Friday, 29 August 2014

Call for Volunteers for The World Meets in Wood Buffalo

The Multicultural Association is looking for volunteers for their performance of The World Meets in Wood Buffalo, a cultural dance showcase featuring a spectacular array of costumes and dance styles. A part of the Alberta Culture Day festivities, this dazzling show brings together eighteen different cultural performances on one stage encompassing dance, music, poetry and story-telling from around the world. Please join us and help make this spectacular celebration come to life.  

September 27th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

September 28th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at (Holy Trinity High School, 230 Powder Dr. Fort McMurray, AB, T9K 0W8)

If you are interested in volunteering or performing, please contact Krystell O’Hara by email at or give us a call to 780-791-5186

For more information about Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo, Please visit

Are You a Musician Waiting For Your Big Break??

Are you the best new music act on campus?

CBC Music and TD want to help fuel your music with Rock Your Campus, a competition that connects artists with fans in their community and across the country. Any style of music goes. Get national exposure, win $10,000 and more!

Visit to learn more!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

4SIGHTS Opening Reception TONIGHT!

Royal Alberta Museum Looking for Content Researchers

Job description: In support of the development of the new Royal Alberta Museum, slated to open in downtown Edmonton, the Royal Alberta Museum is seeking to contract content researchers to undertake directed research for the completion of individual displays for the history galleries.

Under the direction of the Interpretive Planners and the Human History Wing Lead, researchers will develop content for object-based exhibits that will tell the story of 20th century life in Alberta.

The RAM intends to assign up to twelve stories to contractors. At this time, the Museum is looking for an expression of interest from potential researchers.

If interested, please download the attached document. All submissions must be sent to Linden Roberts ( by Friday, September 5, 2014. 

The Royal Alberta Museum, in Edmonton, Alberta, is undergoing capital redevelopment, with a new facility now under construction. Included in the development is a suite of approximately 30,000 square feet of human history galleries.

In planning the new galleries, the museum has developed an interpretive strategy that is story-based, object-focused and developed around a defined audience strategy. The human history wing of galleries is organized according to the following principles:
There is a key message to define the overarching narrative for the wing, setting the tone for the wing and defining the elements important in our storytelling.
Within the wing, the galleries each define a key message and narrative that characterizes and defines the approach to the history covered by that period. Among the characteristics for the galleries are:
o Each gallery will be self-contained. There will be no sense of historical themes that will stretch from one gallery to the next.
o Each gallery will tell a complete story. 

Within each gallery, a series of story displays will deliver the gallery message and narrative. These story displays each share the following characteristics:
They are object focused.
There is a key message.
There is a defined target audience for each.

Services Required
The Royal Alberta Museum is looking for qualified researchers to develop 20th century Alberta history stories identified for the galleries. Researchers will be considered for one or more story. The topics are:

First Nations ranching and rodeo
Winter sports
Modern farming and ranching
Labour history
Equality issues
Renewable energy
Medicine and Health
Residential Schools 
Metis culture and history

Specific topics will be identified with the successful candidates, and candidates will be given a topic title, a brief description and our intention for the story.  

Researchers will be expected to meet with the Museum’s Interpretive Planners, then prepare the following for each assigned story:

Key Message (~75 words)
Final Story description (~1000 words)
Suggested objects to illustrate the story and key message (~10)
A description of each object and how it supports the key message (~25 words)

Note: The use of Royal Alberta Museum objects is preferred, so each researcher should allow one full day for a discussion of the museum’s collections with a curator to be assigned to each contracted story.

The work is to be undertaken in the period September through November 2014.

Interested researchers should provide the following information, in no more than three pages and in PDF format:

Name to be contracted under (either personal or business)
Contact information
Relevant academic qualifications
Relevant work history (with a particular focus on projects)
Hourly or daily rates for professional services

Information should be sent to:

Linden Roberts
Director of Capital Exhibit Development
Via email at

Next steps
Successful candidates will be contacted to bid on the development of one or more stories.

Are you interested in expanding, managing and growing arts, music and culture in your community? The University of British Columbia (UBC) Centre for Cultural Planning and Development, is now offering a series of professional development courses and workshops this fall. Designed for those working in the field of cultural planning and development from around the world, these courses and workshops can be taken individually for professional development, or applied towards the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning – an international professional learning program delivered 100% online. Authored and taught by experienced cultural planning specialists located across Canada and around the world, courses and workshops include online discussions, case studies, and opportunities to engage and network with other professionals in an interactive online learning environment.

