CCNL Updates
January 13, 2021
Happy Wednesday!

In this newsletter you will find the following:

  • We are happy to say that our CCNL Membership Plans are $20 for the 2021 year as a way to help support our CCNL members.

  • CARFAC National recently shared a letter to artists regarding the recent CERB repayment.

  • A little note from our Shop + Pantry Manager and the winner of the Pop in the Shop Craft Basket!

  • Gallery Opening happening this Friday, January 15, 2021!

  • Our Craft Conversations is kicking off again in Winter 2021! We have had a great response to the upcoming January 2021 Artist Talks! You can register online for the entire series!

  • and some great opportunities!
Reminder to Members:
  • As of MAY 1, 2020 the Council has switched to Direct Deposit. We want to get you your payment ASAP so please download the Direct Deposit Form and send back your banking information to Lisa or Rowena to ensure we can pay you as quick as possible!

  • You can apply to the Craft Council Loan Board if interested. We currently have funds available to help members who may be in need of funds. For more information you can send inquiries to Lisa, she'll provide the paperwork needed.

  • [NEW] The Provincial Government announced that applications for the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program are being accepted until January 29, 2021. The program allows eligible tourism operators (including eligible craft businesses) to apply for a one-time, non-repayable contribution of either $5,000 or $10,000, dependent on gross sales.
  • [NEW] The Business Development Support Program assists Newfoundland and Labrador small and medium sized businesses with opportunities to increase productivity and improve competitiveness. *Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, contribution levels have been temporarily increased for eligible project applications under Business Development Support. Eligible costs will now be covered up to 75 per cent, up from 50 per cent, for applications received before March 31, 2021

All Membership plans are reduced to $20 for the duration of 2021 to help support our members through the COVID-19 pandemic.
CARFAC National
RE: CERB Repayment Update
CERB Repayment Update - CARFAC

Dear Members and colleagues, We are writing to provide an update on the ongoing situation regarding the recent letter (the Eligibility Letter) that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sent to over 400,000 Canadians questioning their eligibility for...

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a message from the shop manager
Happy 2021!

We are delighted to report that The Craft Council Shop & Pantry had one of the busiest holiday seasons ever! When we removed the trees and décor, it was easy to see the impact of shopping local – we sold an amazing amount of work over the past 3 months! The public’s response to our new location, our amazing selection of your work, and our special events and promotions was overwhelming. 

I have begun placing orders to restock the Shop & Pantry – the echo was funny for the first day, but then not so much! Please make every effort to send inventory if contacted - we are excited to keep up the momentum, and build on the relationships we have begun building with our new Water Street customers and neighbors!

Over the course of these past few months, we have been challenged to work differently and with a reduced staff. As the Shop & Pantry got busier, many of our priorities got put off for another day – and continued to get pushed until now here we are in January! We will be going back to mailing out your Monthly Sales Summaries, as our intention to email them required more time than anticipated. Your payments will continue to be made by Direct Deposit.

You will receive both your November and December 2020 Sales Summaries in these next 2 weeks. We will then begin the process of reviewing work that may need to be returned / exchanged for the next season, and begin the inventory process.

As we head into the next 3 quiet months, we will continue to adapt to the changes COVID brings to our industry day by day, and seek out the opportunities for exciting growth and potential. Shop & Pantry staff Sara, Stephanie, Amanda and I thank you all for your support this past year. By working together as a province and an industry we are well positioned to make it through this adversity. We look forward to brighter days and GREAT BIG GATHERINGS!

The Pop in the Shop winner of a $250 Gift Basket is…

Ava Brothers!
And we have a winner!
Thanks to everyone who dropped in, found Pop, and filled out a ballot to win our $250 gift basket this holiday season! It was so much fun! ❤
If your name is Ava are our winner! We'll be calling you! 

We had a lot of fun with Pop this year but fret not! Pop will be back next year for more fun and mischief!
New Shows Opening: January 15, 2021
Main Gallery

Monique Martin

Continuous is a multi-sensory art installation augmented by the scent of beeswax and the sound of buzzing bees that comments on the steady decline in honeybee populations and the devastating effects of their collapsed colonies. Through ceiling-suspended panels, the artist creates an interactive experience where visitors are immersed in a “live” beehive.
LAB Gallery

Lucas Morneau

Mascuerade is a series of seven photographic diptychs and three head-to-toe crocheted outfits seen in the photographs.

