About ACACA

The Alberta Community Art Clubs Association aims at uniting, serving and networking with artists throughout the province. Our goals are to foster and maintain instruction in art and to develop an interest in the knowledge of art and culture in the communities throughout the province.

Created in 1968 under the direction of Professor Harry Wohlfarth from the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta, ACACA holds Charitable Status, and all donations over $10 dollars receive a tax receipt. Financial support for the ACACA and sponsored projects is provided through membership fees, donations and grants from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Alberta Community Development, and the Visual Arts Alberta Association.

ACACA fills a unique niche in promoting the arts in the province of Alberta by sponsoring three juried art shows annually, hosted by art clubs from different communities each year.

  • the southern zone show – south of Highway 9
  • the central zone show – between Highways 16 and 9
  • the northern zone show – north of Highway 16

The works of art are critiqued at the conclusion of each show, providing encouragement and learning experiences, in an environment that encourages new ideas, networking, and goodwill. Paintings are then juried again at the Alberta Wide Show. The Alberta Wide Show location may change every year, dependant on what buildings are available. Awards are presented annually for each Zone show and the Alberta Wide Show. Winners from the Alberta Wide Show are hung in a smaller gallery as the Alberta Spirit show. ACACA owns a permanent collection of award winning works, which are purchased from the artist every year.

The Annual Meeting of the ACACA is held in conjunction with the closing of the Alberta Wide Show. Elected Officers shall serve a two year term. There is province-wide representation on the Executive and board of directors.