2021 Nominations & Self-Applications Now Open
Nominations open until July 15 @ noon (MST). Self-Applications open until July 30 @ noon (MST).
Self-apply, or nominate an artist or group in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo for arts awards in one or more of the following categories: Arts Administration, Arts Education, Craft, Creative Collaboration, Dance, Indigenous Arts, Ken Flaherty Music Award, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Rising Star, and Visual Arts.
How it works
ACWB will contact the nominee letting them know of their nomination and request nominee material.
Once nominee material deadline has passed, a shortlist of nominees will be selected by ACWB’s Board of Directors.
The shortlisted nominee submissions will be assessed and awards will be allocated by a selection committee consisting of professional artists, experts and community members.
Awards will be presented at the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards & Showcase.
Why Nominate or Self-apply?
The recognition received by each nominee and award recipient serves to raise their profile, helps build their portfolio, and allows them opportunities to compete and thrive as an artist in our community and beyond.
All nominees receive recognition for their outstanding contribution to the arts in Wood Buffalo through ACWB’s marketing leading up to and during the awards event.
Each award recipient will be presented with a $250 cheque, a certificate, and an award (called a “Buffy”) handcrafted by a local artist.
Deadlines & Timelines
- Nominating an artist: July 15 @ noon (MST)
- Self-applying: July 30 @ noon (MST)
- Complete application submission: July 30 @ noon (MST)
- Shortlisted nominees notified: August 18
- Buffys Showcase: October 16
All completed nominations will be compiled for peer evaluation. Eligible nomination entries will be anonymized and shortlisted by the Arts Council’s Board of Directors. Award recipients will then be determined by a non-ACWB assessment committee representing the diverse artistic disciplines that make up the Buffy awards. Scoring will be based on the rubric as outlined in the Nomination Guidelines.
Award recipients will be announced at the Buffy Awards Showcase on October 16, 2021.
Categories & Eligibility
Arts Council Wood Buffalo is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications and nominations from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations. Arts Council
recognizes and affirms the treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land, and encourages applications and nominations from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs.