Friday, 31 August 2012

Centennial celebrations for Public School Board

Fort McMurray Public School District Centennial Celebrations
Celebrating 100 years of doing what's best for kids

The Historic Registration
Friday Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Heritage Park
Cost: FREE
Guests can pick up their weekend packages (tickets, coupon books, visitor guide
etc.) and sign in while touring Heritage Park.

Open Houses
Saturday Sept. 1,10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: All schools
Cost: FREE
Guests will have the opportunity to take a step back in time while visiting their old schools. Current students and staff will be showcasing their facilities through tours and
memorabilia/photo walls. This is a great opportunity to get nostalgic with friends
and family!

Centennial Gala and Historic Book Launch
Saturday Sept. 1, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Location: Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park
Cost: $85
Included: Buffet dinner prepared by award winning chefs, performance by country music star and FMPSD alumni Aaron Lines, special presentations, a silent auction and DJ services by Epic Productions for after-dinner dancing. Please note: We will be launching our official historical book written by historian John Gilpin at the Centennial Gala. People will have the opportunity to purchase their signed copies and meet the writer.

CentennialGolf Tournament
Saturday Sept. 1, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Miskanaw Golf Course at MacDonald Island Park
Cost: $80 per ticket
Included: 9-holes of golf, a brunch, souvenir hat, cart rental and prizes. Guests will play a friendly game on the back-9 of this stunning, newly renovated course. Please note: Fort McMurray Public School District students will be hosting each hole. 

Experience the Energy Tour
Sunday Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Oil Sands Discovery Centre
Cost: $57.75
Included: A bus tour of Suncor Energy, admission to the Oil Sands Discovery Center, lunch and admission to Heritage Park.  Join a guided bus tour of Suncor Energy and follow the process from mining to pipeline. Learn how the sand is reclaimed as a
productive partner in the natural environment. Note: This tour is forthose 12 years of age and older.  The Oil Sands Discovery Center will have specialized programming for
the little ones.

Centennial Meeting Place
Sunday Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Westview Public School
Cost: FREE
Having fun reuniting with old friends and new ones? Guests are invited to Westview Public School to have refreshments and catch up with their old friends. The school is
nestled among the beautiful boreal forest making it an ideal location to play catch-up and take some stunning outdoor photos.

Sponsor Wine and Cheese
Sunday Sept. 2, 7 to 10 p.m.
Location: Quality Inn
We will be hosting an invitation only thank-you event for past and potential sponsors of FMPSD at the newly-renovated Quality Inn.  Students will be showcasing FMPSD programming while guests have an opportunity to mix and mingle.

Closing Pancake Breakfast
Monday Sept. 3, 8 to 11 a.m.
Location: Dr. Clark School
Cost: FREE
Smitty’s will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast at Dr. Clark School to allow guests to say their last goodbyes after a fun-filled weekend.


To purchase tickets please call Fort McMurray Tourism at 1.800.565.3947 or 780.791.4336
Online ticket purchasing at
Visit our District website at

Edmonton Arts Council: Call to Artists - Request for Proposals

The information in the following post was retrieved from the AFA Newswire - August 24, 2012 (Alberta Foundation for the Arts).

Cardinal Collins High School Public Art Project
The Cardinal Collins High School Academic Centre public art competition, open to all Canadian visual artists, is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas” (C458C).

Budget: $63,000 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Installation: January 2014

Download the complete call here:

Mill Woods Seniors Center & Multicultural Facility Public Art Project
The Mill Woods Seniors Center & Multicultural Facility public art competition, open to all Canadian visual artists, is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas” (C458C).

Budget: $55,000 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Installation: Spring 2014

Download the complete call here:

Heritage Valley Fire Station Public Art Project
The Heritage Valley Fire Station public art competition, open to all Canadian visual artists, is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas” (C458C).

Budget: $50,000 CAD (maximum, all inclusive)

Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on Friday, October 5th, 2012

Installation: Spring 2014

Download the complete call here:

Thursday, 30 August 2012

FMPL Hunger Games Month for the Teens

Join us at Teen Book Club on September 2, 2012 as we discuss Suzanne Collin's hit The Hunger Games. Book club copies of Scott Westerfeld's The Uglies will be handed out for October's discussion.

