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RENT Auditions

SRE and Keyano Theatre present the iconic Broadway show RENT by Jonathan Larson! This award-winning musical took the world by storm when it first opened in the mid-nineties, inspiring all to ‘choose love over fear and to live without regret.’ Directed by Zachary Barrett and Music Director Jenny Price, this phenomenal musical will make its Wood Buffalo debut in November at Keyano Theatre. 

The story takes place in the late 1980s and early 1990s, where you will follow a group of friends in Manhattan’s East Village who fight to build the lives of their dreams. RENT resonates with anyone who’s ever struggled with life, love and everything in between. This rock opera pulls the heartstrings to tell the tale of a group of friends who grapple with addiction, eviction, sexual identity, parents, materialism and the yearning to leave a meaningful legacy. 

Deadline: 10-06-2023

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STORY TO ACTION PROGRAM

STORY TO ACTION (STA) is an 8 month program where the Story Money Impact team pilots impact campaigns for 5 Canadian documentary films or episodes.

We are looking for documentary films of any length that inspire action towards social and/or environmental justice. All content must be finished, premiered, and be fully available for community use by September 15, 2023. 

Once the films are selected, the SMI team will create impact strategies, build partnerships, and organize screenings designed to expand audience understanding of the social and environmental issues featured in the films. We are holding two zoom Q&A sessions to help answer questions regarding the program and the application process, register via Eventbrite:

Applications are open and will close by May 31st, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST. More information can be found here:

Deadline: 31-05-2023

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Arts in Action: Call for One Off Workshop Instructors

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Arts in Action program provides opportunities for Seniors to engage in the arts through activity-based workshops. These one-off workshops will consist of one session 3-4 hours long where the instructor will help Seniors create and finish artwork in one session.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  • Artist must reside in the Wood Buffalo Region 
  • Artist must be able to turn their artform into a teachable workshop geared towards Seniors and Elders
  • Artist must be experienced in their artform and be able to provide samples of previous experience 
  • Must have a reasonable and affordable budget for their proposed workshop

ABOUT THE COMMISSION

  • Arts Council is particularly interested in workshops that will engage Seniors or Elders in their workshop, creating a experience that will impact Seniors or Elders lives
  • The instructor will be in charge of planning one 3-4 hour session.
  • The proposed workshop should support between 10-20 Seniors or Elder participants. Maximum numbers will be decided in consultation with the successful Instructor candidates. 
  • Arts Council will be inviting Artists to submit calls for workshops that will take place within two different “seasons”:
    • Summer/Fall 2023: Workshops will run between July 17, 2023 and October 31, 2023
    • Winter 2023-24: November 2023 – March 2024

WORK MEDIA

The work media must be teachable and engaging to Seniors or Elders. Teaching Artforms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Painting
  • Drumming
  • Theatre
  • Beading
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Watercolour
  • Drawing
  • Woodworking
  • Macrame
  • Improv
  • Photography

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

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 “Arts in Action — One off Workshop” as your category. Some artists may be invited to a brief interview.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be submitted by noon on May 29, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered for hire. 

FEES

FEES
Arts Council will compensate the Teaching Artists a fee of $500 (including GST) for the development and delivery of one 3-4 hour workshop.

SELECTION PROCESS

The artists will be selected on the appropriateness of the program to teach to Seniors or Elders, the uniqueness of the program, and the cost and quality of the workshop. Priority will be given to artists who have a strong workshop plan, showing detailed concepts and a focus on working with the Seniors and Elders. 

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

Selections will be made by Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections made will be final. All successful artists will be notified by June 16th, 2023.

QUESTIONS AND MORE INFORMATION

For questions or more information on this opportunity please contact Programs Coordinator, Byron Gard at byron@artscouncilwb.ca or (587) 674-1625 x.101

Deadline: 29-05-2023

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TD Music Artist in Residence

What is TD Music Artist in Residence?

MacEwan University and the Department of Music, in collaboration with TD Bank Group, is hosting a two-week all-inclusive professional artist development program August 8th through August 20th, 2023. The TD Music Artist in Residence at MacEwan University program is open to emerging and up-and-coming songwriters, producers, beat-makers, and band leaders who are residents of Alberta and are 18+.

Who Will The Program Serve?

This program meets the needs of emerging music artists who come from low-income backgrounds or experience other significant barriers to accessing post-secondary education. With IDEA as our guiding principle, program marketing will specifically target underserved groups and individuals.

What Problem Are We Solving?

