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CARFAC: Best Practices Community Consultation Session

  • Contemporary Calgary 701 11 St SW, Calgary, AB Calgary Canada (map)

Invitation to Community Consultation Sessions
for Alberta Best Practices for Craft, Media and Visual Artists

CARFAC and Contemporary Calgary would like to invite you to attend one of CARFAC’s upcoming Best Practice Community Consultation Sessions. These events will give you an opportunity to provide feedback on seven draft documents, to learn more about what these new industry standards entail, and why our community needs them. The seven new Best Practices cover the following areas:

  • Negotiations, Agreements and Contracts

  • Exhibiting in a Commercial Gallery

  • Exhibiting in a Public Gallery

  • Public Art Commissions

  • Community Art

  • Use of Artists Work for Fundraising

  • Organizing Juried Group Exhibitions

If you are unfamiliar with or have not had an opportunity to examine and study the newly-drafted Alberta Best Practices for craft and visual artists, we invite you to read or download the documents from the CARFAC Alberta website. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

More about CARFAC’s initiative from Executive Director, Chris W. Carson:

Our goal is to seek widespread endorsement and adoption of these Best Practices by Alberta’s craft, media and visual arts communities by the end of February 2020. To reach this goal we need your help in reading, freely sharing, and engaging your community in discussions about Best Practices. Please send your feedback and comments to before November 23, 2019.

To give you some information about the Alberta Best Practices Project, these are professional guidelines for interactions between artists and those individuals and organizations that work with constituents in a wide range of capacities. We believe that Alberta craft, media, and visual artists will benefit from having these guidelines endorsed and widely adopted. We also believe that these protocols provide individuals and organizations with clear parameters for engaging Alberta’s artists fairly and professionally, now and into the future.

The Alberta Best Practices Project commenced in 2017, based on documents developed by CARFAC Saskatchewan, and are endorsed by both CARFAC Alberta and the Alberta Crafts Council. The project is contextualized for use within Alberta’s arts ecology and is being undertaken to meet a clear need in Alberta for the establishment for more equitable practices, to further professionalize and support our sector.

Please join with us in refining and establishing these professional guidelines to benefit Alberta’s artists and the sector as a whole, and also consider lending your endorsement. Your involvement will make Best Practices for Alberta’s craft, media, and visual artists the best that they can be. If you are unable to attend one of these events please email


Chris W. Carson,
Executive Director