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The ACWB Artist in Residency & Mentorship Program follows the traditional residency model, in which non-local or local professional artists spend time creating work inspired by the environment, culture and people of Wood Buffalo.

This iteration sees Carla White engaging as the Fall 2020 Artist in Residence, and aims to support Carla in developing a script dramatizing the events, demographics, learnings, and community-building that arose out of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire. The project will end in a stage reading of White’s final script. 


This is a paid opportunity. Artist Fee details are outlined below:

  • To direct a staged reading of a new work from emerging Fort McMurray-based playwright, Carla White, about the Horse River Wildfire.
  • The work will be performed in Fort McMurray, AB, with a cast of local actors with three nights of rehearsal per week for two weeks. Rehearsals from November 30 to December 11 with the public staged reading on December 11.
  • To provide a workshop (directing or a similar skill) to residents of Fort McMurray to align with the mentorship mandate of the Artist in Residency program.


  • Director must be willing to travel to Fort McMurray for a two-week period of rehearsals and one workshop.
  • Director must be willing to sign a daily COVID-19 digital declaration and check their temperature before each rehearsal.
  • Accepting submissions from all local and Alberta artists.
  • Available from November 29 – December 12 (travel dates included).


  • An all-inclusive fee of $1,500.00 (including GST) will be paid to the artist for their time on the project.
  • Travel, accommodation, and per diem will be provided to the artist.


The deadline for submissions is October 12, 2020.


Email your submissions to the Artist in Residency Project Coordinator Geoff Jones at [email protected], with the following information:

  • Theatre Resume or CV
  • Cover Letter summarizing:
    • Your directing pedagogy
    • Your experience directing new works, detailing how you choose to help new playwrights see their visions on stage for the first time.
    • An overview of your availability from November to December 2020.


For questions or more information, please contact the Artist in Residency Project Coordinator, Geoff Jones at [email protected].

Deadline: 10/12/2020

Native Women’s Association of Canada Art Call

Native Women’s Association of Canada is looking for art by Indigenous women and gender-diverse people for their new office and to sell online.

1. Submit a photo or photos to [email protected] by midnight, October 1, 2020.

2. With the photo(s), please provide the following:
• your name
• title of your piece
• the story behind your piece (for example, what it represents)
• the medium used (e.g., oil or watercolour if a painting, etc.)
• the dimensions of the piece
• price

All artwork will be considered. Those pieces chosen will be contacted.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Deadline: 10/01/2020

Request for Proposals: igNIGHT

igNIGHT is a temporary public art exhibition that aims to inspire public art initiatives in ways that engage the interest and imagination of the general public using illuminated artworks at the heart of the exhibition.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) invites artists to submit proposals to stage temporary, light-based public art in downtown Fort McMurray. The RMWB seeks to capitalize on opportunities to reimagine, transform and energize public spaces by showcasing igNIGHT-art illuminated. This temporary public art event will take place from December 4 to December 13, 2020. Artists are asked to explore potential opportunities for using light to enhance, animate, interact with or re-contextualize natural and/or built environments. Existing artworks that have not been showcased in Fort McMurray will also be considered.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 12, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. (MST)

Deadline: 10/12/2020

Diaspora Dialogues 2021 Mentoring Program

Diaspora Dialogues invite submissions from emerging writers who currently have a full or near-full draft of an original full-length novel or collection of poems or short stories. Complete or near complete means that the writer has up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages of prose or up to 25 poems (no more than 50 pages maximum). Submissions will consist only of excerpts from these works.

Diaspora Dialogues is committed to supporting a literature of Canada that is as diverse as the country itself. Writers are encouraged to keep this mandate in mind, but it is not essential in the submission. 

Deadline for submissions is October 16, 2020.

The mentorships will begin in January 2021 and run for six months. Assigned mentors are at the discretion of Diaspora Dialogues. For more information and a complete list of submission guidelines, visit https://diasporadialogues.com/mentoring-program/. Please read all of the guidelines carefully before submitting.

Deadline: 10/16/2020

Call for Black and/or Indigenous Playwrights

Nightswimming is inviting proposals from Black and/or Indigenous artists for the commission and creation of a full-length new work. They will work with the commissioned artist to design a process to develop it in full collaboration and with a focus on ensuring that the commissioned artist is empowered to work how they wish, with whom they want, and in the ways that are essential to its creation. Because Nightswimming does not self-produce the works they commission, they devote all of their time and resources to supporting the unique creation process of each new work. They commit to establishing, in consultation with each artist, partnerships with producers to ensure each work reaches the audiences you want to impact.