Through an expressionist interpretation of (mostly) villainous archetypes, Mascuerade delves into gender performativity and queer embodiment, specifically with relationship to enforced codes of masculinity.
Annex Gallery

PreCambrian Braille
Jennifer Morgan & Don McKay

This show focuses on the most rare of our fossils (Haootia
quadriformis) and the most common (Aspidella
terranovica), and is a meditation by poet, Don McKay and printmaker, Jennifer Morgan of what a body communicates over deep time.


Next Conversation
Intellectual Property with John Drover (Jan 20)

We are over the moon to be hosting our Craft Conversations series again! This time some live artist talks to get you through those cold and long winter days ahead!

We will be hosting these talks live every second Wednesday of the month with the final video recording uploaded on the following Friday morning of that week.

Craft Based COVID-19 Financial Relief Resources
The Canadian Crafts Federation has gathered and summarized the most recent news and relevant financial support for craft artists and organizations as the government continues to refine emergency programs to support the cultural sector. 
This document outlines the continuation and expansion of Canada Recovery Benefit, Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Business Account, Regional Relief and Recovery Fund and a newly adapted Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy. As well, there are two newly announced programs: the Lockdown Support and the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP). Without the full program details of HASCAP, the funding may or may not support artist and arts organization. However, we felt that you may be interested in learning about the announcement of this program.

Please review the information to see if you or your organizations qualify for the new or expanded support.

Upcoming Webinars and Opportunities
[NEW] Financial Literacy: Cash Flow & the Cloud
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Navigating this new business environment can be challenging, but there are supports that can help you to set your organization up for success moving forward. Join Grant Thornton on Wednesday, January 20 as they explore cash flow management and why it is critically important more than ever right now.

Call for Submissions: Beaux Arts : A celebration of the sculptural form in metal
Deadline: January 15, 2021

Vancouver Metal Arts Association in partnership with the Italian Cultural Centre Gallery will host a juried metal arts group exhibition for April of 2021. The Vancouver Metal Arts Association and the ICC Gallery are seeking metal artists who are willing to explore (figuratively and literally) the stylistic theme of Beaux Arts. 

Beaux arts strive to merge classical forms with non-traditional use of materials, methods and technologies. In essence, this exhibition seeks metal artists who are willing to bridge, and meld, the world of the traditional with the new and innovative. The year 2021 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Italian-Canadian artist Charles Marega, whose work is characterized by his devotion to this artistic practice and perspective.

Update (November 9, 2020): While the theme of Beaux-Arts goes hand-in-hand with the legacy of Marega, who is one of its most celebrated exponents, VMAA and the Italian Cultural Centre recognize that some of his works, which include the iconic lions of Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge and the statue of George Vancouver outside Vancouver City Hall, were raised as monuments on traditional, ancestral and unceded Indigenous land, and may serve as unwelcome symbols. This a catalyst for dialogue, and we would like to invite artists inspired by these themes, and who have explored it in their work, to likewise submit them for exhibition. 

We hope the extended deadline of January 15 gives artists some more time and space to explore our exhibition themes. The 2021 exhibition will take place from April to June 2021. Please join us for this festival dedicated to the sculpture form, big and small, in celebration of an art movement that has inspired landmarks and monuments the world over. 

International Artists Residency located in East Haddam, CT (U.S.A)
Deadline: January 18, 2021

This three week residency will run from August 30 to September 20, 2021 and will culminate in a public opening of the Biennale on September 18, 2021. The residency will be devoted exclusively to the 6-7 artists/designers invited to create new works for the exhibition. I-Park views site-responsive art as a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory field- at its most impactful when the installations are developed and experienced in-situ.

An artist’s stipend of $3,500 will be awarded to each invitee, along with economy travel costs. Collaborating teams are welcome to apply but the team leader is responsible for all aspects of participation, including communications and allocation of the artist’s stipend.

 Artists/designers from the following creative disciplines are encouraged to apply: visual arts, music composition/sound art, language arts, architecture, new media and landscape/garden/ecological design. 
For 2021, all works must include a substantial physical installation that will remain in good condition through the autumn of 2022.

