A Message from Staff | Call for Board Members | Special General Meeting

Text in image reads: aceartinc. Call for Board Members, application deadline: Tues., Nov. 9, 11:59 PM. Please completed the nomination form and send to brianna@aceart.org to apply. Nominee information will be released to the public on Thurs., Nov. 12. Special General Meeting, Thurs., Nov. 26, 7-9 PM. Meeting will be held via Zoom. Zoom meeting info will be sent out with nominee information on Nov. 12.

A message from aceartinc.’s current staff members

Dear aceartinc. community,

As many of you are aware, aceartinc. has been in an active work-in-progress state throughout most of 2020. The intersection of a building move, COVID-19 and–most importantly–feedback from the community that we needed to take time to listen to, process and learn from, required us to temporarily suspend public activities in June. 

Since that time, we have been working on our organizational processes and policies, seeking to develop ways to help build a new iteration that is more capable of truly listening, hearing and learning from community feedback; one that provides true equity of opportunity; and one that offers a safe meeting place for the discussion and analysis of ideas surrounding what a contemporary art space should be in 2020 and beyond. Most importantly, we have been considering how we can better support a community of artists and cultural workers for whom social justice is the framing backbone of their activities. 

We have found no quick and clear answers; and we do not wish to make a statement that suggests we’re confident in how the organization can move forward in this regard. The truth is, we’re not. And it is for this reason we’ve decided to release this message now: ace needs your help.

In light of the dispersal of aceartinc.’s board of directors, we are calling a Special General Meeting to obtain a completely new contingent of volunteer board members who are aware they are entering an organization at a crossroads: one in need of addressing complex values questions in a manner that incorporates as much community feedback and dialogue mechanisms as possible. And although we have worked hard with the previous board of directors to develop a Community Code of Conduct and related frameworks to support the safety of future important dialogues, the work to come will nonetheless likely be challenging. 

The upcoming SGM will serve as a line drawn between an old iteration of aceart and the future that might be possible, and will be focused mostly on the logistical processes needed to facilitate this transition. This, in combination with the meeting’s online nature, means we are aware it may not be the best venue for a truly robust community conversation about the future of aceart. As a result, we have put in place some general community feedback and consultation mechanisms prior to the SGM to help inform and guide the new incoming board, via an online survey and one-on-one confidential feedback appointments with an external consultant. More information on these upcoming processes will be released very shortly. We anticipate this will be just the first of many consultation and feedback mechanisms to come in the very near future. In particular, aceart is very aware of the need to engage in a robust consultation series dedicated to Indigenous and racialized members of our artistic community as soon as is logistically feasible, once we are certain of a mechanism to ensure the integrity of this process. 

The date of the upcoming SGM is set for Thurs Nov. 26, 2020, 7 PM to 9 PM. The meeting will be held online given the uncertainty posed by Winnipeg’s current COVID-19 situation. A formal agenda and other related reading materials will be circulated as they become available. 

Any interested potential new board members are requested to apply via the nomination form by Mon Nov. 9 at 11:59 PM. Per ace’s bylaws, the organization must publicly release board nominee names two weeks in advance, on Thurs Nov 12, and this timeline will ensure that all interested parties can be included. By law, board members must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be bankrupt. Nominees must also be current, paid members of ace. 

While all eligible nominee candidates will be included in the released slate, we believe the organization will be able to move forward in the most efficient manner if candidates include those with legal, accounting, HR management or community non-profit executive directorship experience as well as artists and cultural workers with a prior history of volunteerism on community non-profit boards. To this end, we enlist the aceart community to assist us in ensuring we have the strongest and widest representative slate of nominees possible. 

More information will be released shortly as we work towards the SGM and upcoming initial consultation series. We appreciate your patience and understanding with us.

Sincerely,

Tani Miki, Director of Finance and Administration  

Brianna Wentz, Special Projects Coordinator

Click here to view Board of Directors nomination form.

We’re moving!

Our new space is located at 208 Princess St, and we will be relocating in December 2021 (updated Oct. 25, 2021). Our new space is accessible and we are so excited to finally be able to invite in folks who have never been able to enter our doors. Thank you to the Government of Canada, the Winnipeg Foundation, the City of Winnipeg and CentreVenture for making this incredible opportunity a reality! As well as thanks to all of our government partners who allow us to operate: the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

2019 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on January 20 at 7 PM at aceartinc.

ace is a community organization that is enriched by its community. To support that, we truly value the input of all those who choose to attend.

accessibility:

aceartinc. is not located in a fully accessible building. The public entrance, which is via 288 McDermot Avenue, (four steps up from the street) is at the top of a large flight of stairs. However, there is an alternative entrance at 290 McDermot Avenue. There is a step up from the street to the door and then 7 steps inside the lobby entrance. Here a passenger elevator (with a 2 foot, 8″ wide door) can take you to the second floor.