What Nightswimming can offer:

  • A custom designed creation and development process from inception to premiere, free from the pressure of production deadlines
  • An interdisciplinary environment in which they welcome projects in theatre, dance, music and forms that cross over and integrate those disciplines
  • On-going dramaturgical support designed for and in collaboration with the creator
  • A commitment to long-term creative relationships
  • Access to a community of artists whose work they support dramaturgically on every level
  • Opportunities for readings, workshops and/or studio sessions to develop your work with other artistic collaborators including but not limited to performers, designers, or musicians
  • $20,000 commission fee

Who can apply?

  • Creators who self-identity as Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis)
  • Artists creating in any performance discipline including but not limited to: music, dance, and theatre
  • Emerging, mid-career, and established creators
  • Artists who are currently a Canadian resident

Deadline: October 16, 2020

Deadline: 10/16/2020

Into the Light

The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists in Alberta (must be 18 years of age or older) to submit to the exhibition, “Into the Light.”

A Provincial travelling exhibition, the theme follows the Alberta Society of Artist’s prior exhibition, “Nocturn” that celebrated darkness and was analogous to the statement by Francis Bacon: “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

Learn more about this opportunity, key dates and submission requirements.


Contact: Linda Craddock

Contact email: [email protected]


There is no submission fee.

Deadline: 10/31/2020

ADFA North Zone: Planning Committee Members

Are you interested in becoming more involved in the Fort McMurray theatre community? Curious about the ins-and-outs of running a theatre festival? Looking to have fun with a great team? Then the ADFA North Zone is looking for you!

The ADFA (Alberta Drama Festival Association) North Zone welcomes new and interested individuals to express interest in joining our planning committee. You don’t need festival management or theatre experience, just a willingness to learn and help create one-act theatre in Fort McMurray!

Want to learn more, or are you interested in joining? Drop a line to [email protected] with your questions, or a few lines about yourself.

Deadline: 11/01/2020

Call for Artists, Seniors & Elders – Art of Conversation

Calling Wood Buffalo Artists of all disciplines, as well as Seniors & Elders (+60 years of age): ACWB will be hiring Artists based on accepted applications until all opportunities are filled. Seniors and Elders are also welcome to register until all opportunities are filled.

UPDATE (August 17, 2020): Please be advised that we are still accepting applications, however, new pairings are currently on hold until late September, 2020.

We’re paying for Wood Buffalo Artists to create art with local Seniors & Elders.

“The 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.

Arts Council is paying to commission Artists of various disciplines in the local community to engage in 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, and animation) will be shared with the Senior or Elder with whom the piece was created.

About the Commission

  • This is a paid opportunity. Artist Fee details are outlined below.
  • Artists will self-lead phone conversations with Seniors or Elders in the community.
  • Artists will self-document the conversations and art creation process in a format that is agreed upon with ACWB (e,g., video, written documentation, photographs, or other medium), which will then be sent to ACWB .
  • Artists will then create a new piece of art with the goal of sharing with the Seniors or Elders digitally (and potentially in person once the quarantine is over).
  • The artwork may be photographed, and/or used in advertising and promotions.
  • The original artwork becomes property of ACWB.


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 $400 per commission (including GST) will be paid to the Artist, covering all prep-time, conversations, creation of artwork, materials and supplies.

How to Submit for this Opportunity

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

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

We’re also looking for Seniors & Elders (60+) to create art with local artists.

Seniors and Elders are Invited to Participate

We encourage any local Senior or Elder above the age of 60 years to register. Please inform and invite anyone you might know who would be interested in creating art from a distance or having stimulating conversation.

Seniors and Elders will 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 hiring Artists based on accepted applications and accepting until all opportunities are filled. Seniors and Elders are also welcome to register 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: 10/30/2020

Source Point Press opens 2021 comic submissions

Source Point Press is opening comic and graphic novel submissions. Between August 15 and November 15, pitches will be considered for the 2021 release year. Whether you’re an established creator, or a new talent on the rise, Source Point Press wants to see what you can do!

