Artspan Expands Support for Artists With Benefits to Members of Select Organizations

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Alberta Society of Artists of Canada is the latest organization to benefit from Artspan's group partnership program.

Artspan, a leading online art destination providing full-featured templated websites for artists, has recently launched a new partnership program offering support to members of select nonprofit artist groups, and is pleased to announce its newest partnership, with the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA).    

Under this partnership, members of ASA will be eligible for significant discounts on self-managed, ecommerce-enabled artist websites hosted on the Artspan platform. Artspan websites are independent and customized, but are also linked to Artspan’s central portals and searches, providing artists with the autonomy of their own site combined with the expanded visibility of a high-traffic group network.

The Artspan partnership program for nonprofit artist groups and organizations was established to provide support to highly motivated artists and artisans who have demonstrated a serious professional commitment to their work. The groups invited to participate in this program are high-caliber organizations dedicated to expanding opportunities for their artist members and to increasing public appreciation for art.

About Artspan
Founded in 1999 by painter and entrepreneur Eric Sparre, is a major contemporary art destination connecting producers and consumers of contemporary art , featuring close to 4,000 artist and artisan websites in many different categories, including painting, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Artspan members include artists from around the country and the world, and is consistently top-ranked for the term Contemporary Art by Google and Yahoo. Artspan member websites can be managed by anyone – no technical background needed -- and have a variety of features, all at a very competitive price. Artspan is exceptional among online artist communities and providers of templated artist websites, in offering artists the best of both worlds: Member artists benefit from being part of a searchable, high-traffic community while maintaining the autonomy of their own URL. Members can also access a wealth of marketing information and, in an age of limited or non-existent customer service, the Artspan Help Desk can be reached by phone or email.

"Throughout history, artists have been dependent on dealers and galleries; now they can do their own marketing. It’s a very empowering thing, and it levels the playing field." - Eric Sparre, Managing Director of Artspan, The Wall Street Journal, 6/16/08

About the Alberta Society of Artists
It is the Alberta Society of Artists' (ASA) mandate to foster and promote the visual arts in Alberta, to promote the recognition for Alberta artists through our province, Canada, and abroad, to act as a collective voice on issues pertaining to provincial, cultural affairs, and further, to contribute to the well-being of the artistic community we serve.

Our mission is to have an active membership of professional visual artists that strive for excellence, and shall though exhibition, education, and communication, increase public awareness and public appreciation of the visual arts in Alberta.

The Society is a Registered Charity that works with many organizations and cultural groups to provide enhanced support for existing programs and to develop new ones through its own resources and initiatives as well as through the dedicated efforts of its volunteers.

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