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ACWB Hosts Arts Match 2.0

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Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s (ACWB) second Arts Match event was held on January 31, 2020 at the Keyano Art Gallery. Seven local organizations participated in the “speed dating,” style networking event where potential volunteers, or supporters learn about different arts groups. An estimated 40 people attended the event.

“Arts Match 2.0 was a huge success. Our goal is to provide opportunities for artists from all disciplines to connect with fellow artists and the broader community to increase opportunities for artists to grow and work. Everyone left with multiple connections. We even had three youth participants which was an unexpected bonus,” explained Sharon Heading, Arts Recovery Coordinator for the ACWB, who came up with the idea for the event last August.

“We thought using the gallery would be an opportunity to provide support to the Keyano open house and show the vibrancy of our arts community. The current exhibit of some of Keyano's collection was a fantastic backdrop. Looking forward to the next one,” she continued.

Jane Jacques, Managing Editor, NorthWord literary magazine represented the publication, which was one of the featured organizations. This was her first time taking in the event.

“It was great to meet so many people with an interest in the arts, and who have so many talents to share. We were happy to reconnect with friends of NorthWord, let others know about the magazine, and gain some new contacts through the event.”

Anna Noble, Communications and Development Coordinator, Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association agrees. She was looking to connect with artists for the group’s annual Empty Bowls Festival fundraiser featuring painted bowls from across the community.

“I found Arts Match definitely beneficial. I was able to connect with quite a few artists about our Empty Bowls Festival and gain some interest in their involvement. I hope to attend another event like this, as it is so awesome to have a chance to access the art sector.”

Stay tuned for the next event.


Kiran Malik-Khan is the Communications Manager for the Fort McMurray Public School District, and national award-winning communications professional. She is a freelance journalist, a communications professional, and a poet. She loves sharing stories about unique people, events, and organizations. Kiran is the co-founder and volunteer public relations director for NorthWord magazine, Fort McMurray's first and only literary magazine. She is also the President/Co-founder of World Hijab Day Fort McMurray. A proud Pakistani-Canadian who grew up in New Jersey, she is a fierce advocate of Fort McMurray, multiculturalism, women's rights, and equality for all. Got a story nobody is telling? Send her ideas: DM and follow on Twitter @KiranMK0822.

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