Arts Council Wood Buffalo partners with various stakeholders to ensure that the arts are recognized as essential in creating a balanced community.
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2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games
From February 16th – 19th, 2018 the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo will be host to approximately 3000 athletes, coaches and officials from across the province, to compete, learn and share the experience of a lifetime. The 2018 Alberta Winter Games is managed by the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games Host Society, made up of a board of directors, staff, organizing chairs, and volunteers.
Arts Council Wood Buffalo is pleased to partner with the Host Society in making this event meaningful for our community, visitors, and the athletes. ACWB is involved at both the director and organizing chair level to ensure the arts are represented and best practices are followed.
AWG Director of Culture, Ceremonies, Protocol – Diana Moser, ACWB Programs & Partnerships Manager
AWG Organizing Chair of Arts & Culture Programming – Liana Wheeldon, ACWB Executive Director
Empty Bowls Festival
Arts Council Wood Buffalo partnered with the Wood Buffalo Food Bank to plan, organize, and execute the 2017 Empty Bowls Festival on September 10, 2017. ACWB worked with the Food Bank to create the artist vendor, artist activities, and artist performer calls, and also gave advice on production companies and silent auction best practices. ACWB staff was also a key point person for the artist marketplace during the event.
The Empty Bowls Festival presented by John Wilson’s Hedco Group is a family-friendly celebration of local talent in visual and performing arts and fine crafts that draws the community together and bring awareness to local hunger issues and raise funds for the Wood Buffalo Food Bank. Guests purchased a hand-crafted bowl made by the Fort McMurray Potter’s Guild, and with that bowl made their way around the festival sampling creations from several different local eateries. The artist marketplace, developed in partnership with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, featured local artisans selling their art and fine crafts (a portion of sales will be donated back to the WBFB) as well as displays and demonstrations of live arts and fine crafts. Throughout the day guests also enjoyed live local music and an improv show. For more information on the Empty Bowls Festival visit: http://www.woodbuffalofoodbank.com/.
Fort McMurray Urban Market Community Committee
Arts Council Wood Buffalo sat on the Fort McMurray Urban Market Community Committee, helping to guide the direction of the market for long term success and organizing local entertainment for the 2017 summer market season.
The Urban Market is an annual event running from June until September, located at Jubilee Plaza in Fort McMurray. Visitors can find a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, free-range meats, prepared lunch items, ethnic food and much more. For more information on the Urban Market visit http://www.rmwb.ca/living/Events-and-Festivals/Urban-Market.htm
Redpoll Centre Public Art Commission
The Redpoll Centre Public Art Commission project created an original piece of public art now exhibited in The Redpoll Centre at Shell Place in Fort McMurray, AB. ACWB received funding for the project through the Alberta Foundation of the Arts (AFA) Public Art Commissions grant. Alberta visual artists or artist collectives working in 2D or 3D, photography, or fine craft were invited to respond to an Request for Expression Of Interest due October 3, 2016. Through a two-round selection process open to artists locally and across Alberta, an artist was chosen and the artwork was officially unveiled on September 29, 2017. The artwork commemorates the opening of The Redpoll Centre, the shared social profit workspace managed by the United Way of Fort McMurray, reflecting the values of collaboration, innovation, creativity, courage, and integrity.
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Wood Buffalo Timeraiser
This event has passed. Please check back in the spring for updates on the 2018 Wood Bufalo Timeraiser!
Arts Council Wood Buffalo was pleased to partner with FuseSocial in making this event meaningful for visual artists, to ensure the arts are fairly represented, and that best practices are followed. ACWB staff worked closely with FuseSocial to create the artist calls, collect and organize the submissions, and assist with the selection process. ACWB was excited to once again be part of an event that recognizes the value of art and pays artists for their work.
Timeraiser is a party for social good! It is a night of contemporary art, great music, connecting with amazing social profit organizations, and coming together as a community. The evening consists of showcasing stand-out social profit organizations who are there to engage with volunteers looking for meaningful opportunities. It’s also an art auction where community members bid on art by established and up-and-coming local artists in exchange for volunteer time instead of money!
Thursday April 27, 2017. 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery.