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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 chair[email protected] to express their interest (max 250 words), and include a brief overview of related volunteer or committee experience.

Deadline:

Job Opportunity: Social Media Coordinator

Job Description

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 writing skills to help build the client’s brand.

– Hashtag Research – Generate reports and give creative ideas on how to improve.

– Help with other social media tasks as needed.

– 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 great experienced team members to jump on with a young motivated team.

**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. **

Work Remotely Yes Job Types: Part-time, Casual Part-time hours: 10-20 per week

Salary:

From $25.00 per hour

Benefits:

Work from home

Schedule:

On call

Supplemental pay types:

Bonus pay

Commission pay

Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

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

Experience:

Content Writing: 3 years (required)

Graphic design: 3 years (required)

Willingness to travel: 25% (required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in FORT MCMURRAY, AB

Deadline:

The 50th Banff Playwrights Lab

Celebrating 50 years of supporting playwrights and theatrical storytelling!

Since its launch in 1973, The Banff Playwrights Lab has provided an inspiring, interdisciplinary, and inclusive environment to work on your play while surrounded by performing artists from across the country and around the world. We are proud to gather on Treaty 7 territory to create, share, and explore theatrical storytelling.

The 50th edition of the Playwrights Lab in 2023 invites applications from playwrights and theatre makers examining issues, topics and stories related to land (sky/water); for example, through Indigenous lenses (sovereignty, history, displacement, ceremony), or in relation to climate, migration, ecology, borders, refugee crises, or environmental justice. The Lab supports writers and plays that tell stories not commonly told on Canadian stages; stories that embrace outrage and wrestle with wild ideas and images; and pursue challenging, multi-disciplinary, provocative approaches to telling stories.

What does the program offer?

Ten Canadian writers will be offered a two-week residency at Banff Centre. You may invite a collaborator to attend for up to four days to work with you on your project; this may be a dramaturg, director, digital creator, actor, designer, musician, choreographer, or translator. We encourage writers to consider inviting a non-theatre artist or individual essential to their creation process. Details of your proposed collaborator should be included in your application.

The Lab’s dramaturgical team will support these projects throughout the Lab. Optional online sessions (pre or post-program) may be offered to you as a community resource and way to stay in touch.

This program provides 100% scholarship, with a travel allowance included.

The Retreat

You will also have the opportunity to be considered for The Retreat, a two-week winter residency from February 26 to March 12, 2023. The Retreat offers two playwrights the opportunity to focus specifically on the writing for their individual project, within one of the Leighton Artists Studios. The Lab Director and Dramaturg will be in attendance for part of The Retreat to consult with the selected writers, but this is not a dramaturgical process – the focus is on writing and creation. No production support is available. Please indicate your interest at step 3 of the application process.

Note: The 2023 Lab will not include a company of actors.

50th Anniversary


As the Lab reaches its 50th edition in 2023, we will be marking the occasion with celebratory videos – including this welcome from our faculty!

We’ll also be introducing an Apprentice Dramaturg position to help nurture the next generation of Canadian dramaturgs; and updating and making the Lab’s archives more accessible to the national and international performing arts community.

Who should apply?

Artists who are exploring theatrical form, risk-taking, and asking questions about our society. We value strong storytelling, diversity (in form, discipline, culture, and community), beautiful language, bold experimentation, and collaboration. We seek artists who demand that theatre have social and political impact, and who are writing plays that seek to challenge and change our world. We invite participants developing new works for both adults and young audiences to join us in a dynamic conversation about storytelling and contemporary performance as we push Canadian theatre into the future.

Applications are open to Canadians and Permanent Residents only, under the Jay Treaty in North America; Indigenous candidates are also encouraged to apply. We welcome artists from all communities who are exploring land-based dramaturgical and creation practices, and encourage applications from artists working with Indigenous languages, incorporating multiple languages, and those working on projects with little or no language to apply. Please note, The Banff Playwrights Lab is conducted in English.

Those creating works that bridge theatre/dance and indoor/outdoor spaces; and projects whose goals reach beyond the theatre space to changing practices, systems and communities. As we consider the forms of new work that playwrights have engaged in during the pandemic, we want in particular to acknowledge and examine approaches to storytelling that combine live and digital components.

We invite playwrights to consider this year’s focus on land when preparing their application. However, this is not mandatory – all applications will be considered equally by the adjudication committee regardless of whether they address this focus area. 

For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures   

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022
Program Dates: April 17 – April 29, 2023

Deadline: 30-11-2022

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Swamp Rat Experience Job Opportunity: Company Manager

ABOUT SWAMP RAT EXPERIENCE

Swamp Rat Experience is a registered non-profit theatre society in nistawâyâw / ᓂᐢᑕᐋᐧᔮᐤ / Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo, located within the boundaries of Treaty 8. We believe that theatre is an opportunity for self-expression, exploration, and connection, and we aim to create theatre that invests in artistic development, increased accessibility, and conversation. Our vision is to explore innovative theatre for everyone.


