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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 record the conversations with the Elder in a format that is agreed upon with ACWB (e.g. video or audio recording).
  • 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: 31-10-2021

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]


AFC Emergency Funding

The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. 

This assistance is based on immediate financial need. Their goal is to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs.

Right now, they are focusing on making sure that people stay stable and basic needs are met for the next 2-3 weeks.

The AFC does not provide compensation for lost earnings.

To receive financial assistance, you need to:

  • Be professionally eligible;
  • Demonstrate immediate financial need;
  • Pursue all other avenues of support;
  • Provide the required documentation.

Am I professionally eligible?

You are professionally eligible if you:

  • Are working age and have earned the majority of your income from entertainment industry work in 2019


  • Are over 65 and have earned the majority of your income from the industry over your working life

If you do not meet these guidelines exactly, they still encourage you to apply. They are aiming to help as many people as possible during this crisis. 

Do I meet the guidelines for immediate financial need?

  • Do you have enough money in the bank to meet your basic needs for the next 4-8 weeks?If no, The AFC may be able to help.
  • If you have enough money in the bank for two months of living expenses, we ask you not to apply at this time. Your request will be deferred to avoid overloading our system.
  • Are you unable to meet your basic needs because other resources like EI, government benefits, and pensions are not available or insufficient? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.
  • Do you currently have a specific need (like medical costs or a dental emergency) that would leave you unable to meet your basic needs for the next month? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.

What are basic needs?

Basic needs include rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, phone bill, car payments, car and home insurance, or medical expenses.

How much money can I get?

  • The dollar amount will depend on your immediate basic needs and your monthly expenses.
  • It is common for people to receive only part of their request.
  • Smaller requests (under $1,500) will be processed faster; however, if you need more, we encourage you to ask for what you need. 

Can I apply more than once? 

  • You will be advised when your application is reviewed.
  • If you reapply, they will ask you to report on all measures you have taken to access other resources and to defer or reduce payments since your last application. 


Call for Exhibitions – 2022 Exposure Photography Festival

Register your exhibition now to be a part of the 2022 Exposure Photography Festival!

The annual Exposure Photography Festival presents exhibitions that celebrate the medium of photography. The festival brings together a vibrant network of practicing photographers, visual artists and engaged audiences who continue to enhance the discourse in photography.

Our exhibition programme showcases the best contemporary and historic work from established, mid-career, emerging photographers and visual artists from Alberta and around the world! Exposure 2021 received 878,355 visits and welcomed audiences local and international, loyal and new. From New Zealand to Mexico, South Korea to Zimbabwe, Uruguay to Hungry, Exposure grew its audience worldwide with members based in 86 different countries engaging with our online exhibitions and events. Exposure 2020 received 859,543 in-person visits to its exhibitions from Exposure’s local and international audience members. 

The Exposure Photography Festival and its year-round programming is inclusive and participatory, a collaboration amongst members of the photographic community and the public. The festival brings people together to celebrate, discuss and engage in the medium of photography and contemporary practices. Each year we introduce exciting new programming and international perspectives to our audiences, drawing attention to Calgary and Alberta as the site of an active, growing, creative community in the field of photography. 

Registering your exhibition with Exposure allows you — a gallery, arts organisation, DIY space, artist collective, an independent artist, photographer or curator — to become part of our programming and join our celebration of photography. Being a part of Exposure’s programming means that we can promote your exhibition to our audiences, and we can partner on related events. Please note that local and international online exhibitions are welcome however your online exhibition must be hosted via your own independent website and available for Alberta audiences to enjoy during the month of February. 

Deadline to submit is October 5, 2021.

Deadline: 05-10-2021

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STORYHIVE Voices 2021

Calling all new and emerging content creators: the new STORYHIVE Voices is offering grants of $10,000 each to kickstart your content creation journey. STORYHIVE is funding beginner content creators who have an idea for a locally-reflective, episodic project. Grow your skills, impact and audience through training and a community of support.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 26, 2021

Deadline: 26-10-2021

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Canadian Coastlines Calendar Information

The Ships2Shores’ Canadian Coastlines Calendar is looking to feature 12 artworks and photographs from talented young Canadians (7-29) across the country. We are looking for high-resolution art or photography, at 8.5”x11” (landscape), and uploaded in PNG or JPEG format. The pieces will reflect the themes of Canadian coastal landmarks
and cities, marine life, marine activity and tall ships, to create a diverse and unique Calendar for 2022!

Ships2Shores is a volunteer project, therefore artists will not receive monetary remuneration. However, they can expect exposure on our social media platforms and our website. The deadline for submission is October 31, 2021 via this content submission form: https://forms.gle/eDtU2pSmErvVsNfu6 . Please direct any questions to [email protected]

For more information, please visit https://ships2shores.ca/.

Information sur le Calendrier des côtes canadiennes

Le Calendrier des côtes canadiennes proposé par Des navires aux rivages vise à réunir 12 œuvres de jeunes artistes canadiens (7 à 29 ans). Nous recherchons des œuvres dessinées ou photographiées de haute résolution, de préférence de 8.5”x11” (mode paysage), en format PNG ou JPEG. Les créations auront pour thème les paysages côtiers canadien, les villes portuaires, la biodiversité marine, les activités nautiques et less grands voiliers. L’union de tous ces thèmes a pour but de créer un calendrier diversifié et unique.

