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Calling All Local Artists: RMWB Offers Three Opportunities to Showcase Artwork in Community

(Fort McMurray, AB – March 9, 2017) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is offering local artists three opportunities to showcase their artwork in the region.

From gleaning inspiration through an artist mentor, to designing a Canada 150! street banner, to painting the region’s seventh graffiti abatement mural, the Municipality has three unique calls for artists this spring. 

“Local artwork plays an important role in our region’s cultural landscape,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “I encourage residents of all ages to take advantage of these programs and really showcase their skills and talents to our community.”

Artist in Residency

Under the mentorship of interdisciplinary artist Elisabeth Belliveau, eight local artists will be selected to participate in the 2017 Artist in Residency program. 

In addition to receiving mentorship from an experienced Canadian artist, successful applicants will have access to free studio space at the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, art supplies and the opportunity to have their work displayed at a final exhibition. 

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7.

To read Belliveau’s bio and for more information on the program, please visit www.rmwb.ca/air

Street Banner Program

This year, we commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. As part of our celebration, the RMWB invites residents to submit their Canada 150! design for the annual street banner contest.

A panel of volunteer community judges will select five pieces of artwork to be featured on municipal street banners on Franklin Avenue and Thickwood Boulevard. 

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 7. 

For program guidelines, please visit www.rmwb.ca/bannerprogram.

Graffiti Abatement Mural 

The Municipality is seeking proposals for the seventh instalment of the annual Graffiti Abatement Mural Program. This year, a mural is planned for Timberlea Community Park. 

Launched in 2012, the program aims to deter graffiti, while also creating public art for the community. Previous installations include the Bob Lamb Bandstand and Lions Park murals. 

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. 

For more information on the program, please visit www.rmwb.ca/mural

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