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News

This page hosts official announcements from the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (Formerly Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association).

To see news from the university, please visit ACAD.CA or AUArts.ca

412, 2018

Thank You For Supporting Show + Sale

December 4th, 2018|

ThankYouSocialMediaWe’re a little late, but we want to say thank you to our participating students and everyone who came to our Fall 2018 Show + Sale for helping to make this event so wonderful! If you didn’t know, proceeds from ticket purchases directly support ACAD students with programming that includes entrepreneurial training through seminars and workshops and funds student scholarships. Students receive the proceeds from the sale of their work during the event, with a portion supporting ACADSA’s student programming.

Be sure to join us at our Spring 2019 Show + Sale, which will be happening in March. We hope to see you there!

312, 2018

Call for Volunteer Jury Members: ACADSA

December 3rd, 2018|

 

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Be the change you want to see around campus. Be an advocate for the activity taking place in the Marion Nicoll Gallery, in ACADSA’s Student Groups, and in the Hear/d Residency program. Put the experience on your CV and make your voice heard in your community! Open to current students, all majors in any year, as well as recent ACAD graduates within the last three years.

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https://form.jotform.com/83327047067256

See form for application and position requirements^^

Apply ASAP! The next jury meetings take place at the end of January.

Thank you!

312, 2018

Now Hiring Hear/d Program Mentors: ACADSA

December 3rd, 2018|

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Applications Closed

Our campus is always evolving at the Alberta College of Art + Design, and here you’ll find yourself surrounded by the connoisseurs of Calgary’s contemporary culture. At the ACAD Students’ Association, you’ll be working with a group of innovative, quirky, passionate, and hard-working creatives committed to providing ACAD’s student body with unique opportunities to enhance their sense of well-being, develop their professional skills, and establish a strong presence in the culture of the institution. Together, we continuously find ways to build on the strengths of our programs, boost our support services, and advocate for an exceptional student experience.

Be on the pulse of Calgary’s creative community and work with Alberta’s up and coming cultural innovators!

Hear/d Program Mentor

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association Health + Wellness Program Manager (“HWPM”) and with support of other ACADSA staff, the Hear/d Mentor is responsible for acting as a leader within the ACAD community while supporting the student participants of the Hear/d Residency program.

The Hear/d residency is a 3-month long student-run artist residency held on campus. This year the program will focus on the theme of resiliency, to explore the process of dealing with a variety of mental health issues many post-secondary students face. 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 diverse array of creative output. 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.

The mentorship positions will be split into two separate positions to accommodate for a shared workload and supportive team philosophy.

THE DETAILS

This is a part-time position with a schedule of up to approximately 10 hours per month, with a compensation of $600.00 honorarium per semester. The position will commence January 21, 2019 and continues until April 18, 2019.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Mentor A

  • Support the creation of program promotional materials such as postcards and posters
  • Coordinate studio visit schedule with all participants
  • Install artist statements for the final exhibition

Mentor B

  • Format all written work required for the exhibition
  • Coordinate the photography schedule for all residency participants
  • Create and install vinyl for the exhibition

Joint Responsibilities

  • Develop meeting agendas to cover required information and discussion points with participants
  • Perform studio visits with participants to support the development of work
  • Facilitate the installation and striking of the final exhibition
  • Generate a safe and supportive environment for participants
  • Create joint testimonial to be included in the program catalogue
  • Facilitate residency program group meetings
  • Communicate respectfully with participating students

Who You Are…

Here at ACADSA we’ve worked hard to develop a culture we are proud to be a part of, and if you can say yes to a few of these things you might be proud to be a part of it too…

Equity & Diversity – Are you willing to consciously create room for respectful dialogue surrounding issues of equity and diversity? Pursuing a creative life takes guts! We’ve got a diverse, spunky, progressive, and outspoken community here at ACAD, and we are always looking for ways to self-reflect and incorporate socially just practices in our workplace.

