AUArts invites you to take part in #GivingTuesday

Images: Courtesy of K. Spencer.

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) empowers you to make a difference and invites you to take part in #GivingTuesday on Tue, Dec. 3, 2019.

#GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a way to highlight the impact of giving back to the community and has since grown into the hallmark of goodwill in the philanthropic community. In 2017, the movement saw more than 6,000,000 Canadians give back to their communities in meaningful ways with thousands of businesses and charities participating.

Your participation as an AUArts community member affirms the value of art, craft and design education and solidifies its significance in the community as a hub for creative development. The university is delighted to again participate in #GivingTuesday and will seek community support for current initiatives like the Mobility & Exchange Program.

The Mobility & Exchange program supports student travel programs at AUArts. This program provides international, real-world experience, opportunities to make new connections, and build resiliency and confidence. It challenges participants to see the world differently.

Kellen Spencer, BFA ’18, Print Media was an alum that benefitted from the program. Kellen is an Alberta-based visual artist and printmaker whose practice examines the connection between residential redevelopment, memory, and the notion of home. By documenting changes in the residential landscape through photography and etching, Spencer sees the home as a place to unearth past memories, while questioning future cycles of housing demolition, construction, and gentrification.

He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Media in 2018 and was the recipient of the Board of Governor’s Graduating Student Award. His printed works have recently been included in group exhibitions at The New Gallery, VIVIANEART and The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH). He currently works in construction as a Surveyor’s Assistant in his hometown of Lethbridge, AB., while renovating his garage to house a small unnamed printmaking studio.

>>> Check out the full story on Kellen’s exchange to Spain

>>> Learn more about ways to support the Mobility & Exchange program.