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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.

Please email us at with any ideas for workshops you would like to see.

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

Q&A Livestream — “it’s past midnight somewhere” — Jan. 29

Join contemporary poet Jamal-e-Fatima, and mixed-media artist Hira Noor on January 29 in an online discussion surrounding their debut collection of poetry called “it’s past midnight somewhere.”

This virtual Q&A will dive deep into who Jamal and Hira are as artists, what the poems and illustrations they have created mean to them, and what their artistic process has been like. There will be opportunities for attendees to submit their own questions to be answered by the artists, as well.

Event Details

Date: January 29, 2021

Time: 7 p.m. (approx 45 minutes)

Locations: Facebook

Fees: FREE

Learn More About “it’s past midnight somewhere”

The imagery is deep, the essence is strong, and the value is healing. Jamal-e-Fatima and Hira Noor’s collection of poetry, “it’s past midnight somewhere,” is all about revisiting pain, reclaiming heritage and rediscovering bliss in solitude.

Zarqa Nawas, writer and director of CBC’s hit comedy show “Little Mosque on the Prairie” called the book “An emotional journey that’s both fantastical and relatable.”

Purchase a copy of “it’s past midnight somewhere” on ACWB Marketplace.

January 30, 2021

Around the Campfire: Music, Stories & Songs

Join us on Friday, May 29 starting at 7 p.m. for “Around the Campfire: Music, Stories & Songs.” It’s a night of music, stories and songs presented by the Friends of Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (FoSECPA), in partnership with Arts Council Wood Buffalo and Country 93.3.

Nashville-style Virtual Guitar Pull

Inspired by the traditional Nashville-style guitar pull, “Around the Campfire: Music, Stories & Songs” will see singer-songwriters taking turns playing songs, and swapping stories and personal recollections. They’ll also be interacting with their audience virtually from the live stream. This free event will be streamed online via Facebook live. See live stream details below.

Who will be Performing?

Local singer-songwriters Eva LaPrairie, Shantelle Davidson, Dan Gillies, Max Noseworthy, Aaron Deslandes, and Mychela will perform in the style of a traditional guitar pull, sharing stories about their songs, their playing style, and engaging with the audience in between performances of their original music. The presentation will be hosted by Dan Gillies and Mike Jones.

Event Date & Time

  • Date: Friday, May 29
  • Time: 7- 9 p.m.

Where to Watch this Free Performance

This event will be live streamed to the Country 93.3 Facebook page, and shared on the SECPA and ACWB Facebook Pages.

May 29, 2020

Making It in Music – The District Recording Studio open house

ACWB partnered with The District Recording Studio for an open house that included studio demos, performances, networking, and a learning opportunity with Canadian musician Trevor McNevan.

April 23, 2019

Ballet Jörgen master classes

ACWB partnered with Keyano Theatre and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen to present ballet master classes in addition to their performance of Coppélia. The classes were taught by members of the Ballet Jörgen company. One was for ages 11-13 and the other for ages 14+. Several dance students from multiple studios participated in this development opportunity.

March 15, 2019

Eduarts Hub

January 23, 2019

Presented by the Canadian Network for Arts & Learning in partnership with ACWB, the Eduarts Hub brought together arts and learning practitioners from Fort McMurray for a 3-part networking session that included a joint panel discussion between local and Edmonton-based arts educators and instructors, an exploration of programs and projects taking place in schools and community, and a focus group discussion to help guide the development of Canada’s Map of Arts & Learning.

January 23, 2019

One-Act Theatre 101

January 15, 2019

ACWB partnered with the Alberta Drama Festival Association North Zone to present a workshop aimed towards individuals or theatre groups who were interested in submitting a production to the 2019 ADFA North Zone One Act Theatre Festival. Topics included what the festival is and how it works, how to apply, how to produce a play and more! Participants also had an opportunity to ask questions of a panel consisting of the ADFA North Zone representative Hanna Fridhed, as well as previous participants.

The Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) is a non-profit umbrella organization for adult community drama activity in the province of Alberta since 1967. Ten different regions of the province each organize an annual Regional One Act Theatre Festival where local theatre artists are given the opportunity to independently produce and showcase their work. From these festivals, one production is chosen by an adjudicator to represent each region at the annual Provincial One Act Theatre Festival.

January 15, 2019

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