Alberta Culture Days

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Check out Red Deer's Events List for 2023 below!

Red Deer's Culture Days events engage visitors and residents alike with an eclectic mix of arts, culture, and creativity!

Red Deer's Alberta Culture Days 2023 will be held throughout the month of September! Check out the date blocks below for all the events, which are free and family-friendly!

Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta's arts and cultural communities. There were 100 events held in 30 communities across the province, and a flagship celebration at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, province-wide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days - a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Alberta Culture Days 2023

Red Deer Culture Days has many events to showcase our local arts and culture scene.

Click on the dates below to see what's happening each week! You can also follow us on https://www.facebook.com/reddeerculturedays

All Month Long

Creative Capstone Art Classes
Capstone Canada 150 Square, 5589 47 Street
Let's get those creative juices flowing with Saturday art classes geared towards adults! Visit liveincapstone.ca/events/ for more free activities!
Sept 2 11am-1pm: Whimsical Villages, Sally Towers-Sybblis
2 - 4pm: Acrylic Painting, Chloe Jensen
Sept 16 11am-1pm: Explore Oil Pastel, Nelson Bautista
2 - 4pm: Tulip Felt Applique, Rhys PugatschewSeptember 1-30, 2023

Here, There, and Everywhere Art Exhibition - September 1 - 30: Red Deer Arts Council Office, 6 – 4919 49 Street, Red Deer. Along with Central Alberta Retired Teachers’ Association, the Red Deer Arts Council is pleased to present, “Here, There, and Everywhere,” an exhibition of original literary and visual artworks. Celebrating new, experienced, and developing artists in the community from all levels of experience.

Care for Newcomers & Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society Cultural Cafes - September 6, 13, 20, 27 from 7 - 9pm: Cronquist House, 4707 Fountain Drive #4, Red Deer (at Bower Ponds). Celebrate Alberta Culture Days by attending Cultural Cafés every Wednesday in September at Cronquist House from 7pm - 9 pm. Meet your neighbors, newcomers to Canada, and local cultural groups as we celebrate a different heritage each week throughout September.

Various MAGSaturdays Projects – September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 MAG: MAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every Saturday from 1-4 pm. FREE for September. We supply the materials, the studio, and the instructions – you supply the imagination! Find more info on these MAGSaturday projects in the Weekly boxes below!


September Labour Day Weekend

September 1-3

September 2 (1-4pm) - Low Relief Sculpture, a MAGSaturday Project: Relief sculpture is a mix of 2D and 3D elements. Today, we will carve our self-portraits into a flat piece of air-dry clay. (MAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every Saturday from 1-4 pm. FREE for September. We supply the materials, the studio, and the instructions – you supply the imagination!)

September Week 1

September 4-10

September 9 (1-4pm) - Cape Dorset Creations, a MAGSaturday Project: Be inspired by art from Cape Dorset! Using watercolour resist, you will get to create a painting of an animal of your choosing. (MAG: MAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every Saturday from 1-4 pm. FREE for September. We supply the materials, the studio, and the instructions – you supply the imagination!)

September 9 & 10 - Open Studio Tour: Various Artists’ homes around Red Deer Red Deer Arts Council presents a self-guided open studio tour to visit artists at work in their home studios. See creativity in progress and learn about the artistic process!

September 9 & 16 (11am-3pm) – Drop in for Coffee and Krumkake! 4402 47A Avenue, Norwegian Laft Hus Cultural Centre and Museum, Heritage Square (between Rec Centre & MAG). Come visit our Museum and try your hand at Nordic arts and crafts. View Scandinavian artifacts in our quaint log house. Find unique gift items including Viking-themed T-shirts, mugs, magnets, and more!

September Week 2

September 11-17

September 16 (10am - 3pm) - Bead and Share RDPL - Waskasoo Board Room at Downtown Branch. Learn, share, and practice beading techniques used by many Indigenous bead artists. Create an Orange Shirt pin to wear on September 30th or create a pin to welcome in the autumn season. Instruction and materials are included in the required registration. Ages 16+.