ABOUT THE ROLE

The Company Manager oversees and evaluates company operations. They are responsible for overseeing logistical and administrative processes, working closely with the Artistic Director to make sure the company runs smoothly. A multi-tasking problem solver with a focus on human resources and logistics, the company manager’s work is very dynamic.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and maintain production schedules
  • Prepare and control budgets
  • Negotiate and write contracts
  • Arrange transportation and accommodation for hired artists and volunteers
  • Other tasks as needed

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Be a good listener and have patience
  • Excellent organisation and management skills
  • Have the ability to handle several projects at the same time
  • Experience with budgeting and administrative tasks a plus
  • Most importantly, be ready to learn and have fun!

FUTURE

This is a volunteer position for approximately 5 hrs/week, but we are actively working towards it being a paid role. Our goal is that it will be a paid position in some manner by late 2023. All SRE management positions are currently volunteer-based.

HOW TO APPLY

Email your resume and a cover letter to [email protected].

DEADLINE

November 30, 2022

CONTACT

If you have any questions or need help applying, please contact Artistic Director Hanna Fridhed at [email protected].

Deadline: 30-11-2022

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50th Anniversary Micro-Grants for Visual Artists

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the AFA Art Collection (established in 1972), this program supports individual Alberta artists, ensembles, or independent curators with one-time funding of up to $2,500. This program supports specific visual arts projects that explore or engage with the history and diversity of visual arts in Alberta, or respond to our province’s visual culture and identity.

This funding opportunity is a subsection of our Visual Arts and New Media funding opportunity.

Who can apply

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying

You must be in good standing with the AFA to apply.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, cannot be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

What does this grant support

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible visual arts projects include, but are not limited to, works of art in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, fibre arts, ceramics, photography, mixed media, installation arts, and media or computer-assisted art. Eligible works also include Indigenous traditional arts such as beading, jewellery making, and quilling.

Funding is for creation and art production. This is not a purchase program. Ownership and copyright of works supported through this program remain the sole property of the artist. Artists interested in having their work acquired by the AFA Art Collection may submit completed works to the Art Acquisition by Application program.

Types of projects

You may apply for one-time project funding to support artistic activities that respond to, or engage in dialogue on:

  • the history and diversity of visual arts in Alberta
  • what it means to be an Albertan artist
  • the role of visual culture and identity in our province
  • Indigenous traditional cultural and customary arts
  • recognition, respect, and value of culturally-diverse artistic practices
  • representation of historically underserved communities within the visual arts, including Indigenous populations, racialized communities, women, artists who are Deaf and/or have a disability, and 2SLGBTQ+

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $2,500 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • contracted artist and technician fees
  • commission fees
  • production, including materials and supplies that are appropriate for the development of the project
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, childcare, dependent care)
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

Ineligible Projects

Additional expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

  • Capital expenditures for the purchase of buildings or property or for capital development such as construction or renovations
  • Capital expenditures for purchase of studio furniture and/or equipment such as computers, technology, lighting, audio, etc. that can otherwise be rented and/or has a use beyond the life of your project
  • Career training, post-secondary study, or recreational training projects
  • Thesis exhibitions, graduate films, and other activities undertaken as part of a course of study
  • Applied arts such as gaming, architecture, interior design, commercial photography, graphic and commercial arts and/or fashion design
  • Media works produced for commercial and/or broadcast purposes
  • Expenses already incurred prior to the application submission, including grant writer fees

Deadline: 01-12-2022

Call for submissions: Emerging Screenwriter’s Grant

Whether you are finally putting that winning idea to paper, or digging out an old draft you never quite finished, we’re here to encourage you to take that next step! All submissions will receive written notes from the jury, but only winning scripts will receive an in-person feedback session. The winning short script (under 50 pages) will receive $250, and the winning feature-length script (50 page minimum.) will receive $500.

Submissions for this year’s Next Draft: Emerging Screenwriter’s Grant are open from August 1st, 2022 to December 1st, 2022.

You are able to submit as many scripts as you like, but please ensure the scripts follow the eligibility guidelines. If you submitted last year and didn’t win, we welcome you to submit an updated draft of your script. For the purposes of this grant, Emerging Screenwriters are defined as individuals who have not previously had a screenplay produced by a third party or production company.

HOW IT WORKS

Please fill out the contact form on this page and attach your script(s). We advise that you include a synopsis (max 700 characters) and indicated a short section of the script that you feel best represents the film (max 20-pages). This is due to time constraints; jurors are not required to read every submission in full. Once you submit, our programming manager will contact you with an invoice for your submission(s). The cost to submit is $10 per script for FAVA Members, $20 per script for non-members. Submissions that are not paid for will not be evaluated by the jury; the deadline to pay for your script is one week after the submission deadline.

