Alberta Culture Days is a month festival held province-wide featuring interactive activities, artisan demonstrations, live performances, workshops and more. The festival aims to engage Albertans while celebrating the cultural diversity and creativity that makes our province unique. With multiple community groups and organizations participating in this celebration, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Last year, thousands of Albertans discovered, experienced and celebrated our unique blend of peoples, passions and the importance of arts and culture to a healthy and vibrant Alberta. This is Grande Prairie’s 12th year participating in this exciting festival of the arts. Come celebrate with us from September 1-30!

 

 

Alberta Culture Days 2021, Grande Prairie Events & Activities
September 1 to 30, 2021

 

Take Home Art Activities:

Chalk the Walk
September 1 to 30
The Centre for Creative Arts
Chalk the Walk around Grande Prairie and share your creations on our Facebook page
facebook.com/TheCentreForCreativeArts to be entered to WIN PRIZES for participating. Pick up your
FREE package of sidewalk chalk from the Centre for Creative Arts starting on September 1st while
supplies last. All ages! Drawings, positive messages, games, you can create anything! Help us to spread
creativity and cheer throughout our city during Alberta Culture Days.

Draw on the Go
September 1 to 30
The Centre for Creative Arts
Drawing is a simple and fun way to get creative and you can try it anywhere. The Centre for Creative
Arts wants to spread creativity this Culture Days. Pick up your FREE drawing kit from the Centre for
Creative Arts starting on September 1st while supplies last. All ages! Kit includes mini sketchbook,
drawing supplies and a step-by-step drawing lesson you can try at home or on the go.

Free Creativity Kit
September 1 to 30
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
As part of our Art at Home online initiative, we have created FREE take home creativity kits for you to
explore your creativity and enjoy art-making your way! Glue, stick, twist and tie, build and have fun! Feel
free to mix and match the materials provided how it makes sense to you! Pick up your FREE Creativity
Kit at the gallery during our regular hours. Kits are for all ages. Limit 1 of each kit per person. *while
quantities last.
Be sure to go online to our Art at Home page, you'll find a series of educational videos, interactive
content, and create-at-home activities to encourage continued learning, and support creative exploration. If you are an organization or group wanting a larger order of any art kits, please contact
jamie-lee@aggp.ca or call 780-357-7480.
For more information: aggp.ca/art-at-home/

Call for Artists:
Wearable Arts Online Showcase – Call for Entries
September 1 to 13
The Centre for Creative Arts, Centre Gallery
This is a call for artists of all ages to delve into their imaginations and create a wearable piece of art that
are made from recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials. The more outlandish, the better! Choose
your category and create a piece of Wearable Art. Take a photo of your piece and send it to us between
September 1st and 13th. Entries will be shared in our online showcase. The public can choose their
favorites to win great prizes. Visit our website for all the details creativecentre.ca/whats-
happening/wearable-arts-on-line-contest-2021

Call for Artists, Media Arts Collaboration
Sept 1 st -Sept 7 th
PRIMAA / The Centre for Creative Arts
This opportunity is designed to pair local visual artists or craftspeople with a filmmaker or other media
artist to create a new work together.  We encourage applicants to get creative with their project plan,
which could include a mix of traditional mediums (like sculpture, painting or other physical media) and
media art (like sound, film, video, digital, and other new media). The new work will be showcased as
part of Alberta Culture Days online.  The program is ideal for visual artists who would like to explore
media art but maybe haven't had the access to expertise or equipment in the past, or to media artists
with a visual artists collaborator. All applicants must be residents of the Peace Region. Watch for the
Peace Region Media Arts Collaboration to view the completed projects. Visit https://primaa.org/ for
key dates and details. PRIMAA is happy to assist artists in finding a media arts collaborator via or online
directory.

 

Live Events:

Chat & Craft
Session 1: September 9, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Session 2: September 16, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Session 3: September 23, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Hosted by the Traditional Paths Society of Grande Prairie
This program is for everyone to meet and visit while working on a craft of their choice. It is also a special
opportunity to spend some time with The Talking Path exhibition developed and facilitated in
partnership with the Traditional Paths Society on display at the Art Gallery.
Everyone is welcome to this FREE event. Space is limited to 10 participants for each Chat & Craft. Bring
your own craft project or start a new one using the free beading supplies provided.
Please register by September 8, September 15, and September 22 by calling 780-532-8111, or e-mail
info@aggp.ca.

