BBP Winter 2017 Pagelet

Business Beautification Program seeking Visual Artists

Deadline to apply: November 8, 2017

The Business Beautification Program encourages local businesses to beautify and maintain their storefronts and surrounding property.

2017 Winter Business Beautification Program

The winter Business Beautification Program allows local residents to apply to paint winter images on participating businesses’ storefront windows. If you love to paint, fill out the online application form and attach some samples of your work for your chance to be selected. Selected painters will be provided with paint and equipment, plus a fee for each painting completed.

Businesses who would like their storefront windows to be transformed into a winter wonderland can fill out a business application form for a chance to be selected. This is a great opportunity to help make our community merry and bright this winter.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Beautifying your business can be quick and easy. Here are many simple ways to participate in the Business Beautification Program:

  • Sweep storefronts, walkways and surrounding areas.
  • Clean windows, and hang a welcome sign.
  • Clean or update outdoor signage.
  • Re-paint fencing, bollards and parking lot lines.
  • Pressure wash sidings, outside furnishings and walkways.
  • Pick up litter, and other debris around your property.
  • Landscape and/or hardscape your property.
  • Provide proper bins for trash, recycling and cigarette butts.
  • Plant low maintenance shrubs, greenery and flowers beds.
  • Remove graffiti. Email graffiti@rmwb.ca to pick up a free Graffiti Removal Kit.

An attractive storefront not only promotes a positive image of your business, but also appeals to prospective and current customers. By maintaining your property on a regular basis, this encourages neighbouring businesses to follow suit and beautify their storefronts as well.

Nuisance Property Bylaw

Businesses are not obligated to beautify their storefronts. However, all property owners should be aware of the Nuisance Property Bylaw, which outlines the penalties for having an unkempt and unsightly property. Graffiti, overgrowth of grass or weeds, and litter are a few examples that would be considered as part of the Nuisance Property Bylaw.

Contact

Communities in Bloom
cib@rmwb.ca
780-788-1489

http://www.rmwb.ca/living/Beautification/Communities-in-Bloom/Business-Beautification-Program.htm

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Call for Submissions: 2018 Alberta Winter Games

Deadline for submissions is November 7th

Call for Submissions: 2018 Alberta Winter Games

In February, Wood Buffalo will host the 2018 Alberta Winter Games. What better way to showcase our pride in this event then by displaying artwork that showcases our commitment to recreation, sports and health in our next edition of Art in Motion.

To participate, submit your your artwork or memorabilia for the next Art in Motion exhibit through this link: http://asset.rmwb.ca/inmotion/

The deadline for 2018 Alberta Winter Games submissions is Nov. 7.

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Winter Art Street Banner Program

Deadline October 6, 2017

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo invites all youth of Wood Buffalo to participate in the Winter Art Banner Program (under 18 years old).

Five designs will be chosen and transformed onto banners to brighten up our community. These banners will be displayed on Franklin Avenue and Thickwood Boulevard for a limited time.

Theme:

The theme of the banners is Alberta Winter Games!

Artwork Limitations:

  • Artwork should reflect winter sporting events. A list of winter events is included on page 3.
  • Artwork must take up the entire space of the art paper provided, from edge to edge (no borders)
  • Participants should consider scale and distance of the viewing audience and use large scale images.

Deadlines:

Submit artwork and completed Release Forms to McMurray Experience (9909 Franklin Avenue) by Friday, October 6, 2017
For technical or submission guideline questions, please email alanna.bottrell@rmwb.ca or call 780.792.5968

Banner Selection and Criteria:

1 entry/per resident.
Artwork must be created on the provided art paper.
The artist retains sole copyright to his/her artwork.
Artwork must stay within the theme and limitations as indicated on the previous page.
Each submission must be accompanied by a completed waiver and photo release form.
Artwork will be selected by a volunteer selection panel.

