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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.


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].


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

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.


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

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

Summer Writers Residency 2023


Banff Centre’s Summer Writers residency will provide writers space for the creative exploration of their writing practice. This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you.

The program provides optional opportunities for consultations with mentors, public readings, and group sessions led by guest mentors that allow creators to explore techniques, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice.

What does the program offer?

This two-week residency provides teaching from faculty members and professional guests, Q&A sessions, public events, and one-on-one workshopping. Mentors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing. 

This residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to focus, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, and a small private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

As a flexible self-guided program, the Summer Writers residency allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.


Who should apply? 

We welcome writers of all ages (18+), backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre.

Note: While the language of Banff Centre is English, we additionally welcome projects in French and French Creole for this residency.

For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures   

*Financial Aid of 100% is available for tuition, and 50% for food and accommodation.

Application Deadline  – March 15, 2023

Program Dates – July 31 – August 11, 2023

Arrive – July 30, 2023

Depart – August 12, 2023

Deadline: 15-03-2023

ASA Call for Submissions: “Home and Migration”

The Alberta Society of Artists invites Alberta artists (18 years of age or older) to submit to the exhibition “Home and Migration”.

“Artists are asked to think about location, place, and where home is. Is the idea of ‘home’ a physical place, an emotional place, or both? ‘Home’ may connect to nostalgia, one’s formative years, or to a settled place of ‘now’. How has the feeling of home changed with migration and with the diaspora of a community?”

The artist’s statement will be crucial to the understanding of the artwork’s intent in this exhibition call. A
catalogue may be produced (note that the catalogue may be virtual or/and actual.) Media range is open. Two-dimensional with a size limitation of 40″ in any direction. Exhibition location is the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton: June-August 2023. There may be other venues.

Deadline for Submissions: April 3, 2023 @ 11:59 PM MDT

For more information, go to https://www.albertasocietyofartists.com/call-for-submissions-home-migration/, email [email protected], or call the Gallery at 403-265-0012.

Deadline: 03-04-2023

NorthWord Magazine – Call for Submissions

NorthWord Magazine publishes twice a year through the support of community volunteers and advertisers. Publication launches take place in April during National Poetry Month and September to coincide with Alberta Culture Days.

For each edition, the Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers’ Board of Directors selects a guest editor. Each guest editor is required to pick a theme to kick-start the creativity. They also decide on the artwork for the front cover. 

As submissions come in, the managing editor removes names before showing the guest editor for transparency purposes.

After the selection process, the publication is produced and disbursed throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

This edition’s Guest Editor is Will Collins and the theme is Humour.

Accepted Submissions:​

  • Prose (3,000 words or fewer, fiction or non-fiction)
  • Poetry (50 lines maximum)
  • Excerpts from current projects
  • Visual Art 

Submission Deadline is April 30, 2023

* Send submission to [email protected]

Deadline: 30-04-2023

2023 Alberta Literary Awards Now Open for Submissions!

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2023 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories.

The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2022. 

Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category. The winners will be announced next spring. 

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. 

The 2023 Alberta Literary Awards Categories

Prizes of $1500 will be awarded to published entries in the following categories:

  • R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
  • Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
  • Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
  • Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
  • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced) 
  • Memoir Award (nonfiction)

Prizes of $700 will be awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:

  • James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published in English or French)
  • Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story (published in English or French)
  • Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (unpublished)

Award submissions can also be entered to qualify for the following city book prize:

  • The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5,000 prize)

**Please Note: The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize will open by October 31st. Guidelines for this prize are under review and any books submitted prior to the official award opening might be deemed ineligible.

Deadline: 31-12-2022

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WBRL: Word in Motion

Calling poets of all ages to participate in Words in Motion, a community-based program that encourages literacy and appreciation for poetry. Participants are encouraged to write their best poetry and submit them to [email protected] by January 31st, 2023.

An external panel of community judges will select the poems to be displayed in the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Authors of the selected poems will be invited to participate in a celebration event on the first floor of the Wood Buffalo Regional Library on April 19th, 2023 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

  • Poem submissions must be in Microsoft Word and sent via email to [email protected] with the title of the poem, the writer’s full name, number, and email address. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your submission. 
  • Maximum of three entries per person.
  • Previously published poems will not be accepted.
  • Poems can be of any theme, form or language.
  • Class poems (i.e poems collectively created by a classroom with guidance from the teacher) are allowed. However, class assignments with teachers setting up a ‘formula’ for students to fill in will be disqualified.
  • Students who do not wish to have their poems selected by their teacher can participate through the Public category, however, please do not submit the same poem through multiple categories.
  • Poem selection will be judged based on originality, appropriateness, poetic techniques, organization and flow, emotion, image, and imagination.

