MOA Shop T-Shirt Design Contest


Submission Deadline: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Want to have your design featured on a MOA t-shirt? All submissions go to

The winning shirt design will be sold exclusively at the MOA Shop for one year. The winning designer will receive a $250 prize and royalties.

If you have any questions, you can forward them on to or contact the shop at 604-827-4810.

Any individual 15-25 years of age who identifies as Indigenous, Aboriginal, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. International submissions are welcome.

•Design a t-shirt that tells your story.
•What inspires your sense of identity?
•What do terms like Aboriginal, Indigenous, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis mean to you?
•How do you express your heritage, language, and culture?
Rules & Guidelines
•Design must use two colours only and must show up on a white or light-coloured t-shirt.
•Design must fit on the front of the t-shirt (no wrap-around, sleeve, or back designs).
•Design must be submitted using one of these file extensions: .ai, .eps, .pdf, .fxg, or .svg.
•Two entries maximum per artist.

Indigenous Artists and Artisans research project – Invitation to Participate

The Government of Alberta Ministry of Indigenous Relations has hired MDB Insight and Points North Creative Inc. to conduct a research project on the best systems in Canada and throughout the world that support Indigenous artists and artisans to have their products be certified as “Authentic Indigenous”.

The main goal of this research project is to gather information on the best “Authentic Indigenous” certification systems in Canada and throughout the world, and to connect with Alberta’s Indigenous artists and artisans to hear about their experience selling their art and crafts. The Ministry of Indigenous Relations hopes that this research will help create a more supportive environment for Indigenous artists and artisans and help better understand your experience as an Indigenous artist and artisan in the province.

There are two ways you can help us and participate in this project:

  1. An online survey has been created that asks questions about how, where and who you sell your art to.

You can complete the survey at this web address: .

Participants who take the survey and provide their email will be entered into a draw to win an iPad, or a $500 gift certificate for the art store of their choice as a thank you for completing the survey.

  1. Five focus groups will be held throughout Alberta in April:
  • Edmonton – April 10
  • Lac La Biche – April 11
  • Fort McMurray – April 12
  • Calgary – April 18
  • Grande Prairie April 19

The focus groups will be hosted by MDB Insight, and will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM with lunch provided. Travel costs are the responsibility of the participant, however a $200 honorarium will be provided for your completed participation at the focus group.

If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please email Harry Shnider at and tell him what session you would like to attend and what type of art or craft you make. Harry will email you back and let you know if you have been selected to attend, however seating is limited.

For further information, please contact:

Joanne Geals, Indigenous Relations:
Harry Shnider, MDB Insight:

Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards nominations


Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is pleased to announce the launch of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. This is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to the region. Artists, arts educators, arts administrators, students, and other creative individuals can be nominated in 12 categories spanning a variety of disciplines. Nominations will be accepted August 16 – September 16, 2016.


“The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards is an important opportunity to recognize the achievements of those organizations and individuals who champion the arts in our region,” says Constance Scarlett, ACWB Executive Director. “Often our artists are recognized outside of our community, and the Arts Council really wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase the best of our arts sector within Wood Buffalo.”


Starting August 16, nominations are open in the areas of Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Traditional Aboriginal Arts, Fine Craft, Media Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts. The program also includes a category for artistic youth, aptly called Rising Star. Artists can nominate themselves, or have someone nominate them.


The Arts Awards, aka “The Buffys”, will be handed out during a showcase event on October 22, 2016. The focus of this event is to celebrate the achievements of our local artists through high energy, poignant performances that highlight all that our vibrant arts community has to offer. The theme for this year’s awards showcase is “The Midnight Circus”, which promises to provide a breathtaking back drop for the evening’s entertainment. Scarlett says that “the Arts Showcase is an important piece of this program. It not only provides a paid opportunity for local artists, but it gives the wider community the opportunity to see some of region’s top artists right here in Fort McMurray.” Tickets will be available for the public to come enjoy a night of entertainment and support the arts. “The Board of Directors was determined to make the event accessible to as many residents of Wood Buffalo as possible, which is why tickets are being sold for only $25,” states Scarlett. “This vision of a high-caliber local arts event for the entire community is only possible because of the tremendous support of our sponsors” she says, a group that includes Suncor, Don Scott McMurray Law Office, McMurray Métis, Balsom Communications, and Birdsong Connections.