Submission Guidelines:

Minimum finished artwork size must maintain a proportional scale of 7.5” x 23.5”.  Paper can also be picked up at the Jubilee Building (first floor reception), available on a first-come, first-served basis (while quantities last)
This program is open to youth only (under 18 years old, and must live in the region).
Original artwork must be submitted. Photographs of artwork will not be accepted.
Mechanical reproductions of original works are not permitted.
Chosen artwork will be professionally digitalized and transferred on to a 30” x 94” one-sided nylon banner.

Rules and Submission Guidelines:

Please review the submission guidelines as indicated on the Information Package.

When creating your visual artwork, you will be submitting a design for one side of the banner pole. See figure in the Information Package.

Please note: The Information Package provides all the information required to successfully submit your contest entry. Due to the anticipated volume of contest entries, submissions that do not conform to the minimum requirements detailed in this document may be disqualified.

On the back of each submission, include the artist’s full name, phone number, email address, and school.

List of Sports to Help Inspire Designs:

Alpine Skiing
Freestyle Skiing
Snowboarding
Speed Skating
Volleyball (Men and Women)
Wrestling
Badminton
Ringette
Figure Skating
Archery
Curling
Gymnastics
Judo
Hockey (Men and Women)
Squash
Synchronized Swimming
Cross-Country Skiing
Boxing
Biathlon
Fencing

Borealis Gallery – Call for Artists

Application deadline: November 1, 2017, 4:00 pm MST

Call for Artists – Borealis Gallery, Legislative Assembly of Alberta

In 1918, a mysterious illness swept the globe. It struck erratically and swiftly, seeming to target otherwise healthy young adults. Its victims could be well in the morning and dead by nightfall. The Spanish Flu, as the pandemic came to be known, was indiscriminate and it was ruthless: estimates place the worldwide mortality rate between 20 and 100 million people. Roughly one in six Canadians perished. More than 4,000 Albertans, almost 10% of the province’s population, died within four months. What happened? And what did it mean for the young province of Alberta?

100 years later, the Borealis Gallery at the Legislative Assembly Office is curating an exhibition to examine the realities, conditions, and legacies of the Spanish Flu in Alberta. Opening in Edmonton October 2018, the exhibition will explore how individuals, communities, and the province were affected by this international pandemic. The exhibition focuses on the social and societal impacts of the Spanish Flu, exploring the iterative relationship between the local and the international, dealing wherever possible in first-person experiences and accounts.

The exhibition will combine contemporary artworks with historical documents and images to locate events, contextualize the pandemic, identify lasting legacies, and link present-day Albertans with this long-distant event. We are looking to exhibit artworks that explore illness, disease, health and healing, the Roaring Twenties, international travel, the Great War, and the disproportional effects of disease on marginalized ethnicities, classes, and socioeconomic strata. Interested artists are asked to propose works for exhibition which address the cultural, social, historical, and/or political aspects of illness and health and how they relate to Albertan identity, past and present. Selected artists will have their work featured as part of the exhibition at the Borealis Gallery from October 26, 2018, to January 7, 2019.

 

Interested artists are asked to send written submissions which include:

  1.  digital images (300 dpi, no more than five and no larger than 1 MB each);
  2.  title, dimensions, and medium of each work;
  3. an artist’s statement which puts the work in the context of the exhibition as described;
  4. the name and contact information of the artist, including a brief CV (no longer than two pages).

We are interested in past work, current work, and in artwork created specifically to align with the themes of this exhibition. As part of our commitment to encourage and foster a vibrant Alberta arts scene, exhibiting artists will be compensated for their contributions. We use CARFAC schedules as a guide when determining compensation rates.

 

Timeline:

Application deadline: November 1, 2017

Artists notified: December 15, 2017

Exhibition installation: October 20 – 25, 2018

Exhibition: October 26, 2018 to January 7, 2019

For more information on the Legislative Assembly Office of Alberta and the Borealis Gallery, visit: assembly.ab.ca/visitorcentre

Submissions should be sent by November 1, 2017 by email to Barbara Hilden, Exhibits Coordinator: barbara.hilden@assembly.ab.ca Visitor Services, Legislative Assembly of Alberta 3 rd Floor, 9820 107 St, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E7 phone: 780.638.5682

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ACWB is Center Stage with David Winsor

 

It’s a common compliment to say that an artist has a gift or an artistic ability, but for David Winsor it is neither just a gift nor ability, but rather the desire to learn, discover, and grow. As a local visual artist, learning for David involves constantly creating new art, testing new techniques and discovering how mediums work and why. In David’s words, “learning a new skill like painting has an effect similar to learning a new language in keeping the mind young.”

Originally from the east coast of Canada, David did not grow up with an interest in visual arts. He only discovered his passion for painting recently, while searching for a present for his youngest daughter who had a desire to paint, and he became hooked after also giving it a try. Being relatively new to the arts community, David found guidance, support, and encouragement through the Meicholas Art Foundation, who he believes does a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes for the arts community. Now David has an undeniable drive to constantly learn about his new found passion by painting every day, looking for local resources, and sharing his knowledge with others.

In addition to feeding his drive to learn, he has also come to realize that painting for him is an integral part of achieving and maintaining his mental health. Prior to finding painting David says his drinking, weight, blood pressure, and stress levels were all out of control. David made drastic changes to get his health back on track including practicing yoga. David has found that “painting, or art in any form, has a positive effect on relieving anxiety and depression. There is benefit from putting a brush to paper even if there is no intention to produce a finished painting.”

David has experimented with many different visual art mediums and found watercolour to be his current calling. After hundreds, if not thousands of hours learning about watercolour, and with guidance from the Meicholas Art Foundation, David is applying his watercolour skills into facilitating an introductory watercolour course at the Art Foundry at River Station. The course, consisting of four two hour sessions, will give participants a foundation on how to control the medium, a firsthand look at achieved results from practice, and the experience of using professional grade materials.

Interested in participating in David’s Introduction to Watercolour course? Visit the Art Foundry at River Station’s Facebook page @artfoundrywoodbuffalo. Want to learn more about what’s available for art classes, workshops and events in the Wood Buffalo region? Visit Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s online calendar or follow us on social media! www.artscouncilwb.ca/calendar/

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WBFB – 25th Anniversary Book Cover Project – REOI

Deadline June 30, 2017

Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association
Syncrude Corporate Challenge Food Drive
25th Anniversary Book Cover Project

Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI)

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A. THE OPPORTUNITY

The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association in Fort McMurray Alberta wishes to commission an artist to create an original artwork for the cover of a book commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Syncrude Corporate Challenge Food Drive. The artist should work with the WBFB historian writing the book to gather relevant information, key themes, etc. for the artwork concept. The original commissioned artwork will be owned by the WBFB and displayed at their building, 250 prints (maximum) of the artwork will be created by the WBFB and distributed to select stakeholders, and 1000 books with the artwork on the cover will be printed by the WBFB and given to partners, volunteers, etc.

The budget for the commissioned artwork is $3000, inclusive of supplies, artist fee, exclusive reproduction rights, shipping/delivery, GST. The artwork must be a minimum size of 9 inches x 12 inches to a maximum size of 16 inches x 20 inches. The final representation of the artwork on the cover of the book is subject to design requirements i.e. cropped, elements placed on top of the image, etc.

Visual artists are invited to respond to this Request for Expression of Interest (REOI). Preference will be given to local Wood Buffalo artists.

This REOI is open June 9 – June 30, 2017. The REOI is due June 30, 2017.  Submissions will be reviewed by an adjudication committee consisting of WBFB board members and stakeholders, as well as a visual artist representative recommended by ACWB. The successful artist will be notified by July 14, 2017; the adjudication panel’s decision is final.  Budget and timeline will be finalized and the contract signed by July 21, 2017.  The artist will have from July 24 – August 31, 2017 to create the concept and the artwork.

 

B. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Please submit the following items by email to programs@artscouncilwb.ca using the subject line: WBFB Food Drive Book Cover REOI.

Your submission must include:

  • Contact information.
  • A description of why the project is of interest.
  • Materials that show why you have the experience/vision to complete this project successfully (this could include a Curriculum Vitae, Biography/Artist Statement, List of Accomplishments, reference related to previous similar experience, etc.).
  • Basic budget and timeline.
  • Three (maximum) digital images of artwork showcasing your style. JPG format with file size not to exceed 2MB. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc.

 

C. SUBMISSION DEADLINE

Submissions must be received by Friday, June 30, 2017.

 

D. ABOUT WOOD BUFFALO FOOD BANK ASSOCIATION

The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association has the vision that every citizen of the RMWB has access to and utilizes the resources and information necessary for Food Security; including nutritional standards. The WBFB provides programs and services that provide the resources and education necessary to ensure food security for all citizens in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

The WBFB acts as a bridge in our community between stakeholders, donors, and clients in addition to providing referral services to other agencies that might better serve the needs of our clientele. The WBFB treats all clients with respect and dignity, works to empower all our clients to build capacity to be independent of our services. We act as an advocate for our clients with government and non-government agencies to ensure our clients receive all the benefits they can and are entitled to. The Food Bank works in collaboration with other agencies to foster an environment of partnership and sharing.

For more information please visit www.woodbuffalofoodbank.com/.

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WBFB Mural Project – REOI

Deadline June 16, 2017

Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association Mural Project
Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI)

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A. THE OPPORTUNITY
The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association wishes to commission an artist to paint murals on two c-cans located on their property in downtown Fort McMurray, Alberta. The murals will only be painted on one side of each c-can (2 murals total) and should contain the themes of food security, food bank, food community, together at the table, etc. The area on each c-cans to be painted is approximately 40 feet long by 9 feet tall (360 sq feet).

The budget for the project is $8,000, inclusive of c-can preparation (washing and priming), supplies, artist fee, anti-graffiti coating, and GST. Additional budget available for travel/accommodation/meals if artist is from outside of Fort McMurray.

Visual artists are invited to respond to this Request for Expression of Interest (REOI). Preference will be given to local Wood Buffalo artists.
This REOI is open May 26 – June 16, 2017. The REOI is due June 16, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an adjudication committee consisting of WBFB board members and stakeholders, as well as a visual artist representative recommended by ACWB. The successful artist will be notified by June 23, 2017; the adjudication panel’s decision is final. Concept, budget, and timeline will be finalized and the contract signed by June 30, 2017. The artist will have from July 1 – August 31, 2017 to design, prep, and paint the murals. The artist will be invited to the unveiling reception in late September 2017.

B. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Please submit the following items by email to programs@artscouncilwb.ca using the subject line: WBFB Mural Project REOI.
Your submission must include:

  • Contact information.
  • A description of why the project is of interest.
  • Materials that show why you have the experience/vision to complete this project successfully (this could include a Curriculum Vitae, Biography/Artist Statement, List of Accomplishments, reference related to previous similar experience, etc.).
  • Concept, budget, timeline, and maintenance plan.
  • Three (maximum) digital images of previous artwork relevant to the project. JPG format with file size not to exceed 2MB. Files should be named as follows: first name_last name.a.jpeg, first name_last name.b.jpeg, etc.

C. SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Submissions must be received by Friday, June 16, 2017.

D. ABOUT WOOD BUFFALO FOOD BANK ASSOCIATION
The Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association has the vision that every citizen of the RMWB has access to and utilizes the resources and information necessary for Food Security; including nutritional standards. The WBFB provides programs and services that provide the resources and education necessary to ensure food security for all citizens in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The WBFB acts as a bridge in our community between stakeholders, donors, and clients in addition to providing referral services to other agencies that might better serve the needs of our clientele. The WBFB treats all clients with respect and dignity, works to empower all our clients to build capacity to be independent of our
services. We act as an advocate for our clients with government and non-government agencies to ensure our clients receive all the benefits they can and are entitled to. The Food Bank works in collaboration with other agencies to foster an environment of partnership and sharing.
For more information please visit www.woodbuffalofoodbank.com.