“Comics is the world’s finest form of storytelling, and there is still so much room to push the envelope. Show us what you can do with comics that others cannot, or will not do. I’m especially interested in seeing new and surprising art styles that might never have graced a comic page before. That being said, we specialize in horror, sci-fi, and pulp, and that stuff is always welcome.” – Publisher Travis McIntire.

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Deadline: 11/15/2020

Keyano College AB Culture Days Call for Performers

Keyano College is seeking applications from local artists and performers to demonstrate or perform their craft during Alberta Culture Days in a “pop up” environment on the Keyano College Front Lawn.

Taking place over four days, six scheduled live showcases are planned for performances and demonstrations.

The live showcases are part of a self-guided art walk at the College and will be taking place at the following times:

  • Thursday, September 24 5-7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 25  5-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 26 11-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Septembert 27 th 11- 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

Each applicant must be self-contained with their own technical equipment, however Keyano will supply a table, 2 chairs and 1 @ 15 amp 120volt power supply.

An honorarium will be paid to the successful applicants per showcase.


  • Applicants should submit in one email the following information:
  • A description of your activity and space required.
  • An artist biography of no more than 250 words
  • A written statement of your path to becoming an artist and what makes your craft so meaningful to you (up to 500 words)

Artists will be selected on a first come basis pending the activity t is conducive to the performance area.

Deadline to submit is September 17 at 11:00 p.m. The selected artists will be notified by the end of day on September 18.

Please send submissions to [email protected]

Deadline: 09/18/2020

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Music Video Competition for Novice First Nations, Métis, Inuit Artists

APTN Presents IMA Music Video Competition for Novice Artists, Sponsored by Exclaim! – First Nations, Métis, Inuit – Novice/New artists only!

Submissions Open Now!  – FREE SUBMISSION

This music video competition will only be open to novice/new artists who produce their FIRST music video that features one of their own original songs. 

  • One online submission per novice artist.  Novice/New artist must not have been recording/touring for more than three years to fit into this criteria;          
  • Maximum of 20 video submissions.  You will be notified if your submission has been accepted, *NO graphic language or visuals accepted; 
  • Videos will be streamed on the IMA and Manito Ahbee Facebook page and Youtube channel;
  • Videos must have been produced in 2020, by the deadline date of September 23, 2020;   
  • Voting will be conducted by a professional recording artist committee;   

Winner to receive a monetary prize and music video feature on IMA socials: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place prizes. 

Deadline: September 23, 2020

Deadline: 09/23/2020

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Call for Visual Artists: PATHWAYS Exhibit for Alberta Culture Days

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre and Arts Council Wood Buffalo is seeking applications from local artists to display their work during Alberta Culture Days in a unique audio/visual exhibit titled PATHWAYS.

Five visual artists will be selected to have their original 2D or 3D artworks exhibited in the Keyano Art Gallery. An honorarium will be paid to the successful applicants.

Each piece of art displayed will have a link to an audio recording of the artist describing the work that visitors can listen to on their personal device. Photographs of the pieces, artist biographies, and the audio link will also be posted on the Keyano Theatre and ACWB websites during Alberta Culture Days in September.

Tours in the gallery will run from September 16 to October 16, 2020, with additional artistic activities at Keyano College taking place on September 24-27. The exhibit will be installed on September 14.

Artists should submit in one email the following information:

  • High-resolution digital images of a maximum of four pieces of art (files should be labeled ‘Last Name_First Name_Title of Artwork_1’; ‘Last Name_First Name_Title of Artwork_2; etc.)
  • An artist biography of no more than 250 words
  • A written statement of your path to becoming an artist and what makes art so meaningful to you (up to 500 words)

Artwork will be chosen based on connection to the exhibit theme PATHWAYS as demonstrated in the submitted statement, artistic merit, and artist’s availability to deliver the artwork and recorded statement about each piece selected for display by the deadline of September 14. Selection by the adjudication committee is final.

Deadline to submit is September 8 at 11:00 p.m. The selected artists will be notified by the end of day on September 10.

If you are selected, please be prepared to supply an artist bio and an MP3 recorded audio description of each selection (suggested time is one minute each) by September 14. Keyano Theatre would be happy to assist as needed.
Please send submissions to [email protected].

Deadline: 09/08/2020

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