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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.


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: 01-09-2023

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Dance Individual Project Funding

This funding 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 dance 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

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 activities in:

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

Art production includes the development, creation and production of any dance work. 

  • Albertan artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity.
  • 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 of time that promotes or advertises work created by Alberta dance 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 a dance project.

Training and career development includes enrollment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist’s training in dance, including related performing arts disciplines, and/or performing arts administration.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional development
  • pre-professional and professional courses of study in dance

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
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transportation, food, childcare, 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 incurred prior to the application submission, including grant writer fees

Deadline: 01-09-2023

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Job Opportunity: Social Media Coordinator

Job Description

Do you enjoy being creative while helping people tell their stories?

If so do we have the job for you! Wood Buffalo Media Group is growing and growing FAST! We need an experienced writer / graphic designer to help with our client’s social media!

What will you do?

– Take monthly content ideas and turn them into captivating posts! Use your designer ninja skills and writing skills to help build the client’s brand.

– Hashtag Research – Generate reports and give creative ideas on how to improve.

– Help with other social media tasks as needed.

– Have fun! Many other opportunities to attend local events and learn other areas of business 🙂 We do not require a degree in communications or design.

We are looking for great experienced team members to jump on with a young motivated team.

**If you feel this is you please send your resume along with previous work! ** If you do not submit past work and do not live in Alberta, do not apply. **

Work Remotely Yes Job Types: Part-time, Casual Part-time hours: 10-20 per week


From $25.00 per hour


Work from home


On call

Supplemental pay types:

Bonus pay

Commission pay

Overtime pay

Ability to commute/relocate:

Fort McMurray, AB: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


Content Writing: 3 years (required)

Graphic design: 3 years (required)

Willingness to travel: 25% (required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in FORT MCMURRAY, AB


Call for Visual Artist – 2022 Annual Report Cover Artwork

Project Description

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for local 2D or 3D visual artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, printmakers or painters to submit artwork for their 2022 Annual Report cover. The image will reflect the theme of “Looking Forward”.

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~ Walt Disney

From the return of an in-person Buffys to officially purchasing the lot for the future Arts Inc, 2022 has been an enormous year for ACWB.

“Looking forward” is a theme that symbolizes the focus on the future, encompassing continuous growth, innovation, and embracing change. ACWB embodied this theme not only with “Future Midnight” (2022 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards), but with the vision to build a better tomorrow in Wood Buffalo.

The past few years have been a time of incredible change and growth, however, what has remained constant is our focus in delivering excellence, fostering innovation and creativity, and creating opportunities for artists and arts organizations in our community to grow.

As we enter a new era of growth with Arts Inc, the theme of “looking forward” will play an even greater role in shaping our way. What are you looking forward to?

The image to be used on the cover of the Annual Report will be distributed during our AGM and other events. It will also be available to ALL members, stakeholders and general community members. The image will also be used to promote the Annual Report on ACWB’s various online platforms.


Work Media

ACWB welcomes submissions from both established and emerging artists.

ACWB will not be purchasing the physical artwork, only the digital image. The artwork will be used as a background image, and under the discretion of ACWB’s designer, creating the final Annual Report graphic design, which may be cropped or have information and design elements placed on top. We will request non-exclusive rights to the work and will accept existing and new artwork; however, it should not have appeared in any other way in the Wood Buffalo community in the six months prior to submission.

Submitted digital files of photography, digital artwork or representations of any 2D or 3D artwork must be in the form of digital files, prepared and ready for print with the following requirements:

  • Digital artwork files must be uploaded in a jpg or png file format.
  • File size is no smaller than 8.5″ x 11″ and should be minimum 300dpi. The image may be cropped to fit printable surface area. Please ensure the digital file is cropped to show only your submitted image and no background elements (frame, etc.).
  • All artworks and elements within the artwork must be the sole intellectual property of the artist. If the artwork is digital media medium, design elements must have been purchased with the proper license to be used for both print and digital purposes, listed in the project description.

Entry Requirements

Maximum of 3 artwork submissions per artist.

Please submit the following items in one email to info@artscouncilwb.ca.

  • Subject Line: Annual Report Cover Submission

Some of the information provided below will be used to give credit to the successful artist in the Annual Report and in other promotions. Please make sure this information provided is correct, with proper grammar and punctuation.

Please refer to this checklist to ensure all submission elements are submitted for consideration:

  • Artist Statement explaining the relevance of the image to the theme.
  • Artist Bio (100 words maximum)
  • Image list from A – C, title of artwork, medium used. Example A) Title, Medium, B) Title, Medium, C) Title, Medium.
  • Print ready digital file, minimum 1MB and/or 300dpi resolution. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc. ACWB will accept large files from a downloadable source such as dropbox.com and FTP service.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by 12:00 PM (Noon) on Monday, March 6, 2023.

Selection Process

Artwork will be selected by Arts Council Wood Buffalo. The selection is final and the successful artist will be notified by Friday, March 10, 2023.

