Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Show & Market This Weekend

This upcoming weekend is the Christmas Show & Market at MacDonald Island. 

Show Dates

  • 28November1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 29November10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • 30November10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission Information

Adults $7
Senior & Youth 7-17 $5
Children 6 & Under Free
Family Pass $20 (2 Adults & 2 children)
Weekend Pass $10

Women's Rights Workshop- Registration Open!

To celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10, 2014,  The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo, in collaboration with the Regional Advisory Committee for Inclusion, Diversity and Equality, and the Canadian Women's Foundation, presents Women's Rights Workshop. 

This workshop aims to bring awareness of women’s issues in Canada as a whole as well as in our community and what steps can be taken to reduce discrimination. 

If you would like to learn about:
•       Women in Business 
•       Human Trafficking 
•       Sexual and reproductive health 
•       Domestic Violence 
•       Live in Care-giver’s rights 
•       Aboriginal Women’s Rights

To register, please click here

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Congratulations to Local Dance Students!

Congratulations Alex Villemere, Shanda Chapdelaine, Shelby Oickle, Sophia Hassenstein, Alaina Noseworthy, Chase Evtushevski, and Maria Durnford!

On October 19th, auditions for the School of Alberta Ballet program were held at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. Students from around the community came out to audition.These seven dancers were selected to attend the summer program to audition for the year round professional division.

The Alberta Ballet is one of Canada's premiere ballet companies. The successful applicants will go on to a one month summer dance intensive to audition for the full-time professional program. More information can be found here:

Snow Scene Winter Workshop- Nov. 29

Monday, 24 November 2014

Call for Proposals- Emerging Curator Fellowship

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has created a new initiative; the AFA Fellowship for Emerging Curators, to support the growth and development of Curatorial talent. The AFA invites individuals and groups of individuals to submit a proposal for an online exhibition of Albertan visual art. The exhibition will be posted on the AFA’s Art House website and is intended to create exposure for the AFA collection, especially for artworks that cannot be used in regular AFA programming. The project is intended to bring a new perspective to the artworks and artists featured in the AFA collection. The AFA will ensure the successful projects are formatted and made available online, through the eMuseum platform.

Funding of up to $10,000 per proposal is available for this project. A maximum of three (3) Fellowships will be awarded.  Please see attached document for full proposal details. 

Application Deadline: December 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM Alberta Time 
Projected Start Date: January 1, 2015 
Project Completion Deadline: March 20, 2015 

Eligibility Requirements: 
Proposals may be submitted by: 

  • Emerging curators; persons with less than 10 years of professional artistic practice or less than 10 years of experience curating exhibitions in Alberta, Canada or abroad (equivalencies and combinations of experience will be considered);
  •  Individuals, sole proprietors’, or groups of individuals working in professional partnerships or curatorial collectives as long as all members can be classified as “emerging curators”;
  • Individuals enrolled in graduate level, post-secondary education; individuals in undergraduate programs are not eligible to apply; 
  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents; Individuals residing outside of Alberta are eligible to apply. 

The following projects and applicants are ineligible: 

  • Exhibitions already completed, or due to be completed, before the commencement of the funding period; funding will not be provided retroactively;
  • Exhibitions prepared as part of post-secondary programs or where academic credits are given;
  • Exhibitions that have been previously published, produced or exhibited; 
  • Costs for business start-up and the purchase of basic equipment (e.g. personal computer and software); 
  • Proposals submitted by commercial firms or corporations. 

Proposal Requirements: 
Applicants must include the following in their application: 
A curatorial statement outlining the exhibition theme/idea/concept they want to develop; 
The target audience of the exhibition; Suggested artworks from the AFA collection[1] ; 
The suggested timeline for the project; Resumes of all curators involved in the submission; Sample curatorial statements, educational packages and/or interpretive guides to demonstrate the applicants’ experience or to support the proposal; 
A statement outlining their approach to preparing educational or interpretive packages to accompany the exhibition; 
Applicant proposals may also include a maximum of one (1) recommended acquisition for the AFA Collection (note, recommendations should meet AFA Collection Development Plan criteria); 
A suggested minimum of one (1) on-site visit to the AFA collection in Edmonton, AB; 
A proposed budget for the project, including travel costs to view the Collection. 

Application Requirements: 
Curators can include themselves as artists in the proposals;
All artworks included in the exhibition must be from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection; 
Late applications will not be considered; Incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Applications and inquiries can be mailed or e-mailed to: 
Erin McDonald, Manager, 
Art Collections The Alberta Foundation for the Arts 
10708 105 Avenue Edmonton, AB    T5H 0A1  


Upcoming Art Opportunities at the Banff Centre

Ceramics Thematic Residency Program Dates: April 27-May 22, 2015 
Application Deadline: January 14, 2015 
This residency is an opportunity to work alongside other wood and soda fire enthusiasts; to create, share ideas, techniques and inspirations, and in turn, be inspired by the stunning surroundings of the Rocky Mountains which we will take time to discover and explore. BAiR 2D 

Program dates: April 27, 2015 - May 22, 2015 
Application deadline: January 14, 2015 

A program for artists working in the mediums of analog and digital photography, alternative and historical photographic processes, drawing, printmaking, painting, paper making, weaving & fibre arts. 

BAiR Spring 
Program dates: June 1-26, 2015 
Application deadline: February 18, 2015 
The Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) program in Visual Arts provides time and space for artists, curators, and arts professionals to create, research, experiment with and develop production techniques, and cultivate new directions in their work. 

Critical Art Writing Ensemble 
Program dates: April 27, 2015-May 15, 2015 
Application deadline: January 14, 2015 
The Banff International Curatorial Institute's Critical Art Writing Ensemble will explore art writing as an aspect of literature – exhibition catalogues can expand into short novels and stories; reviews into haikus and soliloquies that can transcend the ephemerality of quotidian journalism.


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Multicultural Cookery- Filipino Cuisine

Call for Submissions for The Fine Art of Hospitality

The Podollan Inn is excited to invite Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo area artists to exhibit and sell their works of art in our luxury hotel. We are very proud of the success we have achieved as a result of our amazing guests, some of them artists themselves. As Fort McMurray’s number one upscale property our guests’ expectations of continual improvement is something that everyone at Podollan takes very seriously. Each day energy is vested in creating tangible improvements to our guests’ experiences.

In February, 2015 The Podollan Inn in Fort McMurray will open a portion of its 18 new rooms to our great guests. When guests enter their room, we want local artwork to be part of their experience. Guests will not only be exposed to fine art by our local art community, enhancing their Fort McMurray experience, but by you offering your work for sale in our rooms, our guests will be provided the opportunity to take a piece of their experience back to their businesses or homes with them.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Midnight MDT, Friday, December 12th, 2014

To learn more about this opportunity and the submission requirements, please visit

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Banff Centre Call for Applications- 2015 Summer Music Program


Surrounded by the inspirational Canadian Rocky Mountains, we and our highly experienced roster of faculty provide artists with the resources and mentorship they need to take their careers to the next level.

June 8 - 26, 2015
The Banff Centre is a recognized leader on the international chamber music scene. Our summer chamber music residency is a sought after program of excellence, bringing together leading faculty artists with the most exceptional emerging musicians and ensembles in the early stages of their professional careers.
Apply by: January 14, 2015
 More information 

June 29 - July 17, 2015
Providing artistic inspiration and development in a supportive and collaborative setting. In addition to our roster of world-renowned faculty, we are excited to welcome as guest artists choreographer Mark Morris, composer John Luther Adams and guitarist David Starobin.
Apply by: January 14, 2015
 More information 

June 28 - July 17, 2015
This unique residency allows seven collaborative pianists the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of musicians in the Master Classes for String & Winds program on a wide range of repertoire and projects.
Apply by: January 21, 2015
More information 