PRIZES

  • Selected Feature Film Script (50 page minimum.): $500
  • Selected Short Film Script (under 50 pages): $250
  • A one-on-one feedback session

All submissions will receive written notes from the jury, but only winning scripts will receive an in-person feedback session.

Scripts must follow industry-standard formatting, include a title page and be submitted as a PDF. If you are not certain what industry-standard format looks like, please review THIS PAGE.

ELIGIBILITY

For the purposes of this grant, Emerging Screenwriters are defined as individuals who have not previously had a screenplay produced by a third party or production company. All submissions will receive written notes from the jury, but only winning scripts will receive an in-person feedback session. Screenwriters who have self-produced their work in the past are welcome to apply. Screenwriters can submit a short and a feature script, but will only be eligible to win in one category (if both are worthy, preference will be given to the feature). If you submitted in previous years and didn’t win, we welcome you to submit an updated draft of your script; previous Next Draft winning scripts are not eligible. Only those residing in Alberta are eligible.

If submitting multiple scripts, please fill out the submission form separately for each script.

Deadline: 01-12-2022

The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.


First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply for funding for artistic and cultural activities.

First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals, groups and organizations may apply to Creating, Knowing and Sharing (or to the other 5 Canada Council programs) for funding for artistic and cultural activities. Canada Council stands by Indigenous artists through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as {Re}conciliation. This program functions using a self-determined, Indigenous-centred approach. This means that it will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews, administered by staff of First Nations, Inuit and Métis heritage, and assessed by First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals.

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, that are led by Indigenous artists/organizations are encouraged and facilitated in Creating, Knowing and Sharing.

Program Components:


Travel Up to $30,000
Small-scale activities Up to $3,000
Short-Term projects Up to $100,000
Long-Term projects Up to $300,000
Deadlines vary for each program.

Deadline: 07-12-2022

Swamp Rat Experience Auditions: Waypoints Dinner Theatre

Auditions: December 9 & 10, 2022
Call-backs: December 11, 2022
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (230 Powder Dr)

Swamp Rat Experience is thrilled to produce the 2023 fundraising dinner theatre for Waypoints, a Wood Buffalo non-profit helping individuals affected by domestic, family and sexual violence. Parts of the SRE fees for producing this show are donated to Waypoints as in-kind support in an effort to support their work.

We can’t announce the play yet – but it will be spectacularly groovy and include improv, singing and audience interaction!

All the information you need is in the Production Guide, including important dates, roles, and more!

Deadline: 10-12-2022

TREX Hallway Gallery Open Call for Submissions

Proposal submission deadline is December 12, 2022, by 11:59pm


This is an open call for Alberta artists to submit a proposal for the TREX Hallway Gallery.
Named after its long narrow dimensions, the exhibition space has one entrance and three walls.
One long wall is metal while its opposite wall is brick, and the hallway ends with a tall but narrow
wall of drywall. The two long walls are equipped with rail hanging systems; however, the space
also lends itself well to creative installation initiatives.


*Please see the Hallway Gallery mock-up for more specific dimensions and details about the
space.


We are looking for engaging proposals that respond to the space and take into consideration
potential interactions with viewing audiences – with preference being given to artworks and
exhibitions that are sculptural, performative, and/or mixed-media in nature. We would also like
for each new use of the TREX SW Hallway Gallery to offer an educational or public engagement
component. In your proposal, please indicate if you are interested in working with the organizers
on developing this, or if you have a specific educational component you are envisioning, please
tell us.


Please note that this is the first of what we hope will be many open calls for the TREX Hallway
Gallery. As such, for now it is seeking to fill just a few exhibition slots between January 2023
and the end of June 2023.


Eligibility


This call is only open to artists residing within Alberta over the age of 18, whose studio practice
is based primarily within the province. Art collectives or groups are welcome to apply.


Responsibilities of the Artist(s) and Fees


Installation/take-down assistance is available for out-of-town applicants, however shipment and
delivery of materials and/or artworks as well as retrieval of materials and/or artworks at the
close of the exhibition duration is the responsibility of the artist. CARFAC fees will be paid to
artists for exhibiting and for conducting an educational/engagement workshop as part of the
exhibition’s deliverables.

Deadline: 12-12-2022

Call for Supervisors: Theatre Alberta Artstrek 2023 Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 13, 2022

Are you an Artstrek alumni who is a highly motivated, fun-loving, and creative team player with a penchant for safety (and shenanigans)? If you have the drive to nurture emerging Albertan artists, Theatre Alberta is looking for YOU! 

