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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

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

2023 Kingston Prize Competition

The ninth biennial Canadian portrait competition will be held in 2023. Eligible entries are portraits of Canadians by Canadian artists, either paintings or drawings. Deadline for entries is 26 April 2023. The Competition for the Kingston Prize is open to Canadian artists aged 18 years and over on the date of the deadline for entries.

Awards: The Kingston Prize of $20,000 and two Honourable Mention awards of $2000 each. At each exhibition venue, there will be a People’s Choice award of $1000.

The opening exhibition of thirty finalists will be held at the Firehall Theatre, Gananoque Ontario in October 2023.

Please consult our website for the rules and other information. Entries may be submitted between February 6, 2023 and April 26, 2023.

Deadline: 26-04-2023

Call for Submissions: Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Submissions for the 2022 Danuta Gleed Literary Award are now open. All submissions must be received by January 31, 2023. 

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks. The award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Each year, a $10,000 prize is awarded to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. Two finalists are also awarded $1,000 each.

The winners of the 2021 Danuta Gleed Literary Award were announced on June 1, 2022. Read the press release here.

Deadline: 31-01-2023

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Canadian Playwriting Competition 2022

Calling all Playwrights! Our Annual Playwriting Competition is seeking submissions from all Canadian authors.

Theatre BC has been a parent organization for community theatre across the province since 1932. It annually hosts Mainstage—a competition amongst community theatre companies each July. Mainstage is the largest provincial theatre festival of its kind in Canada.

The Canadian Playwriting Competition is open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act. Deadline for entry is December 31 annually. Independent jurors will decide upon winners in each category with a prize of $1,000 awarded for the chosen full-length, $750 for the one-act, and $500 for a script of special merit. In addition, one of the three winning plays may be chosen to be workshopped at Theatre BC’s Mainstage festival in July. This choice will be made at the discretion of the judges.

There are three rounds of judging and writers will be notified of the results of each round. All scripts successfully passing to the next round will receive brief notes from the judges. Finalists will be notified when the jury process is complete in May. Winners will be notified and will also be celebrated at our Annual Provincial Theatre Festival “Mainstage” Awards Ceremony (July).

Deadline: 31-12-2022

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Call for Indigenous Artists: Hodgson Trophy Pin Bag

The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society in collaboration with the Arctic Winter Games International Committee (AWGIC) is inviting Indigenous artists to participate in a design competition to create a pin bag as part of the Hodgson Trophy award.

The Hodgson Trophy will be awarded by the AWGIC at the closing ceremonies on February 4, 2023, to the contingent whose participants best exemplify the ideals of fair play and team spirit. The winning team receives the pin bag and a distinctive pin in recognition of their accomplishments.


Artists are encouraged to produce a design centered around the theme of team spirit and togetherness. Designs will be judged on the creativity of the theme, functionality and the proposal of the materials incorporated into the final bag design. 

Other parameters include:

  • Designs could be done in a variety of media, such as drawing, painting, collage, digital, mixed media, etc.
  • Participants must be local Indigenous artists (currently living in the Wood Buffalo region)
  • Participants are limited to one entry design
  • Participants must guarantee that the design submitted in the application is original and does not violate the copyright of any other person
  • Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted

The selection panel will choose one artist who will receive a $1,000 honorarium for their design. Only the selected winner must then physically create the bag, which they will receive fair market value for. Click the “call for artist rules” button for all the information. 

The deadline to send in a submission is November 15, 2022.

Deadline: 15-11-2022

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Culture in Your Community – Postcard Competition

In 2021, Calgary’s Loft 112 spearheaded an amazing project called Cards for Community.

Using this as inspiration, Parkland Poets’ Society is launching a province-wide Postcard Project showcasing culture in our very own Alberta communities.

What we are looking for:

A physical OR digital 4×6 postcard sharing some combination of words and images and showcasing culture in your community.

What the completed project will look like:

An art installation/gallery-exhibit-type display that will be a visual representation of what “Culture in Your Community” means to Albertans. The display will be unveiled in a public event being hosted in the Stony Plain Public Library on Saturday, Sept 24, 2022.


To link Albertans together in a tapestry of words and images.

How do I enter?

Submissions accepted June 1st to August 31st, 2022.

  1. Download/Print a submission form to be sent TOGETHER with your submission. CLICK HERE FOR FORM.
  2. Submit form and postcard by email to: [email protected] or by regular mail to: Parkland Poets’ Society, 227 Brookview Way, Stony Plain, AB T7Z 2X7.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. Original entries only – all ages
  2. Must include some combination of words and images
  3. Size 4 inches x 6 inches
  4. One side of postcard only
  5. Digital Submissions must be submitted as hi-res PDF or JPG files

Ideas to get you started:

  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Mixed media
  • Original photo
  • Micro-stories
  • Poetry
  • Original song lyrics
  • Handicrafts that fit on the postcard (reproduced in 2D)

What can you win?

