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Calgary Allied Arts Foundation fonds


Physical Description:
1.9 m of textual records. -- 29 photographs

The Calgary Allied Arts Council was formed in 1946 to administer the Calgary Allied Arts Centre at the Coste House and to function as steward to an art collection that originated in 1911 as donations to the City of Calgary's Museum and Art Gallery (later, the Calgary Public Museum) from the Devonian Foundation and others. In 1960, the Calgary Allied Arts Council moved to larger quarters at 830-9 Avenue SW and the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation was established as a registered society to hold the title to the property and act as trustee for the art collection. In 1969, due to financial difficulties, the Calgary Allied Arts Council closed the Calgary Allied Arts Centre and dissolved itself. The Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (CAAF) remained in existence, however, its primary focus becoming the art collection. Using funds from a number of bequests, it superintended the growth and development of the collection through purchases, donations and commissions. In 1982, CAAF entered a legal agreement with the City of Calgary whereby the City assumed the custodial role for the newly named Civic Art Collection, while CAAF became an advisory and consulting committee to City Council, assisting in the acquisition, housing, exhibition and maintenance of the collection. In 1992, the Calgary Visual Arts Board and the Sculpture Advisory Committee amalgamated with CAAF for more effective communication with City Council. With a change to the Articles of Association in 1993, CAAF ceased to be a committee appointed by City Council and began electing a Board of Directors from amongst its own general membership. In 1994, a new operating agreement with the City expanded its role to overseeing the anagement of all public art and acting as advisor to City Council on all issues pertaining to the Civic Art Collection, visual art issues and policies, and management of the public art fund and the B12 Bonus Strategy. In 2004, City Council approved the Public Art Policy and appointed a Public Art Board to provide expert community input and advice to the public art processes of the City of Calgary Public Art Program. The Public Art Board and CAAF work together to help guide and inform the direction of the Public Art Program, especially as it pertains to the Civic Art Collection. In January 2015 the Foundation opened a new public art space called Gallery 505. For further information see Calgary Allied Arts Foundation: 20th and 21st Century Cultural Aspirations for a Loved City / Nancy Townshend. - Calgary: Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, 2017.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of certificates of incorporation, articles of association, operating agreements, annual reports, minutes, correspondence, membership lists, financial records, and committee records relating to the Civic Art Collection, public art policy, loans and exhibitions, marketing, and fund development.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, 2015.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Glenbow also holds the records of the Calgary Allied Arts Council and the Continuing Arts Association, both affiliated with the Foundation.

Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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