Intro to Soapstone Carving
September 11
Session 1: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Centre for Creative Arts
FREE workshop ages 6- adult, kids under 14 should be accompanied by an adult. Learn the basics of
carving soapstone in this hands-on workshop. A great introduction to basic tools and techniques. All
supplies are provided. Participants will complete a small sculpture that they can take home. Please
register as space is limited, call the Centre for Creative Arts 780-814-6080.
Image Option – Soapstone Carving

Sculpt Party
September 18
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
We are having a sculpt party and you are invited! This event is for artists and art appreciators of all ages.
The Art Gallery is featuring GIFT, a sculptural art activity within the exhibition Tuloy, Tawid.
Everyone is welcome to this FREE event. All materials are provided. *While quantities last.
For more information: aggp.ca
Use Image: Sculpt Party 1 or Sculpt Party 2

An Evening of Caribbean Fashion
September 19
6:00 pm
Teresa Sargent Hall, Montrose Cultural Centre
Hosted by the Grande Prairie Caribbean Association
Models will be on the runway in colourful Caribbean fashion with vibrant Caribbean music playing
throughout the show. The show will be punctuated with a dance performance and a reggae medley.

Cultural Family Cooking
September 23
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Eastlink Centre
Hosted by the City of Grande Prairie
Make fun, easy, and delicious food. This program is designed to teach and encourage children to cook
alongside their family. Recommended for families with children aged 5 years and older.
Registration required as space is limited Register at cityofgp.com/culturedays

 

Virtual Events:

Peace Region Media Arts Collaboration
Sept 27-30
The Centre for Creative Arts/ Online
View the exciting new work created by local visual artists and media artists in partnership with The
Peace Region Independent Media Artist Association and the Centre for Creative Arts to Celebrate
Alberta Culture Days 2021.  This project was designed to encourage collaboration between artists
working in traditional mediums (like sculpture, painting or other physical media) and media art (like
sound, film, video, digital, and other new media). The new work will be unveiled online during Alberta
Culture Days celebrations 2021.  Visit https://primaa.org/ for details

Wearable Arts Online Showcase
September 17 to 29
The Centre for Creative Arts, Centre Gallery
Wearable art uses the human form as the canvas. Local artists have delved into their imaginations to
create a wearable pieces of art that are made from recycled, upcycled and repurposed materials. The
more outlandish, the better! Local creations will be shared in our online showcase. The public can
choose their favorites entries to win great prizes. Visit our website for all the details and for links to
view the showcase creativecentre.ca/whats-happening/wearable-arts-on-line-contest-2021

Meet the Artist: Virtual Exhibition Tour with Free Art Activity Kit
September 1 to 30
Online
Hosted by the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

We are pleased to offer a series called Meet the Artist. With this resource, you will be able to take your
group on a virtual tour with the artist, through their exhibition at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie. We
have created this program for you to be able to ‘visit’ the Art Gallery in the comfort of your classroom,
home or other location. After your group has watched the virtual exhibition tour, you can facilitate the
art project inspired by the artist’s exhibition with our FREE art activity kits.
The two options for the virtual exhibition tour with free art activity kit are:
 Meet Calgary based artist, Carl White as he talks about his exhibition I Dreamed a Universe!
 Meet local artist, Carmen Haakstad talking about his exhibition Domino VI.
Please email jamie-lee@aggp.ca or call 780-357-7480 to coordinate the delivery of the FREE art activity
kits to your location with you.
For more information: aggp.ca/learn/tours/

Virtual Artist Talk: Tuloy, Tawid
Featuring Julius Poncelet Manapul, Marigold Santos, and Karen Zalamea
September 10
6:00 pm
Hosted by the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Join The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie for a Live Talk with the artists and curators for the Tuloy, Tawid
exhibition. In this Talk we will speak about the concept of the exhibition and each artist will speak about
their art practice and the projects that they created based on their own experiences and personal
connections with the BalikBayan box as well as their connections between the Philippines and Canada.
For more information: aggp.ca

Mini Painters | Turtle – Online
September 24
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hosted by the City of Grande Prairie
Kids can let their creativity emerge through this guided painting session! Program is recommended for
children aged 3 to 5 years old. Additional information on program materials available during
registration.
Hosted by the City of Grande Prairie. Register online at cityofgp.com/culturedays
Image Option: Mini Painters Turtle Sample

