Arrowsmith Chapter dues are $20/year, due in January. This is to allow members to be up to date with their VANCOUVER payments in December before paying Chapter dues.
NOTE: you can renew your Vancouver membership for the following year as early as October.
Renewing members who have already renewed their VANCOUVER dues may pay chapter dues for the upcomping year in person at the November or January chapter meetings, or by mail any time after the November meeting until the end of January. This is a three month window in which to pay chapter dues.
Please note chapter dues payments MUST be accompanied by your Vancouver receipt.
Members not paid after January 31 will be removed from our membership list.
If you know you will be away for the 4 month payment period (Oct - Jan), please arrange with Vancouver to pay early, and also mail your Arrowsmith Chapter dues before you leave.
Prospective new chapter members may join and pay at any time during the year. Dues received after Oct 1st will be appiled to the remainder of the year, and the whole of the following year.
* Please keep receipt of payment for your VANCOUVER dues, and include a copy of it with your Chapter dues payment.
How to join the Arrowsmith Chapter
#1 If you ARE already a member of the FCA in Vancouver ...
There is no membership application for our chapter. Contact us at email@example.com and let us know what level of membership you already have with Vancouver (Supporting, Active, AFCA or SFCA), provide some detailed contact information and a copy of your Vancouver dues receipt. Once you have done this, we'll let you know where to mail your chapter dues ($20) and that's it. Whatever level you are in the organization with Vancouver will carry over to your chapter membership.
#2 If you ARE NOT yet a member of the FCA with Vancouver...
Arrowsmith is a chapter of a national organization.You must first join at the national (Vancouver) level, BEFORE you can join any of the chapters. This means that you will actually hold two memberships…your national (Vancouver) membership, and your chapter membership(s). Dues are paid separately to BOTH.
(Yes, you can be a member of more than one chapter, once you are a member of the parent organization.)
If you are not yet a member of the Federation at either the National or Chapter level, your first step is to visit the website for the Federation of Canadian Artists (National), which is headquartered in Vancouver. The website can be found here: www.artists.ca.
All the information you need to know about the organization, how to join, how much it costs, what the benefits are - for example, did you know you get a magazine with your membership and the Federation has their own Gallery, on Granville Island? It’s a great place to start if you are interested in the FCA. There is also contact info if you would like to talk to someone in person.
Once you have set up your membership with Vancouver, contact our Membership Chair
(see #1 above) to join the Arrowsmith Chapter.
General Information on the Levels of Membership in the FCA
There are four levels of membership within the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA), with a logical progression starting at "Supporting" and working up to up to "Senior Signature".
This is the first level of membership, and where everyone must start. You MUST be a Supporting member in order to apply for Active Membership. A supporting membership is available to anyone who is interested in art and would like to learn more about it. Supporting Members receive information regarding Federation events on an ongoing and regular basis, including a subscription to Art Avenue Magazine. Supporting Members are not eligible to enter juried shows.
All the benefits of Supporting Membership, along with eligibility to enter juried shows throughout the FCA and at the chapter level, as well as having a link to your own person website displayed on both the Vancouver and Chapter websites. Supporting members must be “juried” to Active Status by Signature members. They can arrange for this through Vancouver (see detailed info on Vancouver website www.artists.ca.) on their own, by contacting local signature members, or through the Chapter, once they have paid their chapter dues. See info below:
For Chapter members with Supporting memberships, seeking to be juried to Active Status:
The Arrowsmith Chapter sets aside two dates per year for prospective Active Status applicants to have their work juried in person by a number of Signature members in the chapter. Click here for details.
Dates for 2016
Spring 2016 TBA
Fall 2016 TBA
*Please note: Supporting members may still, at any time, apply for Active Status through head office in Vancouver.
* if you are juried from Supporting to Active Status through the chapter, this will make you “Active” at the national level as well.
** This is the only instance where a change in membership status can occur at the Chapter level. Associate and Senior Signature status (see #3 and #4 below) must be granted at the national level.
3. Associate Signature (AFCA)
Once Active Status Members have established themselves as committed artists with a consistently high standard of work, and have had work accepted into numerous juried shows, they may wish to apply for their Associate Signature status (AFCA). In addition to all the benefits of Active Membership, Associate Signature Members are entitled to add the letters “AFCA” after their names and are eligible to enter the annual Spilsbury Medal Show. Associate Signature Members are expected to maintain a consistently high standard of work and to perform “jury” duty for the FCA on an as needed basis. Active Members must apply to become Associate Signature members, and go through a rigorous jury process. Application package is available on the Vancouver website at www.artists.ca
4. Senior Signature (SFCA)
In addition to all the benefits of an Associate (AFCA) Membership, including eligibility to enter the Spilbury Medal Show and act as jurors, Senior Signature Members are also asked to participate in the annual Board of Governors jurying day (when the AFCA and SFCA applications are reviewed) and are also strongly urged to serve on the Board of Governors (our national Executive) if possible. Associate Signature Members must apply to become Senior Signature members, and go through a rigorous jury process. Application package is available on the Vancouver website at www.artists.ca
* Jurying for both levels of Signature Status is done once a year in Vancouver and applications are due in February.