To view photographs of the c-can and full REOI, click on this link: Wood Buffalo Food Bank C-Cans Mural REOI.

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MOA Shop T-Shirt Design Contest

ANNUAL MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY 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 moashoptshirt@gmail.com.

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 shop@moa.ubc.ca or contact the shop at 604-827-4810.

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

Inspiration
•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.

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Call for Artists: Graffiti Abatement Mural Project

Submission deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 2 pm

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) intends to commission an Artist/Artist team to design and install murals on four storage sheds at the Timberlea Community Park this summer.  The Artist/Artist team will also be responsible for hosting two community workshops.

To find out more about the program and how to apply, please download the Call to Artists package.

Please email all submission packages to tenders@rmwb.ca

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For details and submission guidelines, please visit rmwb.ca/graffitimural.

The RMWB provides opportunities to explore urban art in a legal, respectful way. Launched in 2012, the Graffiti Abatement Mural Project aims to deter graffiti while infusing the community with public art.

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ACWB is Centre Stage with Nelly Wati Tinkess of Balloon Moose Studio

Read this month’s Arts Council Wood Buffalo member feature in the April edition of snapd Wood Buffalo, on stands now!

Nelly Wati Tinkess is a local balloon artist on a mission to educate the public on this expanding art form. Nelly, originally from Indonesia, moved to Canada 5 years ago. Her education and work experience includes public relations, marketing, and communications in places such as Jakarta and Vancouver. Nelly started working as a hobbyist jewelry maker while pursuing a full time job. Three years ago she noticed a photograph of a large balloon sculpture of a mermaid on her Facebook news feed and she instantly became interested. Today Nelly owns a thriving balloon business in Fort McMurray called Balloon Moose Studio, known for delivering smiles and transforming air into art.

It’s no easy feat being a balloon artist, Nelly points out. Similar to many art disciplines, there is a lot of behind the scenes work that happens before there is a finished balloon product. Each project takes research, gathering inspirations, creating the concept and framework, deciding on appropriate techniques, safety assessments, long hours full of balloon tying, sore fingers and wrists. The joy people get from their balloon art is well worth the work for Nelly, and her plans for her practice are ever growing. Nelly created custom balloon art pieces, including hats and headbands, for attendees at ACWB’s 2016 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Art Awards. It was Nelly’s first gig where adults received her pieces and it has opened the doors to new opportunities.

An avid learner, Nelly understands the value of professional development and continued education in order to learn and improve her artistry. Nelly is well known as an innovator in the North American balloon artist community, and she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Twist & Shout Balloon Convention 2017 in Kissimmee, Florida. While participating in the jam sessions and attending the master classes Nelly was able to connect with other balloon professionals, growing her network while learning new techniques. “I learned a lot, new techniques, new ideas, and also got to know other artists that I can proudly say are my balloon family now,” she says.

Networking and creating relationships with other local artists is another way Nelly strives to grow her practice. Nelly is a founding member of the Wood Buffalo Artisans Society (WBAS), a non-profit organization in Fort McMurray. Nelly and other artisan entrepreneurs created WBAS to support and promote handcrafting artists and handmade products in the region.

Nelly believes the arts community is strong in Wood Buffalo and she is grateful to be part of it. She is often surprised by how much support she gets, not only from Arts Council Wood Buffalo, but from the community as a whole. Passion for her art form and her drive to share it with the community aids in fostering awareness and growth for all of the arts in Wood Buffalo. Learn more about Nelly and Balloon Moose Studio at http://www.balloonmoosestudio.com/ and on Facebook and Instagram.