Professional associations are organized within the arts
community to provide various forms of assistance to artists. Given the difficulty
experience in obtaining the necessary resources to pursue their work full-time,
many turn to professional associations for much needed support.
In Alberta, nearly every discipline of visual arts is represented by a
professional association. For hand weavers, there is the Hand Weavers, Spinners & Dyers of
Alberta, for crafters, there is the
Alberta Craft Council and for photographers, there is the
Alberta Professional Photographers
Association. There are also more broadly based associations that
encompass all forms of visual arts in Alberta, such as the
Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) and the
Alberta Society of Artists (ASA).
The support a professional association provides is
vital to the success of the artists in Alberta. The assistance often comes
in the form of lobbying, marketing, financial assistance and networking.
This aid allows artists to focus on creating their art instead of
concentrating on other concerns.