Music artists from underserved populations lack the financial and material resources and/or the academic preparation to access post-secondary music education. For some musical artists, formal education is a crucial step in their career development. The current system does not serve these artists well. The current system is not inclusive.

How Are We Solving This Problem?

The TD Music Artist in Residence at MacEwan University program fundamentally changes the story for emerging music artists from underserved populations. While many of these artists have started to develop their craft independent of formal education, they are at a disadvantage – they do not have the financial and material resources and/or the academic preparation to take their skills to a higher level.

Deadline: 29-05-2023

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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.

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 akshaya@artscouncilwb.ca.

STANDING COMMITTEES

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

Duties of the Governance Committee include recommending action to the Board for structural changes to ensure the Society is in compliance with its legal and fiduciary duties. The Governance Committee is accountable for the Board’s and the Society’s governance guidelines and policies.

This committee will meet as needed to review documents.

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

The role of the Nomination Committee is to develop and maintain a formal, rigorous and transparent procedure for making recommendations on appointments and reappointments to the board of the Society. In addition, it is responsible for recommending appointments to the various committees and subcommittees of the Society, and reviewing the succession plans for the Executive Director, Board Directors, and Executive Committee. 

Membership CommitteeMinimum three (3) Board Director or Staff members;  Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The Membership Committee is responsible for collaborating with committees, sectors, special interest groups, members, board and staff liaisons on key strategies, challenges, and needs in order to provide insight on membership recruitment, engagement and retention. 

Finance CommitteeMinimum three (3) Board Director or Staff members;  Maximum four (4) non-Board Director positions

The role of the Finance Committee is to share the workload of the Treasurer in managing and monitoring the society’s finances. It must be chaired by the Treasurer and provides an opportunity for detailed discussion and consideration of financial matters, with regular reporting to the Board. The Finance Committee also takes on a leadership role for planning and coordinating revenue-generating strategies and is committed to raising the necessary funds to carry out various infrastructure, programming, and operational functions of Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

This committee isn’t solely responsible for raising money, but it leads the board’s fundraising efforts. 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. It is comprised of Board Members, General Members, and Staff of ACWB.

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

The Fundraising Committee is an extension of the Finance committee committed to raising the necessary funds to carry out various infrastructure, programming, and operational functions of Arts Council Wood Buffalo. This committee isn’t solely responsible for raising money, but it leads the board’s fundraising efforts. 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. It is comprised of Board Members, General Members, and Staff of ACWB.

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

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.


Any interested ACWB Members should email chair@artscouncilwb.ca to express their interest (max 250 words), and include a brief overview of related volunteer or committee experience.

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igNIGHT – Call for Expressions of Interest

Artists of all disciplines across Canada are invited to apply for a lead artist role for igNIGHT 2023, a public art exhibition in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. Selected artists will be awarded a maximum of $20,000 to lead and support the creation of artwork based on this year’s theme, transportation.

The exhibition will take place at Kiyām Community Park from Oct. 13 to 22, 2023, and is expected to attract a large audience. Lead artists will collaborate with local creatives to design a public art piece that explores the theme of transportation in creative and innovative ways.

“Transportation connects us all. Whether it’s over land, sky, or space, humans are always exploring ways of getting from one place to another,” said Sharon Heading, Chair of the Public Art Committee. “The possibilities to bring this year’s theme to life are endless. Transport us with your vision!”

To learn more about the theme, application process and requirements, review the Call for Expressions of Interest. Interested artists can also attend a virtual information session on April 13 at 6 p.m. to get a detailed understanding of the opportunity.

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About igNIGHT

igNIGHT is a 10-day temporary public art exhibition in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo. The inaugural exhibition took place in 2014, and 2023 marks the seventh edition of igNIGHT. This year’s exhibition promises to be a unique and exciting opportunity for Canadian artists to showcase their work to a wider audience.

Deadline: 20-04-2023

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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

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Artists and Education Funding

This funding supports Alberta schools by subsidizing fees of professional Alberta artists of any artistic discipline that provide interactive arts residency projects for grades K-12.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2023

Who can apply

Individual eligibility criteria

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be:

  • an Alberta school or school jurisdiction recognized by Alberta Education 
  • operating on a full-time basis
  • for students in kindergarten through Grade 12

Two or more eligible schools may apply to collaborate on a project when school populations, locations or conditions warrant.

What does this grant support

The May deadline is for projects taking place in the next school year.

