For more information about the various positions visit www.acadsa.ca/elections. Meet and greet the candidates at the Candidates Forum on Tuesday, March 27 (between 1-2PM).
At the same time, we all have different schedules, timelines and responsibilities, so access to studios and flexibility in class schedules is important. I would look to my fellow students for their desires in class flexibility. Classmates have expressed interest in more options for Spring, credit classes, in order to ease or fulfill graduation requirements. I would follow up on that.
I would ask students for their desired content in the professional development classes. I have heard discontent repeatedly on this topic and have recently spoken with the chair of that department, who is open to ideas and to change. I want students to get what we really need from these classes, be it a progressive writing format for improving grant and school applications, or an editing of the content in general, this is something that needs to work for the students.
I would encourage open communication between ACADSA and the student body and would encourage efforts to make your representatives more visible and known to you. I would continue to encourage the open communication that has been fostered between the students and the ACAD governing bodies “ACAD”.
I have sat on juries for the Marion Nicoll Gallery and for student groups. I am currently on the Wellness Committee, Which, aspires to meet campus wellness needs. Wellness and advocacy go hand in hand. I want to advocate for what is in the greatest interest of ACAD Students, which in turn, aids in our wellness.
I am a strong and vocal voice, that is interested in, and will advocate for, what is best for you, the ACAD student.
In addition to the other post secondaries in the province, I believe ACAD needs to form symbiotic relationships with the post secondaries in Calgary in an effort to provide better services and a more cohesive experience among students.
Additionally, ACADSA needs to continue to be involved in government affairs in order to be taken seriously by the government and assert their presence in the community. This extends to the art community as well. My goal is to create a smoother communication between the various art establishments in Calgary and ACAD’s students.
All around, ACAD needs to build its relationship with the community around it, and I hope to be a part of that.
be your director of community and cultural affairs! If elected to the ACADSA executive team, there are several things I will focus on to effect change as a voice for the students. One of the problems I would address while in office is the lack of mental health resources and awareness on campus. ACAD currently only has one councilor available to a school with an enrollment of just over 1000 students. During busy periods, students experience wait times ranging from three weeks to a month between sessions. This infrequency is unacceptable for students in crisis. ACAD was recently granted university status by the Government of Alberta, as well as funding initiatives involving mental health and well-being accommodations. I would like to leverage this to bring more councillors to ACAD and introduce other alternatives for students to seek out help if they need it. Another important topic I would like to address while seated in this position is bringing change and attention to ACAD’s policies and procedures regarding student health and wellness. In particular, I want to implement a comprehensive sexual harassment policy to be introduced to students through course safety talks and course outlines. I want students to know that there are support systems in place in case of such events as well as promoting the prevention of sexual harassment and assault within ACAD. I also want to introduce free menstrual products to campus, similar to what was done this year at the University of Calgary. For my third task I will improve communications within ACAD, especially among students. Many students at ACAD remain uninformed about important news, policies and events regarding our school. I want to engage with the student body and allow for as much transparency between ACAD, ACADSA and students as possible. Organization, communication, well-being and safety will be my most important tasks in this leadership role in order to guarantee students will be welcomed and accepted into ACAD’s community. Questions? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
In addition, being a part of our health and wellness team, I will help facilitate access to school resources and be an open ear for anyone to reach out to. As someone who understands the struggles of the average art college student, on top of being an international transfer; I can really help with guidance and a fresh perspective to student problems.
ACAD’s community is a melting pot, and my goal is to make it more of a Mosaic. In a melting pot scenario, the artists and teachers assimilate into the culture to blend in and work together. In a mosaic, each artistic discipline is celebrated for its value and diversity, and can be harmonized with other students and teachers to create an overall mosaic image of our community. My goal is to facilitate the building of bridges and friendships between the different subcultures and artistic practices inside our school. If elected, my hope is that I will help us shine brightly together and glitter through the rainbow glass of our school’s dream Mosaic.
My goals for this position is to at least achieve one thing that will help as many students as possible. So, that being said, if I get elected, I will not neglect your help and do my best to offer a different perspective and if needed, forward your concerns to the higher ups to satisfy your experience in this institution. That being said, let me help you with any troubles that are not to student satisfaction. Thank you for your time.
