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Notice | 2024 VMAA Annual General Meeting & Social

Updated: Apr 21

You are invited to join us and other VMAA members for an in-person annual general meeting and social! 


As our virtual AGMs have proven more accessible in recent years, we will be also arranging for hybrid sign-on for those unable to join us in person.

In this Newsletter:

  • Invitation to VMAA's 2024 Annual General Meeting & Social

  • Call for board nominations

  • Call: Residency Intake Open

  • Project Update: Vancouver Metal Arts Hub Feasibility Study

  • Call: Survey of Key Considerations for a Metal Arts Hub

Photo: Art jewellery appreciation on display at Printermedia Residency Program

 

Event details​


Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2024

Time: 10:45AM–1:00 PM (program begins at 11:00AM)


Location details:

Thanks to Malaspina Printmaker Society, we will be returning to Howe Street Studios to host our annual general meeting and mingler in the atrium of MPS's Downtown Vancouver location.

This is the site of the Printermedia Artist Residency—Metal Arts stream, so it is a good opportunity to check out the space.

In Person:

1265 Howe Street (main atrium)

Vancouver, B.C.


Online:

Zoom online meeting

(Zoom Meeting Link)

Agenda: 10:45 AM | Registration and Logging on 11:00 AM | Welcome, Territory Acknowledgment and Introductions

11:15 | Vancouver Metal Arts Hub Presentation 12:00 PM | Reports and Election

12:40 | Meeting ends / Social begins

Read Full Agenda (view here)


We will also prepare the AGM minutes from the last meeting for your review

Read 2023 AGM Minutes (view here)


While members of the community may attend the AGM, only members in good standing will be eligible to vote on issues or elect the board. If you haven't yet done so, please renew or purchase a membership beforehand. 


 


Board recruitment: Seeking President, Secretary


Interested in getting experience in managing arts not-for-profits? Keen to make connections and grow your network? Don't be shy! We'd love to hear from you.


Members and non-members are eligible to run for board and committee positions.  If a nominee is not a current VMAA member, they will be required to become a member if elected.

New board members may serve as members at large, or volunteer for additional committees. Board members have a seat at the decision-making table when it comes to governing VMAA and shaping its future trajectory. Volunteers may have lighter responsibilities throughout the year, save for when events or exhibitions necessitate their attention.


We are actively seeking to fill the following positions for the 2024-2025 term:

  • Secretary. Takes minutes and tracks decisions at regular board meetings and the annual general meeting, and assists with filing the society's documents. Ideally, the Secretary serves for at least a two-year board term.

  • Exhibitions Committee Members. This committee helps scouts exhibition opportunities, liaises with galleries, applicants and jurors to organize and deliver VMAA exhibition opportunities.

  • Web, Social Media and Marketing support volunteers. VMAA is always searching for engaged volunteers for event organization, designers, writers, photographers, web developers and social media mavens.

  • Members at Large. Board members with society responsibilities (i.e. President, Secretary, Treasurer) generally serve for two- or three-year terms, with the first year being light on responsibilities as they learn more about the organization and duties. However, this is not a requirement; you're welcome to join for just one year as a member-at-large to see how you feel.


Those interested in learning more about each position may do so here on our volunteer page. We encourage people of all levels of experience, all backgrounds, genders, and abilities to apply.


To make a nomination or expression of interest, please send a brief email with the name of the candidate and a resume to president@vancouvermetalarts.com and CC contact@vancouvermetalarts.com.


 

Call: Printermedia Artist Residency Intake Open

Our intake is now open, and we will be selecting up to three artists in the juried Printermedia Artist Residency program in downtown Vancouver!

Deadline: May 5, 2024 (11:59PM Pacific Time) for June 1, 2024 cohort. Please note that we have begun to accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Residency dates: June 1, 2024, to November 30, 2024 (six months, with prospective extension up to 18 months)



About the Printermedia Residency Program – Metal Arts stream

Presented by Malaspina Printmakers Society with the support of the Vancouver Metal Arts Association

Features: 24/7 access to shared studios with fully equipped printmaking, dark room, design suite and woodshop; access to VMAA-activated non-ferrous metals shop on location in suitably zoned downtown Vancouver art studio; skill sharing, cohort-based mentorship, exhibiting, sales and demonstration opportunities.

Residency fees: $250-$300/month (sliding scale)

Location: 1265 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Interested in applying? To learn more, refer to the program page.



 

Project Update: Vancouver Metal Arts Hub Study

Please join us at the AGM to learn about the progress we've made in designing a metal arts hub in Vancouver!


You may already be aware that VMAA has been undertaking a study on the feasibility of creating an inclusive, accessible metal arts hub in the Vancouver region.


Thanks to generous support from the City of Vancouver's Cultural Services department and from the British Columbia Arts Council (BCAC), the next phase of this research is now well underway.


This is an exploration of prospective operational and financial models and preliminary facility plan based on the first community needs assessment that concluded in 2023.


We are keen to report back on some high-level findings to our community, and to give you an exciting update on the future of this project.




With thanks to our project funders:




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