Registration is now open for the following online courses and workshops:

2 Thu & 1 Mon, 11am-1pm PDT, Sep 4-22
Instructor: Dr. Franco Bianchini, Leeds, UK
Registration closes Aug 28

3 Thu, 3pm-5pm PDT, Sep 18-Oct 2
Instructor: Cath Brunner, Seattle, WA
Registration closes Sep 4

3 Tue, 10am-12noon PDT, Sep 30-Oct 14
Instructor: Dr. Aleksandra Uzelac, Zagreb, Croatia
Registration closes Sep 16

3 Thu, 11am-1pm PDT, Oct 9-23
Instructor: Dr. Tom Fleming, London, UK
Registration closes Sept 25

Sep 8-Nov 9. 100% Online.
Instructor: Sue Harvey, Vancouver, Canada
Register before Aug 25 with the coupon code PLANF14 to save $100 on the standard registration fee.

Sep 22-Nov 23. 100% Online.
Instructor: Pru Robey, Artscape, Toronto, Canada
Register before Sept 8 with the coupon code PLANF14 to save $100 on the standard registration fee.

Oct 20-Dec 21. 100% Online.
Instructor: Robert Palmer, Edinburgh, UK
Register before Oct 6 with the coupon code PLANF14 to save $100 on the standard registration fee.

Oct 20-Dec 21. 100% Online.
Instructor: Cheryl Hargrove, Washington, DC, USA
Register before Oct 6 with the coupon code PLANF14 to save $100 on the standard registration fee.

Additional workshops on offer this fall include: Cultural Entrepreneurship; Digital Culture and Museums; Resourceful Design Innovation by Re-Imagining Existing Urban Assets; and, Cultural Planning: An International Perspective.

For more information and other professional development opportunities offered, please visit and join the subscription list for regular program updates.

Keyano Conservatory Open House- Sept. 6, 2014

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


Rules and Regulations

 All ages are invited to apply.  Applicants under the age of 18 must have the written permission of their parent or guardian. 

All contestants must be amateur performers residing in Wood Buffalo at the time of the competition. 

Contestants must arrive at the venue no later than 60 minutes before the official start of the Illuminate Talent Search.  This check-in period will give you an opportunity to touch base with the stage manager regarding your technical requirements.  During this time organizers will also determine performance order by random draw.   

Performances must be no longer than 4 minutes in length.  Contestants can choose to repeat their selection, or present something new should they advance to the final.  

This is not intended to be a competition for bands that require extensive set-up.  Participation will be up to the sole discretion of the organizers. 

Contestants must make themselves available for both rounds of the competition. As this is a family-friendly event, content must be appropriate to an all-ages audience.  Performances that include offensive language or content that is deemed inappropriate will be disqualified and asked to vacate the stage. 

At the conclusion of the performance, contestants will be asked to stay on stage to hear the comments of our judges. At the conclusion of the preliminary round, the judges will determine which performers will be invited to advance.  That announcement will happen 10 to 15 minutes after the conclusion of the final performance of the day. 


 MacDonald Island Park - entertainment stage at Sustainival 


 Preliminary Round: Saturday, August 30 
Check-in Time: 11:00 am  | Competition starts:  12:00 pm 

Final Round: Sunday, August 31 
Check-in Time:  11:00 am  | Competition starts:  12:00 pm 

1st Prize - $2,500
2nd Prize - $1,000
3rd Prize - $500
Big Spirit - $500 (for outstanding attitude)
Spotlight - $500 (for outstanding potential) 

For questions or more information email:

Monday, 25 August 2014

Auditioning for Your Dream Role

Keyano Theatre Company is looking for new talent for their upcoming season.  Auditions for the Broadway sensation Cabaret is happening September 5, 6, 7 (Fri-Sun).  Now take a moment and close your eyes and imagine yourself behind the curtains waiting to make your debut on the Keyano Theatre stage.  It’s a full house teeming with anticipation. The final announcement plays, cellphones are quickly shut off, and the house lights fade to black. Blanketed in darkness the audience becomes one silent shadow. Suddenly a spotlight magnifies center stage, a bright beam of white light, a tunnel between reality and imagination. Called to the light you step onto the stage and as you enter the bright ring you TRANSFORM as the character inside you comes to life! You open your mouth but it is not you who is talking but someone else speaking the words you worked so hard to memorize. The audience breathes and moves as one and you feel completely connected to them; a connection you have never experienced before. Together you enter the world of the play, explorers on a voyage through fantasy.

