Support the Arts and Creativity

Help support the arts in our community by donating today.

artsPlace offers affordable, quality arts programming. Registration fees and ticket sales cover only 40% of our costs. As a charity, operating independently from the Town of Canmore, we rely on the generosity of our patrons through donations to continue to offer free and subsidized programs and events to the entire Bow Valley community.

“Being a donor is a wonderful way to be a part of the community and to support the people who are bringing the arts to the community. We are so happy to be a part of artsPlace and to support something we love and get tremendous value out of.” – Davin MacIntosh

How You Can Support

Make a Donation

Today we need the arts and creativity more than ever. Your donations will allow us to innovate and deliver programming that will support the community’s well-being during this time of uncertainty and change.

Help us deliver meaningful arts and culture programming and transformative experiences to all Bow Valley residents.

Monthly Giving

Your bite-sized monthly donations make a huge impact. They allow us to plan ahead and invest in long-term programs such as our free Family Sunday artsPlay, the Youth Arts Collective and our Indigenous Connections programs. And, they reduce our administrative costs.

Giving monthly is one of the most affordable and effective ways to make a difference.

Discover Art Fund 

artsPlace is committed to ensuring all Bow Valley residents have access to the arts and creativity. We recognize there are barriers people face which affect their ability to participate. The Discover Art Fund exists in order to remove those barriers.

From subsidies up to 65% for low-income individuals, to free programs aimed at making our programming as inclusive as possible, the Discover Art Fund ensures everyone has access to the arts. With no government support for this fund, as a charitable organization, we rely on support from community members like you to ensure everyone has access.

Planned Giving

Generate significant tax savings for you and your loved ones. Incorporate charitable giving into your overall financial, tax, and estate planning process. Make a gift of cash, securities, or other property during your lifetime, a bequest in your will, or make artsPlace a beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Designate a portion of your gift to our endowment fund and keep giving forever.

Please contact Becky Lipton Fournier, Fund Development Manager, at [email protected] or 403-609-2623.

Give a gift for FOREVER

artsPlace' Endowment Fund allows you to make a gift today, while creating a legacy that keeps giving FOREVER. Donations are held in perpetuity at our Fund with the Calgary Foundation, with investment income going each year to support arts and creativity programming in the Bow Valley.

What's more, the Government of Canada has a matching program that will increase your donation by 60-100%.

Honour and Memorial Gifts

Giving a gift of the arts to the community can be a meaningful way to celebrate or honour family, friends and loved ones. Has someone inspired you to donate to artsPlace? Is an art-lover in your life celebrating a special milestone? Would you like to dedicate your donation in memory of someone you hold dear? artsPlace will send an artful card by email or mail letting them know about the gift made in their name.

Bring the arts and creativity to the community through celebrating and honouring someone you love.

Performing Arts Seat Sale

Show your support or honour someone you love by having a nameplate affixed to a seat in our black box theatre. Symbolically buying a “seat” is a great way to support the arts and become a part of artsPlace.

Please contact Becky Lipton Fournier, Fund Development Manager, at [email protected] or 403-609-2623 for more information.

Donate Your Car

Donate a Car Canada accepts vehicle donations on behalf of artsPlace. Receive free towing (from most locations) or drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. artPlace will issue you a tax receipt for your car, truck, RV, boat or motorcycle, and Donate a Car Canada takes care of all other details.

After your vehicle donation is complete, artsPlace will put your gift to good use.

artsPlace provides tax receipts for all donations $20 and over. Our charitable registration number is 876995671 RR0001.

For more information or if you have questions or concerns, please contact Becky Lipton Fournier, Fund Development Manager at [email protected] or 403-609-2623.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Why are the arts so important during the COVID 19 pandemic?

• Art and creativity help us feel and process our emotions. By submerging ourselves in art, we are taken away from stress and worry and create important moments of happiness and fulfillment.

• Having healthy ways to deal with our emotions make us more able to face challenges and change, and feel hope.

• Art helps children face changes such as lack of school and other routines by giving them a sense of identity. The arts give children the tools they need to be emotionally resilient, to understand who they are and how they feel, and to be creative change-markers in the new future.

• Art helps people find meaning and feel less isolated by giving them opportunities to connect and collaborate even in these disrupted times.

• It is our responsibility to support artists through this time so they can tell their stories, inspire others to explore their creativity, provide outlets for our community to express their fear and anxiety, instill hope, and bring joy.

What will we do with your money?

At artsPlace we are committed to bringing the arts to our community in any way we can. Currently we are:

• A community art and creativity activator.

• A source and hub for artistic resources, inspirations and experiences.

• Actively supporting artists by hiring them to perform online concerts and teach art online.

• Allowing our community members to connect with local artists they know and care about, see familiar faces, and work together as a community through our creativity.

• Supporting the most vulnerable such as seniors, children and the very isolated.

How are donors recognized?

• All charitable gifts of $100 and more will be recognized at the appropriate level on our donor and sponsor pages of the Annual Report, Program Guides and our website. In-Kind gifts will be recognized separately.

• For gifts of $5000 and more, donors will have the option to sign a mutually agreed-upon Gift Agreement. The purpose of the 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 organization’s responsibility in reporting the results of the gift.

• Donors requesting anonymity will be omitted from the donor lists in all public recognition media

Our Mission

We Grow the Arts to Build our Community and Enrich our Lives

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