Support artsPlace

artsPlace operates as a charity independent of the Town of Canmore. We are proud to provide this community with high quality arts programming at an affordable cost. Beyond our regular paid programming, we also offer many free and very low cost events and activities such as the Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, free programming for teens through the Youth Arts Collective, and our popular Sunday Morning Family Drop-in.

None of this would be possible without your support. Program fees and ticket sales cover just 40% of our costs so we must rely on donations and memberships to cover the gap.

For information on sponsorship opportunities or to make a larger investment in the health of the arts in the Bow Valley, click on one of the tabs below, 

contact [email protected] or call 403-609-2623 for your donor/sponsor package.  

For information about volunteering e-mail Maria Gregorish at [email protected]

Why Support The Arts?

The arts have been a part of Canmore’s daily life since its inception. In 1890, the H.W. MacNeill Co. (the contractor operating the coal mines) established a brass band to entertain residents. In 1898, its members built a practise hall on the Bow River.  This rough hall became known as the Canmore Opera House, and is believed to be the only log opera house in the world. 

With so many worthwhile causes seeking support, it can be challenging to decide where your support will have the most impact.  Why choose the arts?  

Research, including a McKinsey & Company report commissioned by Business for the Arts in Canada, continues to uphold the social importance and the economic impact of the arts. Some of the key findings included suggest the arts:

  • builds stronger communities, with a heart and vibrant soul
  • contributes to an improved quality of life 
  • brings people together, and promotes community engagement and interaction
  • grows a shared identity and pride
  • stimulates and sustains local economic growth
  • contributes to increased tourism 
  • helps to engage new members of the community
  • helps realize the potential of children: arts education helps children develop higher level skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, a stronger overall academic  performance, and increased self-confidence - with the decline of arts education in  schools, there is a greater demand for cultural activities in the community

How can I Support artsPlace?

No matter in what capacity you choose to participate, every donation supporting the arts and artists in the Bow Valley is greatly appreciated.Your support will help build community and enrich lives through the arts. 

We accept gifts of cash, publicly traded securities, and bequests; donations of furniture, equipment, supplies, and services such as accounting, printing, advertising, and design. 

Sponsorship of events, such as artsPeak and the Vic Lewis International Band Festival, is another option.

At artsPlace, we also love volunteers. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact artsPlace at 403-609-2623.

For more information on becoming a donor or sponsor, please check out the information under the FAQs for Naming Opportunities, Event Sponsorship Opportunities, Donations to Programs,  Donations of Equipment and Supplies, Performing Arts Studio Seat Sale, and Planned Gifts, or call 403-609-2623 for your donor package.

Naming Opportunities

The following naming opportunities are available for a five to 20-year term, with option for renewal.  For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 403-609-2623 for your donor package.

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A vibrant hub of artistic activity, the centre will include a number of distinct studios, giving local artists and the public their first dedicated space for the arts in Canmore.

Performance Studio

This black box studio space with retractable seating will be used for theatre and music performances, film presentations, literary readings and lectures, acting and movement classes, and rehearsals. Special attention will be made to the acoustics, lighting, sound, and projection equipment.

Visual Arts/Textiles Studio

This studio is ideal for the visual arts such as painting, sketching, and cartooning, but can also be used for quilting, mask and costume making, writing, book making, digital photography, and crafts. This studio can be divided in two for smaller activities, and includes tables, easels, natural lighting, and storage space for work-in-progress. Twenty ceiling-mounted power outlets will support computers, sewing machines, and other powered equipment.

Fabrication Studio and Kiln Room

This industrial studio can be used for glass slumping, stained glass, metal etching, drum making, print and paper making, candle making, soap making, hammered copper jewelry, wood and stone carving, concrete forms, mosaics, and ceramic glazing. The room is equipped with steel topped and vented workspaces and industrial sinks.

The Kiln Room will house three electric kilns to support the firing and glazing of works in clay, as well as slumping glass and similar heat related activities.  It will also house a washer and a dryer for fabric and wool dyeing.

Wet Studio

The wet studio will accommodate wheel thrown pottery, clay hand building, paper mâché construction, and clay sculpture.  It will include large canvas or plastic-topped tables, pottery wheels, and drying space.

The Hub

The heart of the centre, this large gathering space will be used for community art projects, artist and community networking, receptions, celebrations of arts achievements, downtown cultural events, artisans’ market, and quilt shows. It will also be used as a gallery space to display touring collections and work made in the centre.

