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Buffys 2023 — Call for Arts Awards Creation


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-person, allowing attendees ticketed-entry to the event. Arts Council will also professionally record the event for archival purposes — this will be made available to watch for free from home after the event is complete. 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 21, 2023. The final pieces will be distributed to the award recipients shortly after. See past creations here and here.


  • 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 Artist
  8. Visual Arts
  9. Fine Craft
  10. Literary Arts
  11. Media Arts
  12. Rising Star
  13. Arts Champion
  14. Lifetime Achievement
  15. “Buffys 2023” (for Arts Council to retain in their collection)
  • Hired artist will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager.
  • 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 18, 2023
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.


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.


Submissions must be received by 12PM on April 26, 2023 Late submissions will not be considered for hire.


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


Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by May 12, 2023.

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


For questions or more information, please contact [email protected]  or 587-674-1625.