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards invests in the future of our growing arts community. The recognition received by each award winner will raise their profile, build their portfolio, and allow them to compete and thrive as an artists within our community and beyond the borders of Wood Buffalo. Nomination application guidelines and forms can be found at

Call for Artists: Art in Motion

Art in Motion at McMurray Experience

Summer Exhibition: A Celebration of Indigenous Artwork

This theme is a celebration of indigenous art that includes many divergent artistic practices that operate outside of established western canons of art and art history.

Many contemporary indigenous artists draw on their ancestral connections, combining these with their knowledge and engagement with contemporary international art practices. Indigenous artwork can come in many forms ranging from sculptures, paintings, beadwork, woodwork and carving.The resulting art is often a critique of current social conditions that are the consequence of colonial histories. The experience of forced assimilation, cultural repression and displacement, common to many indigenous peoples, are defining characteristics of these art forms.

This theme is as it states – “a celebration” of perseverance and generational transmission of culture and language.

Join the celebration of indigenous artwork in McMurray Experience! This exhibit will be displayed from August 10 to October 28, 2016.

The exhibit space allows for both 2D and 3D art and has space for 12 pieces.

Deadline for submissions is July 29, 2016.

More information on both the theme and Art in Motion can be found at

Alberta Culture Days 2015 Line Up

Page Banner - Culture Days 2015What is Alberta Culture Days?

 Alberta Culture Days actually started out in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day – one day to recognize the value of the province’s arts and cultural communities, with 100 events held in 30 communities. Since then, it has expanded into an annual three-day celebration that helped inspire the creation of Culture Days — a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. In 2014, there were more than 1,200 events in 98 Alberta communities.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has taken part since 2009 and the event has become so popular that three days are not enough to showcase the community’s vibrant arts, rich heritage and cultural diversity. We are devoting five days to promoting and appreciating the artists, creative professionals, volunteers and non-profit groups that help make the region a great place to live, work and PLAY!

From Sept. 23-27, there are all kinds of activities and performances for residents of all ages. Most events are free; all are planned and presented by our very own community members!


Wednesday, Sept. 23

Alberta Culture Days Urban Market

When: Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Jubilee Plaza, on the corner of Hardin St. and MacDonald Ave.

Price: Free

The Fort McMurray Urban Market, a bi-weekly event running from mid-June to mid-September. A range of vendors participate. You can eat lunch at the market, choosing from various food stalls, or you may want to take home some fresh fruit and vegetables, free-range meats, baked goods, specialty coffee, ethnic fare and the like. You may want to treat yourself with some handmade crafts – also perfect for gift-giving. Another great thing about the Urban Market is that it is an Alberta Approved Farmers Market, which means that 80 percent of the vendors make, bake or grow their products in the province.


Thursday, Sept. 24

Oil Sands Rotary Music Festival Concert When: Sept. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Join us for an evening of exceptional music in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Previous winners of all ages from the Oil Sands Rotary Music Festival will be invited to perform. For more information please visit


Friday Sept 25th

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

When: Sept. 25-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Oil Sands Discovery Centre, 515 MacKenzie Blvd.

Price: Free

Learn about the remarkable history, technology and science of the biggest single deposit oil in the world. Walk through the Dr. Karl A. Clark exhibit hall, named after one of the industry’s pioneers. View several films about the development of the oil sands. Watch a hot water extraction demonstration and see how bitumen is separated from oil sands. Check out the mining equipment that was used in earlier days – including an 850-tonne bucketwheel excavator.


Open Mic Night at Jubilee Plaza

When: Sept. 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Jubilee Plaza, on the corner of Hardin St. and MacDonald Ave.

Price: Free

Check out Open Mic at Jubilee Plaza, hosted by DJ Mike Jones and featuring local artists sharing their talents. While you’re there, visit The McMurray Experience, an interactive multimedia space showcasing the region.


Where the World Lives

When: Sept. 25, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Haxton Centre at Borealis Park, 10500 Morrison St.

