Sundre museum gets funding for culture celebration
The Sundre museum has been awarded provincial funding to take part in the fifth annual Alberta Culture Days celebrations.
Sixty-four Alberta communities will be sharing a total of $375,000 to assist in planning local events for the celebration, which runs September 28 - 29.
Museum manager Darlene Smee said the museum will be working with local schools, the art society, local businesses and other groups.
Sundre will be getting about $4,500 for the celebration.
“We have a lot of events planned, working along with other groups in town,” said Smee. “On the Friday a lot of the activities will be happening up at the school and the library and the arts centre. Then on Saturday all the events will be down here, at the museum grounds.
“We are having a mask making, an art workshop, a culture fair and other things.”
Organizers are asking local cultural groups to contact the museum to sign up and be involved in the fair, she said.
“What we want to do on the Saturday is the cultural fair. So if there are specific cultures, like the Vietnamese, the Chinese, the Koreans and others in our town, we would like them to come forward and be a part of it with a table or whatever way they can help us with it,” she said.
Across the province, organizations receiving support will be partnering with other groups in their respective communities to present “free, family-friendly events and cultural activities throughout the Culture Days weekend,” said Heather Klimchuk, Minister of Culture.
“Alberta Culture Days is about family, community, diversity and cultural vibrancy,” said Klimchuk. “It’s a celebration of everything great about this province.
“Participation not only helps to strengthen community spirit and showcase local talent, but it’s also an opportunity to boost the impact and reach of existing cultural programming.”
Klimchuk says culture “connects us to our past and our diverse traditions, to our personal and collective imaginations, to one another, and to the place we all call home.”
Alberta Culture Days, formerly known as Alberta Arts Days, are part of the national Culture Days movement. In 2011, 93 communities hosted 1,046 events.