Collaboration & Empowerment – Do you believe in bringing other people up, supporting your co-workers’ success, and finding ways to work together to accomplish your goals? From start to finish we are constantly learning from each other and finding ways to practice gratitude and celebrate the victories, both big and small.

Inspiration & Innovation – Are you excited to put your ideas on the table, take the risk and try something new even if you might fail? We love a good brainstorming session, and are always open to incorporating fresh ideas into our programs and services.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A mature attitude and ability to work independently and be a responsive member of the ACADSA team
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have previously participated in a Hear/d program
  • Have a general understanding of mental health challenges facing post-secondary students

ADDITIONAL SKILLS AND ASSETS

  • Previous experience in a leadership position working with small-large groups
  • An interest in curatorial experience
  • Ability to multi-task and handle multiple deadlines
  • Enthusiasm to exceed performance expectations
  • Supportive and patient demeanor

Application process

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter which includes a brief description of the applicant’s’ knowledge of the Hear/d program, and a detailed understanding of the position and required skill. Applicants are also required to submit their curriculum vitae along with a portfolio of work to acadsa@acad.ca no later than noon on January 10, 2019.

The Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

312, 2018

Call for Residency Submissions: ACADSA Hear/d Residency

December 3rd, 2018|

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ACAD Students’ Association is seeking applications for the Winter 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 at the Alberta College of Art + Design 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.

RESILIENCE

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)

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

APPLY HERE

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019 AT MIDNIGHT

For more information about the Hear/d Residency Program visit www.acadsa.ca/heard

2811, 2018

Decorate and De-stress Event (Dec 3)

November 28th, 2018|

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Join the ACADSA Executive Committee (EC) at a wind down event for students to come hang out and create something fun. There will be a station set up in the cafeteria for students to come and meet up and make some crafts that are not school related. Supplies will be provided to make some simple holiday cards to send to family or friends.

WHERE: ACAD Cafeteria

WHEN: Monday, December 3, 1-2:30PM

2711, 2018

and as it continues: Hear/d Residency Exhibition

November 27th, 2018|

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The Alberta College of Art & Design Students’ Association (ACADSA) invites you to view ‘and as it continues’ a student art exhibition derived from the ACADSA Hear/d Residency program which explores personal stories of resilience.

Artists:
Carmen Belanger
David Videla
Ebony Davis
Jasmine Whiteley Steel
Jenny Stead
Katelyn Liakos
Lily Pavle
Sergio Garcia Palma

The ACADSA Hear/d Residency program is a pilot peer support project developed by the Students’ Association of the Alberta College of Art & Design (ACAD). The program focuses on the central theme of resilience, relating to the journey of mental health issues experienced by many post-secondary students. Drawing on this theme, participants are invited to explore these concerns in an innovative way by creating works which reflect lived experiences of the participants. Through group discussion, individual studio time and critiques, this residency provides a platform for a diversity of creative activity that aims to raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental health on campus. The residency concludes with a two-week long exhibition to celebrate the artists involved while simultaneously de-stigmatizing mental health on campus by inviting the extended ACAD community to view the exhibit.

Alberta College of Art + Design, Main Mall
Exhibition dates: November 29 – December 11
Reception: Wednesday, December 6 from 6pm – 8pm

This exhibition is being presented alongside SPARK Disability Art Festival.

For more information about the Hear/d Residency program visit www.acadsa.ca/heard

2111, 2018

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – November 2018

November 21st, 2018|

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Enter to win items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing!!

What is required?

Your name and ACAD email address

>> Fill in our draw entry form here

Contest winner will be drawn Wednesday, December 5th. Good luck!

Draw Entry Closed
2011, 2018

Annual General Meeting (AGM): Nov 29

November 20th, 2018|

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WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 1-2PM

WHERE: Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, Alberta College of Art + Design

“What does ACADSA do anyway?” Attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 29 to find out! Get an introduction to our programming and responsibilities, our advocacy focuses and efforts, our operating finances and our governing structure. If you’re interested in having a say in future programming initiatives, join us for a discussion period at the end!