 It is one of the most exhilarating feelings in the world to be on stage. It turns adults into children where one can let go of the everyday and play. To get to this magical place takes a lot of work and a lot of courage but it all starts with the audition. The audition is the hardest part, but once you accept the process as an enjoyable one – you will have no fear. Most people fantasize about the stage but many cannot take that first step out of fear. If you are interested in acting but are too scared to audition then here are some helpful tips to get you onto the stage and performing in your dream role.

1: Read the play you are auditioning for – learn the story that you will be telling.

It is crucial that you like the play you are auditioning for and that you have an idea of who you want to play and why. Knowing who you want to play in the show will help you in picking a monologue appropriate to the play. It is important that the character you are playing in your audition piece is similar to the character you want to play in the show. That way the director will have an idea of how you would perform in your desired role.

2: Pick an audition piece you like.

When picking an audition piece it is very important that you like it and enjoy the character you are playing. The more fun you have, the better you will be on stage.  If you are wondering where to find a monologue you can look up plays at your local library or use the resources from Theatre Alberta. Theatre Alberta has a huge collection of plays and audition pieces that they can mail to you for free if you become a member. Don’t worry it’s easy and affordable. You can also find scripts online. Below is the link to Theatre Alberta and to some great sites online. You can also use a monolog from your favorite movie; just make sure that it is over a minute.

3. Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!
To prepare is to be aware. The more you prepare the better you will be. Have fun, try different body positions, different ways of speaking, and let your imagination run wild! It is your time to play! 

4. Presentation of YOU
Dress for an audition in a way that makes you feel your best and also has you prepared for any movement/dance.

5. Please Remain Calm!

Being nervous is normal. It is part of the excitement of performing but it is when those nerves take over causing you to freeze up then they become a problem.   The secret to a great performance is your ability to remain calm and relaxed. A great way to do this is by bringing something to distract yourself while you are waiting your turn to audition. Also yoga helps to calm the nerves. Think of your audition as a small performance, your own personal play starring you.  Again have fun and don’t be intimidated by the artistic crew. They are there to meet you so just be yourself and don’t try to make a good impression. Confidence comes from being, yourself.  Also the director may ask you to perform the piece again or in different ways. This is a good sign, it means they are interested in you so just go with the direction he or she suggests to you. They are looking at how well you take direction and how easily you are able to try something new. 

6.  Make connections

Everyone you meet on the day of your audition is a new friendship opportunity presented to you on a silver platter. Connect with the people around you and share your thoughts and ideas – if you end up working on the show together you will be doing this 4-5 days a week and the friendships forged in the theatre process can be deeply rich and rewarding.

7. Treat yourself. 

Once the audition is over go out and treat yourself because you earned it. Regardless if you get the role or not you have done something that most people are too scared to do. You earned a treat.

8. The Call Back.

Waiting to hear back about a role can be arduous. It is best to push it to the back of your mind and forget about it. If you do not get the part you did NOT fail. Directors are looking for a specific look and interpretation of the characters when they are casting a role. There are many elements that they are casting for and unless you can read minds it is impossible for an actor going into an audition to know the vision of the director. All you can do is be yourself and enjoy performing your audition piece. The rest is up to the artistic crew and the theatre gods.


If you are interested in acting and want to audition for a play, Keyano Theatre Company is currently auditioning for Cabaret, September 5, 6, 7 (Fri-Sun).
Keyano Theatre Company (KTC) is a volunteer company of real people, real stories and real performances enriching the spirit of community theatre. They are committed to providing meaningful, relevant and quality entertainment.
Please visit their website at for more details. 

Break a leg and have fun!

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Actor's Fund of Canada

The lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry
The Actors’ Fund of Canada provides emergency financial aid to assist cultural workers in recovering from an illness, injury or other circumstances causing severe economic and personal hardship. The Fund is not just for actors: performers, creators, technical staff and other production team members in the fields of film & TV, theatre, music and dance can benefit from the Fund. The Actors’ Fund of Canada receives no government funding and is wholly sustained by support from individuals and entertainment industry organizations.
Through its Film and Television Relief Program (FTRP) the Fund will help hundreds of film and television industry workers in 2014. The Actors’ Fund of Canada was the recipient of the 2011 Gemini Special Award for exceptional service to the Canadian television industry.
Help us spread awareness of the Actors’ Fund of Canada by spreading the word on set, in the studio and on stage!

For information:
David Hope, Executive Director
Phone: 1.877.399.8392
Twitter: @actorsfund

Practicum Opportunity with the Banff Centre

The Walter Phillips Gallery Preparatorial Practicum program enables the participant to engage in hands-on opportunities working alongside the gallery’s curator and preparator. Direct mentorship and support is provided throughout the program to develop the participant’s skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and environmental conditions (including appropriate humidity, temperature, and lighting levels). The Practicum participant will also have the opportunity to develop expertise in crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork, and will assist in the storage, packing, and unpacking of artworks relating to the Walter Phillips Gallery exhibitions and permanent collection. 

Learning opportunities also arise through attendance at formal and informal lectures, workshops, and discussion groups. The practical experience portion will primarily focus on activities that complement the participant’s learning objectives through the various opportunities associated with the real and ongoing activities of the Walter Phillips Gallery. 

Benefits to participants include enhanced decision-making and problem-solving skills, as well as communication, critical thinking and teamwork. In addition to the work component of the program, outside of exhibition installation periods, participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal research activities as outlined in their learning objectives. 

This Practicum placement is appropriate for recent graduates of studio-based programs, as well as individuals wishing to leave their current work world or formal advanced studies for a period of time to gain professional experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. This program requires full-time commitment and independent thinking.

Eligibility: Candidates for the Preparatorial Practicum must possess a foundation in studio art, art history or museum studies with some previous experience working with tools and building materials. As this program exceeds 6 months in length, enrollment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014.

Practicum participants are responsible for their own room and board costs and a stipend is provided as a contribution towards the participant's living costs while in the program. Practicum participants are eligible for housing in the Rocky Mountain Co-op (based on availability). Current rates for this accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from the participant’s stipend payment. Meals at subsidized rates are available in the staff dining room. 

All applicants must submit:
1. Application form and fee: A completed application form including processing fee (fee varies per program and is non-refundable).
2. Cover letter: Submit a one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the Practicum Program.
3. Curriculum vitae: Include artistic and curatorial activities, as well as education and employment history.
4. Two references: Names and contact details for one artistic/academic, one from a previous employer.
5. List of technical skills: Identify each skill as: beginner, intermediate, advanced.
6. Statement of learning objectives: Outline what you would like to achieve during your program (point form, max. 150 words).
7. Visual support material: Upload 10 samples of your artistic work. Please include title of work, date created, mediums used, and size in the Media section of SlideRoom.
- Image files: up to 5 MB each.
- Video files: up to 60MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length. You may also link to media found on YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud.
- Audio files: up to 30MB each, no longer than 5 minutes in length.
Please note: curators and researchers should submit 3 samples of written work in PDF format (up to 10 MB each).

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Enter to Win Tickets to See Peter Mansbridge

As part of the Northern Insights Speaker Series, Peter Mansbridge will be taking the stage in the Nexen Field House on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 10 am at the MacDonald Island Box Office.

The Fort McMurray Public Library  is giving you the chance to win tickets to the show! Enter here for you chance to win 1 of 12 pairs of tickets, reserved seating. 

Draw will remain open until August 27 and winners will be contacted on August 28!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program

With the first day of school just around the corner, parents are frantically running around shopping for school supplies and new clothes for their children. However, this is not the only financial strain parents feel around this time of the year. Fall also marks the beginning of registration for many sports and recreational activities. Understandably, sports are often one of the first things on the list of priorities that can get cut when a family is struggling to make ends meet.

The truth of the matter is though, sports and recreation are necessary for kids – for health, happiness, confidence, and overall well-being

Fortunately, our community has many programs to make sure no child is stuck on the sidelines. 

One such program is Canadian Tire Jumpstart

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program is a national charity, made up of local committees, which serve to remove the financial barriers of getting kids involved in sports. Funds are raised locally (mainly through Canadian Tire, Sport Check, Atmosphere…etc), and they STAY locally to help the families in our own community. We are extremely fortunate as we live in a very giving community, so we have quite a large budget to give out to the families in need. Families can receive up to $300 per child, per submission session (total of up to $600 per year) to cover registration, equipment, and/or travel costs associated with organized sport programs. 

To give you an idea of what Jumpstart has done since 2011:
  • RMWB committee members have helped 66 kids.
  • Our Chapter (meaning the RMWB chapter, including all committee members) have helped 466 kids.
  • Alberta has helped 66,017 kids.
  • Canada has helped 779,005 kids.

Stars of Alberta 2014 Volunteer Awards Nominations

The search is on for Alberta’s outstanding volunteers as nominations for the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards are now open. From students to seniors, volunteers are the backbone of our communities and you can help to recognize their selfless generosity.

Think about those remarkable people who are making a difference in your community through their volunteer service. Now consider putting their names forward for the 2014 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards!

Six awards, two each for youth, adult and seniors, are presented annually on December 5 International Volunteer Day. 

For more information, please visit 

The deadline for nominations is Monday, September 15, 2014.


Friday, 15 August 2014

Open Call for Alberta Artists and Curators


The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York announces an open call to apply for a residency for artists and curators from the province of Alberta. 

ISCP is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world, including the United States. With 30+ artists and curators in residence at all times, the program provides residents with the space, time, and support to develop new projects. With additional activities tailored for professional development and public engagement, ISCP serves as an important platform for producing, presenting and contextualizing contemporary art through a diverse range of international perspectives. ISCP’s public programs encourage dialogue and integrate residents into the cultural landscape of New York City. The residency includes 24-hour access to a private 350 sq. ft. furnished studio space, regular studio visits from Visiting Critics; Field Trips to museums, galleries and other cultural venues; and participation in Artist Talks and Open Studios. Residents at ISCP are also invited to take part in ISCP’s Exhibition Program and Participatory Projects.   

To apply by “direct application”, please visit 

Applications are accepted by email only. 

About ISCP: Founded with one sponsored studio in 1994, ISCP has grown into an internationally recognized institution that has hosted over 2,000 artists and curators from 64 countries. In 2008, ISCP moved from Manhattan to East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to an 18,000 square-foot former factory. This move expanded ISCP’s facilities to 35 studios, an exhibition gallery and a project space. 


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Artist in Residency Open House- TOMORROW

The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency is excited to be hosting an Open House at their Snye Studio in the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery tomorrow, Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 5 pm to 9 pm. 

Come meet the resident artists: Liana Wheeldon, Mandy Wills, Penny Seilyon Chun and Reinalie Jorolan. 

Every week you will have a chance to see the artists at work and learn more about the artistic process. 

Everyone is welcome!

Visit for more information about AIR and the artists 

You can also find them on Facebook

Citizen Recognition Program- Accepting Nominations!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Alberta Energy History

Last month, the Alberta Government and Fort McMurray Tourism announced a new partnership to offer tourism information at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre. Under the agreement, Fort McMurray Tourism will provide tourism information services as well as oversee and manage operations and programming at the Centre.

In celebration of this new partnership, the Alberta Culture launched the new website: Alberta's Energy Resources Heritage 

This website features tons of information about the history of the oil sands in the region. It's a great way to learn more about the region's history! Check it out!

Art in Anzac

Monday, 11 August 2014

New West Theatre Hiring General Manager

New West Theatre (located in Lethbridge, Alberta) invites applications for the full time position of General Manager. As the premier performing arts organization in Southern Alberta, New West Theatre plays a critical role in the cultural landscape of the region. New West Theatre is currently celebrating its 25th season of providing broad-based, diverse programming for Lethbridge and the surrounding region. The company’s diverse slate of artistic programming includes all-original Music-Comedy Revues, contemporary Canadian plays, and a Theatre for Young Audiences production which tours regionally. Additionally, New West Theatre offers educational programming including Summer Theatre Camps, a Theatre School, and In-School Residencies. New West Theatre has an operating budget that surpasses $700,000. 

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager works in partnership with the Artistic Director to deliver the mandate. 

Core Responsibilities 
Fund Development: cultivates relationships with individual and corporate supporters; leads fundraising events and initiatives; applies for municipal, provincial, and federal grants. Promotional: develops and implements promotional campaigns for theatre productions and arts-related activities; manages outreach and community engagement activities 
Financial Management: in collaboration with the Artistic Director develops budgets for productions and general operations; monitors short-term and long-term financial strategies, ensuring the organization’s ongoing fiscal stability. 
Administration: manages the day-to-day operations of the organization; supervising employees, contracted artists, and volunteers. 
Advocacy: fosters positive relationships with the local community and arts organizations as well as government agencies.
Note: New West Theatre contracts accounting services to process accounts payable/receivable, payroll, and oversee other day-to-day financial tasks. 

