1. Why start an FCA chapter in Toronto?
There has not been a chapter here since the early 1960’s and none currently exist east of Alberta. Yet there are over 220 FCA members living in Ontario. We want to be able to continue the FCA’s mission here in the Toronto area:
- to offer exhibition, education, and communication opportunities in the visual arts;
- to support and promote professional FCA member artists; and
- to advance the knowledge and appreciation of art and culture.
2. Who is eligible to join FCA Toronto?
To be eligible to join the Toronto Chapter, the artist must be at least a Supporting member in the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) in good standing.
3. Can I join FCA Toronto even though I don’t live in Toronto?
Absolutely. Any FCA member living anywhere in the country can join a chapter and participate in a chapter’s activities. We will endeavour to find ways to involve artists beyond Toronto’s borders so they can feel as though they are part of something that’s active and thriving.
4. What is the fee for joining FCA Toronto?
The membership fee for the 2020 – 2021 year ending April 30, 2021 is $30.00 CDN. Most FCA chapters charge between $25/year and $50/year to cover operational costs. This fee is separate and in addition to the annual membership fee charged by the national office in Vancouver. (2020 FCA fees: $65 Supporting member, $95 Active member)
5. What is the procedure for joining?
- The starting point is the Federation of Canadian artists website: www.artists.ca. Read about the organization, its mission, its benefits for members, and membership levels. Apply there to become an FCA member. Applications are welcome throughout the year.
- Fill out the online application form and pay the membership fee online (the last section of the form). You can pay by PayPal or Credit Card. Artists who join our mailing list will be sent a link to our official application form as well.
- FCA Toronto will contact you directly to confirm receipt of the application. We will then verify your current status with the FCA and then send you instructions for getting started.
6. If I join the FCA, do I automatically belong to FCA Toronto?
No, you will need to apply separately to join us. The FCA head office will invite you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have your name and email address on our mailing list, we’ll send you a link to the application form. You can also apply online using the form on our Join FCA Toronto page.
7. Can I still exhibit with Federation Gallery in Vancouver?
Of course. FCA Toronto will just offer you another option to exhibit your work in a sanctioned FCA Exhibition closer to home. Reach a new art market and save on courier fees at the same time!
8. Can I exhibit with FCA Toronto if I’m a supporting FCA member at the moment?
No. For our exhibitions to qualify with the FCA and operate under the FCA banner, they must only be open to Active, AFCA and SFCA status members.
9. Where do you meet?
In 2020, we will be determining the best location to meet. We will also be hosting webinars online as an alternative way to gather. With the coronavirus crisis still raging, we will not be able to gather in person so we will need to explore other options like Zoom video conferencing.
10. When is the first show?
That has yet to be determined. In 2020, we will be investigating options for hosting an exhibition in a public gallery. But we anticipate being able to host and promote online shows by the start of summer 2020.
11. When is the next professional development event?
We will be devising a foundations programme in 2020 and determine when we can launch our first event. We anticipate this will be in the fall of 2020.
12. When is the first general meeting?
We will be looking into our options for holding the first general meeting in early summer 2020. With the coronavirus crisis still raging, we will not be able to gather in person so we will need to explore other options like Zoom video conferencing. Members will still be able to voice their opinion on the by-laws and policies we will table, to vote for our first executive committee, and to have a say in our ideas for exhibitions and professional development opportunities.