Once in ace, the galleries are spacious and simple to navigate.

The staff is very happy to assist in any way we can. Please call ahead (204 944 9763) to let us know of any special arrangements that would make your visit as comfortable as possible.

The following describes how to enter the space from the 290 McDermot Avenue entrance.

Entering the building via 290 McDermot Avenue

There are 2 steps up to the street entrance door

The door swings into the building and is on a strong spring.

There are an additional 5 steps up to reach the area in front of the passenger elevator. ace is located on the 2nd floor.

Upon leaving the elevator turn left and then left again.

This entrance to ace has a gently declining ramp (with a half-inch lip at the end)  which leads into a corridor. After a few steps, you will enter the resource area and be able to see the office on your left.

The Main Gallery and the Flux Gallery are spacious and simple to navigate. The Cartae Studio has a narrower than standard door frame and is generally not open to the public.

Washrooms are not accessible to those using wheelchairs. They are located in a narrow corridor and have narrow doorways.

The end of an era…

It is with a bittersweet feeling and much gratitude that we announce that hannah_g, the director of 10 years, will not be returning to aceartinc.

hannah’s contribution is immeasurable and we, as an organization and community, are so grateful to her. In many ways, hannah has become synonymous with ace as an organization. There is an entire generation of Winnipeg artists who emerged under her caring, watchful eye, and supportive embrace.

hannah, you have touched this community in a serious way and we are so excited to see where your good work will take you next. You will be greatly missed.

Thank you, hannah.

We wish you well, Chantel!

Chantel Mierau has announced that she will be leaving aceartinc. at the end of this year to focus full-time on her artistic practice in 2020, supported by a Canada Council grant.

Congratulations, Chantel!! Her last day will be December 17th when we close for the holidays. Please join us in expressing gratitude for Chantel’s hard work over the last 4 years, and wishing her the very best for her future projects.

send + receive: a festival of sound | October 17 – 18, 20

Once again, aceartinc. will be hosting send + receive for Days 1, 2, and 4 of the festival. For more details, see send + receive.

$15 admission, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm concert

October 17 / Day 1

VOR, Toshimaru Nakamura, Cecilia Lopez

October 18 / Day 2

Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, Mira Martin-Gray, Zachary James Watkins

October 20 / Day 4

Erik Tisu, Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Rusalka

Résistance Ball Fundraiser

7-11 pm, 31 August 2019

The Strawberry Heart Protectors, QPOC, & Rainbow Warriors are hosting the Rèsistance Ball Fundraiser *THIS SATURDAY* from 7-11pm at aceartinc. Come check out this amazing event to learn more about Indigenous two-spirit and QPOC Resistance! Harm reduction space, all ages, safe space policy.

$20 entry, twospirit & QPOC: FREE!

To make donations to Indigenous youth please e-transfer:
strawberryheartprotectors@gmail.com

Tayler Buss Awarded Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary

We would like to congratulate Tayler Buss on being awarded the Scott Wachel Memorial Bursary. 

Those students who are curated into the annual student exhibition are invited to apply to this bursary, founded in the memory of a student, Scott Wachal, who exhibited with ace in May 2013 and very sadly passed away later that year.

$500 is awarded to contribute to the costs associated with a contemporary art project such as materials, residencies, etc. The student is then invited to deliver a public artist talk about the project the bursary supported.

Tayler will give an artist talk within the 2019/2020 programming year.

Image: still from Red, recently exhibited in Tayler’s solo exhibition at Flux Gallery. 

Luther Konadu Wins BMO 1st Art! National Prize

Congratulations to Luther Konadu on winning the national prize for the 2019 BMO 1st Art! Competition. The national prize includes $15,000 and inclusion in the  BMO 1st Art! exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto from November 21 to December 16.

Luther sat on the jury for our 2019-2020 Regular Exhibition Program and we wish him well as he continues with his practice. 

Image: Figure as Index by Luther Konadu.2019; C-print triptych.