Friday, 15 January 2010

Artist Trading Cards

Above Image: Artist Trading Card, created by local artist Margaret Sonnenberg, 2009.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is offering workshops and an open call for Artist Trading Cards.

Artist trading cards are miniature works of art created on a 2 ½” X 3 ½” surface. They are original artworks or small editions self-produced by an artist, however anyone can produce them. There are no restrictions on the materials or theme, which means the possibilities for creativity are endless. Everyone is invited to participate and all techniques and mediums are welcome.

Artist trading cards must be original artworks created for this call for entry. Each individual may submit up to nine artist cards. Please place the title, medium, the artists name and contact info on the back of each ATC

The Workshop is held every Monday night from 6pm till 7:30 pm at the Haxton Centre.

For more information on Artist Trading Cards and other Cultural activities, program, and updates, please visit the Municipal Website: and click on the "Residents" tab along the top of the screen, then click on the "Culture" title to visit the Cultural site.

Call for Artist

The first annual Winterplay Festival, organized by Events Wood Buffalo would like to include an exhibit of artworks created by local artist.

If you are interested in participating in this show please contact Cultural Coordinator, Connor Buchanan for more information.
Phone: 780.788.4335 or 780.714.7173
For more information of the WinterPlay Festival please visit the Events Wood Buffalo website:


What Does Culture Look Like?
By: Connor Buchanan, Cultural Coordinator; Parks, Recreation & Culture Branch

Wood Buffalo has a burgeoning cultural scene and it’s time to brand it. So municipal staff will be recruited in February to help select a logo from contest submissions.

During the time I’ve spent getting to know those who call this region home, it has become apparent that everyone has their own view of culture – and that’s a great thing. By listening to diverse perspectives on what that abstraction encompasses and how it comes alive for different people, I have been fortunate to expand my knowledge base. I also understand that because culture is a community-based concept -- a collective thing -- it is important to provide residents with an opportunity to participate in how we, the municipal cultural staff, interpret and represent that.

Over the past month, municipal employees will have hopefully noticed a series of “teaser” advertisements that ran in local newspapers, promising “something shiny and new” from the Community Services Department in the New Year.

On Jan. 15, the final ad was revealed, announcing a competition for artists and designers of all ages, skill levels and artistic mediums to create a logo to represent the culture of Wood Buffalo. The winning design will be used to identify the cultural staff and the municipal activities, programs and projects that they are involved with or produce.

Originally, a logo had been created in-house to represent the new cultural division and its mandate. However, in consultation with the graphics design team of the Communications Department, we realized that you can’t really have culture without a major community component.

The proposal was reevaluated, which led to an open call for designs so that Wood Buffalo’s various communities and residents could be included in the process and take ownership of what culture means and looks like to them, and how it should be presented to outside parties.

There is no doubt that this is a difficult task. How to best capture that fluid concept with an image is a tremendous task but a rewarding personal challenge. If you or anyone you know is artistically inclined, or has an idea of what could be featured, please start brainstorming and enter a design.

The submission deadline is Feb. 19, 2010.

For more information about this project, please see the link on the Web site:, under the heading entitled “Cultural Logo Competition,”
contact me at: (780) 788-4335 (office), (780) 714-7173, or

Fort Mcmurray's Got Talent

Nistawoyou Friendship Centre presents Fort McMurray's got Talent!

Starting on Saturday February 13th till December 18th, 2010 from 7-9pm we are located at 8310 Manning Avenue.

Come join us, get plugged in and showcase your musical talents. We have a great stage, loud P.A system and lots of seating for your friends and family to cheer you on. All music genres, all ages welcome so come show us your talent.

We are doing it up cafe style so there are munchies and drinks available for purchase. So mark it on your agenda because you wouldn’t want to miss a great evening of music, munchies, and fun.

Need more info contact Sonia Burke-Smith Youth Coordinator at:

Phone: 780-792-6805

Look forward to seeing all your talents Fort McMurray.

Dates: Saturday February 13th till December 18th, 2010

Time: from 7 - 9pm

Location: 8310 Manning Avenue.