July 20 - August 7, 2015
A leading program for emerging pianists, our Piano Master Class attracts the highest calibre of young performing artists. New this year, we are delighted to welcome the American composer Frederic Rzewski. A respected pianist, Mr. Rzewski has to his credit an impressive corpus of works for piano, as well as chamber and vocal ensembles.
Apply by: January 28, 2015
More information 

July 21 - August 1, 2015
Led by Jens Lindemann, this year's faculty includes Ryan Anthony, Mark Gould, Brian McWhorter, Phil Snedecor, trumpets; Martin Hackleman, horn; Alain Trudel, Al Kay, trombones; and Les Neish, tuba.
Apply by: February 18, 2015
More information 

August 4 - 22, 2015
Program director Vijay Iyer leads this three-week intensive where participants gather from around the world to share, develop and challenge their own ideas and abilities.
Apply by: February 11, 2015
More information


Monday, 17 November 2014

The Spark Box National Residency Award


So many artists are trying to fit their practice into the hours outside of their day job. Many are setting up “studios” on their living room floors or dining room tables. At Spark Box we offer artists time and space to focus on their work in an encouraging and supportive environment. Imagine one full month to get a new project off the ground. One full month to think only about creating your work. One full month without distractions. This is what Spark Box is offering to artists living and working in Canada: one full month at the Spark Box Studio Residency where you will be given a studio space and living space for FREE . This residency opportunity is a unique way for established and emerging artists to cultivate new ideas, access a rich library of arts resources, and focus on their career. Deadline: December 15, 2014 

For more information and the online application visit our website:


Thursday, 13 November 2014

FREE Lecture about the Cold War at Keyano College

What are you supposed to do when you see the flash? Duck and Cover! For forty-five years, humanity lived in fear of the atomic bomb. Civilians were bombarded by propaganda telling them to be afraid and protect themselves from the Red Menace that could happen any moment. How did people become so afraid and how did the messages of fear change over time? 

Come back in time to when children cowered under their desks, when families built bomb shelters in their years and the missiles could fly at any time. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Alberta Literary Awards Submissions Now Open

The Writers' Guild of Alberta is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2015 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, 2014.

Click Here to Check Out This Year's Guidelines!

Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category.  The winners will be announced at the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards Gala in Edmonton in the spring. The awards presentation will take place in conjunction with the 2015 Words in 3 Dimensions Conference (

Want to be the first to receive the latest news on submission guidelines, shortlists and winners? Click to join our Awards Mailing List

Awards Background

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers' Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category.

Prizes of $1500 are awarded in the following categories:

  • R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature (picture books)
  • Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
  • Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction
  • Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (plays published or produced)
  • Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry 
  • Prizes of $700 are awarded in the following categories:
  • James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (published pieces)
  • Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story (published only)
  • Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize (unpublished pieces)
  •  The WGA is also administering the following awards for 2015:
  • The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize ($5000 prize)
  • The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize ($10,000 prize) 

Deadline: December 31, 2014

Click Here for the 2015 application form, submission guidelines, and entry information

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Art Workshops for Adults

Art Workshops for Adults
Fall Series 2014

The Art of Giving
Christmas is coming! Attend this enjoyable scrapbooking workshop and prepare a special Christmas themed gift for someone you love. All materials will be provided. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014

10 am to 2 pm

Request for Proposals- AFA Collection Conservaton Assessment

In response to recommendations received through the development of a Collection Framework and Policy Manual, and feedback from the Canadian Conservation Institute, the AFA is looking to review the current conditions for artworks in the AFA Collection and usage in its programming, and develop a multi-year strategy for preventive and treatment conservation. The AFA is seeking a contractor to complete an on-site conservation review of the AFA’s current artwork holdings, and assist Arts Branch staff through the preparation of a long-term (six year) Conservation Review Report with Recommendations.  We have recently posted a Request for Proposals on Alberta Purchasing Connection for the AFA Artwork Collection Conservation Assessment. Bid information and documents may be found using at and located using the Reference Number AB-2014-05802. 

The opportunity to submit a proposal is available until November 14, 2014 at 4:00PM MST.

Read more here