Little Painters | Turtle – Online
September 24
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hosted by the City of Grande Prairie
This special paint night is designed for kids and youth aged 6 to 15! Additional information on program
materials available during registration.
Registration Required as space is limited. Register online at cityofgp.com/culturedays
Image Option: Little Painters Turtle Sample

Mini Bakers | Bannock – Online
September 25
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Hosted by the City of Grande Prairie
Children aged 3 to 5 are invited to learn how to bake bannock during this online guided baking session.
Additional information on program materials available during registration. Register online at
cityofgp.com/culturedays
Image option: Bannock

Little Bakers | Bannock – Online
September 25
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Hosted by the City of Grande Prairie
Learn how to bake bannock during this online guided baking session. This program is recommended for
children ages 6 to 12 years old. Additional information on program materials available during
registration. Register online at cityofgp.com/culturedays

 

Exhibitions on Display:

Tuloy, Tawid
September 1 to 20
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Tuloy, Tawid directly translates to ‘Continue, Cross.’ The title situates the exhibition as inclusive, making way for discourse that privileges the telling of
stories not often told, or not told enough. Tuloy, Tawid welcomes one to continue the crossing – to take
action toward a deeper understanding.
By selecting artists from such diverse backgrounds, with distinct relationships to their own Filipino
ancestry, Tuloy,Tawid proposes new ways of continuing on, and crossing to a more inclusive and
generous future.
For more information: aggp.ca/exhibitions/tuloy-tawid/

The Talking Path
September 1 to 30
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Rooted in the Oral Tradition of Indigenous cultures of The Peace Region, the artworks in The Talking
Path represent collected spoken words and stories handed down for generations. In their integrated,
authentic and visual forms, they tell the stories of diverse joint journeys between Indigenous Elders,
Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Indigenous Youths honouring, respecting, and sharing holistic ways
of knowing and well-being in family and community.
Developed and facilitated in partnership with The Traditional Path Society of Grande Prairie, The Talking
Path acknowledges the past, the present and the future.
For more information: aggp.ca/exhibitions/the-talking-path/

Recycling Then & Now – Featured Exhibit
Grande Prairie Museum
You may think recycling is a modern idea but in fact, people have recycled since ancient times. Today
we recycle to save the environment but in the past they recycled out of necessity and to help various
causes such as victory in World War II. This exhibit will show you how recycling has changed since
Pioneer times, give you some tips on how to recycle better today and show some stunning examples of
creative re-use.

And They’re Off: A History of Sport in Grande Prairie – Featured Exhibit
Heritage Discovery Centre
The first baseball game in Grande Prairie took place in 1910, a year before the City was founded. From
Baseball, Hockey, Curling and Horse Racing to Football, Soccer, Wrestling, and more, sports has always
been an important part of life in Grande Prairie. Come explore this history in the new temporary exhibit.

 

2021 Recent Acquisitions

The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
The Permanent Collection at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie is one of the largest in northwestern
Canada. For nearly 50 years our collecting teams have been dedicated to the acquisition of artwork of
significant value to the Peace Region, acclaiming pieces from local, provincial, and national artists alike.

For more information: aggp.ca/exhibitions/recent-acquisitions-2/

The Abstract Line
The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
The Abstract Line includes a selection of artworks of three artists from the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie’s
Permanent Collection. The exhibition features paintings and 3D relief sculptures presenting a range of
abstract experimentations, techniques, and styles used by Ron Kostyniuk, Jim Stokes, and Robert
Guest.
For more information: aggp.ca/exhibitions/the-abstract-line/

Art Squared
September 3 to 25
The Centre for Creative Arts, Centre Gallery
This exhibition and silent auction fundraiser features 30 diverse, original creations generously donated
by talented local artists. There is something for everyone! All funds generated through the silent auction
will support programs at the Centre for Creative Arts, including our Healing Arts Program. The silent
auction will run from September 3 – 25th. The exhibition can be viewed in person at the Centre for
Creative Arts or online creativecentre.ca

Showcase
September 3 to 25
The Centre for Creative Arts, Centre Gallery
This exhibition showcases the instructors and staff that work at the Centre for Creative Arts. Get a
closer look at the artists that run our local creative centre. This showcase includes drawing, painting,
photography, pottery, sculpture and more. Learn more about the programs offered at the Centre for
Creative Arts and how you can get creative! Exhibition will run from September 3 – 25 th . The exhibition
can be viewed in person at the Centre for Creative Arts or online www.creativecentre.ca