Private living quarters, a meals program and limited local transportation services will be provided to participants. Workshop space and a wide selection of tools, equipment and materials are readily available. 

Applications are processed online through SlideRoom. A $35 application fee is required to help defray the costs associated with the application and curatorial processes. The application deadline is January 18, 2020.

[NEW] ArtsNL: Call for Website Redesign & Development
Submission Deadline: January 29, 2021

ArtsNL is inviting proposals from vendors for design and development services for the creation of a new website.
The vendor will provide:

  • A new content management system (CMS)
  • Must be built with WordPress
  • Design must include private WordPress portal for members of Council
  • Vendor must provide full admin access upon delivery
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Clean and focused responsive design
  • Adherence to current web standards, security standards, and accessibility principles
  • Optimization using SEO best practices
  • Site analytics tools
  • All applicable content imported from current site
  • Donation page with submission form
  • Public calendar (e.g., for program deadlines)
  • Newsletter sign-up form (preferably connected to current Mailchimp account via WordPress)
  • Contact form
  • Social media integration (e.g., share buttons; follow buttons)
  • Relevant tasks involving integration of existing domain names (i.e., with new design
  • Training on basic WordPress updating procedures (e.g., content creation and revision) for at least two (2) members of ArtsNL staff
  • Assistance with website maintenance/updates through June 30, 2021
For full details about this RFP, please visit our website or download the PDF.
Trans Support Group NL: Call for Submissions
Deadline to Submit: February 15th, 2021 (written description deadline Jan 15, 2021)

Calling all trans, non-binary, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse folks across Newfoundland & Labrador to participate in the creation of a Trans Tapestry!

About this Project:
This project is a partnership between TSNL, Quadrangle NL, and Safe Harbour Outreach Project, and hopes to celebrate the diversity of trans communities beyond a single notion of who trans people are.

[NEW] Income Tax for Freelance Artists in the Age of Covid
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Whether you’re a practicing artist or just starting out, the goal of this workshop is to help you file your own taxes. In broad strokes, this session will focus on how the CRA typically deals with people working in the arts, how to calculate income and tax, and strategies for paying tax owed. There will also be a specific focus on the different government programs offered as a result of COVID in 2020.

Heritage NL & The Rooms: Covid-19 Oral History Project

In partnership with museum colleagues at The Rooms, Heritage NL is launching an oral history project to document the stories and memories of Newfoundland and Labrador during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are inviting Newfoundlanders and Labradorians living in the province or away to self-record your memories and thoughts about what is happening in your community during the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, and to submit them to be part of a permanent online archive for future generations of students and researchers.

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador

Offers a variety of webinars for small business as well as Wellness Wednesdays: View their Calendar of Events for more info.
Designing Websites for Artists eCourse
Self-directed (member price $25, $50 for non-members)

Are you an artist or arts administrator in need of a website but you’re not a coder? Sign up for this self-directed online course to learn how to properly plan your artist site.

Online Communities for Craft

Dale Jarvis and local weaver Jessica McDonald have started an interesting new group for weavers and spinners within the province. If you are a weaver or spinner in Newfoundland & Labrador and know a thing or two about weaving/spinning history (oral or physical history) you are encouraged to join!

The Craft Alliance has created a discussion group for Atlantic Canadian craftspeople, artists, retailers of craft, galleries, and others who identify as part of the craft community. The group is a place to share resources, opportunities and engage with other Craftspeople in Atlantic Canada.

The Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador has a separate page for its Clay Studio users and students, which all are welcome to join. We share tips, projects, have discussions and just general support within this little clay community!

The Alone Together Residency is an initiative created by the NBCCD and the NB Library of Craft & Design as a chance to focus energy on a creative pursuit. No application form and costs you nothing! It's completely self-directed. Join the community now!

I Lost My Gig Canada, a space for creative industries and other vulnerable freelance and gig economy workers to connect and share stories in response to growing income precarity in Canada.

They have their own survey as well linked at the bottom of the page, as well as their own bulletin if you are interested in following along with their survey results and other news related to arts/culture sector impact and supports.