On September 21, 2012 we will be watching the newly released The Hunger Games at Teen Movie Night. Come on down at 6:30 for a free show and snacks!

Teen Social Club will also be doing a Poetry Night on September 7th, 2012.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Aboriginal Traditional Arts Individual Artists Project Grant Deadline – September 1, 2012

Please note, the information in this posting was retrieved from: AFA Newswire - August 28, 2012,

As a special notice for Aboriginal artists, the deadline for the Aboriginal Traditional Arts stream of the Individual Artist Project Grant is September 1, 2012.

Support is available for Aboriginal artists interested in an arts project that expresses and shares their culture through an artistic medium. Go to to download and read the Guidelines.

If you have further questions about the grant guidelines or the application or assessment process, please contact Sarah Pocklington, Arts Development Consultant at 780-415-0481 or

ACC Discovery Gallery Call for Proposals- Annual Submission Deadline: August 31

The information in this posting was retrieved from: AFA Newswire - August 28, 2012

The Discovery Gallery is dedicated to showcasing new work by established and emerging craft artists and small group exhibitions. The 415 square foot space is located on the main level of the Edmonton location and features 7+ exhibitions a year.

1. Cover Letter
  • contact information: name, address, phone & email
  • detailed description & theme of the exhibition
  • number of pieces/artist in or expected to participate in exhibition
  • time of year preferred
2. Current ACC Membership

3. CV - Artist Resume

4. Artist Biography

5. Images with Image List
  • professional quality images (5-10 / jpg) of work that will be in the exhibition or representative of the work
  • professional quality portrait of the artist (in the studio or against a neutral background)
  • the image list must include: title, year created, dimensions in inches, materials and technique

Your submission can be sent:
Mail: Alberta Craft Council 10186-106 Street, Edmonton AB T5J 1H4

NOTE if you do not receive a message confirming we have received your submission, contact us.

BDAKS Studio 2012 Fall session

Studio located at 9, Harris Crescent (Downtown close to Safeway)
(Registration required places are limited)

Monday September 17th, 2012
Choreography group
7PM to 9PM

Tuesday, September18th, 2012
6:30PM to 7:30PM Beginner Class (10 week program)
8:00PM to 9:00PM Beginner Class (10 week program)

Wednesday September19th, 2012
6:30PM to 7:30PM Cabaret (12 week program)
8:00PM to 9:00PM Cabaret Intermediate (12 week program)

Thursday, September20th, 2012
6:30PM to 7:30PM Gypsy (12 week program)
8:00PM to 9:00PM Sword (12 week program)

Tuesday Beginner Classes run for 10 weeks once a week, program cost 210.00 including music CD and GST. Registration deposit (50.00$) is required classes space is limited.

Wednesday and Thursday Classes run for 12 weeks once a week, program cost 250.00 including music CD and GST. Registration deposit (50.00$) is required classes space is limited.

For more information please contact
Karen Savoie
9, Harris Crescent
Fort McMurray AB T9H 1N3

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency: Alisdair MacRae Artist Talk

     Next Talk: Wednesday August 29, 2012
     Time: 6:30pm
     Location: MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery
     Featured Artist: Alisdair MacRae 


Monday, 27 August 2012

Big Spirit Festival 2012

Dear Members, Friends and Cooperating Partners,

The Multicultural Association on behalf of Events Wood Buffalo is proud to announce to you the first ever BIG SPIRIT FESTIVAL. This festival celebrates the diversity of our region and will feature the world's greenest carnival featuring 25 amazing rides, all powered by vegetable oil! The festival will also feature FREE live music from multiple Juno Award winners Digging Roots and Kiran Ahluwalia. The festival will run from 31st August - 3rd September 2012 at the Snye.

We are looking for local talent to showcase our culturally diverse region. Please join us in celebrating this event and making it a success by signing up to participant as a performer. Both groups and individuals are welcome. We have 2 hour slots for performances on September 1st and 2nd from 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm to be filled on first come first serve basis.

