or neighbours. They have to feel comfortable with you and see you as a friend just taking a photo.

There's no question; an image is worth a thousand words. Thanks, Jeff, for helping us tell our story!

Are you interested in volunteering with the Alberta Craft Council? Connect with us, send us a message to volunteer@albertacraft.ab.ca
Wish to donate to the Alberta Craft Council? Give to us through Canada Helps