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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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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].

STANDING COMMITTEES

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity CommitteeMinimum three (3) Board Director members; Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo celebrates and supports diversity. We are committed to showing respect for all, encouraging open collaboration and communication, and creating an inclusive environment, free from barriers and discrimination. Members of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Committee will monitor the Board Composition Matrix and make a concerted effort to ensure that the members of the Board of Directors reflect the diverse community of Wood Buffalo, taking into consideration race, religion, beliefs, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status or status as a differently-abled individual, among other things. This committee will communicate with the Governance Committee to ensure Board and Operational policy documents reflect the organization’s
commitment to inclusive practices.

This committee will likely meet twice per year or as needed to review Board of Directors
applicants.

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.

This committee will meet as needed to review documents.

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.

This committee will likely meet two to four times per year.


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.

Deadline:

Call for Artists & Vendors – Cross Cultural Craft Day 2022

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is hosting its first Cross Cultural Craft Day in Anzac on Saturday, September 17, 2022. It hopes to showcase cultural crafts, offer opportunities to create, shop local crafts and share knowledge from crafters of ALL cultures.

The event will be following the buy, sell, trade, enjoy model:
BUY – Support and spend money on local arts and crafts!
SELL – Vendors wanting to sell their product(s)!
TRADE – Vendors & Artists willing to trade materials, product, knowledge and more!
ENJOY – Celebrate cultural craft and enjoy the activities!

The event will feature a Crafters Corner (bring a project, sit and chat with other crafters, and share your knowledge!), a Kids Corner (filled with craft supplies, activities and demos), and Cultural Craft Demonstrations throughout the day.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is looking for artists and vendors to help create an exciting atmosphere for shopping, learning, and celebrating cultural craft. Each vendor must specify if they are willing to SELL and/or TRADE.

ACWB is looking for a variety of vendors that may include, but are not limited to:

  • General Arts
  • Bath, Body & Spirit
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Crafts
  • Craft Supplies
  • Cultural Items
  • Food
  • Flowers & Plants
  • Retail
  • Specialty Items

Food vendors require special considerations and permissions. If you wish to sell food, please provide details in the application form.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Vendor entry is by application only. (Please complete this application form.)

Applications are welcome from everyone, though preference will be given to local vendors from the Wood Buffalo region.

REQUIREMENTS

All accepted vendors will be required to:

  • Pay a $25 Vendor Fee to secure your space
  • Sign a contract agreement with Arts Council Wood Buffalo
  • If accepted, food vendors will need to follow additional requirements as specified by the venue and Alberta Health Services.

VENDOR FEES

Accepted vendors are required to pay a $25 Vendor Fee, which includes:

  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Power

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

Please fill out this application form.

Vendor applications will be accepted until Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 12 PM (noon).

Accepted applicants will be notified by ACWB. Once accepted, vendors will receive an acceptance letter with a contract and fees due.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 12 PM (noon). Late applications will not be accepted.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information about this opportunity or application process, please contact Pollyanna McBain at [email protected] or 780-381-6898.

For questions or more information about Arts Council Wood Buffalo, please contact [email protected]

Deadline: 08-09-2022

Alberta Culture Days – WBRL Art and LitFest: Call for Writers

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Regional Library is hosting its very first Art and Literary Fest for Alberta Culture Days. The library is looking for writers, poets, authors, and novelists to lead a discussion panel about the craft of writing and the writing scene in Fort McMurray and surrounding area to both teens and adults.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  

  • Writers must reside in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and be able to attend the event Sunday, September 25th from 10:30am – 12:00pm.
  • Writers must submit some of their writing excerpts along with their resume.
  • Writers must be willing to share their work and discuss in a public forum.
  • Writers must be willing to collaborate with other writers for discussion purposes.
  • Writers from diverse cultural backgrounds will be given priority.
  • WBRL is particularly interested in discussions that will engage teens as well as adults (13+ years).