There are three categories for submissions: 

  • Public: Anyone who resides in the Wood Buffalo Region.
  • High School Grades 7-12
    •  Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. In each submission, include the:
  • Student’s name
  • Email address
  • Contact number
  • School name
  • Grade level 
  • Elementary School Grades 1-6
    • Submit your poems to your class teacher. We request that classroom teachers submit 5-10 poems from their class that best fit the program. In each submission, include the:
  • Student’s name
  • Email address (parents)
  • Contact number (parents)
  • School name
  • Grade level 

Deadline: 31-01-2023

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Call for Auditions: Anne of Green Gables – The Musical

Keyano Theatre Company is bringing Anne of Green Gables – The Musical to the Keyano Stage this spring! 

Based on the beloved novel by L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ follows the precocious and imaginative Anne Shirley as she captures the hearts and minds of her newfound family and neighbours in the small farming community of Avonlea – simply by virtue of her own pluck and personality. This original, glorious adaptation – now firmly embedded in Canadian national culture and musical theatre canon – continues to enrapture audiences around the world with its rich score and a rare, affecting story for all ages.  

Jump in and get involved by auditioning for this Keyano Theatre Company production. Come on out and make your mark! There are many ways to be involved in this amazing production whether it’s on stage as a cast member, backstage as a crew member or in the front of the house. This Keyano Theatre Company production will be Directed by Thomas Usher, with Music Direction by Hilary Hornberger, and Choreographed by Helen Killorn. 

Auditions are happening on January 27 and 28 with callbacks happening on January 29! 

For more information, you can reach out to [email protected] or 780-791-4990.


Swamp Rat Experience Auditions: Waypoints Dinner Theatre

Auditions: December 9 & 10, 2022
Call-backs: December 11, 2022
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (230 Powder Dr)

Swamp Rat Experience is thrilled to produce the 2023 fundraising dinner theatre for Waypoints, a Wood Buffalo non-profit helping individuals affected by domestic, family and sexual violence. Parts of the SRE fees for producing this show are donated to Waypoints as in-kind support in an effort to support their work.

We can’t announce the play yet – but it will be spectacularly groovy and include improv, singing and audience interaction!

All the information you need is in the Production Guide, including important dates, roles, and more!

Deadline: 10-12-2022

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TREX Hallway Gallery Open Call for Submissions

Proposal submission deadline is December 12, 2022, by 11:59pm

This is an open call for Alberta artists to submit a proposal for the TREX Hallway Gallery.
Named after its long narrow dimensions, the exhibition space has one entrance and three walls.
One long wall is metal while its opposite wall is brick, and the hallway ends with a tall but narrow
wall of drywall. The two long walls are equipped with rail hanging systems; however, the space
also lends itself well to creative installation initiatives.

*Please see the Hallway Gallery mock-up for more specific dimensions and details about the

We are looking for engaging proposals that respond to the space and take into consideration
potential interactions with viewing audiences – with preference being given to artworks and
exhibitions that are sculptural, performative, and/or mixed-media in nature. We would also like
for each new use of the TREX SW Hallway Gallery to offer an educational or public engagement
component. In your proposal, please indicate if you are interested in working with the organizers
on developing this, or if you have a specific educational component you are envisioning, please
tell us.

Please note that this is the first of what we hope will be many open calls for the TREX Hallway
Gallery. As such, for now it is seeking to fill just a few exhibition slots between January 2023
and the end of June 2023.


This call is only open to artists residing within Alberta over the age of 18, whose studio practice
is based primarily within the province. Art collectives or groups are welcome to apply.

Responsibilities of the Artist(s) and Fees

Installation/take-down assistance is available for out-of-town applicants, however shipment and
delivery of materials and/or artworks as well as retrieval of materials and/or artworks at the
close of the exhibition duration is the responsibility of the artist. CARFAC fees will be paid to
artists for exhibiting and for conducting an educational/engagement workshop as part of the
exhibition’s deliverables.

Deadline: 12-12-2022

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