Eligible residency projects must meet the following criteria:

  • engage either an Alberta-based individual artist, or a group of artists working together in any artistic discipline who has school residency experience to deliver a program
  • provide students access to Alberta’s professional artists and their work
  • provide an opportunity for students to observe and actively participate in the creative process
  • encourage students to discover and express their creative potential
  • take place on school property during school hours
  • be five hours to thirty days in duration
  • be completed within three months of its commencement date

Eligible expenses

The maximum grant will not exceed $15,000.

  • schools located in the following jurisdictions can apply for up to 50% of the artist’s fee (excluding GST)
    • Edmonton
    • St. Albert
    • Sherwood Park
    • Fort Saskatchewan
    • Leduc
    • Spruce Grove
    • Stony Plain
    • Calgary
    • Airdrie
    • Okotoks
  • all other jurisdictions can apply for up to 75% of the artist’s fee (excluding GST)

Artist’s fee may include travel, accommodation, meal expenses and non-reusable materials required for the proposed activity (e.g. paint, paper, clay, wood, data storage).

Ineligible expenses

Expenses and activities that are ineligible for AFA funding include:

  • activity undertaken before an application is submitted to this project grant stream.
  • activities by applied arts (culinary, architecture, graphic arts, commercial photography, gaming), commercial variety acts (face painting, balloon entertainers, fireworks/pyrotechnics, hypnotism), competitive performances and activities at social events

Deadline: 01-05-2023

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Call for Fort Chipewyan Creatives – Public Art Bench Program

Do you paint, draw or craft? Do you have a love for your community and an interest in sharing it in a creative way? This project might be for you! 

Public Art Wood Buffalo is inviting local Fort Chipewyan creatives to work with the community to inspire a design for a custom-made park bench. The goal is to have a bench design that is original, innovative and reflective of the entire community! 

Want to see your creation at the Lakefront Viewing Deck located at Anderson Street and Lucas Avenue? Learn more below or download the call for artists. For questions, contact Pulse at 780-743-7000 or toll free at 1-800-973-9663.

Once the design is complete, the creative can either fabricate the bench or the design can be sent out to be fabricated. A municipal representative will work with the artist every step of the way! The park bench design will be duplicated creating a “sister” bench. One (1) bench will remain in Fort Chipewyan at the Lakefront Viewing Deck located at Anderson Street and Lucas Avenue. The “sister” bench will be installed in a park in Fort McMurray.   

Artist Fee

Public Art Wood Buffalo aligns with the Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC) rates and will offer $600 for 4 hours of community consultation. Another $600 will be awarded to develop three designs for the community to select from. 

A budget will be determined to fabricate the benches based on desired materials and capacity of the artist.  

Book a Meeting to Learn More

Book a meeting during the week of April 14-17, 2023 with Donna Aubichon, Arts Council, Indigenous Rural Liaison and a Municipal Representative to review the selection process and submission requirements.

Email public.art@rmwb.ca on or before April 14, 2023 to book.

Submission Package Requirements

Submit your expression of interest in the form of a letter or email that includes the following:

  • Experience
  • Description of previous work
  • Contact information (phone number, email address)
  • Resume / CV (optional)
  • Photo representation of previous work

Deadline

Submit your package by Thursday, May 18, 2023 in person at: Arts Council Fort Chipewyan Office, Archie Simpson Arena, 132 Cardinal Avenue or via email by 11:59 p.m. (MST) at public.art@rmwb.ca.   

We thank all applicants for their interest and submissions to this call. Only qualifying applicants will be contacted.

Deadline: 18-05-2023

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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 May 30, 2023

* Send submission to northword@hushmail.com

Deadline: 30-05-2023

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Grow Your Business Online Grant

In the digital age, it’s crucial for consumer-facing businesses to develop and implement e-commerce capabilities to remain competitive. The adoption of digital technologies enables businesses to serve existing customers more effectively and to attract new customers in the digital marketplace.

The Grow Your Business Online grant will help up to 90,000 small businesses take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

Eligible businesses will receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs related to adopting digital technologies. Grants will be available through local and regional service providers across Canada. The application period to become a service provider has closed. The service providers will also support a network of e-commerce advisors who will advise and help small businesses adopt e-commerce.

Sponsoring department:
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)

Funding mechanism:
Micro-grant

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Explore and Create

Expanding Canadian Arts Practice

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art.

This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.

Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

Program Components:
Professional Development for Artists Up to $10,000
Research and Creation Up to $25,000
Concept to Realization Up to $60,000 a year
Deadlines vary for each program

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