The mission of the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) is to ensure that performative art practices are recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST fosters innovation and collaboration among local, national and international artistic communities.
About Our Charity
M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. The term "performative" describes practices that originate from a visual or media arts discourse and involve the live presence of the artist.
The M:ST festivals and programming are a collaborative effort between: The Alberta College of Art + Design, The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), EMMEDIA, Untitled Art Society, The New Gallery, Nickle Galleries, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), CASA Lethbridge, Stride Gallery, TRUCK Contemporary Art and The Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff).
This collaborative structure allows the Festival to represent each organization’s mandate and audience, while providing extensive opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-organizational exchange. The result is a unique participatory context, where artists and audience experience contemporary performative work outside of more traditional festival models.