ZOOMINESCENCE 2019 call to artists!

are you a visual artist who would like to submit a piece to our Festival?

See below for more info on how to apply!


Calling all creatives! We are currently seeking organizations or individuals (local artists, architects, designers) with a passion for the arts and the environment to share their vision with the local community. We invite anyone with an artistic vision to design an exhibit for the competition.

Edmonton, the most northern city in North America with a population of over one million, is a world renowned winter metropolis with the proud title of Festival City. This December, Zoominescence, hosted by the Valley Zoo Development Society, will stage a spectacular exhibition of artistic light installations within the unique setting of the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The festival’s vision is to celebrate light, artistry, imagination and the strong spirit of our community in the winter. It will run for a 14 day period every December weekend plus the 26th. We are inviting imaginative people to come and be a part of the festival by creating art in the form of light installations that all of Edmonton can enjoy!

The themes of the competition are the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s 60th Anniversary and the impact we have made on one of three areas of education, conservation and the love of animals. In keeping with our environmental stewardship environmentally friendly or recycled materials are highly recommended. We would like to see pieces that incorporate the zoo’s three pillars of education, stewardship and conservation. Individuals or teams are able to work with recycled materials and renewable energy to design an exhibit that either celebrates one or both of the aforementioned themes. We would love to see interactive installations, but this is not a requirement. Should you decide to submit an interactive piece, please keep in mind that the majority of visitors will be children. Many of these exhibits will also include the stars of the Edmonton Valley Zoo themselves, the animals!

A few things to keep in mind regarding the competition application are:

• Chosen projects will be provided with a budget of $3,500.00. Your use of the funds is discretionary as long as the project approved is the project built.
• Power will be provided by the Edmonton Valley Zoo, you just need to ensure the exhibit is maintained: keep in mind our harsh winter conditions. Your project must include power needs and specifications… keeping in mind alternative energy sources are the preferred manner. We require our artists to use timers to minimize the power used during the 17 day festival period.
• Be creative: anything goes here with materials, this can be ice, lights, anything! Just let us know what we can help provide to you!
• This is fun! So keep it light hearted and enjoyable! We want energetic people with a love of the arts to share in this experience.

Project submission deadline is July 15th, 2019, so download your application and apply today!




Field of Flowers

Flociety and its many members have been creating interactive environments, art installations, stages, and performances at a wide variety of festivals and venues, both local and abroad. Their large and growing team thrives on collaboration and contribution, as many experts in their own fields come together on each project to ensure an outcome that will bring a smile to everyone.

Field of Flowers, although the brainchild of Erik Nordenhof, would not have been possible without the contributions of ideas, abilities, and efforts of the Flociety crew.



It is through today’s zoos that future generations will come to a greater understanding of the human impact on the natural world and be motivated to preserve it and reverse the damage already done. Every donation, big or small, helps us revitalize our beloved Edmonton Valley Zoo! Thank you for caring for the animals, our children’s future and the planet!