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ACWB Sub-Committees: Call for Volunteers

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) Board of Directors is seeking ACWB Members to join board sub-committees. These volunteer committees support the operations of Arts Council and meet as needed.

In 2022, the Governance Committee will be reviewing and updating Board Policies and the Fundraising Committee will be focusing on ACWB’s Capital Campaign for the creation of Arts Inc – the Spot for Creativity, as well as the Buffys / Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards.

QUALIFICATIONS

Must be an active ACWB member to qualify for this opportunity. To become a member, register through our membership page, or contact Akshaya Lakshmi at [email protected].

STANDING COMMITTEES

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity CommitteeMinimum three (3) Board Director members; Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo celebrates and supports diversity. We are committed to showing respect for all, encouraging open collaboration and communication, and creating an inclusive environment, free from barriers and discrimination. Members of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Committee will monitor the Board Composition Matrix and make a concerted effort to ensure that the members of the Board of Directors reflect the diverse community of Wood Buffalo, taking into consideration race, religion, beliefs, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status or status as a differently-abled individual, among other things. This committee will communicate with the Governance Committee to ensure Board and Operational policy documents reflect the organization’s
commitment to inclusive practices.

This committee will likely meet twice per year or as needed to review Board of Directors
applicants.

Governance Committee – Minimum three (3) Board Director members; Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The Governance Committee monitors whether the board is complying with its obligations as set out in the organization’s bylaws, code of conduct, and policies. This committee also recommends and organizes ongoing training and development for board members. Monitors board structures and processes and reviews the existing constitutional documents of the organization periodically and recommends updates where necessary, including bylaws, and supporting board and staff policies.

This committee will meet as needed to review documents.

Fundraising Committee – Minimum three (3) Board Director or Staff members;  Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The fundraising committee oversees and directs fundraising activity. This committee isn’t solely responsible for raising money, but it leads the board’s fundraising effort. The committee works with staff to implement the fundraising plan. This plan may include annual events, auctions, end-of-the-year requests, and other activities. The fundraising committee works with staff on their fundraising efforts and sometimes takes the lead in specific activities. The committee also ensures the proper acknowledgement of donors.

This committee will likely meet two to four times per year.


There are a limited number of opportunities to volunteer, so interested ACWB Members should email [email protected] to express their interest (max 250 words), and include a brief overview of related volunteer or committee experience.

Deadline:

Nominations for the 2023 Business / Arts Awards are now open

The annual Business / Arts Awards recognize innovative partnerships between business and the arts, and spotlight exceptional volunteers, leaders and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the arts in Canada. For over 40 years, these awards have recognized champions of the Canadian arts sector and celebrated their commitment to fostering a vibrant cultural sector for all.

We are thrilled to announce that nominations for the 2023 Business / Arts Awards are now open until Friday, February 10th, 2023! Nominate yourself or another champion of the arts for one of the awards below. 

Edmund C. Bovey Award:

Honour an individual or a couple for their exceptional volunteer work and philanthropy in the arts. This award recognizes business professionals and/or philanthropists who have demonstrated a lifetime of significant philanthropy and/or volunteer leadership in arts and culture in Canada. 

The recipient will receive $20,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) of their choice.

Learn more about eligibility criteria & how to nominate


Arnold Edinborough Award:

Help raise the profile of a young changemaker. This award is now open to young professionals from any sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the Canadian arts and culture sector.

The recipient will receive $5,000 to be directed to the arts organization(s) of their choice.

Learn more about eligibility criteria & how to nominate


Corporate Champion of the Arts Award:

Recognize the contributions of a corporate sponsor, partner or champion that has strengthened arts and culture in Canada through its long-standing support of and commitment to the sector. This award celebrates a business that has made a significant contribution to the arts through long-term, strategic support. 
Learn more about eligibility criteria & how to nominate


Community Impact Award:

Celebrate meaningful partnerships across business and the arts. This award recognizes an innovative partnership between an arts organization and a business that has enhanced the quality of life and enriched a local cultural scene through innovative program(s), creative business partnerships or neighbourhood revitalization initiatives.
Learn more about eligibility criteria & how to nominate

Visit businessandarts.org/nominate to learn more about the Business / Arts Awards program, the eligibility criteria for each award and how to nominate yourself or another champion of the arts. Nominations are open until Friday, February 10th, 2023.

