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The arts are fundamental to the human experience. As a form of creative expression, the arts inspire, enrich and connect us all. They are also an integral part of healthy communities, and Wood Buffalo is no exception.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is non-profit society and charitable organization that supports the growth and success of the arts. It was established to raise the profile of the arts in our region and to support all facets of the arts community.

ACWB offers a variety of services and events that: build the capacity of our local artists to compete and thrive; enable collaborations between artists, arts organizations, non-profits, and industry; and advocate for our region’s arts municipally, provincially and federally.

Through these initiatives, Arts Council Wood Buffalo is fostering an environment that embraces the arts as integral to a remarkable quality of life.

Mission Support the growth and success of the arts.

Vision The arts as integral to a remarkable quality of life.

Strategic Priorities

The arts community is connected and has the resources needed to thrive.

The arts are recognized as essential in creating a balanced community.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is an influential voice for the arts.


Arts Council Wood Buffalo celebrates and supports diversity. We are committed to showing respect for all, encouraging open collaboration and communication, and creating an inclusive environment, free from barriers and discrimination. We welcome the unique contributions each individual brings in terms of education, opinions, and culture, and we do not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination by others, based on race, religion, beliefs, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status or status as a differently-abled individual, among other things.

We also welcome LGBTQ2+, First Nations, Metis Nations, Inuit, and Multicultural groups and individuals.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo recognizes that we live, work, and create on the ancestral territories of the Dene, Nêhiyawak, and Metis Nations, and other First Nations peoples. We are all treaty people together in our collective home within the boundaries of Treaty 8. We would also like to recognize the traditional knowledge holders and Elders who are still with us today, and those who have gone before us.

Become a Champion

Help us support the growth and success of the arts in Wood Buffalo. There are many opportunities including volunteering, donating and sponsorships.

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Meet Our Team

The ACWB Board of Directors and staff have diverse knowledge and backgrounds in the arts, have a genuine interest in the arts community, and use their passion to help drive the momentum of the organization. The board is made up of 11 members from the Wood Buffalo region, representing the arts, business and community sectors.

Board of Directors

Dave Boutilier

Chair, Director – Theatre

Jes Croucher

Vice-Chair, Director – First Nations

Alex Durocher

Treasurer, Director – Dance

Cathy Steeves

Secretary, Director - Community

Mitchel Bowers

Director – Métis

Scott Meller

Director – Business

Matt Salem

Director – Video/Filmmaking/Photography

Sara Loutitt

Director – Visual Arts

Mike Jones

Director - Music

Dawn Booth

Director - Literary Arts


Liana Wheeldon

Executive Director

Luay Eljamal

Programs Manager

Sharon Heading

Partnerships Manager

Will Collins

Communications Manager

Akshaya Lakshmi

Communications & Engagement Coordinator

Donna Aubichon

Rural Arts Support Liaison - North

Nick Vardy

Indigenous Programs Coordinator

Hanna Fridhed

Engagement Coordinator (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Publications & Reports

Bylaws and board policies are available by contacting the ACWB office at 587.674.1625 .