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

The Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity

The Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation annually produces The Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity (formerly artsPeak). This weekend event is an exciting, high-energy celebration of the arts, where music, dance, visual arts, theatre, performances, and workshops take place throughout Canmore. 

Presenting Sponsor: $15,000 

Other donations of any amount are welcome.

Vic Lewis International Band Festival 

The annual Vic Lewis Band Festival, brings together over 800 concert, wind, and jazz band students from more than 30 schools in Alberta and B.C. Bands perform for adjudicators, participate in workshops, listen to faculty recitals, and give public performances.  The Vic Lewis Band Festival has earned a reputation as one of the best non-competitive music festivals in Alberta.  The focus is on learning.  Each band works with a world-renowned guest director, and each student has a one-hour clinic with the festival’s professional faculty, to work on their repertoire and hone the skills of their instrument.

Presenting Sponsor $15,000

Other donations of any amount are welcome.

Special Film Presentations, New Art Competitions, and Other Events

Other opportunities include the sponsorship of special film presentations, new art competitions, a classical music series, a literary reading series, and the reintroduction of festivals such as the Children's Festival.

For more information on sponsoring artsPlace events, please contact [email protected], or call 403-609-9245, ext 105.

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Donations to Programs

artsPlace will offer a wide range of classes, workshops, presentations, exhibitions, films, and performances each year. Donations to programs will enable artsPlace to provide some programs free of charge, others at a reduced rate, and will also help provide scholarships to individuals who would otherwise be unable to participate in arts programming. 

For more information on donating to programs, please contact [email protected] or call 403-609-2623.

Performing Arts Studio Seat Sale

As a celebration of the development of artsPlace, the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation will be launching a Seat Sale in the Performing Arts Studio. Seats may be “symbolically” purchased and a nameplate recognizing the donor will be affixed to a theatre seat. Proceeds will support the immediate needs of the foundation. Gifts $399 to $999. 

More information on the Seat Sale can be found on the downloadable pdf entitled "Please Take Your Seatl" below.

Or, you can contact [email protected] or call 403-609-2623 for your seat sale brochure.

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You have the opportunity to assist by symbolically purchasing a “seat” in the Performing Arts Studio. Find information about seat prices and donor recognition.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts incorporate charitable giving into your overall financial, tax, and estate planning process. You can make a gift of cash, securities, or other property during your lifetime, make a bequest in your will, or make artsPlace a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.  Gifts of any amount are welcome.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 403-609-2623.

How are Donors recognized?

In keeping with the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation’s mission and goals, and in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency policy related to charitable giving, the following general Donor Recognition guidelines have been developed:

  • All charitable gifts will be recognized at the appropriate level
  • Donors contributing to the Naming Opportunities will be recognized with a plaque in the appropriate space
  • Donors of furniture, equipment, and supplies (in kind) will be listed at the appropriate level for the fair market value of their gift
  • Donors of furniture and equipment will be recognized with a plaque in the appropriate space
  • Presenting sponsors of events will have their logo included in event advertising; event sponsors of $1,000 or more will have a their logo included on event posters; all other event sponsors will have their names listed on event posters; All event sponsors will be listed on signage at events
  • In the case of a Legacy Gift, the donor name will be recognized as a member of the Legacy Circle
  • In the case of a Legacy Gift, the donor name will be recognized as a member of the Legacy Circle
  • For gifts more than $5,000, donors will have the option to sign a mutually agreed-upon Gift Agreement. The Purpose of a Gift Agreement is to establish a mutual understanding of the purpose of the gift, the management of the gift, the terms of the pledge, and the foundation’s responsibility in reporting the results of the gift
  • Major gifts of $50,000 and greater will receive customized recognition
  • Donors requesting anonymity will be omitted from donor lists in all public recognition media 

Additional donor benefits are outlined on the downloadable pdf entitled "How are donors recognized" below.

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Different levels of sponsorship give access to different Donor Benefits. Download this document to view all Donor Benefits.

Volunteer Opportunities

At artsPlace, volunteers make the world go round! We are always looking for volunteers to assist with gallery shows, to usher at performances, and to help sort donated art supplies. These are fun, social ways to meet your neighbours and help build the quality of art experiences offered at artsPlace. Maybe you’d prefer to help with administration or join a Board Committee? Contact the Program Manager to explore the possibilities.

Online Donation

For more information on making a financial contribution and to donate online, please use the following link.

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