/Opportunities and support
The Stride Art Gallery Association is grateful to its many Friends for their support of the gallery. This crucial support helps us to provide excellent professional development opportunities to contemporary Canadian artists, and play a significant role in Calgary’s vibrant arts and culture community.
With your donation of $20 (or $10 for students), you will receive a year-long Friendship with Stride, which includes invitations to our exhibitions and special events, access to our archives and resources, and special notices about what’s happening here at the gallery. We’re always working to develop meaningful ways to thank our Friends for their support. Please contact the gallery for more information on how to reap the rewards of a Friendship with Stride.
To become a Friend of Stride, simply download and complete the form available here and return it to the gallery with your contribution. You can also submit your $10 (Students) or $20 (Regular) Friendship contribution by clicking on the Canada Helps icon below and selecting the applicable “Friendship Purchase” from the drop down Fund/Designation menu. If you process the payment online, please be sure to include your name in the message box, and send your completed Friendship form to the gallery as soon as possible.
Donations in any dollar amount are gratefully accepted at any time and go directly towards the gallery’s programming operations. This kind of financial support has the added benefit of helping us demonstrate our community’s investment in Stride’s programming for our funders and other partners.
If you wish, you can dedicate your donation to a specific area of our operations. To learn about opportunities to sponsor Stride’s programming or special events, please contact the gallery directly.
Donations can be made by cash or cheque (made out to Stride Gallery), or by credit card via CanadaHelps.org (link below). Stride will issue a tax receipt for any contribution exceeding $20, tax receipts for donations processed online will be sent directly from CanadaHelps.org.
Stride has recently developed the Sustained Giving Program as a way to let our more budget-conscious supporters make valuable contributions a little at a time. Using the CanadaHelps.org interface, you can set up a regular donation of as little as $5 or $10 per month for as many months as you wish. A small monthly donation of this nature will have a low impact on your pocketbook each month, but over the year it will add up to major support for Stride. All funds received through the Sustained Giving Program will be directed to Stride’s programming budget.
Here’s how to do it:
Click the CanadaHelps.org link below to arrive at the donations page for Stride.
Enter your ideal donation amount and select “repeating donation” to indicate your preferred start and end dates.
From the drop down Fund/Designation menu, select “Sustained Giving Program.”
In the message box, tell us your name, and write us a little note, if you wish. You can also dedicate your donation to someone special.
Click “Continue” to enter your credit card information and complete the transaction.
Stride is grateful for the support of a strong network of volunteers. Opportunities to get involved with the gallery as a volunteer include jobs like assisting with exhibition installation and tear-down, administrative tasks in preparation for exhibitions or special events, bartending or taking photographs at openings receptions, and helping with our fundraisers events and casinos. Volunteering at the gallery is a great way to learn about artist-run culture and gallery operations, meet other artists and arts professionals, and gain hands-on experience working in your chosen field.
There’s always something to be done, and anyone interested in getting involved is invited to complete the web form below to be added to our volunteer list. When we have need of help, we’ll send emails to everyone on the list describing what we will be working on and usually specifying when we want to tackle the job. Most volunteer roles are filled on a first-to-respond-gets-the-gig basis.
If you would like to be added to Stride's volunteer email list, please submit the following information:
Stride offers semester-long internships for students of the Alberta College of Art + Design’s in conjunction with the FINA 400 Practicum Course. This program allows students to develop crucial hands-on administrative and programming experience while obtaining school credit and supporting the gallery’s programming and administrative staff.
Please contact the Alberta College of Art + Design for information on the FINA 400 course.