Deadline: 10-02-2023

Call for Submissions – Found Festival 2023

Edmonton’s celebration of place and space is seeking site-specific installation and performance works! Found Festival 2023 (July 6-9) will be activating public spaces throughout Old Strathcona and beyond for four days of exciting, interactive, and innovative arts.

We take art out of conventional venues directly into the community. Found Festival celebrates art of all kinds: theatre, dance, film, poetry, music, sound art, installation art, endurance art… if it’s art created for unconventional spaces that challenges the artist/audience relationship, there’s a home for it in Found Festival.

Projects may be of any discipline: Theatre, poetry, music, dance, visual arts, literary, or all of the above!

All projects are encouraged to apply, however the following are being prioritized for curation in 2023:

  • Interactive installation projects;
  • Theatre projects with existing development/workshopping/production history; and
  • Video/digital projects.

Projects that consider community impact, integrate use of found space and/or are informed by their desired locations, and consider the performer relationship to audience are ideal fits for Found Festival. You don’t need to know an exact location, collaborators, or production logistics yet – we will help selected projects get connected to spaces and resources to pull their ideas off!

Selected projects will receive an artist fee (typically ranging between $1,000-$4,000), production support, mentorship, and Festival infrastructure support (marketing, box office, etc). Selected artists who are eligible will receive hands-on support in submitting applications for the March 1 Edmonton Arts Council project grant deadline.

Apply by written submission, live pitch, or video by February 13, 2023.

Deadline: 13-02-2023

Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange 2023

Indigenous Dramaturgies Exchange offers emerging Indigenous artists professional development and space for artistic exchange on a current or upcoming dramaturgy project, with a focus on on-the-land engagement as a way of locating stories.

This program provides reciprocal mentorship and community building, and you are encouraged to apply with a partner, mentor, or collaborator.

Indigenous dramaturgies: as artistic ceremony, as political resistances, and as community-building, are under studied and under supported. In this program we will discuss and explore your roles in deeper detail, with the support of faculty and with cultural facilitators for on-the-land engagement sessions. This program includes daily check-ins as a group to share in creative processes and showcase your work in order to look to yourselves, your cultural realities, relationships, and teachings as ways that navigate your artistic practice.

*Financial Aid of up to 100% of tuition fee, meal and accommodation fee is available for this program. All accepted participants will receive the financial aid package.

Program Dates: May 8 – 26, 2023
Application Deadline: February 15, 2023

Deadline: 15-02-2023

2023 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award

Distinguished Artist recipients are selected by an arms-length, peer review panel comprised of provincial and national arts experts with extensive experience in a range of arts disciplines. The jury process is overseen by the Banff Centre, Secretariat for the Awards.

Nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Artist Award can be submitted from November 22, 2022 to March 8, 2023.

To prepare for the nomination:

  • Ensure the nominee is a Canadian citizen, lives in Alberta, or has had a significant connection to Alberta over time.
  • Speak to your nominee, let them know you will be nominating them, ask for a current CV and have them complete and sign the Nominee Information Release and Consent Form. When completed, have your nominee return the signed form to you, the nominator. This is one of the required documents you will include with your Distinguished Artist Award Nomination.
  • Write a document of no more than three pages, single spaced, explaining why this nominee merits Alberta’s top recognition for artistic achievement. Include highlights of the nominee’s artistic achievements and/or their contribution to advancing their artistic discipline. If the nominee does not currently reside in Alberta, clearly outline their connection to Alberta and their contribution to growing our province’s arts and culture.
  • Complete all the fields of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award 2023 Nomination.

Contact [email protected] with any questions regarding the Distinguished Artist Award 2023 nomination process.

Deadline: 08-03-2023

Call for Submissions – 2024 Gallery Exhibitions

The Art Gallery of St. Albert is looking for artists to feature in our 2024 calendar year. We welcome artists, artist groups and curators of all artistic and cultural backgrounds working in all styles and mediums to propose an exhibition by sending in a submission by February 28, 2023.

The Art Gallery of St. Albert is a contemporary, non-profit, public art gallery. With three exhibition spaces, we can host between 12 and 14 shows per year, sharing a wide range of artworks, styles and experiences with our community.

