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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:

Arts in Action: Call for Teaching Artists

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Arts in Action program provides opportunities for Seniors to engage in the arts through activity-based workshops with Teaching Artists. The Teaching Artists will also mentor young artists (aged 17-24) through the development of their workshop series, as a way of building youth capacity and educating them on the value Seniors and Elders bring to our community. The Teaching Artist will host three workshops, over the course of six weeks, specific to a particular artform (i.e.: Garage Band Workshop Series, Improv Workshop Series, Watercolour Workshop Series, etc). Arts Council invites Teaching Artists of varying disciplines to submit proposals through our online Opportunities Portal detailing their artform
and how it can be turned into a workshop series.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Artist must reside in the Wood Buffalo Region
  • Artist must be able to turn their artform into a teachable workshop geared towards Seniors and Elders
  • Artist must be experienced in their artform and be able to provide samples of previous experience
  • Must have a reasonable and affordable budget for their proposed workshop

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Arts Council is particularly interested in workshops that will engage Seniors or Elders in their workshop, creating a experience that will impact Seniors or Elders lives
  • If the opportunity presents itself, the Teaching Artist will be open to mentoring a Young Artist (17-24) and integrating them into their workshop plan.
  • The Teaching Artist will be responsible for organizing three 2-3 hour workshops with the same Seniors or Elders registered to attend each. This means that participants may continue to work on the same projects over the course of several weeks, taking the projects home, and bringing them back to the next session, if that suits the Teaching Artists workshop plan.
  • The proposed workshop should support between 10-20 Seniors or Elder participants. Maximum numbers will be decided in consultation with the successful Teaching Artist candidates.
  • Arts Council will be inviting Artists to submit calls for workshops that will take place within two different “seasons”:
    • Summer 2022: Workshops will run between June 27 and October 13
    • Winter 2022-23: November 2022 – February 2023

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be teachable and engaging to Seniors or Elders. Teaching Artforms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Drumming
  • Theatre
  • Beading
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Watercolour
  • Drawing
  • Woodworking
  • Macrame
  • Improv

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Arts in Action — Teaching Artist” as your category. Some artists may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be submitted by noon on May 24, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEES

Arts Council will compensate the Teaching Artists a fee of $2000.00 (including GST) for the development and delivery of three 2-3 hour workshops spaced out over the course of 6 weeks.

SELECTION PROCESS

The artists will be selected on the appropriateness of the program to teach to Seniors or Elders, 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 the Seniors and Elders. Consideration of how they would involve mentoring a Young Artist would be an asset.

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

Selections will be made by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, all successful artists will be notified by June 13th, 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 Manager, Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 24-05-2022

Arts in Action: Call for Young Artists (Ages 17-24)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Arts in Action program provides opportunities for Seniors to engage in the arts through activity-based workshops with Teaching Artists. Young Artists (aged 17-24) will be mentored by Teaching Artists, through the development of a workshop series, as a way of building youth capacity and educating them on the value Seniors and Elders bring to our community. The Young Artist will support the Teaching Artist to host three workshops, over the course of six weeks, specific to a particular artform
(i.e.: Garage Band Workshop Series, Improv Workshop Series, Watercolour Workshop Series, etc). Arts Council invites Young Artists of varying disciplines to submit proposals through our online Opportunities Portal detailing experience they have in their artform, and why they would be interested in this paid mentorship opportunity.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Artist must reside in the Wood Buffalo Region
  • Artist must between the ages of 17-24
  • Artist must have some experience creating art within a particular artform

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Arts Council is interested in finding a young artist who has a true passion for the arts and a willingness to learn and be mentored by an artist
  • Arts Council is interested in finding a young artist who has a true passion for the arts and a willingness to learn and be mentored by an artist
  • The young artist must be comfortable engaging with Seniors or Elders in a workshop format, as well as working with them to create new art pieces that will be produced in the workshop
  • The young artist must be able to support the Teaching Artist in facilitating their workshop, as needed, to ensure workshops are conducted at the highest possible standard.
  • Arts Council will be inviting Artists to submit calls for workshops that will take place within two different “seasons”:
    • Summer 2022: Workshops will run between June 27 and October 13
    • Winter 2022-23: November 2022 – February 2023