Next year will be my fifth year at ACAD. I know my way around the school and how I can improve it. I have always done my best to advocate for my own needs and the needs of others. Transparency and communication is key to being as efficient in this position as possible. One thing I would love to do is help the Fibre department become more active within the school. By helping Cloth Club with fundraising, and listening to the ideas of my cohorts we can create something everyone can be a part of. I would also like to look into opening the Art Hole again. It is one of the spaces within the school that should be taken advantage of. It has a lot to offer as another student-lead space for art and fundraising.
I have always been in teaching positions throughout my life, notably when I was an assistant instructor teaching martial arts for people as young as six and as old as sixty-five. I have helped lead self-defense workshops for Women In Need and All Sport One Day. I have also been an advocate for mental health within my community and my personal relationships. Acting as someone who supports and encourages individuals to find solutions that work for them instead of all-encompassing suggestions.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.
-To give a voice for my fellow students who feel under represented, particularly in the jewellry department.
-To gain a better understanding first hand at the processes in the decision making of ACAD, so that clear lines of communication can reach the students.
Why am I qualified?
-I can speak my mind without fear, knowing that my words echo the sentiments of my colleagues and I am their doubts and praise given voice on the board.
-Able to make informed decisions based on what is presented to me, but also knowing that I need to dig deeper to make sure EVERYTHING is presented to all on the council.
-Served as representative on committees or in unions before, and am prepared for the craziness that comes with this kind of information sharing organization.
What are my key topics?
-The under representation of not only the student voice but ACADSA as a whole, and insuring that ACAD students have a much clearer understanding of what ACADSA is and does for them.
-Saving what remains of the jewellery program and trying to bring some things back to it, while also trying to attract more students to the program.
-Aiding my fellow ACADSA reps and directors in leading ACAD to a better future through negotiation and socialization with other student run organizations like SAITSA and UofCSU.
From being one of the 8 students who attended the student Painting department meeting, I have found that the communication between the students and the ACAD government needs improvement. It is because of this that I would make it my primary initiative to increase communication within the painting department. Alongside this, I am determined to bring awareness to the entire department, especially in relation to the uncertainty of the Painting Show, that seems to be going around.
I am a liaison, a bridge that connects the politics of ACAD to the everyday life of the students. My energy and enthusiasm to be the representative for the students will make our community a more unified and celebrated one.
Hey ACADSA members,
Here are your candidates for the 2018-19 ACADSA Election. Voting will take place on April 4th + April 5th. Polling stations will be located in the Main Mall from 8:30AM – 5:30PM on both days. This is your opportunity to have a say on who represents you for the 2018/19 academic year. For more information visit www.acadsa.ca/elections.
For Director of Leadership & Governance, Executive Committee
- Simone Saunders
For Director of Advocacy & Representation, Executive Committee
- Fiona Couillard
- Jenna Van Buekenhout
For Director of External Relations, Executive Committee
- Kayla Gale
For Director of Cultural & Community Affairs, Executive Committee
- Alena Martin
- Emily Elizabeth Melaugh
For BFA General Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Jay Orion
For Character Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Nikolas Havlock
For Fibre Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Eva Birhanu
- Victoria Nagy
For Glass Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Leia (Shi Jie) Guo
For Illustration Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Alexia Mitchell
For Jewellery + Metals Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Josh Howard
For Painting Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Francesca Flaskay
For Photography Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Haley Eyre
If you would like more information on these candidates you can look at their platform/campaign statements at www.acadsa.ca/2018/03/campaign-statements-for-201819-acadsa-election/, or you can attend the meet and greet Candidates Forum that will be happening on Tuesday, March 27 (between 1-2PM) in the cafeteria.
There are no candidates running for the following positions:
- Advertising Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Ceramics Representative, Student Leadership Council
- First Year Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Graduate Studies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Graphic Design Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Media Arts + Digital Technologies Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Drawing Representative, Student Leadership Council
- International Student Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Print Media Representative, Student Leadership Council
- Sculpture Representative, Student Leadership Council
If you have any questions please email (the official elections officer at email@example.com. Thank you!