Please get in touch with me as soon as possible to sign up.

I have attached a document with more information on the event.

I look forward to hearing from you all!

Best regards,

P.S - Volunteer opportunities available, please spread the word :).

Mubanga Mundashi
Multicultural Association
10003 Gordon Avenue
P.O Box 5298
Fort McMurray, AB
T9H 3G3
Tel: 780 791 5186
Fax: 780 791 5189

Fort McMurray, AB, August 21, 2012 – Events Wood Buffalo invites everyone to Fort McMurray’s newest festival – Big Spirit – featuring the world’s greenest carnival and FREE live music from multiple Juno Award winners Digging Roots and Kiran Ahluwalia with support from local talent including DJs In the Sticks.

Friday, Aug. 31 – Monday, Sept. 3 the carnival is coming to town! Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, is setting up along the Snye. Each of their 25 amazing rides is powered by recycled vegetable oil including thrill-seeker favourites like the Zipper, the Scrambler, and a Ferris wheel. Sustainival also has a full Midway with games, cotton candy, and more.

Performing on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2 Juno Award winners for Aboriginal Album of the Year, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award and Native American Music Award winners Digging Roots. They describe their sound as “somewhere blurred between the lines of roots, rock, hip hop, and blues.”

Also headlining Saturday and Sunday is Kiran Ahluwalia, winner of the Juno Award for Best World Music Album of the Year 2012. Ahluwalia’s sound is truly a mixture of world vibes featuring ghazal, Portuguese fado guitarra, sub Saharan percussion, Celtic fiddle, Pakistani qawwali vocals, Afghanistan rhubab, and African blues. "A powerful woman who has a depth of character in her wonderfully pliable, expressive voice." - The Observer UK

Both artists are offering free workshops. Workshops require registration, as spaces are limited. For more information and to register call 780-791-1600 or email Nadia Power at

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Brea Burton
Marketing & Communications
Events Wood Buffalo

Party Under the Dome! Celebrate the Centennial of Alberta's Legislature

Celebrate 100 years with special guests Paul Brandt, Big Sugar and Brett Kissel

Countdown to one of the biggest parties of the summer has begun! On September 2, celebrate the 100th birthday of Alberta’s Legislature Building with a double feature, a 1912 Family Fair in the daytime and a Centennial Concert and fireworks spectacular in the evening.

Family Fair 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
History buffs take note! The day will begin with a re-enactment of the building’s 1912 opening ceremony, performed by costumed actors on the Legislature’s front steps. The long-awaited time capsule reveal will follow, along with architectural tours of the beloved landmark. Birthday cake will be served of course, as no party is complete without it!

The 1912-inspired fair features a penny carnival, magic shows, stilt walkers, antique cars, roving musicians and ATCO Gas’s “He’s Got the Pipes” centennial variety show. Local artists, including the Running Thunder Dancers, Gateway Quartet, Kayla Patrick, the Keister Family Fiddlers, the NEK Trio, Marie-Josée Ouimet Jazz Quartet will keep everyone entertained from the ATCO Centennial Stage throughout the afternoon.
Centennial Concert 7:00 p.m.
Sure to take the party up a notch or two, live on the ATCO Centennial Stage three of Alberta’s best home-grown talents join the party!

Brett Kissel
Brett Kissel, a St. Paul native, is a country singer/songwriter who recently toured with George Canyon. Brett remains the youngest ever nominee for a Canadian Country Music Award, having been nominated for a Rising Star award in 2006.

Big Sugar
Big Sugar brings their explosive show to the Alberta Legislature Grounds with their larger-than-life-sized rock and reggae sound! Frontman and fellow Albertan Gordie Johnson returns to Edmonton following their 40-city nationwide tour in support of the latest cd Revolution Per Minute.

Paul Brandt
Calgary-born, internationally acclaimed country star and local favourite Paul Brandt will be the final act!  Paul recently headlined the Calgary Stampede and is the most awarded male Canadian country music artist in history.

A spectacular fireworks display launched from the Legislature grounds will be the evening’s grand finale! This family-friendly, unlicensed concert will take place on the south lawn of the Legislature grounds.  Guests are encouraged to bring their own seating and parking is limited so transit is recommended.
The official centennial celebrations were launched June 18 with the unearthing of the 100-year-old time capsule from the cornerstone of the Alberta Legislature. More information on Party Under the Dome can be found at

African Stages Association's, Comfort Ero, in Fort McMurray

African Stages Association is a non-profit, theater arts national association based in British Columbia. Our Artistic Director, Comfort Ero, is currently relocating to Fort McMurray for a brief period thus, we would very much appreciate the opportunity to provide workshops and performances to schools and community centers.

To learn more about the storyteller, visit:

Many thanks,
Siuwa Aimiose
604. 657. 7195

Contact info: African Stages Association
Telephone: 604 803 5378


Friday, 24 August 2012

FMPL 2012 Annual Book Sale - Accepting Donations

Saturday, September 8 from 9:00am-2:00pm

Located at the Fort McMurray Public Library

Purchase new to you items for 25¢ each!
*Don't forget to bring a bag (or two) for you purchases.

Public donations will be accepted until September 4th between the hours of 10am-3pm Monday to Friday. Follow signage at library to donate. Contact Nicole at 780-792-5138 for more information

Festival City Winds Announce Auditions for the 2012-2013 Season

Edmonton, Alberta

Festival City Winds (Adult Concert Bands), under the direction of Artistic Director Wendy Grasdahl, is pleased to announce auditions for its 18th Season. Auditions will take place on Thursday, August 30 (6:00-9:00PM), Friday, August 31 (5:30-9:00PM) & Saturday, September 1 (2:00-5:00PM), 2012 at the studio of Wendy Grasdahl.

Festival City Winds have opportunities for members in the following concert bands:

  • Novice Band (performs band music at level 1-2) – conducted by Dr. Eila Peterson, PhD (Northwestern) – Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street NW)

  • Intermediate Band 2 (performs band music at level 2-3) – conducted by Wendy Grasdahl, BMus, MMus, Dipl.FA – Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:30-10:00PM at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street NW)

  • Intermediate Band 1 (performs band music at level 3-4) – conducted by Wendy Grasdahl, BMus, MMus, Dipl.FA – Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30-10:00PM at Concordia University College (7128 Ada Boulevard NW)

  • Advanced Band (performs band music at level 4.5-5) – conducted by Wendy Grasdahl, BMus, MMus, Dipl.FA – Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10:00PM at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street NW)

For more information on the bands and to arrange an audition time, please contact Artistic Director Wendy Grasdahl at or visit

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Sand Silo Mural Public Art Program Unveiling

Today at 10:00 a.m. there was an unveiling for the Sand Silo Mural Public Art Project at the Syncrude   Timberlea Athletic Park.  The mural was created by Larry Hunter who is an artist from British Columbia.  

Larry has worked as a freelance artist/designer for thirty years.  He enjoys large and small-scale public art works and has painted over twenty murals in  British Columbia , Alberta, and Ontario.  To learn more about Larry and his artwork, please visit his website at:

Below are some pictures of the final product and the unveiling today:

Festivals and Events Tourism Growth Program: Sept 21 Application Deadline

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation is inviting organizations to submit applications to the Festivals and Events Tourism Growth Program. The upcoming application deadline is September 21, 2012.

The program aims to assist festivals and events in Alberta reach their tourism potential. The program makes available grant funding of $25,000 to $40,000. Funding is used to work with a third party-consultant to evaluate an organization’s festival or event, identify tourism growth opportunities, and set clear steps towards growing the visitor experience and increasing visitation and revenue.

Eligible organizations include not-for profit organizations, municipalities, and First Nations or Métis governments. The program is most appropriate for festivals and events that attract regional, provincial, national or international visitors, and have an annual audience of at least 1500, of which a minimum 25% are out of town visitors.

The program application and program guidelines are available at: Please provide program information to organizations in your region that you feel have the potential to increase tourism visitation and revenues.