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • The discussion panel will have 4 guest writers selected.
  • Each writer will be prepared to discuss writing for a 1.5 hour period, including 10-15 minutes of individual speaking (about your work, your process, and any other writing-related content you wish to share) followed by a question and answer period and discussion.
  • WBRL will be hosting the writers panel event Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 10:30am – 12:00pm.
  • A brunch type meal will be provided by WBRL.

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be engaging and discussable with teens and adults.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through email. Please send an email to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] using the Subject Line “WBRL Art and LitFest: Call for Writers.” Please submit examples of your work and a plan of what you will doing the day of the event. Some artists may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be submitted by noon on August 29, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEES


WBRL will compensate the writers a fee of $200.00 for the 1.5-hour discussion of their work and their process.

SELECTION PROCESS

The writers will be selected on their ability to discuss and share their works with teens and adults. Priority will be given to writers who have a strong cultural background, especially those who share and express stories from their culture or identity in their writing. Please note that only writers who are successful will be notified.

Selections will be made by Wood Buffalo Regional Library staff. All selections made will be final. All successful writers will be notified by September 2, 2022.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information on this opportunity please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.101 or Programs Managers, Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.102, or Community Engagement Coordinator at WBRL Sally Samuel at [email protected] or (780) 743-7058.

Deadline: 29-08-2022

Alberta Culture Days – WBRL Art and LitFest: Call for Interactive Storytellers/Actors

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Regional Library is hosting it’s very first Art and Literary Fest for Alberta Culture Days. The library is looking for interactive storytellers to act out lively cultural events, stories and/or books to children. This could include singing, acting, dancing, immersive storytelling, and/or other engaging forms of performance.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  

  • Performers must reside in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo area and be able to attend the event Saturday, September 24th from 11:00am -11:30pm, 1:30pm – 2:00pm, and 3:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Performers must submit a video of their interactive storytelling along with their resume
  •  Performers must be willing to perform publicly for the event
  •  Performers from diverse cultural backgrounds will be given priority
  •  WBRL is particularly interested in stories that will engage children (5+ years)

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • WBRL will host the event 3 separate times on one day: Saturday, September 24th from 11:00am -11:30pm, 1:30pm – 2:00pm, and 3:30pm – 4:00pm.
  • WBRL would like to hire 3 performers/groups, one for each story time
    • Could be one performer/group with three separate stories OR repeating the same story during each session, based on preference
    • The stories should be an interactive story with a focus on sharing a cultural, historical, or mythical story from the storyteller’s background
    • The performers must perform these stories for 25-30 minutes
  • WBRL will provide light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be engaging and appropriate for young children ages 5 through 12.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through email.Please send an email to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] using the subject line “WBRL Art and LitFest: Call for Interactive Storytellers/Actors.” Please submit a video of yourself doing interactive storytelling along with a resume. Some performers may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be submitted by noon on August 29, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEES


WBRL will compensate the performer(s) a fee of $100.00 for each half hour (30 min) interactive story. 

SELECTION PROCESS

The performers will be selected on their ability to bring their stories alive through acting, dancing, or any other art form while keeping it appropriate for children 5 years and older. Priority will be given to performers who have a strong cultural background, especially those who share and express stories from their culture or identity in their storytelling. Please note that only performer(s) who are successful will be notified.

Selections will be made by Wood Buffalo Regional Library staff. All selections made will be final. All successful performers will be notified by September 2, 2022.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information on this opportunity please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.101 or Programs Managers, Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.102, or Community Engagement Coordinator at WBRL Sally Samuel at [email protected] or (780) 743-7058.  

Deadline: 29-08-2022

Alberta Culture Days – WBRL Art and LitFest:Call for Teaching Artists

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Regional Library is hosting its first Art and Literary Fest for Alberta Culture Days. The library is looking for teaching artists who will lead a workshop for tweens and teens to create a work of art – whether that be painting, beading, macrame, weaving, whatever your artistic passion may be! The WBRL is looking for three artist-teachers, including at least one Indigenous and one multicultural workshop.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  

  • Artist must reside in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and be able to attend the workshop at WBRL on Sunday, September 25, 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
  • Artist must be able to turn their artform into a teachable workshop geared towards tweens and teens.
  • Artist must be comfortable working with tweens and teens in a one-on-one/small group setting.
  • Artist must be experienced in their artform and be able to provide samples of previous experience along with their resume.
  • Artists with a diverse cultural background will be given priority.
  • The workshop must be suitable for an indoor library space.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • WBRL is particularly interested in providing a teachable and engaging workshop to tweens and teens.
  • WBRL is hosting 3 teacher-artists workshops, plus additional library-run workshops, that will happen simultaneously throughout the library.
  • Artist will provide the WBRL with a detailed plan and prepare the 2-hour workshop with the end goal for the attendees to have had fun and made something to take home.
  • WBRL will provide materials for the workshop as required.
  • WBRL will be hosting all workshops on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.
  • WBRL will provide light snacks and refreshments.

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be teachable and engaging to tweens and teens. Artforms may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Heritage crafts and artforms
  • Indigenous crafts and artforms
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Beading
  • Crafting
  • Textile crafts
  • Macrame
  • Weaving

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through email.Please send an email to [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] using the subject line “WBRL Art and LitFest: Call for Teaching Artists” as your category. Please provide examples of previous work along with a resume. Some artists may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be submitted by noon on August 29, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEES

WBRL will compensate the artists a fee of $200.00 for the 2-hour workshop, plus all workshop materials. 

SELECTION PROCESS

The artists will be selected on the appropriateness of the program to teach to tweens, teens, and adults, the uniqueness of the program, and the cost and quality of the workshop. Priority will be given to artists who have a strong workshop plan, showing detailed concepts and a focus on working with tweens, teens, and adults. Artists who demonstrate a strong Indigenous or cultural theme for their workshop will be given priority.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

Selections will be made by Wood Buffalo Regional Library staff. All selections made will be final. All successful artists will be notified by September 2, 2022.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information on this opportunity please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.101 or Programs Managers, Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.102, or Community Engagement Coordinator at WBRL Sally Samuel at [email protected] or (780) 743-7058.  

Deadline: 29-08-2022

Run for a Reason

Fort McMurray Marathon is excited to announce Run for a Reason – a new charity fundraising program!

Early Bird registration is open for Run for a Reason until May 31 – the new fundraising program for the Fort McMurray Marathon happening on September 25!

HOW IT WORKS – RUNNERS

When you register to run, you will have two ways to participate:

  1. Make a one time donation to a participating partner organization of your choice!
  2. Choose a participating partner organization & collect pledges:
    • Browse the list of Fundraising Partners, and choose an organization that you would like to support
    • As you train for race day, collect pledges & donations in support of your chosen organization!
    • Share your progress via your personal pledge page

HOW IT WORKS – DONORS

Not a runner, but still want to participate? Community members can contribute by donating to Run for a Reason! Donations can be made in two ways:

  • Donate to an individual runner’s pledge page
  • Donate to to a participating partner organization of your choice

This year we run for more than just medals – this year we Run for a Reason and Arts Council Wood Buffalo can be yours.

Deadline: 25-09-2022

Explore and Create

Expanding Canadian Arts Practice

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.

Program Components:
Professional Development for Artists Up to $10,000
Research and Creation Up to $25,000
Concept to Realization Up to $60,000 a year
Deadlines vary for each program

Deadline:

Auditions: They Say it Takes Five Years

They Say It Takes Five Years directed by Jenny Price is a new work in development by Wood Buffalo writer and humorist Carla White about community, well being, and the journey of healing through all of life’s drama, trauma, and shitastrophies. This production will culminate in a staged play reading at the Heritage Shipyard on Thursday, September 8 at 7 PM, as part of Alberta Culture Days 2022.

Auditions will take place in person at Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (230 Powder Drive) on Friday, August 19 at 6 PM – 8 PM and Saturday, August 20 at 11 AM – 1 PM & 4 PM – 6 PM.

This opportunity is casting ages 14 and up.

When auditioning, you will be asked to read sides from the script in a group with other folx auditioning. The sides will be provided at the audition. The Director will be there to guide you through the process and might ask you to read for several different parts during the audition.

Sides (also called audition sides, script sides, or acting sides) are pages from a script that directors give to actors to to them as part of the audition process. Sides are a portion of the script, typically just a couple of pages selected from one or more scenes.

You do not need to prepare anything for this audition.

This is a paid opportunity.

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 our audition process is accessible to anyone and everyone without barriers or limitations presented by a typical audition process.

Carla White is a humorist, writer and playwright who explores ways of using comedy and laughter to help with trauma healing.

Swamp Rat Experience is a non-profit theatre society in nistawâyâw / ᓂᐢᑕᐋᐧᔮᐤ / Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. They believe that theatre is an opportunity for self-expression, exploration, and connection, and aim to create theatre that invests in artistic development, increased accessibility, and conversation.

Deadline: 20-08-2022

Playfest 2022: Call for Performers

Theatre; Just Because is thrilled to announce PlayFest, a one-day performing arts festival happening in Fort McMurray!

Taking place on August 27, 2022, PlayFest celebrates local artists and performers with two events: Play in the Park and Play After Dark.

Play in the Park is an outdoor, family-friendly event in a local park (Location TBA). This daytime event will include interactive activities, theatre and arts-based performances, and more! Play in the Park is entirely free to attend. 

Play After Dark is an evening cabaret geared towards ages 16 and over. Play After Dark will take place in the amphitheatre at Centerfire Place and is pay-what-you-can admission, with proceeds going towards future programming at Theatre; Just Because. 

PlayFest encapsulates our mission at Theatre; Just Because by creating opportunities for local performance artists to do just that – perform!” says Artistic Director Bailey Yarkie. “We hope to bring together a day of diverse performances and celebrate the arts in our region.” 

PlayFest is made possible by the generous support of local arts champions Flett Manning Moore.

CALL FOR PERFORMERS

Come play with us! We are seeking performances of all varieties for PlayFest 2022 on August 27th.

PlayFest is a fundraiser for Theatre; Just Because consisting of 2 events:

  • Play in the Park is a daytime outdoor event perfect for dancers, one-act plays, and other family-friendly entertainment.
  • Play After Dark is a cabaret event geared towards an age 16+ audience.

Deadline: 27-08-2022

Culture in Your Community – Postcard Competition

In 2021, Calgary’s Loft 112 spearheaded an amazing project called Cards for Community.

Using this as inspiration, Parkland Poets’ Society is launching a province-wide Postcard Project showcasing culture in our very own Alberta communities.

What we are looking for:

A physical OR digital 4×6 postcard sharing some combination of words and images and showcasing culture in your community.

What the completed project will look like:

An art installation/gallery-exhibit-type display that will be a visual representation of what “Culture in Your Community” means to Albertans. The display will be unveiled in a public event being hosted in the Stony Plain Public Library on Saturday, Sept 24, 2022.

Why?

To link Albertans together in a tapestry of words and images.

How do I enter?

Submissions accepted June 1st to August 31st, 2022.

  1. Download/Print a submission form to be sent TOGETHER with your submission. CLICK HERE FOR FORM.
  2. Submit form and postcard by email to: [email protected] or by regular mail to: Parkland Poets’ Society, 227 Brookview Way, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2X7.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Original entries only – all ages
  2. Must include some combination of words and images
  3. Size 4 inches x 6 inches
  4. One side of postcard only
  5. Digital Submissions must be submitted as hi-res PDF or JPG files

Ideas to get you started:

  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Mixed media
  • Original photo
  • Micro-stories
  • Poetry
  • Original song lyrics
  • Handicrafts that fit on the postcard (reproduced in 2D)

What can you win?

