ACUA Vitae is a high quality, full colour, Ukrainian arts and culture magazine celebrating visual, performing, literary, and folk art as well as general Ukrainian culture in Alberta. Published twice a year by the Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts, ACUA Vitae reaches beyond its Ukrainian community to all Albertans and reflects how Ukrainian art and culture encourages a greater appreciation and awareness of the Ukrainian arts and their cultural significance to the greater Alberta. The most recent issue of ACUA Vitae celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada and 150 Anniversary of Confederation in 76 beautifully designed pages.
This special issue of ACUA Vitae features 125 Ukrainian folk and fine artists, musicians, writers, notable Ukrainians, and organizations who have significantly influenced art and culture in Alberta. The feature artists include Peter Shostak whose painting from his series For Our Children graces the cover of the special issue. The series is a commemoration of early Ukrainian pioneer settlement in Western Canada. Shostak, devoted almost five years of painting to visually depict the experiences of these hardy people. The artist’s Ukrainian heritage has led him from theme to theme as he tells the story of rural life in Canada between 1891 and 1918. Although the entire series of paintings is based upon Ukrainian settlers, the experiences were common to all ethnic groups who homesteaded in Canada.
Departments in the special issue showcase Ukrainian Arts Organizations, Dance and Performing Arts, Music and Musicians, Literary Arts, Visual Arts, Folk Arts, Festivals, Women’s and Men’s Organizations and Volunteers.
ACUA Vitae is sent directly to ACUA members, and is available in the Ukrainian community at churches, bilingual schools, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, St. Johns Institute, and Orbit.
In 2015, publication of ACUA Vitae was increased to 6000 copies allowing for distribution to a larger audience. It is now available at over 100 locations in
Edmonton and area including Delta Art Supplies, The Paint Spot, Duchess Bake Shop, Italian Centre Shops, Carrot Cafe, Winspear Centre, and The Citadel
Theatre. ACUA Regional Representatives distribute copies in their local communities including Jasper, Lethbridge, Bonnyville, St. Paul, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Andres, Two Hills, Vegreville, and Smoky Lake. Issues of ACUA Vitae may also be available at festivals and dance competitions throughout Alberta.
The editors welcomes articles about a wide range of Ukrainian arts and artists from across the province. They are always looking for article submissions about:
- News worthy local events, initiatives, or programs that are from 200 to 400 words
- Profiles of local artists of Ukrainian heritage that are from 600-800 words
- Features about a Ukrainian art form, artist, arts trend, or project that are a maximum of 1000 words
- Q&A interviews with Alberta artists of Ukrainian heritage
They’re also interested in story ideas. If there’s an individual, group, or event you think they should profile, submit an article or story idea to firstname.lastname@example.org.