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be teachable and engaging to Seniors or Elders. Teaching Artforms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Drumming
  • Theatre
  • Beading
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Watercolour
  • Drawing
  • Woodworking
  • Macrame
  • Improv

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Arts in Action — Young Artist” as your category. Some artists may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be submitted by noon on May 24, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEES

Arts Council will compensate the Young Artists a fee of $1000.00 (including GST) for supporting the Teaching Artist in developing and facilitating up to three 2-3 hour workshops spaced out over the course of 6 weeks.

SELECTION PROCESS

The Young Artists (17-24) will be selected based on their experience in their artform, their willingness to learn from other artists and participate and engage in workshops with Seniors. Past experience working with Seniors or Elders, would be considered an asset.

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

Selections will be made by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, all successful artists will be notified by June 13th, 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 Manager, Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or (587) 674-1625 x.102.

Deadline: 24-05-2022

Buffys 2022 — Call for Set Designer

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. This year’s showcase will be delivered in a hybrid-format, allowing attendees ticketed entry to the event, or the option to watch for free from home. Arts Council aims to hire performing artists to create performances that will be showcased live, in-person and on camera through livestream at this year’s Awards Showcase on October 22, 2022.

During the pandemic, the awards were hosted online as a cinematic experience. Arts Council seeks to bring the excitement of this experience to an in-person event this year. Click here to view the 2020 and 2021 broadcasts respectively.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Set Designer will be responsible for designing and building a set inspired by this year’s theme: Future Midnight. (see more below)
  • The set will be built in the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts Black-box theatre, which will be set-up in banquet-style (round tables of 8 facing a raised platform stage). See sample rendering here. Arts Council encourages prospective designers to reconfigure the placement of these banquet tables in their proposal (e.g. your main-stage can be in the centre of the room with banquet tables around them, arena-style, etc.)
  • The successful design will encompass the entire space (e.g. extend towards the dressings on banquet tables). Considerations in the design will also need to allow for periodic video projections to be seen from all banquet tables. Finally, the design will also need to work for in-person audiences, and audiences watching from home via livestream.
  • Hired Set Designer will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager Luay Eljamal.
  • Set Designer will collaborate with other artists to ensure that the set opens up opportunities for “play” among the event hosts, and award presenters.
  • A rough set rendering will be due to the Programs Manager on July 1, 2022. A final rendering of the set must be submitted to the Programs Manager by August 31, 2022. The design will be installed all day on October 20, 2022 (only). Designer is expected to be available for tech rehearsals on October 21 and 22, leading up to the event on the evening of October 22.
  • Hired Set Designer will be expected to attend regular Creative Team meetings to ensure that a cohesive vision is maintained for this year’s awards showcase. These meetings will occur monthly, and may increase in frequency closer to the final event.
  • Artists will realize this year’s vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, set designers, graphic designers, project managers, performers and nominated artists/artist groups.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

ABOUT THE THEME

  • This year’s Buffys theme is Future Midnight. Arts Council invites attendees to enter a large, immersive time machine (SECPA Blackbox Theatre), sit in their travel pods (banquet tables), and be teleported to the future, where the arts continue to thrive in Arts Council’s planned Arts Incubator. For more details on this concept, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at 587-674-1625 or [email protected]

ABOUT THE VENUE

  • The 2022 Buffys presentation will take place inside the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts blackbox theatre.
  • You will have access to 56 SC90 stage platforms to use towards your design. The dimensions of each platform 6’6” by 3’3”. There are 56 x 14” legs, 184 x 28” legs, 56 x 42” legs, 56 x 26” legs, and 32 x 70” legs. Please see link for example: https://www.stagingconcepts.com/products/platforms/sc90-platform/
  • You will also have access to 16 step units, with which to assemble stairs. Each step affixes to the edge of a staging platform and is 7” high at the step, and is 48” wide. A 3D image of an example can be found here labelled as “Step Unit”: https://www.stagingconcepts.com/products/stair-units/
  • You will have access to a premiere-style red carpet.
  • You will also have access to Pipe and Drape. 

