2019-02-11 February EC Email Promo Image - GiphyHello! My name is Alena and I am your Students’ Association’s Director of Cultural and Community Affairs, a part of the Executive Committee (EC). Now that the semester is back in full swing, let me share some new and important information.

As you have probably noticed we now officially attend the Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts)! Along with the change, ACADSA has a new name as well, chosen by the Provincial Government. We are now the Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (AUArts SA).

Our usernames across social media have changed to @auarts.sa for Facebook and Instagram and @auarts_sa for twitter. We are in the process of moving our website over to www.auarts-sa.ca. After careful consideration, we have decided to use just our logo leaf and an interim wordmark while we evaluate our brand and logo with the student body to ensure it is in sync with who we are and where we are going. We know that designing and changing a logo is a process that involves many steps, many people and takes some time, so it will be a gradual change-over. We will be involving the student body to finalize our a new logo for the new academic year (2019/2020). If you would like to be more involved with this process, please reach out to your SLC representatives (www.acadsa.ca/about/leadership-council/) to find out about their meetings.

Although Midterms are still a whole month away, it’s never too early to start thinking about your grades and making sure you’re on track. Especially if you are in the latter half of your degree, make sure to be booking time to visit the academic counselor located in AUArts’ registrar’s office.

February is also the time of year where it is important to be taking time for yourself and scheduling breaks. This time of year can be very stressful for students so sometimes it’s important to take a step back. I’ve included some very helpful resources in Calgary that are accessible to every individual. Remember, if you are struggling please don’t be afraid to reach out because no problem is too small or unimportant to be seeking help.

This semester has its upsides though! The technicians have been working very hard towards increasing their knowledge about sexual violence. With the new policy in place, the initiative was taken to further their knowledge by taking a free course offered through Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. They now have some basic training on responding to disclosures of sexual violence.

Our team at AUArts SA has also been working away at a new sexual violence awareness campaign. A new section has launched on our website designated for statistics about sexual violence as well as a list of resources that are accessible and safe spaces for anyone, include communities such as LGBTQ2+. It can be found at www.acadsa.ca/sexual-violence-awareness

Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network

24-hour crisis line: 403-237-5888 or toll-free 1-877-237-5888

  • One phone call connects you to Calgary’s network of services and support.
  • Provides access to comprehensive services and support for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual abuse.

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)

24-hour crisis line: 403-237-5888 or toll-free 1-877-237-5888

  • 24-hour information and support.

Calgary Counselling Centre

Telephone: 403-691-5991 (business hours)

  • Long term sexual abuse counselling for individuals, families or couples.

The Distress Center

24-hour crisis line: 403-266-HELP (4357)

  • 24-hour Information and support
  • Access to free counseling services for individuals, groups and families

Calgary Sexual Health Centre

Telephone: 403-283-5580

Address: 304, 301 14 St. N.W.

  • Information, support and referrals by telephone to individuals who prefer to call or who are unable to access our services in person. Counselling and education services available.

Empower me is also a counselling option if wait times are too long to see one here at AUArts, it provides you with immediate and direct contact with a qualified individual. Any range of topics can be addressed. Visit their website for more info here:


These are just a few resources available, if you would like to learn about more resources and counselling options you can stop by the AUArts SA’s office or check out our website.

If you would like to get in touch with us, you can find information about AUArts SA, our staff and committee members at www.acadsa.ca/about. Or, you can email me at community.acadsa@acad.ca directly with any concerns or questions, or visit me at the AUArts SA’s office Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Good luck this semester and take care of yourselves!

Alena Martin
Director of Cultural and Community Affairs
Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association


Upcoming AUArts Students’ Association Events and Deadlines

Healthy Habits Prize Pack – January 2019
Hey AUArts Students, don’t forget to enter our February Giveaway! Enter our Healthy Habits draw for a chance to win these items to help you be proactive in taking charge of your health and wellbeing! It could be a great Valentine’s gift for yourself! Find out how you can enter at www.acadsa.ca/healthy-habits Giveaway winner will be drawn Wednesday, February 13th. Good luck!

Sexploration Workshop
Are you in the pursuit of pleasure? Join Eudaimonia Sexuality Seminars for a one of a kind workshop surrounding sexual self-care. This workshop will aim to empower individuals to explore their own sexual identity through conversations regarding exploration and acceptance.
AUArts (aka ACAD) Boardroom | Thursday, February 14 | 1-2PM

Take a Break With Your Students’ Association (Free Coffee)
Stressed out? Need a snack to boost your morning? We’ve got you covered. AUArts Students’ Association recognizes this busy time of year with end of year deadlines creeping up. To support the student body, on February 28, AUArts SA will be serving complimentary coffee, tea, baked goods and fruit in the cafeteria from 10:30am – 12:30pm.

Show + Sale Registration
We invite you to participate in Show + Sale, our semi-annual art market! Each sale attracts over 1,500 customers and provides emerging artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their professional work in a public retail setting. The upcoming sale will be held March 28-30, 2019. More information available at www.acadsa.ca/show-sale/
All students interested in participating in the Spring Show + Sale must register through the online form before midnight on Thursday, February 14.
The form can be found at: https://form.jotform.com/ACADSA/spring-show-sale
If this is your first time participating in Show + Sale or you need a refresher on how to participate, please read through the Show + Sale Student Handbook. The handbook can be found online at: www.acadsa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Fall.2018.ShowSale.Handbook.pdf

Call for Submissions: 13th Annual Horse Show
The Horse Club is looking for YOUR submissions for the 13th Annual HORSE SHOW!
Deadline for Submissions: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019 @ MIDNIGHT
We want your: Performances! Installations! Sculptures! Videos! Animations! Sound pieces! Anything and everything in between!
It doesn’t even have to be about horses! It could be, though.
Submit your work HERE —-> https://tinyurl.com/AUAhorse13

Stay up to date on what is happening at the AUArts Students’ Association, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @AUArts.SA or on Twitter at @AUArts_SA

Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association (AUArts SA)
– Formerly the Alberta College of Art + Design Students’ Association (ACADSA)
Room 335
1407 14 Ave NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2N 4R3
Main Phone:  403.284.7625
Website: www.auarts-sa.ca (www.acadsa.ca)
Facebook and Instagram: @AUArts.SA

The Alberta University of the Arts Students’ Association is a visible and vocal student-run organization that represents a creative community of students. We promote health & well-being, provide professional growth opportunities and champion students’ interests