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Library Card Design Contest

We’re releasing three limited edition library cards and we want your amazing, original art on them! Submit your design based on one of three themes for your chance to have your art featured on a WBRL library card and a $200 gift card to Opus Art!


• Entries open March 1 and close June 7, winners to be announced during Canadian Library Month.
• Ages 4+
• All entries must be submitted in PDF, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or Photoshop.
• You may enter in each category but can only win once
• Your image may be one image for the main card that is duplicated & re-sized for the snap off card, or be one image the covers the entirety of both cards
• Images of all mediums will be accepted
• No lewd or vulgar content will be accepted
• Must be original artwork
• Please initial your artwork in the lower right hand corner
• Winning artwork will be featured on 250 limited edition WBRL library cards and featured in marketing throughout the year

How to submit:
– Submit your artwork in the acceptable format and include your name, age, and category you are submitting for in an email to [email protected].

Are you a local artist who would be interested in judging and selecting our winners? Email Sally at [email protected] Note, judges will be unable to enter the contest.

Have questions? Email us at [email protected].

Deadline: June 7, 2021

Deadline: 07-06-2021

The Halstead Grant

The Halstead Grant is an annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists. Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers. The grand prize is a $7,500 cash grant plus other benefits. The deadline is August 1st each year.

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-08-2021

Explore and Create

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.

Deadlines: April 8 and October 6, 2021

Deadline: 06-10-2021

Support for Live Music Events

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

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

Who Can Apply?

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

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

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

Click here for Program Guidelines

Read the FAQ Guide here

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Deadline: 01-03-2022

Digital Now: Grants for digital artistic content

Digital Now is a one-time digital innovation initiative. The initiative offers grants to arts groups, collectives, and organizations to adapt existing works or create new ones to be shared virtually with audiences.

Digital Now offers a springboard for the arts sector, during this period of health-related restrictions, to make a digital leap for the sector’s recovery and stimulate job creation. Funded projects will draw on a breadth of artists and arts workers and reach local, Canada-wide, and international audiences.

The project must result in work that can be shared digitally. You can apply for costs related to the development, creation, adaptation, production, promotion, dissemination, and optimization of digital artistic content, including:

  • new works or adapt existing works;
  • content of any length, in any field of practice and for any age group that can be disseminated through any digital means;
  • hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination;
  • projects that contract artists and arts workers and pay professional fees and/or salaries.

You must comply with all government mandated public health measures in effect to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

You cannot apply for activities that occur before the start date for the project or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Digital Now is part of the Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19 Initiative.  You cannot receive this support for the same project from more than one Department of Canadian Heritage program and/or the Canada Council.  Applicants may present a project application to each of these programs only if they are for distinct and separate projects.

Deadlines: March 31 and April 28, 2021

Deadline: 28-04-2021

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Call for Mural Artist

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 30th, 2021

Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre (formerly Boomtown Casino) is seeking expressions of interest from mural artists and/or creative teams with connections to the Wood Buffalo region to collaborate, design and install a mural on the outer façade of the newly renovated casino building.

Applications will be reviewed by Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre management team from which an artist will be selected. The artist will work directly with management to develop a suitable design proposal that aims to enliven the streetscape and attract visitors to the newly renovated casino.

Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre intends to apply for funding support for this project through the Municipalities Downtown Revitalization Incentive Program (rmwb.ca).


Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre is in the core of downtown Fort McMurray, AB., and is situated at the corner of Hardin Street and Franklin Avenue within proximity to the Peter Pond Mall and the Jubilee Government Building.

The proposed canvas is approximately 7 feet tall and 25 feet wide which faces directly onto Hardin Street and towards Jubilee Plaza, a prominent location for many community events. The selected artist and Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre management will work together to define the exact placement, surface area and size of the project.


Please provide written material and images in PDF or WORD format the following order.

  1. Current CV
  2. Support images (up to five images)
  3. Image list (detailing: Image number, title of artwork, location, size, medium, date completed,
    name of any collaborators who worked with you on the project)
  4. Description of relevant experience
  5. Estimated Project Budget
  6. Explanation of intent to collaborate (if applicable)

Eligibility: Applicants must have connections to the Wood Buffalo region and is 18 years of age or older at the time of applying to this call.

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 30th, 2021
Please submit expressions of interest to attention, Elston Noren at [email protected] with “Mural Artist – (your full name)” as the Subject Line.

All inquiries should be referred to Elston Noren
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 403 327 6516

Thank you to all that apply. Only successful artists will be contacted.
Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre looks forward to working with and
showcasing the creative talents of a local mural artist on this prominent building in downtown Fort McMurray.

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 30th, 2021

Deadline: 30-04-2021

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Visual Artist Grant

Artist Grant provides a $500 USD grant to one visual artist each grant cycle. Once an artist wins a grant, they may not apply again. We also award 2nd and 3rd place runners-up with $100 USD each. Runners-up may apply again in a future grant cycle.

