Richmond Hill Art Sputnik Festival
May 24-25 2014
Richmond Green park
1300 Elgin Mills Road East
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 4X7
- Culture Show
- National Arts & Crafts Exhibitions
- Life music
- Business Presentations
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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 the Greater Toronto Area with the purpose
of enriching the artistic, social and economic scene in Ontario.
The Association's motto embodies the organization's spirit: Beauty inspires POSITIVITY.
ARCAF firmly believes that Russian artists and designers, though diverse in ethnicand religious origins, are united by one of the world’s finest
cultural traditions. Russian artists and designers contribute greatly to the quality of life, sense of identity, feeling of belonging and, consequently,
economic growth of their communities. Closely connected is their influence on shaping the future of their communities using the transformative power of
art and the captivating quality of their vision, creativity and level of mastery.
The purpose of ARCAF is to benefit artists and craft persons through a dynamic network that connects its members with patrons, connoisseurs and consumers
of their creations, encouraging interest in the spectacular and diverse artistic achievements of Russians. ARCAF offers a variety of services to its
membership, including connecting them with existing resources in marketing, artistic education and business developmentin our province, as well as
nurturing a new generation of Canadian artists with Russian cultural roots through grants, awards and scholarships.
The emphasis of ARCAF activities is advancing its members by creating innovative programs in response to their changing needs:
ARCAF envisions Russian artists and crafts people in Ontario as a strong and
influential group of creative professionals who lead flourishing lives 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 the economy in Ontario.
staging art events - shows, auctions, concerts, meetings, lectures and recitals;
conducting networking seminars;
providing marketing support through referral services, newsletters with regular art market updates 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 inter-cultural and inter-artistic collaboration;
building connections on the level of local, provincial and national governments;
ensuring continuity and preservation of cultural traditions through education;
creating an atmosphere of true camaraderie and common purpose by organizingparties, sales, field trips,
biennale, art camps and more.