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
It’s time for Show + Sale! ACAD Students: We would love your help promoting the event! From now until the end of Show + Sale, we will be tracking the hashtag #showandsale. (*Posts must be public so that we can see them) Participating students who promote Show + Sale using the hashtag on their social medias will be entered to win various prizes, ranging from ACAD swag bags to Bookstore gift cards! We especially want to see the work you will be selling! An important part of participating in art markets is learning how to self-promote. Think of this as an opportunity to hone your promo skills!
ACADSA has the right to verify the eligibility of each entrant.
Per Facebook rules, we must mention this contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to ACADSA, not Facebook.
Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s term of use.
Do you want to start your own business but don’t know where to start? Are you curious about the next steps in transitioning out of school?
ACADSA is pleased to invite you to a fun, interactive session with RBC’s entrepreneurship team! On Monday, March 5th, they will be on campus over the lunch hour to provide students with tips and practices when looking at entrepreneurship as your next career step. Light lunch will be served to all attending students!
Royal Bank of Canada Entrepreneurship Session
Monday, March 5 | 1:00-2:00pm
ACAD Boardroom (next to the Welcome Desk)
We hope to see you there!
This morning, the Alberta government announced that the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has achieved university status, based on the high-quality programs it offers. The school has a number of degree programs, including a bachelor of fine arts and a bachelor of design at the undergraduate level, as well as a master’s degree in craft media.
An official new name for the university has not yet been chosen but is expected to be announced in the coming months.
This is an exciting first step in ACAD dynamic and eventful future.
“Alberta is made richer by the many exceptionally talented artists, designers and creators that call our province home. Changing ACAD to a university not only demonstrates how much we value them and their work, but reflects the school’s role as the primary fine arts institution in our province. This is a historic day that recognizes the high-quality degree programs the school offers, the type of education its students are receiving and the significance of the arts, craft and design to our province.”
Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education
“Today’s announcement officially acknowledges that ACAD has been offering degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level for some time. Aligning our title, university, with our programming, demonstrates this government’s commitment to the pivotal role we play in the social, cultural and economic fabric of our province. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are the creators, makers, artists and designers who strengthen Alberta by diversifying it through the development of the creative industries within the knowledge economy.”
Daniel Doz, President + CEO, Alberta College of Art + Design
“The government granting ACAD university status reinforces our institutional track record for excellence. Although our name will change, our focus to educate and nurture the next generation of artists and designers in Alberta remains the same. The ACAD Board of Governors appreciates the Government of Alberta for their ongoing support in securing ACAD’s future as they recognize the university we have become.”
M. Carol Ryder, Chair, Alberta College of Art + Design Board of Governors
“For me, this is validation of all the hard work students do here. Finally having this recognition of all the time, money, effort and research that we accomplish is a breath of fresh air. It will be nice to have wider recognition to make transfers easier and a more accurate picture of what we have accomplished when we move on to whatever we pursue post-ACAD.”
Camille Porcheron, Director of Leadership + Governance,
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
The change in status means that ACAD will be able to set up a General Faculties Council (GFC) similar to those in place at other universities in the province. Once established, the GFC will expand upon the existing academic oversight at the institution, ensuring the school’s programs continue to meet provincial, national and international standards of quality.
In order for the school to officially become a university, amendments to the Post-secondary Learning Act are required. The proposed changes to the act will be brought before the legislature at a future date.The Alberta government is currently reviewing other aspects of the post-secondary system and will share more information about its modernization of the system over the coming months.
For more information please contact:
Steven Hodges, Alberta College of Art + Design
About Alberta College of Art + Design
Founded in 1926, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. In addition to credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College offers a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only institution in the Province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs in art, craft and design.
ACADSA is looking for students who are interested in representing their department for the Student Leadership Council (SLC) and Executive Committee (EC).
We have made some changes to our team based on feedback we received at our Annual General Meeting and from your current representatives; we hope that this change will be better suited to represent the unique qualities of our campus. As a member of the SLC/EC you will be provided exciting professional development opportunities and participating on a governing board is a wonderful addition to your CV and can propel your career in many ways. Please note that these positions are all paid opportunities for students!
