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News in Brief: Edmonton Curators, Loto-Québec Suspends Art Program, Canada Joins Cultural Twitter

Our editors’ weekly roundup of Canadian art news.

Dave Dyment and Kim Nguyen have been announced as the curators for the inaugural Nuit Blanche Edmonton, which takes place on September 26, 2015. Dyment is a Toronto-based artist and curator, who previously worked at Mercer Union, and acts as an advisor to Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto. Nyugyen currently acts as the director-curator of Artspeak in Vancouver, and was previously the co-director-curator of Access Gallery in Vancouver.

Veteran Saskatchewan artist Alicia Popoff died at home in Saskatoon on Monday. Known for her abstract paintings, Popoff’s work was exhibited at the Mendel Art Gallery, and in the collections of the Air Canada Collection, Canada Council Art Bank, City and Dunlop Gallery, among others. Donations in her honor can be made to the Visual Artist Distress Fund of CARFAC SASK.

Loto-Québec, the government corporation that operates lotteries throughout the province, has suspended its art acquisition program through the next year. Loto-Québec has collected work for the past 35 years, spending around $350,000 annually through purchases and donations. Marie-Claude Rivet, spokesperson for the collection, cited a downturn in revenue as the impetus behind the suspension.

A Calgary-based non-profit group, Elephant Artist Relief Society, has launched a “rebound fund” with money left over from the Calgary Arts Development Authority’s flood-rebuilding fund. The new fund is devoted to Calgary-based artists who are “facing extraordinary health, social, or financial crises.”

Some 56 institutions across Canada have joined Twitter’s Museum Week, a social media event that encourages museums and cultural establishments to share pictures and stories online under a variety of hashtags (such as #secretsMW or #architectureMW). More than 800 organizations internationally will be participating, and Canadian institutions include the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto and the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery.

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