Please note that only the successful artist will be notified. Artists submitting their artwork keep full copyright of their images. Submissions that are not chosen will not be used in any way by ACWB or third party organizations, unless requested by ACWB in advance and approved by the artist.

Exhibition Fee

The successful artist will be paid a one time, all-inclusive licensing fee of $200.00, inclusive of GST.

Contact Information

Akshaya Lakshmi
Communications Supervisor


587-674-1625 x.104

Deadline: 06-03-2023

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Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training

The Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) program is for those who have been working or volunteering for an arts organization and are looking to build their knowledge, individual artists of all disciplines who want to learn about organizational structures, and board members at arts organizations seeking to deepen their governance knowledge.

Upon successful completion of the Rozsa Admin Fundamentals Training (RAFT) program, you will be able to:

  • Explain the real-life challenges and opportunities of being a not-for-profit arts organization.
  • Review a financial statement presented at a not-for-profit board.
  • Evaluate an organization’s mission, vision, and value statement.
  • Identify the main components that make up a strategic plan.
  • Discuss the importance of doing evaluations.
  • Construct a project plan based on answering the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how much.

RAFT is a 22-hour program that will be delivered online, covering the basics of arts management theory and practices. 20 hours will be in real time (synchronous) and two hours will be asynchronous (self-directed homework/group work).

Who should apply?

Artists, arts administrators, and board members are all welcome. Early career staff, or volunteers of arts organizations, with zero to three years of work or volunteer experience.

When is RAFT?

May 2 – 25, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. MT

Apply by Tuesday, March 21, 2023

For more information and to apply visit rozsafoundation.org/raft.

RAFT Tuition Cost: $100/person*

*The Rozsa Foundation acknowledges that systemic barriers to equity exist when it comes to the Arts Leadership application process and program experience. We also recognize that the tuition fee may present a barrier to participation. We invite you to email Program and Events Coordinator, Ainsley Soutiere at admin@rozsafoundation.org and we will provide additional or alternative support that suit your individual needs.

Deadline: 21-03-2023

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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

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Buffys 2023 – Call for Promo Photographer


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Arts Council is looking to hire a promo photographer to work with two performance artists to create photographic assets for Buffys 2023.

The completed assets will be used in this year’s programs, posters, on social media, and in video elements at the event. The photoshoot aims to take place the week of April 9th, 2023, and the amount of time required to complete the project will be determined in collaboration with the artists involved and Arts Council.

The Buffys 2023 theme is “Midnight at the Moulin Rouge”, inspired by the Red Curtain Cinema genre – a spectacular theatrical world of exaggeration that uses dance, costumes, and colourful settings to entertain and enchant audiences and intensify everyday reality. You can find examples of the Red Curtain Cinema genre here: Moulin Rouge

The Buffys 2022 promotional photography assets were used in programs, posters, in social media graphics, projections and video. You can see examples of how these assets were used here: Buffys 2022 Promotional Materials


  • ACWB seeks to select one Wood Buffalo photographer to capture photographic assets
  • Artist will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Communications Manager, Akshaya Lakshmi.
  • Artist will work with two performance artists recruited and compensated by Arts Council to capture the assets.
  • Artist will be responsible for editing and supplying Arts Council with a minimum of thirty six (36) different photographs, to be delivered by May 9th, 2023.

The photoshoot will take place the week of April 9th, 2023, to be determined in collaboration with Arts Council and the selected Makeup artist/Face painter.


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 “Buffys Promo Photographer” as your category. 

You will be asked to provide: 

  • Past examples of your work
  • Mood board
  • Fee


Submissions must be received by noon on March 14, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.


Artist to submit fee reflecting 36 edited photographs.


Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by March 21, 2023.

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


For questions or more information, please contact Communications Manager, Akshaya Lakshmi at akshaya@artscouncilwb.ca.

Deadline: 14-03-2023

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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 administrator@artsawards.ca with any questions regarding the Distinguished Artist Award 2023 nomination process.

Deadline: 08-03-2023

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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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The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis Peoples

This program supports Indigenous individuals, groups, Indigenous-led arts organizations and arts/cultural sector development organizations that foster a vital and resilient Indigenous arts ecosystem.

First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis individuals, groups and organizations may apply for funding for artistic and cultural activities.

First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis individuals, groups and organizations may apply to Creating, Knowing and Sharing (or to the other 5 Canada Council programs) for funding for artistic and cultural activities. Canada Council stands by Indigenous artists through a variety of programs and initiatives, such as {Re}conciliation. This program functions using a self-determined, Indigenous-centred approach. This means that it will be guided by Indigenous values and worldviews, administered by staff of First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis heritage, and assessed by First Nations, Inuit and MĂ©tis individuals.

Collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, that are led by Indigenous artists/organizations are encouraged and facilitated in Creating, Knowing and Sharing.

Program Components:

Travel Up to $30,000
Small-scale activities Up to $3,000
Short-Term projects Up to $100,000
Long-Term projects Up to $300,000
Deadlines vary for each program.

Deadline: 07-12-2022

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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

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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

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