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FACTOR Artist Development Program

The Artist Development Program offers a $2,000 subsidy toward one year of artist development activities including sound recording, touring & showcasing, video production, marketing and promotion.

Deadline: November 12, 2020

Deadline: 11/12/2020

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

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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

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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The ACWB Artist in Residency 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. For this national artist call (Canada), we’re looking for the following:

  • A Dramaturg who is comfortable with being in a mentorship role to assist emerging Fort McMurray-based playwright, Carla White from September to December 2020.
  • The work will be performed remotely (video calls, etc.), with the Dramaturg answering questions and working in a dramaturgical capacity from inception to completion. 
  • To assist the playwright with script development over the course of the residency, including (but not limited to) reading script drafts, and offering feedback through meetings and emails. 


  • Dramaturg must reside in Canada.
  • Dramaturg must be available for regular meetings with the playwright (1 – 2 times per week—mutual time to be determined between you both, up to 6 hours a week) from September 2020 to December 2020.
  • Dramaturg must have the ability and technology to video call using Zoom or Google Meets platforms.


An all inclusive fee of $2,000.00 (including GST) will be paid to the artist for their time on the project. 


The deadline for submissions is September 2, 2020. 


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

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover Letter summarizing:
    • Your dramaturgical pedagogy.
    • A summary of 1 – 2 most prominent projects on which your role was a Dramaturg.
    • An overview of your availability from September to December 2020.


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

Deadline: 09/02/2020

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Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program

Canadian artist Doris McCarthy (1910-2010) recognized that her home and studio in Toronto, Fool’s Paradise, nurtures the creative process. She wanted other artists to have the same opportunity to live and work at the site that had fostered so much of her own artistic expression.

To that end, the Ontario Heritage Trust has designed the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Centre to be a unique, living and working incubator for visual artists, musicians and writers of all disciplines, offering privacy and opportunity for artists to concentrate on their work. As part of the residency, artists are required to provide a mentorship opportunity to support the development of an emerging artist or artists.

It is the vision for the Centre to contribute to the artistic and cultural legacy of Doris McCarthy by demonstrating the inspirational value of the landscape and promoting excellence in Canadian art, music and writing.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Deadline: 09/01/2020

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Music Individual Project Funding

This funding by Alberta Foundation for the Arts provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Deadline: 09/01/2020

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Reflections & Shadows

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

The content and meaning of this theme apply to an artist’s Personal, Sociological, or Environmental reflections relating to such matters as change or dissent. The work can be about internal or other perceived issues relating to the phenomena of Reflection and Shadow. 

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

Submission Deadline: September 2, 2020

Contact: Linda Craddock

Contact email: [email protected]


There is no submission fee.

Deadline: 09/02/2020

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Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant

The Government of Alberta Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding.

Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include:

  • physical barriers
  • purchasing personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies
  • paying rent and employee wages
  • replacing inventory and more

Deadline: August 31 or for 4 weeks following the start of Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy – whichever is later. An official date for intake closure will be posted here when Phase 3 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy is announced.

Deadline: 08/31/2020

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Festival Producer: The Nextfest Arts Company

The Festival Producer is responsible for leading the producing and administrative elements of The Nextfest Arts Company. Working closely with the Festival Director to ensure the festival is accessible and inclusive for all artists. The Festival Producer works collaboratively with the Festival Director, Curators, Production Manager, and Marketing Manager to produce the festival.

Application Deadline: August 21, 2020
Start Date: October 1, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta
Term: Annual contract: full-time during the festival, part-time in off season
Salary: $20,000
Report to: The Nextfest Arts Company Board of Directors

Deadline: 08/21/2020

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Women of Inspiration Scholarships

Girls Inc. Northern Alberta in partnership with Syncrude Canada have assisted more than 15 women pursue their post-secondary education goals with three education awards. These women are role-models for girls in our community, so that they are inspired to become strong, smart and bold women in the future.

The award is given based on the financial need, academic achievement and extracurricular and community involvement.

The award will be provided to a female student pursuing studies in, but not limited to, colleges or university studies. Technical or Trades studies are also eligible. Applications will be accepted from June to mid-July.

Two of the scholarships have been named after Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s ‘former Women of Inspiration. The Barb Jewers Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates a sincere commitment to volunteerism and community activism. The Elsie Yanik Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying applicant with First Nations or Metis ancestry.

To honour the legacy of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta’s founder Ann Dort-MacLean–who retired in 2018– the Ann Dort-MacLean Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant with demonstrated passion for youth empowerment and gender equality.

Deadline: August 24, 2020 at 4 PM

Deadline: 08/24/2020

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2020 RBC Emerging Musician Program

Canada’s Walk of Fame is looking for the country’s best young musicians – the RBC Emerging Musician Program is back for its 8th and biggest year yet. Submit a video or audio performance for your chance to win!

The Emerging Musician Program will select and support 5 winners aged (solo artists or groups) from across the country and provide them with tangible real-world experiences designed to help elevate their music and careers in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Eligible participants must be between the ages of 15 – 35 at the time of submission and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in music.

Deadline: August 23, 2020

Deadline: 08/23/2020

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