If you have questions about the meeting, please email Simone Saunders, Director of Leadership and Governance, at leadership.acadsa@acad.ca.

1911, 2018

Reminder: Health + Dental Claims Deadline (2017-2018 Policy)

November 19th, 2018|

Last reminder! Attention ACADSA Health & Dental Plan members who were enrolled during the last school year! You have until Nov. 29, 2018 to submit claims for the 2017-2018 policy year.

Find claim forms at www.studentcare.ca.

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1411, 2018

Take a Break With ACADSA – Free Coffee (Nov 21)

November 14th, 2018|

Free Breakfast - Insta SquareStressed out? Need a snack to boost your morning? We’ve got you covered. ACADSA recognizes this busy time of year with end of year deadlines creeping up. To support the student body, on November 21, ACADSA will be serving complimentary coffee, tea, baked goods and fruit in the cafeteria from 10am – 1pm.

1311, 2018

Hear/d Residency Exhibition Fall 2018

November 13th, 2018|

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

ACADSA art residency sparks conversation around student mental health

Calgary, AB – Reflecting personal stories of resilience, the Hear/d Residency exhibition, presented by the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association (ACADSA), opens on Wednesday, November 28. The student art exhibition runs until Wednesday, December 12 at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), with the reception taking place on Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m.

The goal of the Hear/d Residency program is to provide a safe space for students from different disciplines to create their own community of support while simultaneously de-stigmatizing mental illness within the extended ACAD community. In line with the residency’s theme of resilience, this semester’s exhibition is titled and as it continues. The title itself is representative of the group’s collective experience with navigating mental health in the post-secondary context. Alumni and Hear/d Mentor Rocio Graham outlines, “This residency encourages students to take risks by allowing their vulnerable yet resilient voices to be heard to inform and de-stigmatize mental health within their community.”

The three-month artist residency functions as a peer support program, while also providing professional development opportunities for student mentors who facilitate the program. Over the course of the residency, student mentors facilitate weekly meetings, studio visits and a group critique which supports the participants and the projects being made. The residency concludes with a two-week long exhibition where members of the community can observe the collection of unique works crafted, helping the mission and message resonate.

This innovative approach to mental health support is a one of a kind program which empowers students to form valuable peer to peer relationships. Fourth year photography student and Hear/d Mentor Keiran Foster explains her own experience as a participant, “I think the most impactful part of this program was getting to be a part of a group of creatives and artists who are collectively exploring mental health in a positive and encouraging environment through our own unique practices and art forms.”

ACADSA is a visible and vocal student-run organization that represents a creative community of students. We promote health and well-being, provide professional growth opportunities and champion students’ interests.

For more information regarding the Hear/d Residency program, please visit www.acadsa.ca.

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ACADSA Supports the Growth of an Empowered and Creative Community

For more information and to arrange interviews contact:
Jeannie Gorrie, Health + Wellness Program Manager
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
403 284 7625 wellness.acadsa@acad.ca

1211, 2018

It’s 10AM, Do YOU know where YOUR students’ association is?

November 12th, 2018|

2018 November EC EmailHey everyone! I’m Kayla, your Director of External Relations.

So! Hopefully you’re recovering from mid-terms, unless you made it through unscathed. Make sure to take the time to care for yourself and to seek help when things are getting to be too much to handle.

As Jason Bauche emailed out, there’s a 2 week wait for counselling services on campus, however, through your Studentcare insurance, you have access to Empower Me. Empower Me connects you with a counsellor immediately, via;

Phone call: 1-844-741-6389 for 24/7 Access they can also arrange for an appointment for a counsellor in Calgary within the matter of days, if you prefer, 100% covered by your insurance.

