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What Is an Artist-Run Centre?

Produced by the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / (ARCA), in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA), What Is an Artist-Run Centre? is a didactic video in seven parts created to assist managers in small, not-for-profit arts organizations as they seek new revenue streams from private and corporate sources. The video, written and directed by former ARCA director Anne Bertrand, aims to provide non-initiated publics, donors, sponsors, and students with an introduction to artist-run culture: its origins, purpose, operations, users, and services.

What Is an Artist-Run Centre?

A new informational video designed for:
• Artist-run centres seeking private and corporate revenues
• Educators teaching students about the Canadian art system
• Advocates seeking to raise awareness among government agencies and officials


The Silver Guide to Non-Monetary Transactions

Guide on accounting for donations and exchanges of goods and services

The Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference/ (ARCA), in partnership with the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) has launched The Silver Guide to Non-Monetary Transactions, a digital, interactive resource designed to assist managers in small not-for-profit arts organizations document and account for in-kind exchanges and donations of goods and services (non-monetary transactions).

Looking to diversify your income?

Are you mystified by the management of donations and exchanges of goods and services?

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IMAA Fee Schedule

The IMAA Fee Schedule recommends fees for screenings and audio presentations, exhibitions, professional fees, educational use of media art works, and print reproduction of film/video stills in both in-person and online contexts.

Space and Facilities Toolkit (IMAA)

(Only available in English) This toolkit, developed by IMAA and completed in May 2020, includes a comprehensive analysis of Canadian arts organizations’ challenges in securing and maintaining affordable real estate, as well as a detailed resource toolkit of template documents, official guides, and sample documents from several Canadian arts organizations. This toolkit can be used as a resource for any non-profit arts organization that is looking to rent/purchase/design a new space for its operations to take place.

External Expertise (IMAA)

In some cases, arts organizations will choose to hire an expert or a consultant outside of the organization in order to secure a space. This section contains a guide on choosing the right consultant, as well as templates for a non-disclosure agreement and a standard consulting contract.

Facilities Leasing & Purchase (IMAA)

Overall, this section contains helpful documents for arts organizations to acquire rented, or purchased spaces. Included are: sample Offer to Lease documents between arts organizations and potential landlords, commercial lease agreements, license of occupation contracts, purchase and sale agreements, and land use agreements, as well as a description of each document to determine which is the most appropriate to any situation.

Organizational Structure/Partnership Agreements (IMAA)

Once the decision to partner with one or more organizations is set in place, organizations may have difficulty establishing an official, secure agreement. This section contains many templates for confidentiality agreements, inter-agency partnership agreements,  and joint venture agreements, as well as an example agreement between PAVED Arts and AKA Gallery in Saskatoon.

Co-location/Shared Space Assessments (IMAA)

In order to secure a location, many artist-run organizations choose to partner with one or more organizations to utilize a joint space. To determine whether this decision is advantageous, some of the resources in this section may be helpful. This section contains many different sample co-location feasibility studies, as well as a Non-Profit Shared Space Toolkit prepared by the City of Edmonton.

Governance/Ownership Agreements (IMAA)

This section provides resources and guides for managing NPO Financial Policies, as well as clear expectations for real estate committees. Overall, these resources will help an organization by increasing financial literacy, and ensuring that their NPO is well-managed financially.

Space Planning (IMAA)

This section contains information related to planning, designing, and assessing the unique needs of an arts organization to run its operations in a physical space. Included are sample interior space plans, images from user design workshops, and space needs assessments.