The 2020-21 AFA annual report was tabled in the legislature on November 22, 2021. We invite you to explore the 2020-2021 AFA Annual Report, which includes our accomplishments during the last fiscal year, a summary of grants awarded, financial statements, and the AFA Board’s membership and responsibilities.
Key highlights from the report:
- The AFA committed to use existing programs to be as responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic as possible.
- The AFA maintained existing commitments and/or upheld 2019-20 funding levels for most operational funding clients in 2020-21.
- Organizations were not required to pay back existing operating grants already received even if they made changes and/or reductions in activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In recognition of organizations that were pivoting online in response to the pandemic, the AFA updated its guidelines to expand eligibility for activities supported by the Arts Presenting Project Funding opportunity.
- The AFA’s total funding allocation in 2020-21 to support Individual Artist Project funding opportunities remained constant.
- In order to consolidate a wide array of information associated with COVID-19, the AFA published a special webpage that provided regular updates on the Foundation’s response to the pandemic, public health restrictions, answers to frequently asked questions about AFA programs, and links to resources.
- The AFA supported The New Experience Economy, a research project on audience perceptions around returning to participation in the arts following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Through its grant programs, the AFA administered $23.5 million to Alberta’s arts sector.
- The AFA provided 412 operating grants and 163 project grants to organizations totaling $20.3 million.
- The AFA provided 283 grants to artists working in a variety of artistic disciplines totaling $3.2 million.
- The AFA art collection acquired 89 new pieces: 43 purchases and 46 donations.
- Through the Art Acquisition by Application program, the AFA purchased 38 artworks by 32 artists, 12 of whom were not previously represented in the AFA Art Collection.
- The AFA also deaccessioned 58 paintings by artist Sveva Caetani to the Caetani Cultural Centre Society in Vernon, British Columbia.
- Caetani donated the paintings in the 1980s as she could not locate storage in British Columbia with the necessary standards for preserving her works of art.
- The repatriation of Caetani’s paintings is a positive initiative in which the AFA facilitated the return of the paintings to the care and collection of the Caetani Cultural Centre Society.
- The AFA’s Travelling Exhibition (TREX) program visited 122 venues and saw 141,516 visitors.