Applicants must possess: 
A relevant post-secondary education in management, theatre or arts administration. 
A minimum of 2 years experience in the administration of a not-for-profit organization, preferably a theatre company. 
Experience with budgeting, fundraising, and marketing. 
Superior verbal and written communication skills. 
Proficiency with Word, Excel and Mac operating systems, as well as familiarity with social media programs (Facebook, Twitter) 

The following skills would be an asset: 
Familiarity with the Canadian theatre community, and experience with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. 
Knowledge of the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission. 
An understanding of touring theatre productions, and technical theatre 
Experience working in a board environment 

New West Theatre is committed to creating an equitable environment, and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. 

Please email (in Word or PDF format) a cover letter, CV, and list of references to our Board of Directors at by Closing Date: August 22/14. Anticipated start date is October 1/14.


Friday, 8 August 2014

We Are Hiring!

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is currently hiring a Supervisor for the Community Strategies department. 

The Supervisor, Community Strategies is responsible for the leadership and supervision of a variety of recreation, culture/art, beautification and facilities related programs, projects and initiatives.

To learn more about this position, please click here

Directory of Contemporary Calgary Art Gallery

The Opportunity: Director, Contemporary Calgary

We have a mission to build a global city of choice by engaging Calgary in the art of our times. We stand on the shoulders of our three founding organizations and all of the builders that contributed over the last 30 years. We come together to fulfill our collective dream. We are a community of both power and potential. And we are a movement to transform the Centennial Planetarium into a landmark art gallery that will showcase modern and contemporary art from around the world. 

We are a movement that needs a leader.

We are seeking a Director of Contemporary Calgary who is an inspiring and proven arts leader motivated by our organization’s defining vision and also by the opportunity to work with a passionate and engaged Board of Directors.

Key Accountabilities

Leadership in the development and implementation of Contemporary Calgary’s Vision

• Represent Contemporary Calgary to the public
• Build and nurture relationships with our audience, our community, our partners, our funders, and all stakeholders

Deliver best-in-class experience 

• Create a best-in-class experience for Calgarians and visitors to Calgary anchored in the art of our times
• Focus on audience and membership development to build our community and destination role in Calgary
• Organize our exhibitions and education programming while maintaining our standards of curatorial excellence

Lead through our values

• Lead through our values of programming and curatorial excellence, community engagement, sustainable operations, and life-long learning

Manage and lead day to day operations of Contemporary Calgary

• Build a staff to deliver programming and operational excellence
• Manage financial and operational affairs of Contemporary Calgary to ensure operating surpluses, sound financial management and an effective work environment

Key Shared Accountabilities

Vision and Strategy: Work with our Board of Directors to build and design the vision and strategy of Contemporary Calgary

Plans and Policies: Implement the plans and policies of the Board of Directors throughout the day to day operations of Contemporary Calgary

Fundraising: Support the Board of Directors and volunteer committees in raising funds for both operating and capital objectives

Key Leadership Behaviors

Strategic vision, advocacy, operational excellence, active staff engagement, and relationship-management with all stakeholders, 

Application Process

Apply to: Natasha Pashak,
Chair Human Resources, Governance and Nominating Committee
c/o Contemporary Calgary
117 8th avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B4

All responses are kept confidential.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Call for Proposals: A New Play!


A new national conversation is about to start. Through an innovative use of arts and technology, Canadians will be engaged in an evolving dialogue – both live and virtual – envisioning our nation’s next 150 years on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the conferences which led to the creation of our country. This is a call to write a play that will spark conversation about our hopes and fears for Canada in the next 150 years. 

9 Plays 
PEI’s acclaimed Watermark Theatre will commission nine short plays designed to spark conversations about the future of our country. The audiences’ responses will then be shared with the rest of the country through an interactive website in order to keep the dialogue going. 

2 Languages 
The plays, between 2 and 20 minutes long, will be written in either English or French. We will translate them into the other official language. They will be written in any style and could include music, movement or any form of imaginative expression. They will not be averse to laughter. They will be unusual, unexpected, challenging, accessible, entertaining. 