Price: Free

Hosted by the Boreal Artist Institute, this photography exhibition has been created by local youth exploring the region’s diverse cultures. Following the exhibition, In Motion will ignite the night with an exciting performance of poi dancing and prop manipulation. Don’t know what poi dancing is? It’s dynamic and you have to see it to believe it. Hint: It involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns – and oftentimes they’re aflame.


One-Act Play Night

When: Sept. 25, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Two short and powerful stories are performed by local theatre artists. Both plays were presented at a sold-out performance at the Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) Regional One Act Play Festival last spring at the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre.

Mountain Top, written and performed by Pattie Dwyer, is a captivating one-woman show about friendship, racial divides and fear. It was selected for the ADFA Provincial One Act Play Festival in Red Deer and received awards for Best Actress and Best New Work.

The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George and directed by Michelle Thorne is about four women sitting in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic. Their brave stories as they deal with body image issues are told through a surreal sequence of monologues, flashbacks, nursery rhymes and dance. At the ADFA Regional Festival, the play was won awards for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Directing, and Technical Achievement. For more information please visit


Youth Folk Fort Fest

When:  Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

This showcase of culture, dance and music is hosted by Centre d’accueil et d’établissement Fort McMurray. Bring your children to this multicultural event where they can learn dances, songs, and customs from around the world. For more information please visit
Photography Challenge Exhibition

When: Sept. 25, 7 p.m.; voting throughout the weekend; prizes on Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Submissions for the Alberta Culture Days Photography Challenge will be displayed during the weekend. Visitors will be asked to vote for “People’s Choice” selections in different categories and age groups. For more information please visit


Saturday, Sept. 26 

Folk Fort Fest

When: Sept. 26, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165, 9317 Huggard St.

Price: Free

This celebration of culture and local talent begins with African music and dance presented by the Centre d’accueil et d’établissement Fort McMuuray. Instructors from the Instruments of Change music program will perform next, followed by an open mic session hosted by the Fort McMurray Jammers.


The Amazing Art Race presented by Peter Pond Mall

When: Sept. 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 27, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Peter Pond Mall

Price: Free

Wet your brushes and sharpen your pencils, the Amazing Art Race is back again, hosted by the Boreal Artist Institute. Participants compete for $2,500 worth of prizes. Their completed works will remain on display at the mall until October. Come paint, create and, most of all, celebrate arts and culture in our community.


Local Artist Demonstrations and Workshops

When: Sept. 26, 2p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Suncor Community Leisure Center at MacDonald Island Park, Second Level Concourse

Price: Free

Come by for fun demonstrations and workshops by local visual artists as well as creative, interactive community art activities for the whole family.


The World Meets in Wood Buffalo

When: Sept. 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 27, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Shell Place, SP Grand Ballroom CD.

Price: Free

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is proud to present the dance showcase The World Meets in Wood Buffalo. This will be yet another great opportunity to engage different cultural groups as part of the provincial celebrations. Various cultural groups will also have displays during the two days.


Improv Theatre Sports (Featuring Thunderstruck)

When: Sept. 26, 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

No rehearsal time, no lines to memorize. Watch hilariously talented comedians make theatre up on the spot based on audience suggestions. For more information please visit


Puppet Boot Camp: Introduction to Black Light Puppet Performance and Construction

When: Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

This is a hands-on introduction to the magical world of black light puppetry. Led by The Odd-Lot Puppetry Co., participants will have the opportunity to create their very own colourful black light creation.  After making the puppets, everyone will get a chance to perform with their new creations in a brand new choreographed puppet show be shown that evening for family and friends. For more information and to register please visit


Odd-Lot Puppetry Black-Light Performance

When: Sept. 26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

The cast members from the Odd-Lot Puppetry will put on an all-ages black-light performance, which will be opened by the students displaying their creations from the workshop. Following the puppet show, there will be an “Improv Games” performance in the theatre featuring the Westwood High School WIT Team and the Thunderstruck Adult Improv Group.  Attendees will draw from a hat to form two teams, each with youth and adults, and then go head-to-head in Improv hilarity. For more information please visit


Fort Mac Handcrafted Market

When: Sept. 26-27, Time TBA.