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

  • Please watch the following COVID-broadcast to familiarize yourself with the set of a typical Buffys showcase, before submitting your proposal: https://youtu.be/6KLIwmgNiZc
  • All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Buffys – Set Designer” as your category.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on May 31, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEE

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is offering a fee of $7500 (including GST) to cover:

  • All prep-time, conversations, and creation of design
  • All materials and supplies
  • Travel to and stay in Fort McMurray (if necessary)
  • Transportation of all materials and supplies to Fort McMurray (if necessary)
  • Leading the build and install of the set in the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts black-box theatre on October 22, 2022 (with support from Arts Council volunteers) 

Other unforeseen costs may be approved at Arts Council’s discretion.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists may be invited to interview. Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final.

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

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

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

Deadline: 31-05-2022

Calling All Artists – 90 for $90 Fundraiser

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) invites local artists to create an original piece of artwork as a donation to support the production of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards, aka, the Buffys. ACWB will provide 8” square cradled birch panels for the artist to create on. The art can be any 2D or relief media that fits on the panel.

The completed art pieces will be displayed publicly, online, and at a Buffys-themed event occurring during the weekend of October 14-16, 2022. Artwork will be available for purchase at the live events as well as online, with all proceeds supporting the Buffys.

ACWB relies on fundraising to execute the Buffys. This celebration of the arts in our region is a popular event offering various networking and showcase opportunities to artists of all disciplines.

ACWB appreciates the support of local artists and the opportunity to celebrate the arts community through the annual Buffys presentation.

The Nitty Gritty

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE?

1. Claim your panel – Email us with your name, and address so we can arrange a pick-up location. (Some delivery options are available.) Email to: [email protected]

2. Pick-up your panel – Once you receive an email from us, pick-up your panel and get started!

3. Complete your panel – Once you have finished, contact us to drop off your panel. (Some pickup options are available.) Make sure you provide us with your preferred social media, website, and contact information so we can promote your artwork!

FAQ’s

1. Does it have to be a painting? – No, use your creativity and use your panel how you wish. Take the opportunity to show us what you’ve got!

2. Is there a theme? – No, this is all about your choices as an artist.

3. Does it need to be wired? – Unless you have a very specific hanging method for your creation, you are not required to wire it.

4. When do you need the panels back? – Completed panels must be returned by August 25.

5. Can I create more than one panel? – Maximum panel pick up is two per artist. When those completed ones are returned, you may pick up more panels if there are still some available.

6. What’s in it for me? – Current Members will be given a 1-year extension on their membership and non-member artists will receive a complimentary 1-year membership. ACWB will be promoting the participating artists and artwork throughout the fundraiser.

6. Where will the sale take place? – Artwork will be available online through ACWB Marketplace and featured at a Buffys-themed event in October.

7. How will this support the Buffys? – Panels will be sold for $90 each with 100% of the profits benefitting ACWB’s annual Buffys!

HELP US ACHIEVE OUR $8,100 GOAL!!!

Deadline: 21-05-2022

Pride YMM – Call for Performing Artists

2022 Pride YMM Festival

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Pride YMM Festival is an annual celebration of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the Wood Buffalo region. The festival builds awareness and promotes inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ in Wood Buffalo. Marking the 6th annual festival, celebrations for 2022 will be held on June 25th at Heritage Shipyard in Fort McMurray. Pride YMM wishes to commission performers for the festival.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Pride YMM is commissioning a number of performances, which could include individual performers or groups.
  • Pride YMM is particularly interested in performances that support the character of the festival, build awareness, and promote inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ in Wood Buffalo.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 

  • Artists/Performers must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project 
  • Proposals could be for individual performers or groups.
  • Performances should run between 5 and 50 minutes.
  • Performers may be required to meet and/or communicate with the Stage Manager before the event.
  • Submissions from everyone are welcome, though preference will be given to those that self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

