Alberta Arts Days

The students that participated in the play along with their teacher.

Alberta Arts Days began in 2008, as a one-day event to recognize the talent in Alberta’s arts and cultural communities.   Since then, it has expanded into a three day province wide celebration that raises the awareness, accessibility and participation of Albertans into the arts, crafts and cultural activities of their community.  
 Alberta Arts Days in 2011 occurred from September 30 to October 2.   In Wetaskiwin, the City and the Public Library help to showcase local artists and cultural groups through a number of displays and shows.   On October 1, 2011, on the lawn of City Hall, there was a community book launch for author Ian Ferguson and his book – “Village of the Small Houses”.  Along with this book launch, Sacred Heart School performed a brilliant short play based on his book called “Lost Boy”.  There was also a period related art display by Betty Dragon.  The City supplied pizza and drinks for the crowd.
 On October 2, 2011, the Wetaskiwin Public Library presented a number of different types of art displays and cultural activities.  Some of these included scroll writing and calligraphy by Lorraine Fork; Nancy Strandquist gave a demonstration of how to paint with water colors; Betty Dragon displayed her paintings; Christine Thompson demonstrated china plate painting; A group of women demonstrated spinning and knitting.  The children had fun creating stamps, making puppets and glitter tattoos.  While people observed or participated in these demonstrations, the “Rock and Flower” singers and the “New Belly Sisterhood” (Belly dancers) performed their songs and dances.   Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves, while discovering new forms of art and culture, that added vibrancy to our community.

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