There are four grant cycles per year – January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. The deadline for the current grant cycle is April 15, 2021. If you are interested in receiving deadline reminder notifications, please subscribe to our mailing list.

We do not require proposals or any indication of how you will use the funds. Therefore, please do not send proposals because we will not read them.

An application fee of $25 USD helps defray costs of administering this grant so we can continue to support and fund artists’ important work. The fee is payable on our ‘Apply’ page.

We notify each applicant of the results at the conclusion of our review process (approximately 2-3 weeks after each deadline), and we will display the name and work of each grant recipient and a link to their website (if applicable) on our website and social media. To see current and past grant recipients’ work, scroll through our ‘Grant Recipients’ page. 

In an effort to provide potential applicants with more information about our selection process, we publish shortlisted artists’ work on our Instagram page*. We hope the short list provides insight into the wide range of creative efforts we consider. Artists retain all rights to their work. We are simply interested in celebrating and promoting the award winners and shortlisted artists.

If you have questions, contact us through our contact form or email [email protected].

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Deadline: 15-04-2021

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its eighteenth “Solo Art Series” Online Art Competition.  The gallery will judge the Top 12 artists who have the most complete “Body of Work” to show.  From that group of 12 artists, the gallery will award 4 monthly Solo Art Exhibitions and the next 8 artists will be awarded and featured in the gallery’s Artist Showcase Section.

The first of the four Solo Art Exhibitions will begin on May 15, 2021, and each solo exhibition will run for approximately 30 days through to September 14, 2021.  The Artist Showcase features will also begin on May 15, 2021, with one of the 8 artists being shown on the 1st and 15th of each month.  The Artist Showcase content will be the artist’s Solo Art Series entry package posted on the website and promoted in the gallery’s social media networks.

The gallery invites online submission of 2D and 3D art (including photography and digital art) from artists around the world for possible selection as one of the Gallery’s 4 Solo Art Exhibitions or 8 Artist Showcase Features. 

The gallery is trying to identify and promote artists who have a complete “Body of Work” to show and it encourages artists regardless of where they reside to submit their best abstract and representational art.  There is No Theme for this “Solo Art Series” Competition.

This LST Solo Art Series offers emerging artists the opportunity to showcase a full body of their artworks (from 10 to 25 images) in an individual month-long online solo art exhibition.  

Deadline: May 5, 2021

Deadline: 05-05-2021

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Buffys 2021 — Call for Arts Awards Creation

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards


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. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021. Arts Council aims to hire an artist to create this year’s Awards. The awards will be debuted as part of the events showcase on October 16, 2021, and distributed to the award recipients shortly after.


ACWB seeks to select one Wood Buffalo artist to create fourteen (14) awards, one for each of the following categories: Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Ken Flaherty Music Award, Dance, Performing Arts, Indigenous Arts, Visual Arts, Fine Craft, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Rising Star, Arts Champion, and Lifetime Achievement.

  • Hired artist will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager Luay Eljamal.
  • Artists may submit one design for all fourteen categories, or can propose slight alterations on the main design for each category.
  • Work must be 2D, 3D artwork or fine craft, which reflect the themes of: the Wood Buffalo region; excellence in the arts; culture of creativity.
  • Each piece must incorporate the title of the award that they represent (i.e. Arts Administration, Arts Education…)
  • The final finished awards must be delivered to ACWB no later than 4PM on August 17, 2021
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.


  • All submissions must be emailed to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected]
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Awards Creation Proposal — [Your or Your Company’s Name]”
  • All submissions must be emailed as one (1) compiled PDF, including the following information:
    • Your name, contact phone number and home/company address
    • Artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project
    • Exactly three (3) samples of past art or design work
    • Drawings/renderings of your proposed award design for this year’s Awards.


$150 per award for a total of $2100, inclusive of GST.


Submissions must be received by 12PM on April 30, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by May 7, 2021.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

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


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

Deadline: 30-04-2021

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Open Casting Call: Actors for Purge

Theatre; Just Because is looking to cast 7 actors (plus understudies) for their upcoming production of Purge.

There are two ways to audition: in-person or by submitting a video audition.

Video audition deadline: Thursday, April 22
In-person audition dates: April 23-24 (Recital Theatre, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre)
Callbacks: Sunday, April 25

Theatre; Just Because promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in our audition process. We encourage artists of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities to audition.

Due to the mature nature of this production, Theatre; Just Because will only be casting actors 16 years of age or older. This production contains mature themes including sexual abuse, violence, and oppression as well as mature language and imagery. An Intimacy Coach will be present during rehearsals to help with difficult scenes.