If you have any questions about the program, you can reach a Tourism Development Officer at 780-638-3350 or

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Lacombe Photography Competition

Date and Time:
Saturday, Sept 29  10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, Sept 30    10:00 – 4:00

Venue: Lacombe Memorial Center - Servus Credit

Admission to show:        Free
Competition Entry Fee:  $10

Further Information / Registration:
Information:  Shirley Flinn 403-782-2967  e-mail:

Competition entry forms available at Judy’s Frames Plus, Lacombe City Hall or from Shirley Flinn.  

Registration Deadline:  5:00 p.m., September 24, 2012

Photos must be delivered to the LMC (Servus Credit) on Saturday, September 29th, before 9:00 a.m., and will be released on Sunday, September 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Organized By: Lacombe Art Endowment Committee

Award Presentation:  Sunday, Sept 30, 3:00 p.m.

The competition will have the following age categories:
            1.         Youth (Age 17 and under)
            2.         Adult

Individuals may enter a total of 4 photographs in the show.  They can be in any of the following artistic categories:
1.  Beautiful Landscapes (Alberta urban or rural)
2.  Flora (plants and flowers) and Fauna (wildlife, pets or farm)
3.  Community (people at work or play / young or old)
4.  Creativity (digitally modified pictures)

Awards: Best in Show: $100 cash and Photo to hang in Maria’s Café at LMC

For each artistic category and each age category:

First Place:                 Rosette and $25 cash
Second:                      Rosette and $20 cash
Third:                          Rosette and $15 cash

The judge of the competition will be Dwight Arthur ( from Red Deer.

Sand Silo Mural Public Art Project Unveiling

You are invited to the unveiling of the Sand Silo Mural Public Art Project which is located in the Syncrude Timberlea Athletic Park (101 Cartier Road).  This event will take place on Thursday, August 23 at 10:00a.m

Come out to celebrate the newest piece of public art in the Municipality!

Alberta Consumer Champion Awards Youth Poster Competition

Deadline: November 30, 2012
Open to youth ages 15-18

Create an original poster and complete a research questionnaire about your consumer rights and responsibilities.  Choose your topic from the list posted at or

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Events Wood Buffalo Seeking Volunteers for BigSpirit Sustainival

The time has come to celebrate our BigSpirit! Events Wood Buffalo is showing our love for our community with four days of Sustainival carnival rides, and two concerts the weekend of August 31st to September 3rd. Sustainival gives you the chance to ride amusement park rides, all powered by vegetable oil, for the first time in North American history. The Carnival will run all four days, and concerts take place September 1st and 2nd.

For Sustainival we will require five volunteers at all times from 12pm-12am (shifts can be as long/short as you would like, let me know what your availability is!), on Sept 1st and 2nd, we require two people from 12pm-6pm for general assistance, and for the concerts (Sept 1st and 2nd) we will require two volunteers each night from 6pm-12am (at the latest!). I would prefer to have people who can commit to the entire six hours for that position! Duties will be determined by the supervisor of the area to which you are assigned.

This is our last event for the Summer, and we hope to see you there!

Please contact Events Wood Buffalo for more information or to volunteer
E.: | T.: (780) 791-1600

Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency: Janet Procure Artist Talk

     Next Talk: Wednesday August 22, 2012
     Time: 6:30pm
     Location: Fort McMurray Public Library, Programs Room (First Floor),
                        MacDonald Island Park
     Featured Artist: Janet Procure 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Upcoming AFA Individual Artists Project Grant Deadline!

Attention Alberta Artists!
The AFA’s latest deadline for applications for the AFA Individual Artists Project Grant program is September 1, 2012!

Make sure you visit the
AFA website and check out grant guidelines before getting your application together!

Art in the Park 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012
11:00am - 4:00pm
Located outside MacDonald Island Park (adjacent to the stone teepee)

This family oriented free event is created to celebrate our partnership with many visual art organizations and community members.  There will be artist demonstrations as well as workshops for all ages.