Where: Westwood High School, 221 Tundra Dr.

Price: Free

Shop for unique handmade items and accessories at the Fort Mac Handcrafted Market and Etsy Made in Canada. Wander through a pop-up gallery of local artists where the public can explore local art, meet the artists and see what they’re producing. For more information please visit
Sunday, Sept. 27

NorthWord Event

When: Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

What’s in a name? That which we call a poem by any other name would sound as sweet. How about a haiku? Longing for some lyrics?  Care for a quatrain? Join the publishers of NorthWord: A Literary Journal of Canada’s North to coax out your inner poet. There will be workshops on writing poetry in a variety of formats, using the theme of our next issue, “What’s In a Name?”

In the afternoon, join other artistic groups in the theatre and have an opportunity to present your work, and enjoy the creations of others.  As well, help celebrate the publication of the thirteenth issue, #GameOn, which was released during the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. For more information please visit


Staged Play Reading – “I, Claudia” by Kristen Thompson

When: Sept. 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Hosted by Pattie Dwyer, this is a casual on-stage experience. Guests are invited to participate or simply listen to a staged reading of a play. For more information please visit


Calligraphy Display and Demonstrations

When: Sept. 27, Time TBA

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Join Pamela Pierre for a relaxing calligraphy demonstration and learn how to create your own word art using various techniques. For more information please visit


Learning Through The Arts – Artist Educator Level 1 Training


Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta – Alberta Showcase 2015

Alberta Showcase 2015

October 23 – 25, 2015
Shell Theatre, Dow Centennial Centre | *Fort Saskatchewan, AB


Performing artists need live audiences.

Presenters need artists for their audiences. Presenters do not always have the opportunity to see artists from other parts of the province or the country.

That’s where Alberta Showcase comes in.

Each year Alberta Showcase brings together presenters, performers and promoters for one jam-packed weekend of live performance, networking, and professional development. This explosive event allows presenters and promoters to see performances before they book the artists.

Over 40 artists will perform excerpts of their best work in a variety of settings throughout the weekend. You will have the opportunity to meet artists in their Contact Room, a trade fair where the business of the art happens.

Come join the ATAA for a weekend that will fuel your excitement for the performing arts in Alberta!

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is dedicated to the maintenance, development and growth of a strong touring arts industry in Alberta. With a focus on services and programs that promote and nurture arts touring, they provide networking opportunities and access to professional development. The ATAA represents and promotes touring arts to industry partners, arts and service organizations, the media, and all levels of Government.

For more information of the ATAA or to purchase tickets to the 2015 Showcase please visit

Local Artists Featured at Art Themed Urban Market – Saturday July 11th 10am-4pm


Arts Council Wood Buffalo 2015 AGM

The Arts Council Wood Buffalo 2015 Annual General Meeting will be occurring on June 14, 2015 at the Quality Hotel Fort McMurray (424 Gregoire Drive). In addition to the business meeting, this event will include a panel of local artists discussing how we can foster a creative economy in our region, a networking reception, and door prizes.

The schedule for the evening is:

  • 5:30 PM: Registration Opens, Refreshments Available
  • 6:00 PM: Meeting Begins
  • Immediately following the meeting will be the “Fostering a Creative Economy: The Importance of Paying Artists” Panel featuring local artists Cara Brown, Sean Mclennan, and Theresa Wells.
  • The evening will close with dessert and a member mixer.

Below you will find all the documents required to attend the meeting. However, if you are unable to attend the meeting it is crucial that you submit a proxy voting form to ACWB at

If you are able to attend the AGM, please RSVP your attendance to by June 10, 2015.

AGM Documents

2015 AGM Agenda Package

Notice of Special Resolution

Proxy Voting Form (if not attending the meeting)

Canada Day Parade Registration Now Open!

If you did not yet know registration is open for this year’s Canada Day Parade! If you would like to register this year you have until June 23 to register your float. Please visit for registration information and also for the full schedule of festivities you can enjoy this year as part of our Canada Day celebration.

Please be sure to also check out our Facebook event page at