Artstrek Supervisors (Supers) are the backbone of curating the Artstrek student experience. They are responsible for creating extracurricular programming to engage students socially and artistically outside of class time, as well as ensuring that all students’ needs are met around the clock. 

Artstrek Supervisors are:

  • alumni of Artstrek
  • excellent, clear, and level-headed communicators
  • indispensable teammates who are ready to jump into action at a moment’s notice
  • energetic and strong leaders with remarkable work ethic
  • well-accustomed to working with youth
  • between the ages of 20 and 28
  • super duper fun with an enormous sense of humor! 

ABOUT THE POSITION

  • Artstrek Supers are contracted to be at Red Deer Polytechnic from Monday, July 10, through Saturday, July 29, 2023, to facilitate student experience and safety for Explorations I and II.
  • Supervisors are provided shared accommodation on campus and daily meals for the duration of the contract.
  • Supervisors arrive one week prior to the commencement of the program (July 10 – July 14) and work together to develop procedures that ensure our students remain safe, engaged, and happy.
  • Supervisors are led by Artstrek Administrative Director Sue Goberdhan, and a team of Senior Supervisors (Super-Supers), who are there to ensure the entire team is prepared and bolstered for three weeks of hard work and fun times curating the Artstrek student experience.
  • Artstrek 2023 is divided into two separate weeks of instruction (Explorations) for different age groups.
    • Theatre Exploration I (July 16 – 21, 2023): This six-day program is for enthusiastic theatre lovers who are 13 to 15 years old.
    • Theatre Exploration II (July 23 – 29, 2023): This seven-day program is for 16 to 18 year olds with a keen interest in theatre and a dedication to increasing their knowledge and skill level.
  • Anticipated honorarium of $3,000, pending confirmation of funding.

APPLICATION PACKAGES SHOULD INCLUDE:

  • a resume that outlines your theatre/arts, education, and employment experience
  • any recent photograph (to help us remember you!)
  • a cover letter that
    • lets us know which year(s) you attended Artstrek
    • outlines your qualifications
    • speaks to what would make you an asset to the Super team 
    • speaks to your experience working with teens
  • if a video or audio recording is more accessible for you than a written letter, these will also be considered (no more than five minutes in length, please)
    • to exercise the video or audio recording options, please reach out to Andrew at andrew[email protected] for upload options as part of your application

HIRING NOTES:

Theatre Alberta is committed to inclusive hiring. We encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as members of under-represented communities. Artstrek is a safe space that welcomes and fosters inclusivity, both in our staff and our students. 

We thank you in advance for your interest. Only those applicants shortlisted for the interview process will be contacted. Interviews will take place on January 5 and 6, 2023. Please note that successful applicants will be required to obtain a Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sectors Search.

TO APPLY: 

If you are interested in being considered as a Supervisor for Artstrek 2023, please send your application package in PDF format to Theatre Alberta Program Coordinator Andrew Ritchie at [email protected]. You can contact Andrew with any questions as well.

Deadline: 13-12-2022

Canadian Playwriting Competition 2022

Calling all Playwrights! Our Annual Playwriting Competition is seeking submissions from all Canadian authors.

Theatre BC has been a parent organization for community theatre across the province since 1932. It annually hosts Mainstage—a competition amongst community theatre companies each July. Mainstage is the largest provincial theatre festival of its kind in Canada.

The Canadian Playwriting Competition is open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act. Deadline for entry is December 31 annually. Independent jurors will decide upon winners in each category with a prize of $1,000 awarded for the chosen full-length, $750 for the one-act, and $500 for a script of special merit. In addition, one of the three winning plays may be chosen to be workshopped at Theatre BC’s Mainstage festival in July. This choice will be made at the discretion of the judges.

There are three rounds of judging and writers will be notified of the results of each round. All scripts successfully passing to the next round will receive brief notes from the judges. Finalists will be notified when the jury process is complete in May. Winners will be notified and will also be celebrated at our Annual Provincial Theatre Festival “Mainstage” Awards Ceremony (July).

Deadline: 31-12-2022

2023 Alberta Literary Awards Now Open for Submissions!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2023 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories.

The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2022. 

Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced next spring. 

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. 

The 2023 Alberta Literary Awards Categories

Prizes of $1500 will be awarded to published entries in the following categories:

  • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
  • Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
  • Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
  • Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
  • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced) 
  • Memoir Award (nonfiction)

Prizes of $700 will be awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:

  • James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published in English or French)
  • Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story (published in English or French)
  • Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (unpublished)

Award submissions can also be entered to qualify for the following city book prize:

  • The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5,000 prize)

**Please Note: The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize will open by October 31st. Guidelines for this prize are under review and any books submitted prior to the official award opening might be deemed ineligible.

Deadline: 31-12-2022

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