Friday, 17 August 2012

RMWB Programs presents Writers Block

Writers Block - Every Wednesday at 6:00pm

Location: Haxton Centre / Borealis Park

Join RMWB Programs in support of the Justin Slade Youth Foundation every Wednesday for a writer’s workshop. This is open to everyone from amateur to experienced writers. Writers block is a great place to meet other writers, improve your craft, and get feedback to improve your pieces. Open to all types of writing, from prose to poetry, and fiction to non-fiction, even song lyrics!
Look forward to guest speakers!!
August 15 Kevin Thornton. Killing fiction -Crime, Mystery, Suspense and Thriller writers.
August 22 Brea Burton, Poetry
August 29 Russell Thomas, Blogging
For more information on Writers Block and other RMWB programs and events call RMWB Programs at 780-799-1144 or e-mail us at 

Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency: Open House Series

The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency Program presents the 2012 Open House Series featuring artists working in Fort McMurray.  This six-part series takes place every Sunday from 1:00pm – 4:00pm which began on July 15 and is running until August 19.  This series will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic High School in the art room. For more information please visit:

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Alberta Museums Association Conference


There are many things within the museum sector that we do not talk about, and many that we have talked about for years, but have taken little action on. Challenges in museum management and operations — such as financial stability, succession management, deaccessioning, storage and space issues, and dissolution and closure — are often considered too contentious to discuss. There are also the stories that museums do not tell; the artifacts that museums do not display; the multiple viewpoints that are not shared; and the questions asked by the public that museums do not know how to answer. It is about time we face our fears and challenge our perspectives to be courageous leaders capable of making real change in our museums and our communities.

The 2012 AMA Conference will be a catalyst for original research that will bolster the knowledge and skills available to museums in all stages of organizational life as they confront sustainability challenges and start having those crucial conversations that keep our organizations nimble and vital.

  • When

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Saturday, September 22, 2012

  • Where

  • Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
    3310.50 Avenue
    Red Deer, Alberta T4N 3X9

    For more information or to register, please visit

Wood Buffalo Country Fair 2012 - Cancelled

The September long weekend will be filled with Country Fair, farmers markets and corn maze activities, please come and join us. The Wood Buffalo Country Fair. a unique local event that showcases the artistic, culinary, artisanal, and horticultural talent and tradition in the Wood Buffalo region. This is an all ages free event in association with Dunvegan Gardens.

With a number of categories for submission, there is something for every age and interest.

Acceptance of arts and crafts: Sunday August 26 2-9pm, Monday August 27 2-9 pm
Acceptance of culinary and horticulture: Friday August 31st from 3-7pm

Times of the event:
Saturday September 1, 10am-5pm,

September 2, noon-5pm,
September 3, 10am-3pm

Entry pickup- September 3 from 4pm-6pm
Chili Cook off – September 2 starting at 1pm
Entries will be accepted at Dunvegan Gardens

Please visit us at for more details.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

AMA Pre- Conference Workshops


The 2012 Alberta Museums Association Conference sessions will tackle the difficult topics facing Alberta’s museums in order to address the challenges of organizational sustainability. To begin this year’s Conference experience, the AMA is pleased to present three high quality Pre-Conference Workshops, which provide a hands-on, practical learning experience.
Strategic Planning 101: The Development
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Jim Cullen, Principal, W. Jim Cullen Consulting Services, Calgary.
Strategic planning has become a standard practice of most non-profit organizations and is a mandated requirement of many grantors and accreditation organizations. This workshop will take you step-by-step through a broad strategic planning framework that is tailored to museums and will provide opportunities to discuss and troubleshoot your own particular challenges.

Strategic Planning 201: The Implementation
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

Gail Anderson, Consultant, Gail Anderson and Associates, Novato, California, USA.
You have developed your strategic plan, now how do you implement it? How do you connect strategy to operations? Understand the pitfalls and learn about the keys to success for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating your organization’s strategic plan. Please bring a copy of your strategic plan for this session.