Online: https://ear.powerflexweb.com/1545/login_SC.html
Enter ‘studentcare’ as the password. If you’re looking for immediate counselling, click the “Live Connect Online” button where you’ll be connected to an Instant Message chat.

The Empower me website has a ton of helpful articles to check out.

They also offer other professional services such as; financial planning, life coaching and nutritional counselling.

or

Phone app: Honestly the app is kind of confusing and doesn’t have the best user interface, but I feel like it’ll be good for resources on the go, and they do have the contact request button where they can arrange an appointment for you.

Here are the app links;

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iaspiria&hl=en

Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/iaspiria/id908312488?mt=8

Enter ‘studentcare’ as the login ID.

Anyway! Back to business. Which is to be my advice to you, many students.. Life is short.. YOLO.. School is temporary, keep your eye out for external shows and apply for them, start to navigate the professional artist process and start padding your CV! There are also student run galleries through ACADSA student groups that you can take part in.

Here’s what’s going on our end:

ACADSA has been working hard on a ton of different things for you, the students. If you’re actually interested, then you’ll likely be willing to peruse our website OR seek out myself, or anyone else who’s a part of the ACADSA Executive Committee, or your local student department rep, and ask those questions. You can do it, I believe in you!

Please get in touch with us: you can find information about ACADSA, our staff and committee members at www.acadsa.ca/about. Get to know our team! Say hello to us in the halls and we will do the same. Stay up to date on what is happening at the Students’ Association, check out News and Events on our website (www.acadsa.ca) and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ACADSA.

Kayla Gale
Director of External Relations
Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association
external.acadsa@acad.ca

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Upcoming ACADSA Events and Deadlines

Annual General Meeting (AGM): Nov 29 at 1pm

“What does ACADSA do anyway?” Attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, November 29 to find out! Get an introduction to our programming and responsibilities, our advocacy focuses and efforts, our operating finances and our governing structure. If you’re interested in having a say in future programming initiatives, join us for a discussion period at the end!

If you have questions about the meeting, please email Simone Saunders, Director of Leadership and Governance, at leadership.acadsa@acad.ca.

Take a Break with ACADSA (Free Coffee): Nov 21 at 10am

Stressed out? Need a snack to boost your morning? We’ve got you covered. ACADSA recognizes this busy time of year with end of year deadlines creeping up. To support the student body, on November 21, ACADSA will be serving complimentary coffee, tea, baked goods and fruit in the cafeteria from 10am – 1pm.

Show + Sale: November 22-24

Check out what your fellow students have created during the Fall 2018 Show + Sale. The First Night Fundraiser on Thursday, November 22 (5-8pm) is a ticketed event, offering ticket holders an exclusive, private viewing and sale of over 3,000 original pieces, showcasing work from each of ACAD’s disciplines of study. The Show + Sale continues Friday, November 23rd (12-7pm) and Saturday, November 24th (12-4pm) with entrance by donation at the door.  For more information, please visit: acadsa.ca/show-sale/

We would love your help promoting Show + Sale! Until the end of this Fall Show + Sale (November 24), we will be tracking the hashtag #showandsale on Instagram and Facebook. Students who promote Show + Sale using the hashtag on their social medias will be entered to WIN one of three $100 ACAD 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!

Hear/d Residency Exhibition & Reception

Reflecting personal stories of resilience, the Hear/d Residency exhibition, presented by ACADSA, opens on Wednesday, November 28. The student art exhibition runs until Wednesday, December 12 at the Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), with the reception taking place on December 6 at 6:00PM.

Health + Dental Plan Coverage

Have you checked out your coverage under the ACADSA Health & Dental Plan? Among other features, the Plan covers health, dental, vision, and travel benefits to help you perform at your best all year long. If you opted out and have now lost your equivalent coverage after opting out of the ACADSA Health and/or Dental Plan, you may re-enrol in the ACADSA Plan within 30 days of losing your other coverage. You will have to provide proof of the loss of coverage! Visit www.studentcare.ca for more details.