  • Prizes for 18 and over:
    • First Place: $100
    • Second Place: $75
    • Third Place: $50
    • PLUS: one year membership in Parkland Poets’ Society – Value $25
    • Plus: your postcard framed!
  • Prizes for under 18:
    • First Place: $100
    • Second Place: $75
    • Third Place: $50
    • PLUS: one year membership in Parkland Poets’ Society – Value $25
    • Plus: your postcard framed!
  • Inclusion on the feature wall display

After completion of the project, the winning postcards may be made available for purchase as a fundraiser for Parkland Poets’ Society.

Deadline: 31-08-2022

RMWB: Games Legacy Grant

As a result of hosting the 1985 Alberta Summer Games, 1992 Alberta Winter Games, 2003 Alberta Senior Games and 2004 Arctic Winter Games, a Games Legacy grant was created with surplus monies from these events.

To support athletes, performers, artists, teams, coaches or instructors in Wood Buffalo to:

  • develop their skills through training, programs or activities in amateur sport, arts and/or culture
  • participate in provincial, national or international level competitions, including the North American Indigenous Games
  • to promote and develop future local talent within the community
  • support residents to achieve their maximum potential

During the Call for Applications, Community Investment Program (CIP) staff are available to answer any questions.

A pre-application meeting is encouraged for new applicants or any applicant looking for more information. During a pre-application meeting, CIP staff will review eligibility, how the grant process works, accessing and completing applications in the Online Grant Portal, and other key information.

To schedule a pre-application meeting, you may send a request to Pulse. In your request, please provide:

  • applicant name
  • grant stream(s) you are interested in applying to
  • a brief description of what you plan to apply for
  • your availability for a virtual meeting

Funding Amounts

  • Athletes, performers, artists, coaches or instructors may be granted a maximum of $1,500
  • Teams, nonprofit organizations, or groups may be granted a maximum of $3,000

September 7, 2022: Call for Applications Closes – deadline to submit your application is 4:30 p.m. MST.

Deadline: 07-09-2022

Exposure 2023 Emerging Photographers Showcase

Exhibition Opportunity at Contemporary Calgary

Exposure welcomes diverse and innovative submissions from Alberta-based emerging photographers and visual artists who incorporate, celebrate or challenge the photographic medium within their practice.

We are delighted to announce the Exposure 2023 Emerging Photographers Showcase Juror is Tiffany Jones, Publisher of Overlapse (UK/Canada). Overlapse has published internationally recognized and engaging books in collaboration with photographers, artists and storytellers based around the world.

Those who have been selected by the juror will: 

  • Exhibit their work in the Exposure 2023 Emerging Photographers Showcase exhibition.
  • Be invited to become involved with the exhibition’s related programming.
  • Be invited to show selected work in a public exhibition presented on Pattison Outdoor digital billboards located in the City of Calgary.
  • Have their name and website link featured on the Exposure website as an artist profile, reaching audiences worldwide.
  • Have the opportunity to win one of the awards presented by Exposure, GRAIN Projects, Shutter Hub, The Magenta Foundation and TREX Southwest.
  • Receive $161 Artist Fee (in line with CARFAC recommended Fee Schedule)
  • Receive $150 Production Expense Allocation with Exposure 2023 Print Partner, ABL Imaging Group, to cover/support costs of printing work for the exhibition.
  • Have their work promoted in the Exposure 2023 official press release pack.

All those who submit their work will:

Have the opportunity to be featured on the Exposure Photography Festival curated Instagram account reaching audiences worldwide! Exposure will be sharing examples of strong submissions throughout the duration of the open call. To enhance your chance of being featured on our platform, please make sure you submit your work early.

Gain visibility with the juror and Exposure team.

Submission Fee: $35 CAD for 10 images
Deadline: September 1, 2022 at 6pm MST

We encourage submissions from members of underrepresented groups, and we welcome submissions from gender and sexually diverse individuals, racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities.

Exposure is committed to supporting individuals who face barriers in applying for its opportunities. If you require assistance, please email Exposure Coordinator Beth Kane – [email protected].

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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