  • Prizes for 18 and over:
    • First Place: $100
    • Second Place: $75
    • Third Place: $50
    • PLUS: one year membership in Parkland Poets’ Society – Value $25
    • Plus: your postcard framed!
  • Prizes for under 18:
    • First Place: $100
    • Second Place: $75
    • Third Place: $50
    • PLUS: one year membership in Parkland Poets’ Society – Value $25
    • Plus: your postcard framed!
  • Inclusion on the feature wall display

After completion of the project, the winning postcards may be made available for purchase as a fundraiser for Parkland Poets’ Society.

Deadline: 31-08-2022

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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.


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.

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

Grant recommendations are made to the AFA board of directors. Successful recipients will be notified upon board approval, generally between four to six months from the application deadline.

We gather general comments about the applications and share them on the Adjudication page. The expert panel does not record specific comments about individual applications.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

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The Municipality is looking for artwork to be featured on street banners

2022 Street Banner Program

Calling all Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo artists and creative individuals of all ages and skill levels! The 2022 Street Banner program is open and accepting artwork submissions until July 29.

Artwork will be selected by a panel of community organizations and the designs will be displayed on street banners throughout the Region from fall 2022 to spring 2023. Selected design recipients will receive a $500 artist design fee and a screened banner.

Design theme: Northern spirit

Share a design that captures our Northern Spirit and showcases the dynamic cultural fabric of the region. Wood Buffalo has strong global connections, and vibrant culture that supports a diverse region rich in history.

Our Northern Spirit is dynamic and adds to the cultural diversity of languages, traditions, celebrations, sports, activities, and landscapes that can be found here in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo.

This theme can recognize the coming together of community through a number of events which include but are not limited to the Arctic Winter Games and the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

Artwork limitations

View the the full program guide to learn more about the program – Street Banner Program Guide

  • Submissions can include creatively designed digital or artistic artwork.  Photography will not be accepted
  • Minimum finished artwork size must maintain a proportional scale of 19cm x 59.7 cm (7.5” x 23.5”). Artwork to be submitted on 130 lb cold press art paper. Art Paper can be picked-up
  • Digital designs should be a minimum of 300 dpi as .JPG, and EPS or AI files
  • Use colours that are deep, saturated and provide contrast
  • Artistic design to fill the entire space of the art paper, from edge to edge (no borders)
  • Avoid detailed design on the bottom 7.6cm (3”) of art paper as selected entries will have logo placement added during fabrication that will overlay on design
  • Consider scale and distance of the viewing audience and use large scale images. Text if used should be one – two words only and support the depiction of design  

Artwork paper and submission process

Art paper needed to complete your submission can be picked up at the Culture and Social Development branch located on the fourth floor of the Jubilee Building (9909 Franklin Avenue). Completed banner submissions can also be returned to this location.

Rural artists can contact their local Municipal Offices on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up art paper and drop off completed submissions.

Submissions should also be accompanied by the completed Artist Information, Waiver and Photo Release forms.

The deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022

Submission guidelines:

  • Participants are limited to a maximum of two entries
  • Participants must be a resident of and residing in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Artwork must stay within the theme and limitations as indicated (scale, colour, design parameters)
  • Digital designs should be a minimum of 300 dpi as .JPG, EPS or AI files. Email submissions to not exceed 10MB
  • Original artwork is required. Photographs or mechanical reproductions (e.g. scan) of artwork will not be accepted
  • On the back of each submission, clearly include:
    • full name
    • age (if under 18)
    • phone number and
    • email

Banner selection process

  • Artwork will be chosen by a selection panel made up of representatives from community organizations
  • Selected submission will be notified on or before August 10, 2022
  • Chosen artwork will be professionally digitalized and transferred on to a 76.2cm x 238.76cm (30” x 94”) banner.  Banner placement maybe on a singular or double banner pole
  • Selected banner design recipients will receive a $500.00 artist design fee and a screened banner

Deadline: 29-07-2022

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2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize

The 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize is now open for submissions.

You have until Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET to submit your original, unpublished works of nonfiction, up to 2,000 words. There is no minimum word requirement.

You may submit memoir, biography, humour writing, essay (including personal essay), travel writing or a feature article.

The entry fee is $25, which covers the costs of administering the prize.
The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and have their work published on CBC Books.

Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

Submissions are read by a panel of established writers and editors from across the country. The shortlist and winner will be decided by a jury comprised of three prominent Canadian writers.

Montreal writer Chanel M. Sutherland won the 2021 CBC Nonfiction Prize for her story Umbrella.

Deadline: 28-02-2022

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