Submitting artists will be asked to provide a selection of images and image list, an exhibition proposal, and an artist introduction/biography or CV. Please see the application form for more details. If you have any questions, or any part of the submission process presents a barrier for you, please contact Emily Baker, the Gallery curator ([email protected]). She is happy to work with artists individually to ensure that the submission process is accessible.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of visual art professionals from across the region, who represent a range of expertise within visual arts. All applicants will be contacted by Saturday, May 20, 2023 with their submission results.

The artists chosen to exhibit at the Gallery in 2024 will receive Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes Canadiens (CARFAC) exhibition fees.

For more information on requirements and how to send submissions, please visit artgalleryofstalbert.ca/call-for-submissions, or email [email protected] or call 780.460.4310.

Deadline: 28-02-2023

Community Services Recovery Fund

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery. Now more than ever, charities and non-profits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all communities. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and non-profits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

Applications are now open for the Community Services Recovery Fund. All applications must be submitted by February 21, 2023, at 5:00 PM PT. 

Deadline: 21-02-2023

Artist Manager Program Funding

This funding supports the development of individual Alberta artist-managers and/or self-managed artists by providing up to $7,500 for one eight-week professional development program per deadline, delivered by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI) in Toronto or Calgary.

This funding opportunity is a subsection of our Music Individual Project funding opportunity.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

Who can apply

To be eligible for individual project funding you must be a resident(s) of Alberta. This means you:

  • are  legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying. 
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

Ensembles and collectives are eligible if they are made up of members who meet the individual criteria:

  • applicants, including ensembles, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting requirements to apply.

Applicants can only receive this grant once during their career.

What does this grant support

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support professional development.

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $7,500, to cover expenses related to Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI)’s Artist Manager Program. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your professional development.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • registration costs
  • round-trip transportation to/from Alberta and Toronto, ON
  • round-trip transportation within Alberta to Calgary
  • local transportation and accommodation
  • food, sundries and per diems
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

Ineligible projects

This funding does not include expenses for capital purchases, such as computers/laptops, computer software, etc

Deadline: 01-03-2023

Literary Individual Project Funding

This opportunity 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 literary arts project.

Who can apply

Individual eligibility criteria

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

What does this grant support

To be eligible for project funding:

  • the applicant must own the copyright of a proposed work
  • a proposed publication must be available and accessible to the general public

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Eligible literary genres

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, eligible projects include the below list of genres. Literary arts translation and anthology projects in any of the below genres are also eligible:

  • novels
  • short fiction
  • poetry
  • graphic novels
  • plays
  • young adult fiction
  • picture books
  • literary non-fiction*

*The AFA defines literary non-fiction as a genre that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work that is factually true and artistically elegant, and is written in a personal, identifiable voice. It can include:

  • biography
  • cultural, political or social commentary
  • history
  • literary journalism
  • memoir
  • personal essays
  • travel writing

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • art production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Art production includes the development, creation, of a work in literary arts.

Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work, such as a first or final draft, in one of the eligible literary genres listed above. 

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time to disseminate a completed literary work and/or to develop audiences and markets for the artist’s work.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • promotional reading tours and book launches
  • on-line marketing initiatives such as book trailers
  • attendance at literary festivals, non-academic conferences, or award presentations by invitation

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of new work in the literary arts.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • experimentation
  • exploration
  • research of primary materials

Training and career development includes a course or program of study to develop a writer’s training in literary arts, including translation.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • professional courses of study in literary arts

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project.

You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • artist fees
  • commission fees
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • tuition or training fee
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, child care, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

Ineligible expenses

Costs for publication or production of books or periodicals in print or digital platforms are ineligible for project funding.