20 Communities 
Across Canada, 20 communities (Quebec City, St John’s, Iqaluit, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax and Charlottetown) will each host three performances in a 150-seat theatre between January and May 2015. 

150 Community Builders 
Each theatre will identify and invite 150 people who represent the diversity of our nation to the first performance in that location. At the end of the tour, one person from each location will be selected by their community to travel to Charlottetown, where they will sit with the 19 other representatives around the table where the first conversation was held. There, a new conversation about Canada’s next 150 years will begin. 

Watermark Theatre invites eligible playwrights to submit a three page proposal containing the following elements: 
A. A summary of your idea 
B. A plan for executing your idea. 
C. An estimate of both production requirements (scenery, projections, costumes, number of actors, actors with specific talents, etc.) and the length of your play

Please note, the proposal should be no more than three pages.

Unpublished writers, please include three examples of your work (no more than five pages each) and three references the committee may contact about your work. 

We invite you to visit our website for more information, and to download an application form:  Proposals on no more than three pages without an application form are also welcome. 

Please submit this proposal electronically by August 22, 2014 to Lynda Turnbull of Watermark Theatre: 


Selected playwrights will be informed by September 5, 2014. Only selected playwrights will be contacted. The writing timeline will be: 
First draft due: November 17, 2014 
Second draft due (if required): December 22, 2014 
Rehearsal period: January 5 to February 7, 2015 
Playwrights will be welcome to attend rehearsals (location TBD).


To be considered for this opportunity, the playwright must: 
A. Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada 
B. Be 16 years of age or over 
C. Provide three references and examples of their plays, or be a published or produced playwright 

Selection Criteria 
Plays will be selected based on the relevance of the material within the context of the organization’s mission and relative to the other plays commissioned. The selection of plays will be made by a committee of seven artists who represent Canada’s diversity in as many ways as possible, including but not limited to region, ethnicity, language and sexual orientation. These seven artists will be supported by a circle of advisors who support and enhance this diversity.The plays will be performed by no more than five actors. 

All selected playwrights will receive a commission fee of $1500 and royalties of up to $500 for the performance of the play on tour. As no admission fee will be charged for the performances, a percentage of box office admission as a royalty will not be available. All rights remain the property of the creator after the tour.


Call for Artists: Wine Auction in Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters Wood Buffalo

The ART of WINE, the 5th annual SMS Equipment wine auction in support of Big Brothers Big 
Sisters Wood Buffalo will take place on Saturday, September 27th at the Fort McMurray 
Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre. This annual event is in support of the safe and caring 
mentorship BBBSWB provides to children and youth in our region in need of a positive role 

The social profit is looking to purchase works of art that reflect the following themes:

  • Mentorship
  • Inspiration
  • Potential
  • Fulfilling dreams
  • Start something BIG
  • Role models

Works will be auctioned, in the silent auction portion of the event with all proceeds going to 
BBBSWB to help continue their programming.

All artists whose works are chosen will be invited to attend that evening to enjoy the event and 
discuss their piece with the 450 influential business owners, corporations and politicians that 
attend the event every year. They will also be recognized in the catalogue program and in a 
news release relating to the event.

Work Media
2-dimensional artwork or fine craft that is exhibition ready.

Entry Requirements
Please submit the following items by email to Please include the fee for the artwork within the body of the email—not to exceed $500.
• Curriculum Vitae, Bio, Artist Statement (please submit as Word document)
• Three digital images of the artwork (maximum). No detail shots. JPEG format with file size not to exceed 1MB.

Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc.

Submission Deadline
Submissions must be received by August 15, 2014. Only successful candidates will be notified.

Selection Process
Pieces will be selected by a five person jury representing: Big Brothers Big Sisters, our title sponsor, Arts Council Wood Buffalo and the local arts community.

Accepted Artwork
Local artists: The artwork must be hand delivered by the successful artist 
Out of town artists: Shipping arrangements are the responsibility of the artist, shipping charges will be the responsibility of the purchaser.

All accepted artwork will be displayed by our event planners in a special section of the silent auction area.

Purchase Price
We wish to purchase multiple pieces of artwork. Our total budget is $2,000.00.

Contact Information
For more information please contact:
Anne Eigner
Big Brothers Big Sisters Wood Buffalo
780-791-2447 or email at: