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ACWB Sub-Committees: Call for Volunteers

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) Board of Directors is seeking ACWB Members to join board sub-committees. These volunteer committees support the operations of Arts Council and meet as needed.

In 2022, the Governance Committee will be reviewing and updating Board Policies and the Fundraising Committee will be focusing on ACWB’s Capital Campaign for the creation of Arts Inc – the Spot for Creativity, as well as the Buffys / Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards.


Must be an active ACWB member to qualify for this opportunity. To become a member, register through our membership page, or contact Akshaya Lakshmi at [email protected].


Governance Committee – Minimum three (3) Board Director members; Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The Governance Committee monitors whether the board is complying with its obligations as set out in the organization’s bylaws, code of conduct, and policies. This committee also recommends and organizes ongoing training and development for board members. Monitors board structures and processes and reviews the existing constitutional documents of the organization periodically and recommends updates where necessary, including bylaws, and supporting board and staff policies.

Fundraising Committee – Minimum three (3) Board Director or Staff members;  Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The fundraising committee oversees and directs fundraising activity. This committee isn’t solely responsible for raising money, but it leads the board’s fundraising effort. The committee works with staff to implement the fundraising plan. This plan may include annual events, auctions, end-of-the-year requests, and other activities. The fundraising committee works with staff on their fundraising efforts and sometimes takes the lead in specific activities. The committee also ensures the proper acknowledgement of donors.

There are a limited number of opportunities to volunteer, so interested ACWB Members should email [email protected] to express their interest (max 250 words), and include a brief overview of related volunteer or committee experience.


Art of Conversation – Call for Artists, Seniors & Elders

UPDATE (May 19, 2021): Opportunities are now open for Artists of all disciplines, as well as Seniors and Elders (+60 years of age) for Art of Conversation.

How it Works

Arts Council is paying to commission local Artists of various disciplines to have phone conversations with Wood Buffalo’s isolated Seniors and Elders. The Artists and (optionally) Seniors and Elders will then create new art inspired by the stories that are shared.

The phone call and Artists’ creation process will be documented to be shared through Arts Council communications, and the Artist’s completed pieces (e.g., song, short story, paintings, craft, animation, etc.) will be shared with the Senior or Elder with whom the piece was created.

Deadline for Submissions

ACWB will be commissioning Artists based on accepted applications, and registering Seniors and Elders until all opportunities are filled.

Art of Conversation is a collaborative project by Arts Council Wood Buffalo and St. Aidan’s Society for Artists, Seniors and Elders in the Wood Buffalo region.

View the virtual exhibit of artwork produced through Art of Conversation.

Caius Hubris – Rudy’s Song
Music video credits: Zachary Barrett with Twisted Gears Studios
Instrumentation: Superfluous Motor

About the Commission

  • This is a paid opportunity. Artist Fee details are outlined below.
  • Artists will self-lead at least two (2) different phone conversations of a decent length (45-60 mins) with Seniors or Elders in the community.
  • Artists will create a new piece of art inspired by their conversation with the goal of sharing it with the Senior or Elder (in accordance with physical distancing protocols.)


Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project.

Work Media

There are no limits on the type of media accepted for this artist call.  We encourage local Artists to think outside the box, and let us know how they envision the art form of their preference complementing the project.

Art forms may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Original music or song compositions
  • Video and interactive art
  • Short stories or poems
  • 2D or 3D artwork / fine craft
  • Comics
  • Digital art

Finished Art Pieces

Completed art pieces and recorded videos need to be delivered to ACWB within 8 weeks from the first conversation between the Artist, Senior or Elder. This may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Artist Fee

An all inclusive fee of $500 per commission (including GST) will be paid to the Artist, covering all prep-time, conversations, creation of artwork, materials and supplies.

Alexander Bai – Cherished Memories for senior Linda Matychuk

How to Submit for this Opportunity

Email your submissions to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected], with the following information:

  • Your name and contact phone number
  • Description of your preferred art form and how you believe it will support the project (200 words max)
  • Exactly three (3) digital samples of previous work
  • Description of how you will choose to present your art form (e.g., a poem printed and framed; a song performed on video or a music file, etc.)

Seniors & Elders (60+) are invited to create art with local artists.

We encourage any local Senior or Elder above the age of 60 years to register.

Please inform and invite Seniors and Elders you might know who would be interested in creating art from a distance or having stimulating conversation.

Seniors and Elders will have the option to receive an art supply kit (safely) through St. Aidan’s established meal-delivery program, should they also wish to create art in addition to conversing with a local Artist.  

Deadline for submissions: 

ACWB will be commissioning Artists based on accepted applications, and registering Seniors and Elders until all opportunities are filled.

Questions and More Information

For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102

Download posters to promote this program with your networks.

Deadline: 28-02-2022

Call for Proposals

Connection to Land Video Series


Land Acknowledgements have been delivered at the start of meetings and events across Treaty 8 Territory with the goal of encouraging people to understand and show respect for the longstanding Indigenous history that has brought everyone together to reside on this land. While this is an admirable step towards reconciliation, we see the practice evolving from a meaningful one to a simple “check-box-that-needs-to-be-ticked”. Symmetree Theatre believes this to be, because people are not taking the initiative to understand the history of the land and Indigenous Peoples’ relationship to it; an important prerequisite for delivering a meaningful land acknowledgement, as well as calling attention to our need to build mindfulness around current reconciliatory issues with Indigenous understanding at its root.

This video series will catalyze the discussion by showing its audience the importance of our land’s Indigenous history, through individual performance videos. The project will involve hiring 3-4 Indigenous artists who practice different art forms that would lend themselves well to being highlighted on film (a literary artist, dancer, a singer or musician, for example). They would be tasked with creating pieces within their art form which draw from their interpretation of their own connection to the land.


Symmetree Theatre is welcoming proposals from Indigenous artists who are local to the Wood Buffalo boundaries of Treaty 8 territory.​ These proposals should highlight the full vision for a performance video that would explore the themes of “Connection to Land”, in as much detail as possible. We welcome proposals from any art form (e.g., dance, literary, music).

  • Selected artists will be responsible for creating a 3-5 minute original narrative, recruiting and leading a team of artists to support that narrative.
  • We encourage artists to meaningfully involve Elders and Knowledge-Keepers from their own communities in the development of their proposed piece. Symmetree Theatre will provide financial support for honorariums or tobacco offerings to accommodate this, where appropriate.
  • The performance will be recorded with a professional videographer commissioned and compensated by Symmetree Theatre. Artists will realize their vision by collaborating with others, including videographers and project managers. 
  • Each proposal must have a designated “Lead Artist”. They will act as the point-contact for the project and will arrange for a preview performance of the piece to be made available to the videographers ahead of time. This can be in the form of an in-person rehearsal, or a draft recording of the performance sent digitally. This will include some documented material, explaining the Lead Artist’s vision. The Lead Artist will be required to sit in on meetings to help plan creative and logistical elements of the performance in advance with our creative team.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations. 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 1, 2022

For more details, please visit www.symmetreetheatre.com/connection

Deadline: 01-02-2022

Suite Surrender Auditions

Swamp Rat Experience

Be a part of something hilarious – come try out for our first production, Suite Surrender! Details at https://bit.ly/SuiteSurrenderAudition.


It’s 1942, and two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel to perform in a USO show – assistants, luggage, and legendary feud with one another in tow. Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance… that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite! Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.


Bernard S. Dunlap – General Manager of the Palm Beach Royale Hotel & Spa.
Claudia McFadden – America’s beloved Matron of Song.
Athena Sinclair – a Great Star of Stage and Screen.
Murphy Stevens – Athena’s personal secretary.
Mr. Pippet – Claudia’s personal secretary.
Dora Del Rio – a Gossip Columnist.
Mrs. Everett P. Osgood – a Society Matron & President of the Palm Beach Ladies for Unity.
Francis – a bellhop.
Otis – a bellhop.


Keyano College is applying the Restriction Exemption Program and only those as outlined in the program will be eligible to participate in this production. Participants will be asked to present their QR code. You can find details at https://www.keyano.ca/…/athleti…/covid-19-reopening.aspx.


You don’t need any previous acting or theatre experience to audition. Swamp Rat Experience promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion in our productions and creative process. We encourage performers of all skills and abilities (physical and/or mental), ages, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, and ethnicity to apply. If you need accommodations to be made for you to be able to audition, please contact [email protected]. We want to make sure all our audition process is accessible to anyone and everyone without barrier or limitations presented by a typical audition process.

Auditions will take place in person at Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre on Friday, January 28 6 PM – 9 PM and Saturday, January 29 12 PM – 6 PM. Call-backs will be held on Sunday January 30th between 12 PM – 3 PM.


Brand new Fort McMurray theatre company Swamp Rat Experience is proud to partner with established community champion Keyano Theatre on our first production! Founded by theatre artists Hanna Fridhed and Zenon Campbell in 2021, Swamp Rat Experience aims to create art for the love of creating and sharing that love with our community. 

Deadline: 29-01-2022

Auditions for ‘Ghost Quartet’

Looking For

Vocalists and musicians (Violin, Cello, Piano, Ukelele, Standing Bass and Percussion).


Please send a video of your audition as well as a paragraph summarizing your previous theatrical experience to Brecon Jenkins at [email protected] by January 31, 2022.


Please reach out to the email listed above with any questions, or to arrange an in-person audition if you would prefer.

All proceeds from the production will be donated to the Fort McMurray SPCA.

Deadline: 31-01-2022

Job Opportunity: Content Writer / Graphic Designer

Wood Buffalo Media Group

Do you enjoy being creative while helping people tell their stories? If so do we have the job for you! Wood Buffalo Media Group is growing and growing FAST! We need an experienced writer / graphic designer to help with our client’s social media!

What will you do?

  • Take monthly content ideas and turn them into captivating posts! Use your designer ninja skills and wizard writing skills to help build the client’s brand!
  • Research hashtags, keep an eye on all analytics.
  • Provide reports and suggestions on how to create better content!
  • Create and manage ads for clients.
  • Be the “Grammar Police”. Grammar is key and must display amazing communication skills. #fullofenergy #grammarallday
  • Have fun! Many other opportunities to attend local events and learn other areas of business!

We do not require a degree in communications or design. We are looking for experienced, dedicated people who have a passion for design and communications. **If you feel this is you please send your resume along with previous work! ** If you do not submit past work and do not live in Alberta, do not apply. **

Position Details

  • Part-time hours: 10-20 per week
  • Expected start date: 2021-09-08
  • Job Types: Part-time, Casual
  • Salary: From $20.00 per hour


  • Work from home


  • On call

Ability to commute/relocate

  • Fort McMurray, AB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • Content Writing: 3 years (required)
  • Graphic design: 3 years (required)

Willingness to travel

  • 25% (required)

Work remotely

  • Yes


YMM Love Letters

Love Letters, a commemorative project in the Wood Buffalo region, is calling upon residents to reflect on resiliency, strength, and hope in our community. 

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire and the first anniversary of the 2020 Spring Flood. While the economy, building structures and natural surroundings were impacted immensely by disaster reoccurrence, the reality is that the region’s residents harnessed the hardest of the hits. 

To commemorate the significance of these anniversaries, Love Letters invites residents to focus on moving forward with positivity. The project aims to bring the community together in a new way to heal. 

Residents of the region are invited to share their Love Letters. Submissions can be prose, poetry, or any other form of creative expression. Love Letters will be showcased virtually and celebrated in a community launch event to be determined. Submissions can be made at lovelettersymm.com/submit.html

This project is made possible by a committee of community leaders and social profits organizations that aims to focus on how far we’ve come, to showcase our story of hope through adversity through the Love Letters commemorative project.

  • Cat Jones, Mix 103.7 and 100.5 Cruz FM
  • Emma Carter, YMM Media Group
  • Dawn Booth, The Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers
  • Dawn Sidoroff, Wood Buffalo Regional Library
  • Guy Choquet, Canadian Red Cross
  • Liana Wheeldon, Arts Council Wood Buffalo
  • Linda Thompson-Brown, Canadian Red Cross
  • Krista Balsom, YMM Media Group 
  • Tammy Plowman, Fort McMurray Heritage Society
  • Therese Greenwood, Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo

For more information on Love Letters, visit https://lovelettersymm.com/.


Advanced Dance Instructor: Hip Hop – Part Time

Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo

Open to Junior Dance Instructors 

         Probationary Rate: $23.70 per hour

        Job Rate: $24.76 per hour


This position requires a passionate, organized and talented dance instructor who is looking to join a large dance academy. This position plays a critical role in the organization and must display an exemplary level of customer service.

The Advanced Dance Instructor will be respectful of program participants, responsible for teaching, choreography, and training a dynamic and diverse group of students, while ensuring all students are engaged, motivated, and inspired.

Based on programing, specific genres skills will be required and will advertised to the specific skill set needed in: Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Tap, Acrobatic Arts.


  • Teach various dance styles from beginner to advanced level.
  • Develop dance curriculum and lesson plans.
  • Advanced experience in choreography and instruction to all ages.
  • Strong classroom management.
  • Ability to mentor dance instructors and teacher’s assistant’s.
  • Selection of costumes, music and choreography.
  • Support with planning, organization and execution of the academy recitals, performances and events.
  • Maintain a safe and organized studio space.
  • Make recommendations to further develop programming.
  • Collaborate and work harmoniously with others by following the Regional Recreation Corporation of
  • Wood Buffalo and MacDonald Island Dance Academy policies and procedures.
  • Promote services, programs and workshops.
  • Ensure the safety of the students by enforcing facility rules and regulations.
  • Participate in all scheduled training and professional development deemed necessary by the RRC.
  • Establishes and maintains a cooperative/collaborative working relationship with other departments
  • and Rural Facilities within the RRC through positive actions and communication.
  • Provide general administrative support.
  • All other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education & Experience

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalency
  • Degree or Diploma in Post -Secondary Dance Program and/or
  • Accredited Dance Teaching Certification (such as CSC-CICB, RAD, SRB, CDTA, ISTD, ADAPT, etc.)
    • Ballet (Cecchetti training preferred).
    • Jazz (ADAPT training preferred).
    • Tap (ADAPT training preferred).
    • Acrobatic Arts (Acrobatic Arts preferred).
    • Lyrical and Contemporary (Ballet training required).
    • Musical Theatre (Jazz training required).
    • Hip Hop (training required).
  • Current Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Certification or equivalent (including CPR C).
  • Experience in dance choreography.
  • Experience in dance competitions is an asset.
  • Experience working with children and classroom management.
  • Experience working with students from recreational to advanced levels.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of dance teaching experience, must demonstrate excellent technical abilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Possess strong organizational skills
  • Thrive in a team environment, enjoy working as a team member as well as independently.
  • Excellent customer service skills, dedication and professionalism.
  • The candidate must be physically fit with excellent dance demonstration ability.


  • This position may require travel between our various facilities within the Wood Buffalo Region. Access to reliable transportation is necessary.
  • Valid Class 5 Driver’s License Required 
  • Criminal Record Check with vulnerable sector check


  • This position requires a flexible schedule including statutory holidays, early morning, late night, and weekend work.
  • This position may be exposed to loud noises and will require an individual to be able to concentrate in a busy environment.
  • This position requires frequent sitting, standing and walking.
  • This position involves working under variable temperature conditions, in indoor and outdoor settings.


All employees are responsible and accountable for Regional Recreation Corporation’s health and safety policy. All employees at every level should be familiar with the requirements of the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety legislation as it relates to their work processes.

The employee is expected to adhere to all company policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to policies. These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work involved for this job. It is not an


Vision Statement – Student Services Department

Keyano College

At Keyano College, teaching and learning is our core business and at the centre are the people that we serve students.

Student Services exists to enable all Keyano College students to achieve their full academic potential. We contribute to an exceptional learner experience by providing support that is inclusive, integrated, equitable, timely/accessible, student-centered, and we do this with the awareness and appreciation of the diversity that our students bring to the College.

For some of our students, the work we do resembles the safety net below tightrope walkers at the circus. The tightrope walker resembles the student who must complete a challenging task. The student works hard to balance many roles and meet the demands of the task—crossing the tightrope successfully.

Each member of Student Services forms the safety net below that is a critical factor in the student deciding to accept this challenge. We are all down below, cheering for and encouraging the student. Our mere presence is reassuring because students know we are there. They trust that if they fall, we are ready to greet them where they are and offer resources. Once students have fortified their foundation, the safety net propels them forward to continue mastering their craft.

The safety net can only function when all of us at Student Services are connected, ready to work and trusting each other. The more aligned and integrated we are, the more secure the safety net. Together, we endeavour to support the lifelong learning of our students.

Outline of Art Request – a painting or color drawing that depicts the Vision Statement for the Student Services Department (provided above). Note that it is intended to be a symbolic vision statement hence, the request for a painting or color drawing. Members of the department have asked that the art piece depict a tight rope walker with nets below, a person/persons present to support, and should speak to the diversity at Keyano College, including LGBTQ2+, Indigenous and multicultural learners.