Des navires aux rivages est un projet bénévole, les artistes ne recevront donc pas de compensation monétaire. Toutefois, ils pourront bénéficier de la visibilité que peuvent offrir nos réseaux sociaux et notre site web. La date limite pour nous envoyer vos œuvres d’art est le 1er décembre 2020. Le formulaire à utiliser est disponible au https://forms.gle/eDtU2pSmErvVsNfu6. Vous pouvez nous faire parvenir vos questions via le courriel suivant [email protected]

Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez visiter https://ships2shores.ca/.

Deadline: 31-10-2021

All Together Now and Mary Poppins Auditions

Keyano Theatre Company

Auditions are being held for Keyano Theatre Company’s productions of All Together Now! and Mary Poppins.  Auditions are open for any interested actors, singers and dancers that wish to participate.  Children 7+, Youth and Adults are all welcome to Audition.  Commitment to the productions are important for both the rehearsal process and the performances.  Performances for All Together Now! take place November 12-14, 2021 and Mary Poppins is February 10-19, 2022.  The rehearsal dates can be found in the Audition handbook at the following link.  Feel free to print those calendars and post them on your fridge or enter them into your electronic calendars.  While not all actors will be needed for every rehearsal we do want to have you available if you are scheduled. 

Rehearsals and Covid-19 

KTC will be taking steps to protect everyone in our facility.  Keyano College is applying the Restriction Exemption Program and only those as outlined in the program will be eligible to participate in our shows.  There will also be masks worn for much of the process, lots of hand sanitizing and emphasis on good respiratory etiquette.   

Audition Requirements 

To be considered for a part in All Together Now! candidates must prepare for an individual singing audition AND attend a group dance/movement audition. Preparing an acting audition is not required for those only auditioning for All Together Now!  

To be considered for a part in Mary Poppins candidates must participate in ALL THREE elements of the audition process over two separate times. Attend the individual acting and singing audition as well as a group movement/dance audition. Dance Auditions take place Saturday morning.  Please sign up for ONE of the Beginner or Advanced Dance. The Tap Dance is optional if interested the parts of Mary, Bert, Chimney Sweeps or anyone that has experience (not required) or is interested in this style.  Beginner Dance from 10am-11am for those with little to no experience, Advanced Dance from 12:15-1pm for those with experience dancing.  Please place yourself where you feel most appropriate.    Tap Dance is from 11am-12pm.

If you wish to be considered for both productions, please prepare the same as for Mary Poppins.  

If you are interested in auditioning but cannot attend one of the times listed below then please contact [email protected] to ask about other arrangements. 

Individual auditions will be comprised of an acting portion (Mary Poppins only) and singing portion. The acting will involve reading a short scene from Mary Poppins. These readings will be Provided to you on the day of the Audition or you can go to our audition materials link and choose one character from one scene to read for in advance. Singing will be to one of the preselected tracks. Please click on the music link and prepare ONE song on the provided list.  All additional information, backing tracks and sheet music are located on the link, please read carefully. 

The group dance/movement auditions will be held Saturday, October 16. Each actor MUST attend one of the dance auditions listed below. Please select either the beginning or experienced dance call. There is nothing to prepare but please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can move in. PLUS Even if you have never tap danced before you are encouraged to also attend the Tap Dance part of the Audition! 

Callbacks will be held Sunday, October 17 12:30pm-5:30pm. Please keep this time available as it may be important for the Directors to see you again prior to casting.

For more information please email [email protected].

Deadline: 16-10-2021

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Support for Live Music Events

The purpose of the Support for Live Music Events program is to stimulate the employment of Canadian artists and cultural workers, including technicians and other service providers and supporting workers, by providing financial support for live music events featuring Canadian artists that can be presented before an in-person audience and/or through digital dissemination. The funding will mitigate the significant financial risks associated with presenting live music events in the current uncertain climate. Events supported through the Canada Music Fund (CMF) are expected to generate earning opportunities for artists and cultural workers in the live music sector.

Funding will be granted on an ongoing basis throughout the April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 fiscal year until the available budget for this non-recurring initiative is exhausted. Funding is allocated on a competitive basis based on the merit and feasibility of the project and the extent to which it aligns with the objectives and the priority areas of the initiative determined by the CMF with respect to recipients. An applicant may only submit ONE application between now and March 1, 2022. Applications may be for one or multiple events.

Who Can Apply?

To present an application, you must be a Canadian-owned entrepreneur or organization in the music industry and must support the career development of Canadian artists and/or offer musical programming by Canadian artists. The following Canadian applicants may file an application if they meet the eligibility criteria of the program:

• Current recipients of the Individual Initiatives and Collective Initiatives of the Canada Music Fund (CMF), including artist-entrepreneurs.
• Eligible applicants to the 2020 Emergency Support Fund, such as artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, for-profit festivals, and venues.

Note that priority will be given to equity-seeking populations and Indigenous-led organizations as well as applicants that do not traditionally receive CMF’s funding.

Click here for Program Guidelines

Read the FAQ Guide here

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Deadline: 01-03-2022

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest standing, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world. To date, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to some 1900 students and artists in 40 countries. Its grantees are renowned artists, both nationally and internationally, as well as highly respected art professors, teachers and mentors.

The Foundation is extremely proud of its grantees and of their accomplishments. A selection of the works of some of the Foundation’s previous grantees can be found in the Gallery. First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each. Subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries, not to or through other organizations. Grantees may not receive more than three grants in their lifetime.

Grants are awarded based solely on the information contained in the Application Form and the supporting documentation and material submitted with it. The Foundation does not conduct personal interviews. The decision of the Foundation is final and is not subject to review or appeal.

The Foundation will only fund young artists who are pursuing their studies or are in the early or developmental stage of their career, are working in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking, and demonstrate the determination and talent to pursue a lifetime career in their art practice. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

Deadline: ongoing


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