Additional expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

  • expenses for capital purchases, such as computers, printers, software, buildings or property, or for capital development and studio construction or renovations
  • recreational training projects
  • specific component activities undertaken as part of a course of study
  • expenses already incurred prior to application submission, including grant writer fees

Ineligible genres

For the purposes of this funding opportunity, ineligible literary genres include:

  • bibliographies
  • cookbooks
  • catalogues
  • directories
  • guides
  • indexes
  • journalism/reportage
  • lifestyle articles
  • manuals
  • promotional publications
  • scholarly books or articles
  • self-help books
  • textbooks
  • trade journals
  • reference or technical works

Additionally, project funding is not available to support publications in:

  • community newspapers
  • weekly or daily newspapers
  • student or free magazines
  • newsletters of associations or other organizations

Ineligible projects also include production of:

  • privately-printed, self-published, and vanity press publications
  • print-on-demand or shared cost publications

Deadline: 01-03-2023

Indigenous Arts Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of an individual Indigenous artist, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists in Alberta by providing funding for a specific cultural or artistic project.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

Who can apply

Individual eligibility criteria

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

What does this grant support

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic and cultural activities:

  • artistic and cultural production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Artistic and cultural production includes the development, creation, and production of a work.

  • projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work
  • Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period that promotes, advertises or disseminates work created by Alberta’s Indigenous artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist’s work.

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of an artistic or cultural project. This may include the gathering of natural materials.

Training and career development in Indigenous arts can include:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • courses of study in art forms, including working with mentors or Elders

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project. These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • contracted artist and/or technician fees
  • commission fees
  • production
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • mentorship costs, such as honoraria and protocol, or fees for mentors or Elders, as well associated travel and accommodation and living costs for mentors
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, child care, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

Ineligible expenses

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA project funding include:

  • expenses for capital purchases, such as buildings or property, or for capital development, and studio construction or renovations
  • recreational training projects
  • specific component activities undertaken as part of a course of study
  • contracts for ongoing activities or artists pursuing projects similar in scope to usual activities with commissioner
  • expenses already incurred prior to the application submission, including grant writer fees

Deadline: 01-03-2022

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Dr. MacEwan Literary Arts Scholarship

This $7,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a young Albertan writer who shows extraordinary talent in an eligible literary genre and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

Who can apply

  1. To be eligible for scholarship funding you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:
    • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
    • have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
    • ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study
  2. You must be 25 years or younger as of the application deadline.
  3. You must be enrolled in an eligible writing training program.

What does this grant support

Eligible Training Programs

You must be enrolled in an eligible training program to receive this scholarship.

Eligible writing programs that will be accepted for assessment of educational or training merit are the following:

  • any level of undergraduate studies with a minor or major in literary arts or creative writing
  • a recognized program or appropriate mentorship, workshop, master class, or course with a focus on literary arts/creative writing

Graduate programs or their equivalents are ineligible for consideration.

Eligible Literary Genres

For the purposes of this scholarship program, eligible creative writing submissions that will be accepted for assessment of artistic merit are the following: 

  • short or long fiction
  • poetry
  • stage, screen or radio plays
  • literary non-fiction*
  • comic book/graphic novel script**

*Literary non-fiction is a form of non-fiction that uses inventive or literary techniques to produce work factually true and artistically elegant. Eligible works of literary non-fiction are the following written in a personal, identifiable voice:

  • history
  • narrative journalism
  • memoir
  • personal essays
  • travel writing

**A comic book/graphic novel script is a text-only excerpt from a projected book-length narrative that will use a combination of words and sequential art in experimental or traditional comic format. 

  • a script should include the sequence narration, panel descriptions, art notes and concepts, dialogue, as well as a prefatory plot summary
  • a script does not include the art

Deadline: 01-03-2023

Film and Video Arts Scholarship

Established in 2012, this $7,000 AFA scholarship is awarded annually to a young Albertan film and video artist who shows extraordinary talent in a film and video arts form and who demonstrates clear educational or training goals.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2023

Who can apply

  1. To be eligible for scholarship funding you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:
    • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
    • have had your primary residence in Alberta for one full year before applying
    • ordinarily live in Alberta for at least six months each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study
  2. You must be 25 years or younger as of the application deadline.
  3. You must be enrolled in an eligible film and video arts training program.

What does this grant support

Eligible training programs

You must be enrolled in an eligible training program to receive this scholarship.

Eligible film and video arts programs that will be accepted for assessment of educational or training merit are the following:

  • any level of undergraduate studies with a minor or major in film and video arts
  • a recognized program or appropriate mentorship, workshop, master class, or course with a focus on film and video art

Graduate programs or their equivalents are ineligible for consideration.

Eligible genres

For the purposes of this scholarship program, film and video arts are defined as independent works in film and video produced by individual artists.

Deadline: 01-03-2023

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