PERFORMANCES

Performances must be engaging in nature and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Burlesque
  • Circus Arts
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Drag Performances
  • Music
  • Spoken Word
  • Theatre

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by May 2 at 12 p.m. (noon). Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEE

We request performers to present their Fee for Service when filling out the Proposal form. Fees may be negotiated with Pride YMM. Performers may also choose to perform on a volunteer basis.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists will be selected based on quality and appropriateness for the festival. Priority will be given to artists who provide clear proposal descriptions, fit the character of the festival, and self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

Please note that only selected artists will be notified.

ABOUT PRIDE YMM

Pride YMM is a group of community members committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion Pride YMM is a group of community members committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Wood Buffalo. Pride YMM coordinates 2SLGBTQ+ affirming events, support programs, advocates for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, and provides training and resources. Their goal is to unite and empower gender diverse people and people of diverse sexual orientations. Pride YMM aims to foster belonging and create safer spaces and communities for all.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information about this artist call or application process, please contact Communications Supervisor, Akshaya Lakshmi, at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.104.

For questions or more information about Pride YMM Festival, please contact Pride YMM at [email protected].

Deadline: 02-05-2022

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Pride YMM — Call for Festival Market Vendors

2022 Pride YMM Festival

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Pride YMM Festival is an annual celebration of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the Wood Buffalo region. The festival builds awareness and promotes inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ in Wood Buffalo. Celebrations for 2022 will be held on June 25th at Heritage Shipyard in Fort McMurray. This marks the 6th year of the festival, which will include performances, market vendors, awards, competitions, and more.

ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY

Pride YMM is looking for a dynamic group of festival market vendors to help create an exciting atmosphere for shopping, learning, and celebrating the local 2SLGBTQ+ community.

VENDOR TYPES

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

  • Arts & Photography
  • Bath, Body & Spirit
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Crafts
  • Flowers & Plants
  • Makeup & Body Painting
  • 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.)
  • Priority will be given to vendors selling pride-themed items.
  • Applications are welcome from everyone, though preference will be given to local vendors from the Wood Buffalo region, and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+ 

REQUIREMENTS:

All accepted vendors will be required to: 

  • pay a $50 Vendor Fee
  • sign a contract agreement with Pride YMM
  • have a business licence 

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 $50 Vendor Fee, which includes

  • Table
  • Chair
  • 10’ x 10’ tent space (NOT GUARANTEED)

Note: Vendor booths are not equipped with power. If you require power, please specify in the application form.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

Please fill out this application form.

Vendor applications will be accepted until May 2 at 12 p.m. (noon).

  • Filling out the application form does not guarantee acceptance. 
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by Pride YMM.
  • Once accepted, vendors will receive an acceptance letter with a contract and fees due.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by May 2, 2022 at 12 p.m. (noon). 

Applications will not be processed if not completed correctly. Late applications will not be accepted.

ABOUT PRIDE YMM

Pride YMM is a group of community members committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Wood Buffalo. Pride YMM coordinates 2SLGBTQ+ affirming events, support programs, advocates for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, and provides training and resources. Their goal is to unite and empower gender diverse people and people of diverse sexual orientations. Pride YMM aims to foster belonging and create safer spaces and communities for all.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information about this market vendor call or application process, please contact Communications Supervisor, Akshaya Lakshmi, at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.104.

For questions or more information about Pride YMM Festival, please contact Pride YMM at [email protected].

Deadline: 02-05-2022

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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/.

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Storybook Gala’s Character Auditions

Theatre; Just Because is looking for actors to participate in The Storybook Gala in support of Imagination Library! This will be a paid opportunity to perform and play in the worlds of stories with guests at the gala! The Gala will take place over multiple events through the weekend of May 13th-15th. The events will be as follows:

  • Once Upon a Time Family Dinner and Dance – Friday, May 13th 5pm
  • Little Bookworm Breakfast – Saturday May 14th 8:30am
  • Prince and Princess Tea Party- Saturday, May 14th 1:30pm
  • Once Upon a Time Family Dinner and Dance – Saturday, May 14th 5:00pm
  • Calling all Superheroes Breakfast – Sunday, May 15th, 8am.