Nominations Open: February 26th-March 9th
Nomination forms DUE: March 9th
Mandatory campaign regulations meeting: March 13th
Campaign Forum – March 27th
Voting days: April 4th-5th
Polls Close April 5th by 5:00pm
Winners Announced on April 6th
The following representative positions are available, please see website for more details and nominations package:
– Director of Leadership and Governance
– Director of Advocacy and Representation
– Director of Community and Culture
– Director of External Relations
Student Leadership Council
– BFA General Studies
– Character Design
– (2) First Year Studies
– Graduate Studies
– Graphic Design
– Jewellery + Metals
– Media Arts + Digital Technologies
– International Student
– Print Media
Please carefully read all the documents included in the Elections Package (available at www.acadsa.ca/about/elections/)
Please drop off your election package into the ACADSA office. Our regular office hours are Monday – Thursday 10 to 4PM, but we will make sure someone is in the office on Friday for all those last minute submissions.
If you have read the documents and still have questions please email the official elections officer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just come into the office and ask!
Director of Advocacy & Representation
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!!
This will be an in-person draw entry at two of ACADSA’s events.
Fill in our draw entry form at the Valentine’s Bazaar (February 14) and Kinky Bingo (February 15) in the ACAD Cafeteria.
Contest closes and winner will be drawn Thursday, February 15th. Good luck!
Dot Journaling—A Practical Guide explains how to start and keep a dot journal—a planner, to-do list, and diary that will help you get your life together. You decide what goes inside:
- Lists of your to-dos, to-don’ts, and more
- Symbols that will make those lists efficient and effective
- Spreads to plan your day, week, month, or year
- Trackers for your habits and goals
- A blank dot-grid journal
- 208 numbered dot-grid pages that make creative layouts a breeze
- A rugged, flexible cover with an inner back pocket
An elastic closure and a ribbon to keep your place!
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“Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.” – World Health Organization
Stop in at the ACADSA Office for free resources or check out our Health Habits Campaign!
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Secure your spot for Kinky Bingo through Eventbrite (https://
ACADSA is looking for your feedback to help guide the incoming Executive Committee and Student Leadership Council in their advocacy efforts for the 2018/19 academic year. ACADSA recognizes that student feedback is essential for ensuring that the Executive and SLC represent your interests and voice to the decision making bodies of the college. In order to do that effectively, we need to hear from as many of you as possible! Please fill out this short survey to help us determine the best way to better serve, represent, and advocate for you!
There are questions in the survey regarding course workload, contact time with your instructors, accessing services, and ACADSA programming initiatives. It is so important that ALL students fill this survey out so we can get a better understanding of how your overall experience at ACAD could be improved, and what changes you’d like to see moving forward that we can advocate for on your behalf.
Personal identification information is not required, however if you would like to provide your name and email at the end of the survey you’ll be entered into a draw to win a $75 visa gift card!
*Survey data is kept separate from the survey entries so your submission will still be kept anonymous.
Please note: General survey results may be shared with administration, the Board of Governors and the ACADSA team. Your individual answers will be kept anonymous and will not be shared with anyone.
If you have a grievance that you’d like to report, please see the ACADSA website under “Get Involved/Student Rights” for more information on how to submit a formal complaint through our Action Forms.
Estimated Time To Complete Survey: 10-15 minutes
Deadline: Monday, February 26th at Midnight
Thursday, February 1 | 1pm
Show + Sale Info Session (Lecture Theatre)
Wednesday, February 7 | noon
ACADSA Career Development Fair
Monday, February 12 | midnight
Thursday, February 15 | 10am
Inventory sheets distributed to participants
Monday, March 5 | midnight
Deadline to submit inventory sheet
Thursday, March 8 | 10am
Registration for volunteer service opens
Tuesday, March 13 | 10-4pm
Inventory tag pickup | ACADSA office
Wednesday, March 14 | 10-4pm
Inventory tag pickup | ACADSA office
Thursday, March 15 | 4pm
Deadline to register for volunteer service
Monday, March 19 | 10-5pm
2D work drop off: Painting, Photo, Print, Drawing, Design, MADT
Tuesday, March 20 | 10-5pm
3D work drop off: Sculpture, Ceramics, Fibre and Glass
Thursday, March 22 | 5-8pm
First Night Ticketed Fundraiser Event
Friday, March 23 | 12-7pm
Show + Sale entrance by donation
Saturday, March 24 | 12-4pm
Show + Sale entrance by donation
Saturday, March 25 | 4-8pm
De-install of Show + Sale
Monday, March 27 | 10-4pm
Unsold work pick up
Find a summer internship! Discover community resources! Get to know the local organizations that are here to support your professional development as emerging artists!
