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The Business of the Arts (BOA) program gives local artists an opportunity to build their capacity to compete and thrive. With the right resources, they can flourish as entrepreneurs as well as artists, and create a sustainable living from their artistic practice.

Calling all artists and art groups! ACWB reviews the BOA learning series on an ongoing basis and we are looking for feedback from local artists on the current interests and needs of the arts community. Please fill out the survey to give us a better understanding of what you would like to see in the Business of the Arts program!

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

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

Calling all artists and art groups! Do you have an idea for a workshop, master class or event? ACWB wants to help you make it happen! We could provide a variety of resources to assist you in bringing your concept to life. Learn more about how ACWB can help with your arts initiative through our Creative Connections Process.

After completing the Post Wildfire Recovery in the Arts Strategic Plan (conducted by the Arts Recovery Working Group), ACWB gained funding from the Canadian Red Cross to manage a two-year arts recovery project. The goal of the project is to create opportunities for artists to collaborate and heal through their art, ultimately supporting recovery and resiliency in our community.

Learn more about the Art Recovery Project and Arts Recovery Working Group.

The ACWB Artist in Residency program follows the traditional residency model, in which non-local or local professional artists 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. The program will be open to artists in any discipline.

There are so many benefits with this type of program, including bringing new perspectives, techniques and networking opportunities to our arts community, and giving non-local artists a new lens on the Wood Buffalo region.

In past years, the Municipally operated Residency program focused on master classes and mentorship. This type of artistic development is available through Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s Creative Connections program stream.

If you have questions or would like more information about our Artist in Residency program, please contact us at [email protected].

Introducing Marketplace

Are you interested in selling your arts or craft? Maybe you’re in the market to buy unique, handmade local art. 

Marketplace will be a page on the ACWB website where you can sell your art, and shop local from Wood Buffalo artisans. 

Pre-register today. Marketplace is almost ready. Once it’s ready, we’ll send you login details to set up your profile, so you can start selling your arts and craft through Marketplace. See pre-registration details below. 

Under Construction – Coming Soon

Marketplace is still under construction, but we’re planning to launch this brand new feature in the coming weeks. Pre-register today and we’ll let you know when Marketplace is ready for you to begin selling your arts and craft. See pre-registration details below. 

Arts Council Wood Buffalo members will be able to set up a free Marketplace profile where shoppers will have access to your marketplace to do what the love to do most: shop! 

Getting Started – Pre-Registration

ACWB Members – If you’re already an ACWB member, just visit our Marketplace Account Request page, and fill out the form. Once Marketplace is ready, we will contact you with login information, so you can create your Marketplace and begin selling your arts and craft.

Not an ACWB Member? Become an ACWB member, and your membership fees will get you access to Marketplace and much more. Learn about the benefits of membership you’ll be able to access in addition to Marketplace.

When filling out your membership registration, be sure to check “I want to participate in ACWB’s online Marketplace.”  Two things will then happen:

  • You will receive a follow up email from ACWB to walk you through all the steps of becoming a member.
  • Once Marketplace is ready, we will contact you with login information, so you can create your Marketplace and begin selling your arts and craft.

Did you know that ACWB Members also have free access to participate in the Artist Directory? If you’d like to participate, be sure to check “I want to participate in ACWB’s online artist directory” when filling out your membership registration.

Marketplace for Entrepreneurs

You’ll be able to sell your arts and crafts, track sales, enhance your brand, build your following, and realize your dream of getting your art to market. You can also view other artists’ profiles, shop, and support local artisans just like you.

Marketplace categories include: 

  • Textile (fibre arts, tapestries, rugs, quilts, etc.)
  • Decorative (ceramics, glassware, metalware, etc.)
  • Paper (paintings, drawings, origami, paper mache, etc.)
  • Functional (basketry, furniture, bookmarks, pottery, etc.)
  • Fashion (jewelry, beads, clothing, slippers, etc.)

Note about categories: These categories are intended to help shoppers sort and find products more easily. You may choose to describe your art under more than one category.

Marketplace for Shoppers

Search, sort and shop for local arts and crafts that have been made with community spirit. As an added bonus, you’ll be shopping local, supporting local, and participating in the arts community.  You might even be inspired to set up your own shop in Marketplace. Marketplace is a free resource available to all ACWB members.

Questions? For any questions about Marketplace, membership, or the Artist Directory, please contact us at [email protected].

August 13, 2020

2019 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Exhibit

Arts Council Wood Buffalo proudly invites you to the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Exhibit, running October 16-21 at the Keyano Theatre Art Gallery. The opening reception will be held on October 16, 5-8 PM.

This unique exhibition showcases the artwork of the 2019 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Midnight Coffeehouse (the Buffys) nominees in the categories Craft, Indigenous Arts, and Visual Arts.

Join us for the opening reception on Wednesday, October 16, between 5-8 PM at the Keyano Art Gallery. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be a wine bar.

The Buffys celebrate the achievements of local artists through performances and exhibition. Tickets to the main showcase on October 19 is now on sale at

October 16, 2019

Art in Anzac

Join ACWB for an afternoon of painting, tea, and bannock! Artists Treasure Cooper and Barbara Madden will guide youth and adults through this fun painting project.

Saturday, February 16, 2019
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
At the Anzac Sport and Recreation Centre

Registration is required and by donation. Funds will go towards arts supplies for local children’s programming.
Call Anzac Recreation Centre Guest Services at (780) 793-6000 to register.

Youth 8-12 years old
Adult 13+ years old

February 16, 2019

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