Actors should be available for all events.

 We are looking for passionate, engaging, and excited performers to don the roles of storybook characters to interact with guests, entertain families, and bring classic fairytales to life! We are looking for performers who are interested in improv, character work, and working with families and children.

Experience is not necessary, though experience in improv is encouraged. We are looking for performers 16+ to audition, though please inquire at [email protected] if you would like to audition and are under 16. Rehearsals will take place May 7th and 8th, and will focus around Improv and Character work.

What to Prepare for Auditions:

Nothing! Auditions will focus around improv exercises and activities, as well as event scenarios.

Any questions can be forwarded to [email protected] for information on auditions and events. 

Deadline: 01-05-2022

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2021 Annual Report Cover Artwork – Call for Visual Artists

Project Description

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for local 2D or 3D visual artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, printmakers or painters to create artwork for their 2021 Annual Report cover. The image will reflect the theme of “Healing”.

What is healing? The Latin root of the word refers to the idea of “making whole.” Throughout the past 2 years, our region has undergone major change yet continues to be a strong, resilient community. In 2021, many artists had to adapt to virtual settings and explore new ways to create their art. This time also came with important self reflection and acceptance which led to creating new connections. 

ACWB also focused on healing by focusing on programs which foster connection and celebration. From Art of Conversation to the Buffys, we have been on a journey fraught with challenges. Once again, as the world shifts we are excited to discover what the road ahead to new projects, such as Arts Inc. looks like!

As we move into 2022, we are thankful for the arts community as we continue to heal together through collaboration, community and creativity. 

The image to be used on the cover of the Annual Report will be distributed during our AGM and available to all members, stakeholders and general community members. The image will also be used to promote the Annual Report on ACWB’s various online platforms.

Work Media

ACWB welcomes submissions from both established and emerging artists.

ACWB will not be purchasing the physical artwork, only the digital image. The artwork will be used as a background image, and under the discretion of ACWB’s designer, creating the final Annual Report graphic design, which may be cropped or have information and design elements placed on top. We will request non-exclusive rights to the work and will accept existing and new artwork; however, it should not have appeared in any other way in the Wood Buffalo community in the six months prior to submission, or be used on a mass scale for up to six months after the annual report is released.

Submitted digital files of photography, digital artwork or representations of any 2D or 3D artwork must be in the form of digital files, prepared and ready for print with the following requirements:

  • Digital artwork files must be uploaded in a jpg or png file format.
  • File size is no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and should be minimum 300dpi. The image may be cropped to fit printable surface area. Please ensure the digital file is cropped to show only your submitted image and no background elements (frame, etc.).
  • All artworks and elements within the artwork must be the sole intellectual property of the artist. If the artwork is digital media medium, design elements must have been purchased with the proper license to be used for both print and digital purposes, listed in the project description.

Entry Requirements

Maximum of 3 artwork submissions per artist. Please submit the following items in one email to [email protected] using the subject line: Annual Report Cover Submission. Some of the information provided below will be used to give credit to the successful artist in the Annual Report and in other promotions. Please make sure this information provided is correct, with proper grammar and punctuation.

Please refer to this checklist to ensure all submission elements are submitted for consideration:

  • Artist Statement explaining the relevance of the image to the theme.
  • Artist Bio (100 words maximum)
  • Image list from A – C, title of artwork, medium used. Example A) Title, Medium, B) Title, Medium, C) Title, Medium.
  • Print ready digital file, minimum 1MB and/or 300dpi resolution. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc. ACWB will accept large files from a downloadable source such as dropbox.com and FTP service.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Selection Process

Artwork will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo. The selection is final and the successful artist will be notified by Monday, May 2, 2022.

Please note that only the successful artist will be notified. Artists submitting their artwork keep full copyright of their images. Submissions that are not chosen will not be used in any way by ACWB or third party organizations, unless requested by ACWB in advance and approved by the artist.

