Make your concept come to life! Creative Connections (C²) allows local artists, arts groups or arts-based organizations to submit proposals for arts programming that they wish to deliver. Artists can submit proposals during an intake period spanning Q1 (January - March) for projects occurring in that year. Arts Council will review applications and offer consultative services to help artists improve their capacity in creating proposals and event planning.
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The application period has now closed for our 2023 Creative Connections intake.
Creative Connections (C²) focuses on assisting artists and arts organizations further their artistic practice through events, projects, and by engaging with local artists.
This program does not offer financial support, however, ACWB will work to find funding sources if needed.
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Apply for C² through our online portal, mail-in form or seek additional application support. See more in Application Support.
ACWB staff will connect with you about next steps
The C² program will run throughout 2023.
If online forms are not your forte, Arts Council is open to accommodate other means of submissions.
If you would like to submit your application online, please see more on the Apply tab.
Arts Council hopes to build artist capacity by paralleling an application process that is adopted by the wider arts communities across Canada and the world. However, we also recognize that this process may be stressful to some. Arts Council celebrates and supports diversity, and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all, free of barriers and discrimination. We are committed to providing programs that are accessible and barrier free.
The Suncor Indigenous Artist Program is structured the same as the Artist in Residence program. The only difference is that the artist applying for the Suncor Indigenous Artist in Residence program must be an Indigenous artist living in Canada. This artist will also have the opportunity to work with urban and rural Indigenous peoples as a mentor.
Arts Council Wood Buffalo welcomes any and all artforms.
These artforms can include (but is not limited to): craft, dance, literary arts, media, music, performing arts or visual arts.
For more in depth information, please read the Artist in Residence Handbook .
This program is designed to celebrate and develop Indigenous artists. Therefore, we will only accept applications from Indigenous artists living in Canada.
However, if you are interested in participating in a residency, we encourage you to apply for the Artist in Residence stream.
Yes, if you choose to identify as Indigenous on your application, you will be considered for both program streams: Artist in Residence and Suncor Indigenous Artist Program.
If you are invited to make a presentation, it is because the Artist in Residence Selection Committee has taken an interest in your project and wants to understand the details of how it will function. Your presentation should articulate how you envision your residency taking place, including information about your budget, timelines, a description of the work that you will undertake, and how you imagine you will be able to incorporate mentorship opportunities for our local artists within your residency. You will also be given time to ask clarifying questions to the Arts Council team, and for them to ask you questions, too.
If there are any details in your submitted proposal that the selections committee would like further explanation of, they will let you know in the email that invites you to interview.
There are many benefits with this type of program, including bringing new perspectives, techniques and networking opportunities to the Wood Buffalo arts community and giving non-local artists a new lens on the Wood Buffalo region.
Please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-674-1625 ext. 101.
Are you interested in sponsoring or making a contribution to the Creative Connection program?
Visit our Sponsor Us page to view the different sponsorship opportunities, or contact us to share your vision on how you can support the Creative Connections program. We are open to creative possibilities and would be happy to discuss alternative sponsorship options with you.
For more information on Creative Connections, or for questions on securing your sponsorship opportunity, please contact ACWB Executive Director, Liana Wheeldon, at email@example.com or 587-674-1625 ext. 100.