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Arts in Action: Call for Teaching Artists


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 16-24) 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 four 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.


  • 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


  • 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 (16-24) and integrating them into their workshop plan. 
  • The Teaching Artist will be responsible for organising two 3-4 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/Fall 2023: Workshops will run between July 17, 2023 and October 31, 2023
    • Winter 2023-24: November 2023 – March 2024


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
  • Photography


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.


Submissions must be submitted by noon on May 29, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered for hire. 


Arts Council will compensate the Teaching Artists a fee of $1700.00 (including GST) for the development and delivery of two 3-4 hour workshops spaced out over the course of 4 weeks.


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 16th, 2023.


For questions or more information on this opportunity please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at byron@artscouncilwb.ca or (587) 674-1625 x.101