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The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. The “Buffys” invest in the future of our growing arts community by supporting our most exceptional artists through appreciation and employment opportunities, and by connecting artists to the wider community.

2016-2019
Community Impact

252 Nominations

160 Paid Artists

970 Attendees

Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase

Every October the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase entertains audiences with high energy performances and creatively crafted artworks by local artists. With a new theme each year, the awards showcase is Wood Buffalo's premier midnight event highlighting award recipients and nominees. Details on the event theme, dates, and more will be released on this page every year as they become available.

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Moving Full Steam Ahead With Buffys 2020

In case you haven’t guessed it, the theme for the 2020 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase is Midnight Steampunk. Save the date and prepare yourselves for a cinematic, steampunk Buffys experience. On October 17th at 7:30 p.m., this year’s event will be premiering on YouTube, Facebook and Shaw Spotlight.

Just like every Buffys extravaganza, the event will showcase local artists, performers, sponsors, arts champions, nominees and award recipients. This year, however, the event will be video broadcast on social media and television as a way of respecting physical distancing while still celebrating and acknowledging all of the amazing talent in the Wood Buffalo region.

Be sure to nominate or self-apply. It will be a night to remember as we recognize excellence in various arts disciplines and the incredible contributions these amazing artists make to our communities throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

What’s Steampunk?

Picture yourself in the mid-1800s, imagining what the future would look like through a Victorian lens. Some describe steampunk as retro-futuristic science fiction or fantasy, incorporating technology, and aesthetics inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery. Examples include: Wild Wild West (movie), SteamWorld (game series), Westworld (TV series), and much more.

Participate

Get your steampunk-inspired costumes, gear, makeup, props, and imagination ready, and prepare to share them online on October 17th by using the hashtag #buffys2020.

Nominations Open Until July 31

Be sure to nominate an artist (July 15) or self-apply (July 31). It will be a night to remember as we recognize excellence in various arts disciplines and the incredible contributions these amazing artists make to our communities throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

Nominations Now Open

ACWB invites you to nominate or self-apply for a 2020 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. Are you or do you know an artist, arts educator, arts administrator, youth, or other creative individual who deserves recognition for their pursuit of artistic excellence or contribution to the arts community in Wood Buffalo? Individuals and groups can be nominated or self-apply in 12 categories spanning a variety of disciplines. Nominate an artist or group by July 15, 2020 or self-apply by July 31, 2020. All nominee materials are due by July 31, 2020.

How it works

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Nominate a deserving artist, arts group or arts organization. Don’t forget to read the Nomination Guidelines!

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ACWB will contact the nominee letting them know of their nomination and request nominee material.

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Once nominee material deadline has passed, a shortlist of nominees will be selected by ACWB’s Board of Directors.

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The shortlisted nominee submissions will be assessed and awards will be allocated by a selection committee consisting of professional artists, experts and community members.

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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 portfolios, and allows them opportunities to compete and thrive as an artist in our community and beyond.


Also because you think they’re pretty fantastic. Or because, in fact, you are pretty fantastic.


All nominees receive recognition for their outstanding contribution to the arts in Wood Buffalo through ACWB’s marketing and during the awards event.

Key Deadlines

  1. Nominating an artist: July 15 @ midnight (MST)

  2. Self-applying: July 31 @ midnight (MST)

  3. Complete application submission: July 31 @ midnight (MST)

  4. Shortlisted nominees notified: September 4

  5. Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase: October 17

How to Nominate or Self Apply

If nominating an artist or group:

  1. 1) Fill out an online nomination form: click here

  2. 2) ACWB will contact the nominee to complete their nomination



If self-applying or completing a nomination:

  1. 1) Register on our online portal: click here

  2. 2) Complete your application (you may save and return to it as you go)

  3. 3) Submit your application by July 31 at midnight (MST)

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.

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