ACADSA’s Career Development Program is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Career Development Fair! On February 7th, we will be hosting over 20 organizations that drive the Calgary arts scene, from artist-run centres, nonprofits, guilds, maker spaces, coalitions, and more!
Wednesday, February 7th
ACAD Main Mall
Check out ACADSA’s Facebook Event for more information about the organizations that will be joining us.
ACAD Students’ Association is seeking applications for the 2018 Hear/d Residency program. Part of the ACADSA mandate is to provide professional development opportunities for students while also helping to facilitate the development of a strong student artist community + culture. The ACADSA Hear/d Residency invites individuals and collectives from all discipline areas to work together to collaborate on the research, development, creation and curation of an exhibition.
The residency will have its own central theme of resilience, relating to the journey of mental health issues currently experienced by many post-secondary students. Given this theme, participants are invited to explore and share their journeys in a creative and innovative way. Through group discussions, reflection, individual studio time, critiques, and workshops, this residency will provide a platform for a diversity of creative activity. The residency will aim to raise awareness towards the health + well-being of post-secondary students, while also connecting members from different disciples who will help to build a stronger sense of inclusion and comradery in the ACAD community.
Being in good health means more than feeling physically well; it also means feeling mentally well. Today, we are more aware of how our mental and physical health affect each other. Setting aside time to focus on mental health is important – to you and those who care about you. Life is full of change, risks and challenges. Good mental or emotional health helps us find our balance and stay in control, even during turbulent times. – Canadian Mental Health Association (2017)
ACADSA will provide each of the participants with a $250.00 honorarium to support the time, resources, and materials required to participate in the program.
The application process is entirely electronic. Direct email and paper submissions will NOT be accepted. Due to the number of submissions received, the quantity of support material in the application is restricted. The jury will not review additional materials beyond the required documents. All documentation must be submitted through the online submission form:
The following materials should be included in your application:
- Statement of interest:
- Discuss how the theme of this program relates to your current artistic practice and the broader context of your work, research, and interests.
- Outline your interest in the program and understanding of the importance of mental health support.
- Curriculum Vitae: Describe your creative background to a maximum length of two pages. Please include all relevant contact information and a personal website, if applicable.
- Support: Please submit up to ten pieces of additional support material, including digital images, videos, or audio clips with a corresponding numbered image list. Our programming committee will review up to a maximum of five minutes of time-based work.
Images must be RGB .jpg files with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels at 72 dpi and no larger than 1 MB in size. ACADSA accepts links to video and audio work hosted online.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 21, 2018 AT MIDNIGHT
Hello Acadians, and welcome back to the Winter semester!
I hope you all had a lovely break and feel rested and refreshed, ready to take on the new semester. This semester you can expect to see the 2017-18 Advocacy Survey from ACADSA, please consider taking the time to fill it out because it is all about how your Student’s Association can serve you better by giving us a clearer picture of what you want and expect from us.
Also keep in mind that all of the Student’s Association’s elected positions will be available again soon. Consider running in the elections to represent your department as a Student Leadership Council member in the following year, or commit yourself to earning a salary and serving ACAD students as an elected representative on the Executive Committee for a year’s term, including the summer. Check our website for details and job descriptions for all of these positions, and remember they are all paid.
Thank you for taking the time to read our welcome, and good luck with your semester at ACAD!
Director of Leadership and Governance
ACAD Student’s Association
Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!! Fill in our draw entry form at https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/healthy-habits-january-prize
Contest closes and winner will be drawn Wednesday, January 31st. Good luck!