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Arts Council Wood Buffalo offers a variety of programs, workshops, and events that are designed to create connections, build the capacity of our local arts community, and foster a culture of creativity in our region.

The Artist in Residency program follows the traditional residency model, in which non-local or local professional artists in any discipline spend time creating work inspired by the environment, culture and people of Wood Buffalo. These Residency artists will engage with the community in a variety of ways, showcase their work through a final event and, most importantly, spend time mentoring a selected group of emerging, established and professional artists from this area.

Visit the Artist in Residency page to learn more, apply for the program, or see what’s happening now.

The Business of the Arts (BOA) learning series offers local artists an opportunity to build their capacity to compete and thrive. The goal of the program is to provide local artists with the skills they need to flourish as entrepreneurs as well as artists, and to create a sustainable living from their artistic practice. BOA offers a variety of learning opportunities through online resources, workshops, and sessions on various business-related topics that are specific to artists’ needs.



Looking for business resources to accelerate your arts business? Check out upcoming Business of the Arts events or search Opportunities & Calls.

Creative Connections (C²) focuses on artistic practice, creative work, and networking — by artists, for artists.

C² program helps artists develop skills relevant to their discipline, feel more confident in their artistic practice and creative work, and connect with leaders and others in their disciplines. ACWB will develop meaningful partnerships with local and visiting artists and arts organizations to present the program.

Looking for events to propel your artistic practice? Check out upcoming Creative Connections events.

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in the arts, and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Each award is handcrafted by a local artist, providing further investment in our creative economy. Also known as the “Buffys,” this awards program is an investment in the future of a growing arts community by supporting our most exceptional artists. The recognition received by each nominee and award recipient will raise their profile, build their portfolio, and allow them to compete and thrive as an artist in our community and beyond the borders of Wood Buffalo.

Visit the Buffys: Arts Awards page to learn about the nomination process and this year’s themed awards and showcase event!

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