Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta Announces Contest Winners

EAFAThe Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta is pleased to announce that the winners for the 2013 contest have been chosen and are now posted on-line at: www.artworksalberta.org. In 2013, the Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta will provide $8,400 in RESPs to students, matching funds for school programs (environmental, science, hot lunch) and environmental project grants.  Since 2005, the Foundation has has provided over $34,000 to students and schools.   This level of support to students and schools is only possible via the generous support of ESAA Members and Industry that attend ESAA’s annual Golf Tournament and the RemTech series.  The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta (EAFA) — “A charity with the mission of increasing environmental awareness in Alberta’s school system — is a charitable organization (#852066778 RR0001) affiliated with The Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA).

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Come One, Come All to the Alberta Book Awards Gala in Edmonton on May 25

Words in 3D ConferenceThe Alberta Book Awards will be held on Saturday, May 25th at the lovely Delta Suite Hotel (10222 102nd Street) in downtown Edmonton. The keynote address will be delivered by veteran broadcast journalist, Shelagh Rogers. Over the years, Shelagh has become a prominent personality on CBC Radio, hosting the shows This Morning, Sounds Like Canada, and most recently The Next Chapter. In 2000, she was awarded Canada’s highest broadcasting honour, the John Drainie Award.The evening kicks off with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. with three major award categories presented immediately after dinner: the Alberta Literary Awards, the Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and the Alberta Readers Choice Award. These awards recognize and honour excellence in writing, publishing, and the stand alone “best fiction or narrative non-fiction book.”

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Iconic Galleria Project: A Catalyst for Edmonton’s Downtown Revitalization

Edmonton Downtown Academic & Cultural CentreOn April 29, 2013, Edmonton City Council’s Executive Committee was provided with additional information demonstrating that the proposed Galleria Project will be a major catalyst  in the transformation and revitalization of downtown Edmonton. Over the first 30 years, The Galleria Project is expected to generate $2.7B in direct and indirect spending and $48M in property taxes.  The E-DACC Foundation is supporting City Administration’s recommendation to enter into discussions with the Edmonton Public School Board for the acquisition of needed land required to advance the project.  “Based on today’s information, analysis shows that this transformative, iconic project is feasible, sustainable and will require no operating or maintenance subsidies from the City of Edmonton. The time is right to move forward and make this a priority,” commented Dr. Dianne Kipnes, Foundation Chair.

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Art for an Oil-Free Coast Exhibition Tour and Auction Heads to Calgary April 15 – 17, 2013

Raincoast Art Exhibit Fifty artists — some of Canada’s most celebrated and many who are First Nations — have taken up paintbrushes and carving tools to portray Canada’s fragile raincoast, one they feel is threatened by the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge and their international partners. The artists’ goal is to bring attention to the dramatic beauty and ecological diversity of B.C.’s north and central coasts that will be at risk if tankers are permitted to ship diluted bitumen through their narrow and dangerous channels. Over a two-week period in June of 2012 they traveled to the region on an expedition organized by Raincoast Conservation Foundation to depict the rich biodiversity and integrated, ecological elements of the forest, intertidal, and ocean zones, and the people, flora and fauna that have lived there for thousands of years.  The resulting original artworks, donated by the artists (including Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson, Carol Evans, Roy Henry Vickers, Craig Benson and Alison Watt), have become part of a traveling art show, which has completed its B.C. leg and will commence it’s Alberta leg on April 15th in Calgary at the Atrium of the Calgary Municipal Building. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of what is at stake on Canada’s spectacular west coast.  Daily hours for the art exhibition, which will run from April 15 – 17 at the Atrium, are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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