Timeline – a budget / quote for the full project, inclusive of all artist fees and GST, with a draft colour sketch to be provided by the end of August; consultations with Sandra Efu, Director Student Services, between now and August is welcomed. The draft will be shared with the entire Student Services department the first week of September to gather their feedback. Any required changes will be shared with the artist, and a final copy of the artwork is to be delivered by the end of September.

Approximate size – preferred a minimum size of 20”x20” up to a maximum of 40”x40”. Artist is to provide a high-resolution digital file of the artwork. Preferred format is pdf, psd and/or jpeg.

Copyright of the piece will remain with the artist and Keyano College Student Services Department reserves the right to use the digital reproduction for print, online, and other promotional formats. Credit will be given to the artist where possible across these formats.

Keyano College reserves the right to not assign the commission.

All inquiries regarding this project should be directed to:
Sandra Efu
Director Student Services, Keyano College
[email protected]


2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award

Apply now for the 2022 Emerging Artist Award! Alberta artists in the early stages of their professional careers can apply for the 2022 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award until midnight February 4, 2022.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity oversees the application and adjudication process for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards.

Any questions regarding the award or the application process can be sent to [email protected]

The Emerging Artist Awards program gives up to 10 awards of $10,000 each to support and encourage promising artists early in their professional careers. Emerging Artist Awards are given out every second year (in even years). For more details go to About the Emerging Artist Awards.

Deadline: 04-02-2022

Explore and Create

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art.

This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.

Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

Deadline: February 2, 2022

Deadline: 02-02-2022

Call for Artist – Youth Actor for RMWB Commercial Video

Applications must submit online by January 23, 2022 by 11:29PM (MST) to [email protected] All inquiries or issues with submitting can be directed to [email protected], or PULSE at 780-743-7000.

See the full Call for Artists here. The selected artist will be notified by January 25, 2022.

Project Overview

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is preparing to promote a Municipal project through a detailed engagement campaign. The project will include a diverse and thorough marketing campaign, with an emphasis on community participation and feedback. The promotional video will be broadcast through numerous social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google. The actor’s parent or guardian will sign a social media consent form, allowing the RMWB to use the youth’s image for advertising purposes. The artist will perform in two promotional videos (scripts will be provided and must be memorized). The videos will be recorded within the region (exact locations are to be determined).

Project Goal

Create a fun, and inspiring promotional video from a youth’s perspective of the importance of the Municipal project.


Qualifications for the project include (but are not limited to):
• Resident of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo;
• Aged between 6-10 years old;
• Bubbly and enthusiastic personality;
• Strong and articulate speaking skills;
• Written consent from a parent or guardian; and
• Past experience with acting (please provide details).

Submission Requirements and Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel.

While the Communications & Engagement Department will attempt to contact the applicant to
request any information that might be missing, it is the applicant’s responsibility to submit a complete application. Applications that are incomplete after the submission deadline will not be reviewed by the selection panel.

Information needed for submission includes:
• Name of applicant;
• Name of parent or guardian of applicant;
• Contact information including phone and email;
• Age of applicant;
• Acting resume; and
• If available, video example of past actor experience.

Applicants will be scored through the evaluation criteria on the following:

  1. Requirements – 10 Points
    • Meets requirements to apply for opportunity;
    • Application received prior to deadline.
  2. Experience – 40 Points
    • Experience within the local arts community;
    • Acting experience.
  3. Portfolio – 50 Points
    • Video examples of past performances, these can be in numerous platforms
    including video files, shared links, or social media posts.


The artist will be provided a rate that’s within the Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) guidelines. The total award for this project is $700.00 for the artist for completion of recording the videos.

Artist Agreement

The successful actor’s parent or guardian will be required to sign an agreement with the Municipality. Upon notification of the award, the successful actor will have 7 business days to finalize and sign the agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached within this period, the Municipality may award the proposal to the first runner up to the submission and allow 10 business days for that actor to finalize and sign the agreement or cancel and reissue.

Anticipated Schedule

Two scheduled recordings will be coordinated with an estimate of one to two hours for each video recording. Dependent on weather, filming may be completed outside. The applicant will be responsible for arriving on time for the confirmed scheduled video recordings.

Video 1: Estimated recording between January 31- February 4.
Video 2: Estimated recording between February 7-11.
*schedules subject to change

Deadline: 23-01-2022

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