September 9 & 16 (11am - 3pm) – Drop in for Coffee and Krumkake! 4402 47A Avenue Norwegian Laft Hus Cultural Centre and Museum, Heritage Square (between Rec Centre & MAG). Come visit our Museum and try your hand at Nordic arts and crafts. View Scandinavian artifacts in our quaint log house. Find unique gift items including Viking-themed T-shirts, mugs, magnets, and more!

September 16 (1-4pm) - Art! Just Eat it!, a MAGSaturday Project: What happens when food and portraits are combined? You get art that you don't know whether to eat or hang! (MAG: MAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every Saturday from 1-4 pm. FREE for September. We supply the materials, the studio, and the instructions – you supply the imagination!)

September 16 - Country Pride Dance Club is celebrating Alberta Culture Days by hosting Line Dance Days, beginning Sept 16 at the Farmers Market, City Hall Park, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and the YMCA. Bring the whole family out to learn a dance and chance to win prizes. Full schedule on our Facebook, and www.countrypridedanceclub.ca

September Week 3

September 18-24

September 20 (2-8pm) - Artist in Residence (In Heritage Square) Come join us for ONE day with local ceramicist Shirley Rimer! Clay artist demonstrating her work at the MAG! Her exhibit “A Chronicle in Clay” at the MAG will be on from Sept. 23 – Dec. 3, 2023. Watch her work with clay and check out her pieces on display.

September 23 (10 am - 3 pm) - Red Deer Ribbon Skirt workshop RDPL (Dawe Branch). Ribbon Skirts are a symbol of resilience, survival, and identity, but their meaning changes with each person who wears one. Create a ribbon skirt at this workshop led by a local Indigenous maker. Instruction and materials are included in the required registration. Ages 16+.

September 23 (1-4pm) - Surrealist Collage, a MAGSaturday Project: Strange! Wonderful! Surrealism is a style of art that defies convention by creating dream-like and sometimes nonsensical scenes. Create your own surrealist masterpiece by collaging a mixture of elements together! (MAG: MAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every Saturday from 1-4 pm. FREE for September. We supply the materials, the studio, and the instructions – you supply the imagination!)

September 23 (10am – 6pm) - Care for Newcomers + Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society Multicultural Market: Festival Hall, 4214 58 Street, Red Deer, AB. Enjoy visiting the Multicultural Market with sellers of paintings, various jewelry, calligraphy, beadwork, ribbon skirts, knitting, crochet, paper quilling, baking, chocolates, and a variety of ethnic food and entertainment offerings at Festival Hall from 10am - 6 pm. Hosted in partnership by Care for Newcomers, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, Red Deer Native Friendship Society and The African Caribbean Centre of Central Alberta.

September 24 – Author Festival: A Book Launch and Market. Snell Auditorium, Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49th Street, Red Deer. Let’s celebrate writers with Red Deer Public Library and Red Deer Arts Council, presenting three Alberta authors with readings, a conversation, and a book market with local authors offering their new reads, too! We are excited to feature authors Ruth Dyck Fehderau, Astrid Blodgett, and Lori Hahnel, whose novels and stories are fresh from the publishers!


September Week 4

September 25-31

September 29 – Central Alberta Theatre’s CATENA Season Preview Event: Central Alberta Theatre is excited to share with you a preview of our 2023-2024 season! Join us at the Memorial Centre, 4214 58 Street, Red Deer on Friday, September 29th at 7pm for scenes from each upcoming play and a special surprise!

September 30 – Prairie Paintings, a MAGSaturday Project: Today, we will use various techniques to learn how to create a convincing prairie landscape, then colour it with watercolour pencils. (MAG: MAGnificent Saturdays welcomes all ages and abilities to participate in a fun art project every Saturday from 1-4 pm. FREE for September. We supply the materials, the studio, and the instructions – you supply the imagination!)

September 30 - Red Deer Public Library: Family Kit to Go September 6-30 (while supplies last) - All Branches National Day for Truth & Reconciliation is September 30 and honours the children who never returned home, Survivors of Residential Schools, as well as their families and communities. Pick up your family’s Kit to Go at any RDPL branch.

If you have any questions about Culture Days or any of the events, contact Suzanne Hermary, Executive Director, 403-348-2787; info(at)reddeerartscouncil.ca


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