Exhibition Fee

The successful artist will be paid a one time, all-inclusive licensing fee of $200.00, inclusive of GST.

Contact Information

Akshaya Lakshmi
Communications Supervisor

587-674-1625 x.104
[email protected]

Deadline: 28-04-2022

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Buffys 2022 — Call for Arts Awards Creation

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. This year’s showcase will be delivered in a hybrid-format, allowing attendees ticketed entry to the event, or the option to watch for free from home. Arts Council aims to hire an artist to create this year’s Awards. The awards will debut through a short documentary film as part of the Awards Showcase on October 22, 2022. The final pieces will be distributed to the award recipients shortly after. See past creations here and here.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • ACWB seeks to select one Wood Buffalo artist to create fifteen (15) awards, one for each of the following categories: 
  1. Arts Administration
  2. Arts Education
  3. Creative Collaboration
  4. Ken Flaherty Music Award
  5. Dance
  6. Performing Arts
  7. Indigenous Arts
  8. Visual Arts
  9. Fine Craft
  10. Literary Arts
  11. Media Arts
  12. Rising Star
  13. Arts Champion
  14. Lifetime Achievement
  15. “Buffys 2022” (for Arts Council to retain in their collection)
  • Hired artist will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager Luay Eljamal.
  • Artists may submit one design for all fifteen categories, or can propose slight alterations on the main design for each category.
  • Artist will work with a video artist recruited and compensated by Arts Council in the creation of a short documentary film showcasing how the proposed piece was created.
  • Work must be 2D, 3D artwork or fine craft, which reflect the themes of: the Wood Buffalo region; excellence in the arts; the culture of creativity.
  • Each piece must incorporate the title of the award that they represent.
  • The final finished awards must be delivered to ACWB no later than 4PM on August 17, 2022

All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Buffys – Award Creation” as your category.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on April 27, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEE

$150 per award for a total of $2250, inclusive of GST.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by May 13, 2022.

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

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

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

Deadline: 27-04-2022

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Buffys 2022 – Call for Performing Artists

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates exThe Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. This year’s showcase will be delivered in a hybrid-format, allowing attendees ticketed entry to the event, or the option to watch for free from home. Arts Council aims to hire performing artists to create performances that will be showcased live, in-person and on camera through livestream at this year’s Awards Showcase on October 22, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 

  • Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project 
  • Performance must not exceed 5 minutes in length 
  • Artists must be performance-ready by mid-September 
  • Performance must be original and must not have been, or have plans to be presented again in close proximity of the Buffys (i.e. no repeat presentations of the Work between July and December 2022).

WORK MEDIA

The work must be visually appealing to present in the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts Black Box Theatre, and may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Spoken Word
  • Circus Arts
  • 2D or 3D artforms

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Arts Council is particularly interested in unique work, and preference will be given to engaging proposals from artists who have not already performed at the Buffys. The Buffys are a great place to be experimental and try things out, so we encourage artists to embrace their unique ideas and dream something up that fits “outside-the-box”.
  • The performance will be presented in front of a live audience and streamed live to viewers at home, with support from professional videographers commissioned and compensated by ACWB. Artists will realize their vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, project managers, and performers.
  • Each submission must have a designated director, who will manage the vision of the project as well as its performers. They will act as the point-contact for the project and will arrange for a preview performance of the piece to be made available to the videographer ahead of time. This can be an in-person rehearsal, or a draft recording of the performance sent digitally. This director may also be required to sit in on meetings to plan creative and logistical aspects of the performance in advance with our creative team.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Buffys – Performing Artists” as your category. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by 12PM on April 27, 2022. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

FEE

We ask artists to present their Fee for Service to us as part of their submission.

SELECTIONS PROCESS

Artists will be selected based on appropriateness for the program, cost, and quality. Priority will be given to artists who communicate clear, detailed concepts, with reasoning and feasibility provided to support their proposed performance.

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

Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by May 13, 2022.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

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

Deadline: 27-04-2022

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