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St. Albert Arts and Crafts Guild fonds
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- St. Albert Arts and Crafts Guild
- St. Albert
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37.9 cm of textual records
2 photograph albums
3.0 cm of loose photographs
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The St. Albert Arts and Crafts Guild, a non-profit society, was founded in 1961 and registered under the Societies Act in 1962. The founding members saw a lack of art and cultural programming and facilities in the community and strived to fill that gap. Originally, children's classes were offered for free in the Community Hall. All funds for the organization were raised through fundraising efforts and nominal fees for the adult-oriented courses.
The purpose of the Guild is to:
Foster awareness and appreciation of arts and crafts within the community
Provide opportunity for residents to practices their crafts
Provide instruction in various arts at various skill levels
Provide exhibition opportunities.
The Guild grew quickly and eventually acquired their own studio building. Until 1977 the Guild ran all visual arts programs in St. Albert. In 1976 the Guild had a thousand people registered for classes.
When the St. Albert Place opened with its extensive facilities it was decided to dissolve the Arts and Crafts Guild. The Guild was replaced by separate guilds representing the various arts forms: painters, weavers, potters, etc. The Laubental Council was formed to coordinate the efforts of the various guilds.
The first accession into the Arts and Crafts Guild fonds was received January 5, 1989. Accession records 1988.53 and 1995.46 were donated by Marlayne Lister, President of the St. Albert Arts and Crafts Guild.
After the Guild disbanded, their remaining records were stored at Profiles (now the St. Albert Art Gallery). In 2002 the accession records 2002.06 were donated by the past presidents of the society.
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Fonds consists of textual records, scrapbooks, photograph albums and loose photographs relating to the foundation and operations of the St. Albert Arts and Crafts Guild. The fonds also has some information on the transformation of the guild into the Laubenthal society. Fonds also includes some materials relating to the Potters' Guild.
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