Financial Management and Planning 101
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$ 60
Norwegian Laft Hus

Stella Penner, Certified General Accountant and Partner, Thompson, Penner & Lo, Calgary.
Join us for this workshop on the best financial practices for small not-for-profit organizations. We will discuss the tools you should be incorporating into your institution to manage and reflect your finances. We will also look at how finances can be used as a basis for longer-term planning and as a way to tell the ‘story’ of your organization. 
Fort more information and to register, please visit

Great Resource for Visual Art Information - Akimbo

Canada's Online Source for Visual Art Information

Akimbo is a Toronto-based company that promotes contemporary visual art, video, new media and film locally, nationally and internationally via the internet. Established in November, 1999, Akimbo has built a large and dedicated subscriber and reader base of Canadian and international visual arts professionals along with a client base of hundreds of the country's most important galleries, museums, art institutions and media, film and video festivals.

Akimbo is focused and selective about the information we distribute, and readers get the most up-to-date and vital information about exhibitions, publications, performances, screenings, talks, lecture series, launches, calls for submissions, and jobs related and relevant to visual culture in Canada. Akimbo clients get better media coverage, more filled seats and bigger attendance numbers.

Content is distributed through email broadcasts to an opt-in subscriber base of more than 8,550 people, plus posted to, which boasts a readership from all over the world - our site visitors come from Canada, the U.S., Germany, the U.K., France, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, Poland, Spain and many more countries. Every month, the site receives 1M+ page views, and 69,000 unique visitors. Akimbo RSS feeds get 180,000 reads and our Calendar items get 42,500 downloads per month. The Akimbo iPhone App provides event and exhibition information to 1,575 people in an easy-to-use mobile interface and 5,850 social media users follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Akimblog is an independent publishing arm of Akimbo, featuring writers from across Canada and points in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Akimblog gets 40,300 page views per month.

To learn more about Akimbo and to access their resources, visit:

Note: information in this post is retrieved from:

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Athabasca University offers Heritage Courses

Courses for Heritage Professionals at Athabasca University

Whether you're an aspiring, emerging, or established heritage professional, or a volunteer or amateur history enthusiast, the Heritage Resources Management (HRM) program at Athabasca University has a course for you. There are currently 13 distance-based classes open for registration, ranging from the introductory undergraduate level up to advanced graduate studies, offered either in an undergraduate University Certificate in HRM or a graduate Post Baccalaureate Diploma in HRM.
Two courses are offered in paced format in a conventional September-to-December semester. Both are graduate courses.

HERM 501: Issues in Heritage Resources Management
HERM 542: Issues in Planning Historic Places

The graduate courses HERM 512, (Advanced Methods in Heritage Research) and the final project practicum course, HERM 691, are offered as individualized study courses on continuous offer.

They also have 9 undergrad courses, including ones on preventative conservation, collections, heritage policy, and interpretive programming, among others. These courses are offered continuously, with start dates on the first day of each month. 

Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency: Mandy Espezel Artist Talk

Next Talk: Wednesday August 15, 2012
Time: 6:30pm
Location: MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery
Featured Artist: Mandy Espezel

Monday, 13 August 2012

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grants deadline Sept 1

Attention Alberta Artists! Upcoming AFA Individual Artists Project Grant Deadline!

The AFA’s latest deadline for applications for the AFA Individual Artists Project Grant program is September 1, 2012! 

The Individual Artists Project Grant program supports the development of individual Alberta artists Traditional Aboriginal artists, arts administrators, and artist ensembles by providing a grant for a specific project.  
Grants are available for;  
  • Aboriginal Traditional Arts
  • Art Acquisition 
  • Cultural Relations (the deadline for this category is ongoing)
  • Dance
  • File and Video Arts
  • Literary Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre and performing Arts
  • Visual and New Media
Each category has specific guidelines and application.  For more information or to apply, please visit

Get Up and Go Wood Buffalo 2012 Volunteers Needed!

Get involved in our Non-Profit Fundraising

Eligible non-profits can apply to volunteer the day of Get Up and Go Wood Buffalo to receive an honorarium towards your organization.

There will be a minimum number of 3 volunteers required per organization for the day of, and all volunteers must represent a registered non-profit organization to be awarded funds. You can have family and friends included as representatives in your group. All funds raised will be divided PER-INDIVIDUAL-PER-HOUR of volunteer service.

Please send back the application form no later than Aug 16, 2012.

Thank you!
Contact us:
Candace Dorey or Julie Dolmont
Volunteer Coordinators