at 60 Wilmot West, Richmond Hill Canada
ARCAF, the Association of Russian Craft, Art and Fashion
ARCAF – The Association of Russian Craft, Art and Fashion is a non-profit organization, guided by its mandate to foster the creation and production of unique works of art and design by members of the Russian community in Toronto with the purpose of enriching the artistic, social and economic scene in Ontario. The spirit of the Association is evident through its motto: Beautiful inspires POSITIVE. ARCAF firmly believes that Russian artists and designers, though diverse in ethnic and religious origins, are united by one of the world’s finest cultural traditions in history. They contribute greatly to the quality of life, sense of identity and belonging and, consequently, economic growth of their community. Closely connected with it, they help shape its future using the transformative power of art and magnetic attraction of their vision, creativity and level of mastership. The purpose of ARCAF is to benefit artists and crafts persons through a dynamic network that helps connect its members with patrons, connoisseurs and consumers of their creations, encouraging interest to their work. ARCAF offers a variety of services to avail a large number of individual talents to the existing resources in marketing, artistic education and business development in our province, as well as nurturing a new generation of Canadian artists with Russian cultural roots through grants, awards and scholarships. The emphasis of the ARCAF activities is advancing its members by creating innovative programs in response to their changing needs: • staging art events – shows, auctions, concerts, meetings, lectures and recitals; • conducting networking seminars; • providing marketing support through referral services, newsletters with regular market update and web advertising; • offering business development opportunities through consulting services, informational support and project-specific/ongoing grants and discount programs; • connecting members with their colleagues and critics through participation in international conferences, exhibitions, seminars, receptions, etc.; • organizing intercultural and inter-artistic collaboration; • building connections on the level of local, provincial and national governments; • ensuring continuity and preservation the cultural tradition through education; • creating an atmosphere of true camaraderie and common purpose by organizing parties, sales, field trips, biennale, art camps and more. ARCAF envisions Russian artists and crafts people in Ontario as a strong and influential group of creative professionals who lead a flourishing life, and whose extraordinary work and societal contributions are well-recognized and appreciated locally and internationally. Members of the association are volunteering their time and efforts towards making this vision come true by building strong ties between the arts and various sectors of education and economy in Ontario.
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