Bookings Taleblazers 2013 are now open!
Taleblazers is our annual literary arts festival for children. It takes place each October and helps schools and libraries in their efforts to make reading, writing, and illustrating exciting and fun. YABS member artists hit the highways and back roads all over Alberta to inspire students to explore the literary arts.
This program facilitates meaningful connections between Albertan students and Albertan authors, illustrators, poets, playwrights and storytellers. Exposure to a "real live author" inspires students' interest in developing communication and creative thinking skills and encourages self-expression. Whether that expression is humorous, serious or speculative; through illustrations or words; as history, science, drama or fiction, Taleblazers Festival presenters empower children and young adults to make sense of their world, to share their ideas and to communicate.
YABS subsidizes the costs of travel and accomodation and coordinates the festival for hosting schools and libraries, making it easier and more affordable to bring this resource to their students. In 30 years of Taleblazing we have reached over 1 million children!
What does it cost to have a Taleblazers artist visit your group?
YABS Membership fee: $50/organization venue (not per booking!)
Artist Fee (price varies by artist) $200-$500/half day plus GST
Meal fee of $20 per half day when the host and artist are more than 75km from each other, which will be included on the invoice. (If the host venue wishes to provide a meal at the school or take the artist out, this fee will be waived upon confirmation from the artist.)
Are there any other subsidy options available?
YABS administers the Allard Win-a-Literary Artist program, which gives schools and libraries the chance to win one of 10 discounts of $300 towards their Taleblazers bookings. Deadline for entries is June 15.
Please click here for more detailed step-by-step information on particpating. For more information on being a Taleblazers host, take a look at our Taleblazers Information Package (.pdf) . Call us at 780-422-8232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries. To register, click here!
Set your reading program ablaze with the Taleblazers Literary Arts Festival for Young People!
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