In conjunction with Lacombe Days citizens will be able to participate in a variety of activities to bring awareness to the arts with Art in the Park.
Throughout Lacombe Days, various stations will be set up in the Centennial Hall of the Lacombe Memorial Centre that are designed to bring awareness to literary, media, visual and performing arts. The event is also a way to promote awareness of the Arts Endowment Fund.
Activities will commence after the Lacombe Days Parade on July 25th at approximately 10:30 a.m. pending parade completion time, and will run until 4 p.m. All activities for Art in the Park are free.
“Art in the Park is a fun way to promote the Lacombe Arts Endowment. It’s not designed as a fundraiser – it’s designed to increase awareness about the different kinds of art from literary arts, to crafts to music and everything in between,” said Sonya Beauclair of the City’s Recreation and Culture department.
The Arts Endowment Fund is a City of Lacombe initiative that aims to provide financial support to various aspects in the arts community. This fund supports youth and adult scholarships, funding for arts and cultural facilities, educational programs and bringing art to the community in public galleries or featured artists.
“This year, we’re going to have a story time to feature some literary arts. As always, we’ll have a bunch of different crafts for the kids to do. One of those crafts will be having members of Ellis Bird Farm come down and help teach the kids how to build treehouses,” Beauclair said.
“We’ve always kind of tried to include the literary arts in the past but haven’t had a lot of luck. This year, we actually have the library coordinating the story time for us. We’re also going to have some extra activities that include face painting, a caricaturist and Henna tattoos.”
Beauclair said that in order to facilitate the events, the Art in the Park committee is desperately seeking volunteers to help with crafts. Volunteers can contact Beauclair at 403-782-1267 or register on at lacombe.ca/artinthepark.
Music will not be featured as part of Art in the Park this year, but there will be live performances throughout Lacombe Days with the Youth Unlimited Street Festival, Jammin’ In the Park and Music in the Park events.
Maureen MacKenzie, executive director of community services, is also organizing a dumpster beautification project that invites teens of Lacombe to come out and have a hand in decorating some of the dumpsters. Youths can choose to paint a whole mural or a small section and the completed projects will be placed throughout the community.
“This year we’re really struggling with volunteers and we need them to keep it going. Ellen Corea is helping us, and we have a couple local artist volunteers and we’re all working together to find enough other volunteers to help with all the crafts,” said Beauclair.
Volunteer registration must be completed by July 17th and can be done online, in person or over the phone.