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artsVest Expands to Grande Prairie
Posted Date: 9/15/2017 3:15 PM

ArtsVest, Business for the Arts’ national flagship program, is expanding across the province and into Grande Prairie. The expansion across Alberta is made possible through funding support from the Government of Alberta, Calgary Arts Development Authority and the Government of Canada.  

The Benefits of working with artsVest

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  • Live sponsorship training workshops
  • Individualized mentorship sessions with Canada’s top sponsorship experts
  • Peer-to-Peer training workshops
  • Webinars, marketing and branding tutorials
  • Access to e-Learning sponsorship course
  • Resource bank of sponsorship tools and templates
  • Over $300,000 in matching incentive grants

These components are designed to create and build sustainable partnerships between arts and businesses and to encourage sponsorship opportunities. 

How to Get Involved

The City of Grande Prairie hosts a free information session and workshop at the Montrose Cultural Centre (9839 103 Ave.) on Oct 10. The Culture and Heritage Department recognized a shared interest in supporting the local arts community and therefore partnered with Business for the Arts to host the Grande Prairie event.

Arts and cultural organizations interested in participating in the artsVest program must attend an information session and workshops. The Grande Prairie session is Tuesday, October 10 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Teresa Sargent Hall and pre-registration is required.

To register, visit

For more information on artsVest eligibility, program details and past success stories, visit

Background on artsVest

artsVest™ is Business for the Arts‘ signature matching incentive and sponsorship training program, designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture and to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector. artsVest works directly with small to mid-sized arts organizations across Alberta looking to procure sponsorships and build sustainable partnerships with the business community.


Last year, artsVest facilitated over 650 training and mentorship opportunities for artsVest participants, resulting in the delivery of 749 hours of live session programming. The program proudly boasts over 40 expert mentors across Canada, all seasoned professionals from the non-profit or corporate sector with experience in corporate sponsorship.

969 participating artsVest organizations have formed 3,376 partnerships with businesses, of which 2,286 are first-time business partnerships and 2,002 are long-term. These partnerships have generated $13.92M in new private sector investment from $5.61M in matching funds to date, and has resulted in an influx of $19.53M to the cultural sector. Please visit for more information.


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