Hook says the format of the celebrations has changed over the past few years, “before it was just a weekend, then they extended it to a week, and now it’s actually the whole month of September” .
The Montrose Cultural Center, Grande Prairie Public Library and Grande Prairie Art Gallery will also host events alongside the Center for Creative Arts Society.
No official list of activities and events has been set, but Hook says one of his favorite things they do for Alberta Culture Days is coming back.
“A wonderful exhibition, it’s called ‘Art Squared’. It’s about thirty local artists, we gave them all the same size, square canvases and basically, there are no rules. We all have different styles and mediums, this is a great cross section of our local artists.
She says there will be an opening reception for ‘Art Squared’ on Saturday, September 3 from 1 to 3 p.m., as well as a closing wine and cheese reception on Thursday, September 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the same exposure.
A variety of free classes will be offered throughout the month, for children, adults and families.
“We’re going to do a bowl-a-thon with our potters and they’re going to be making 100 bowls a day for an upcoming fundraising event, so people can come and see the potters at work,” Hook said. the event date has not yet been set for the demonstration.
“Now that they’ve given us the whole month, we’re able to plan a lot of programming…and of course being able to do things in person again after a few virtual culture fests in Alberta, it’s really nice to do some practical things and in person.
Hook says everything the Center offers for Alberta Culture Days will be completely free, including classes and take-out kits thanks to funding from the City of Grande Prairie and the province.
“It’s really nice to get out there and try something new…there’s no risk and lots of rewards!”