How to Audition


  1. Read the Audition Handbook
  2. Sign up for an audition slot HERE
  3. Fill out the Audition Form
  4. Choose a monologue. All audition materials can be accessed HERE


  1. Read the Audition Handbook
  2. Fill out the Audition Form
  3. Choose a monologue. All audition materials can be accessed HERE
  4. Submit two videos (one monologue performed two different ways)

Auditions might feel intimidating – but rest assured that our Artistic Team is thrilled to meet you and grateful to you for joining us! You don’t need to have any previous performance or theatrical experience to audition, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions, email [email protected].

Deadline: 22-04-2021

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Advisor, Design and Multimedia

Position Type/ Hours:

This is a temporary full-time position working seventy (70) hours bi-weekly for approximately one (1) year within the Strategic Communications Branch of the Communications and Engagement Department. This position is within the CUPE 1505 Bargaining Unit. This position is located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s urban centre.

Position Description:

Under general supervision, works with all municipal departments to lead the production of internal and external design and multimedia projects in accordance with municipal brand standards and accepted design elements. This position also requires close interaction with all members of the department to ensure that work requests are delegated and completed promptly and accurately.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Designs and delivers creative concepts.
Schedules and completes briefing meetings and obtains required reference and resource materials to assist in completion of design collateral.
Produces finished print layouts for municipal communication materials such as public notices, open house advertisements, pamphlets, posters, brochures and internal publications.
Through the use of photography, contributes to, and aids in, maintenance of municipal photo and graphic library.
When directed, produces, films, and edits video/film/animation material for the various media outlets used by the municipality.
Prepares storyboards, as needed, supporting written content.
Follows up periodically with department clients to determine service and quality satisfaction levels.
Secures required sign-off on product created.
Uses design skills, HTML and CSS to manipulate web pages and govern their styling.
Provides web page edits to facilitate effective content and image layouts.
Approves submitted website content by making design and layout edits, evaluates and decides on the logical placement of text and pictures, and reviews text for minor errors or omissions.
Considers overall website aesthetics, information accessibility, and creating additional navigational links and graphic elements.
Ensures website design and formatting standards are followed.
Performs other related duties as required.


Two (2) year diploma in Graphic Arts or Graphic Design is required.
Three (3) years’ experience in graphic design required.
Strong portfolio demonstrating current understanding of graphic design trends and fonts.
Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Experience coordinating production efforts to ensure top quality results with a variety of vendors.
Experience in production of graphics for web environment using relevant software.
Understanding of HTML, CSS, general web standards, and photography/video camera and lighting techniques.
Public sector experience is an asset.

You will possess the following:

Proficient with entire Adobe Creative Suite CS3 or greater.
Demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are required.
Proven ability to follow standards, yet is creative and flexible in a team environment.
High enthusiasm for field of graphic and new media design.
Ability to work to both independently and collaboratively in a fast paced environment.
Demonstrated practice of pre-press and printer liaison.
General understanding of photography, ability to direct photo shoots as needed to increase collateral of municipal photo library.
High enthusiasm for field of graphic design.
Excellent ability to acquire knowledge by interviewing subject matter experts, learn new skills quickly, and work effectively as part of a team, but independently when required.
Excellent organizational skills with an ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with co-workers, elected officials and the public.
Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines and competently operate camera equipment, both still and video.

Pay Level:

PL 9

Salary Range:

$42.65 (Temporary Rate)                                                                                                                    

In addition to the rate of pay, we offer: an additional bi-weekly payment of $480 which represents a cost of living allowance 

Requisition Number:


Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Posting Type:

Internal & External (Posted: April 3, 2021)
To apply: Please visit our website at www.rmwb.ca
We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
Late applications will not be accepted.

Deadline: 24-04-2021

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Queering Activism in Wood Buffalo

This book project seeks to explore the intersections of being queer* and doing activism in Wood Buffalo/ᓂᐢᑕᐋᐧᔮᐤ/nistawâyâw. We wish to create a space for exploring, reflecting, and celebrating these experiences, including the specific challenges and opportunities of queering activism in the region. We encourage works from artists and non-artists alike, thinkers, activists, community members, organizers, and beyond. We encourage submissions from BIPOC, neurodivergent people, people with disabilities, those managing their mental health, immigrants and refugees, and those with other intersecting identities. The following topics are of particular interest (though this list is far from exhaustive):

  • Resistance, Social Justice, & Human Rights
  • Community Building & Life in Wood Buffalo
  • Identity, Representation, & Belonging

We invite submissions of diverse works on the theme above in the form of prose, essays, poetry, stories, photography, or artwork. Once complete, please submit a copy or photograph of your work to the coeditors, Caitlin Downie ([email protected]) & Tara Joly ([email protected]) by April 9th, 2021.

Selected submissions will form a collection for publishing.

If preferred, pseudonyms may be used.

*The term queer is used here with the intention to include all non-heteronormative identities; to acknowledge the vast identities outside of cisgender and heterosexual such as those who are Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, aromantic, intersex, pansexual, polyamorous, non-binary, and/or genderqueer.

Deadline: 09-04-2021

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