Health + Dental Plan – Last Year’s Claims Deadline: Nov 29

Were you covered by the ACADSA Health + Dental Plan last year? If so, this is a reminder that all ACADSA Health & Dental claims from the 2017-18 policy year (Sept 1 2017 – Aug 31 2018) must be sent to our insurer by November 29, 2018 ! You can send your claims by mail using the Claims Form. You can also file claims online through the Studentcare mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit www.studentcare.ca

Just a reminder: to stay up to date on what is happening at the ACAD Students’ Association, please check out our website at www.acadsa.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – @ACADSA

811, 2018

Remembrance Day | No classes (Nov 9, 2018)

November 8th, 2018|

Reminder to students: ACAD will be closed tomorrow (November 9) in observance of Remembrance Day. No classes are scheduled and no services will be open, however you will still be able to access the building and your studios.

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811, 2018

Now Hiring Show + Sale Cashiers: ACADSA

November 8th, 2018|

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APPLICATIONS CLOSED

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association Career Development Program Manager and with support of other ACADSA Staff, the Show + Sale cashier is responsible for providing retail sales support for the Show + Sale retail market.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Sales Processing
  • Processing cash and credit payments
    • Balancing the register at day end
    • Assist in the reconciliation of Show + Sale retail projects
  • Providing prompt, accurate and professional service to all retail customers
  1. Customer Service
    • Greeting customers
    • Maintain effective contact with ACAD students, faculty, administration, and the general public
    • Meeting customers’ transactional needs, answering general inquiries and directing additional sales opportunities to the Career Development Program Manager
    • Provide regular updates to the Career Development Program Manager and General Manager

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A mature attitude with the ability to work independently and be a responsive member of the ACADSA team
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Preference will be given to current students and recent graduates of ACAD
  • Must be available for the full duration of the sale including evenings and weekends
  • Courteous, empathetic and skillful at conveying information and ideas concisely, and correcting issues promptly and professionally
  • This position requires computer literacy and excellent administration
  • Ability to take initiative for coordinating and carrying out assigned projects
  • Experience working in a similar role and/or with Square sales processing system is considered an asset

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

This is a casual contract position with a schedule of up to approximately 30 hours varied over the term of the contract with an hourly rate of $15.00 per hour. The position will commence November 22, 2018 and continues until November 24, 2018. The cashiers must be available for orientation and training prior to the sale for a minimum of 4 hours between 10am-5pm Monday-Friday.

SHIFT SCHEDULE:

  • Training
    • TBD
  • Thursday, November 22, 2018
    • 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Friday, November 23, 2018
    • 11:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 24, 2018
    • 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume to careers.acadsa@acad.ca no later than noon on November 16, 2018.

The Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

711, 2018

REMINDER: Professional Market Panel (Nov 8, 2018)

November 7th, 2018|

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Just a reminder that, Market Collective co-founder Angel Guerra and New Craft Coalition co-founder and ACAD alumni Laura Sharp will be here on Thursday, November 8 from 1-2pm in the Lecture Theatre  to answer student questions regarding the ins and outs of selling artwork in a market environment. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing an entrepreneurial practice to meet the people that do it professionally!

Participating in ACADSA Show + Sale? This is a recommended workshop that can aid you in in your preparations for the sale.

P.S. If you registered for this semester’s Show + Sale,  DON’T FORGET that your inventory submission forms are due tonight (November 7) at midnight.

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#showandsale Promotion + Prizes

November 1st, 2018|

Fall_Instagram_Square_New_smACAD Students: We would love your help promoting Show + Sale! From now until the end of this Fall Show + Sale (November 24), we will be tracking the hashtag #showandsale on Instagram and Facebook. Students who promote Show + Sale using the hashtag on their social medias will be entered to win one of three $100 ACAD 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!

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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.