ARTember wraps up with Culture at the Creek
ARTember comes to a close this weekend with a three-day celebration where arts and culture will be showcased at the Culture at the Creek held at Nose Creek Park from Sept. 27 to Sept. 29 in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days.
Culture Days is a province-wide event that began as a one-day festival in 2008 and has grown in leaps and bounds. In 2012, Culture Days had 81 communities put on more than 1,200 events across the province.
For three days in Airdrie, Nose Creek Park will be bustling with live music, art displays, food vendors and an art pavilion where kids up to age 12 can try their hand at 10 different art forms.
The Airdrie Time Travelers Car Club will be on site all day on Sept. 28 for a mini show and shine and Airdrie Craft Wars will go down at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, where audience members will determine which competitor is able to create the best looking space using only materials provided to them in a mystery box.
The three-day event kicks off on Sept. 27 at 8:30 a.m. and is a day dedicated to acknowledging Airdrie’s music students from kindergarten to Grade 12 from all of the City’s schools.
“Friday (Sept. 27) is all about the kids,” said ARTember Co-Chair Sherry Shaw-Froggatt. “Every school will be taking the stage, from choirs to bands.”
The Propak Art Pavilion will provide children up to age 12 the opportunity to get a hands-on experience with an array of art mediums such as: kite making, henna, face painting and more.
At the pavilion, kids will have the chance to win a $10 gift card from the Toy Store Upstairs, based on their participation.
“The kids are all given a passport and they get a stamp for each stand they visit and try out,” said Shaw-Froggatt. “It’s a minimum of six stamps to qualify and then their passports are put in to a draw.”
Culture at the Creek is not only a celebration of art culture, but a chance for Airdrie to celebrate its multiculturalism, according to Shaw-Froggatt.
“This is our third year putting on this event and every year we’re adding more and more features from different ethnic groups,” said Shaw-Froggatt. “As Airdrie becomes a more multicultural city, we see more diversity in our art displays and music and foods at Culture at the Creek.”
Music will be in the air over the course of the weekend, kicking off on Sept. 27 with school performances. On Sept. 28 and 29, the stage will be shared between SLAM (Supporting Local Area Musicians) members, including this year’s SLAM on AIR competition winner Rob Dawson and a variety of performers from varying cultures including the Italian Crescendo Choir, Sisters From Another Mother Drummers and the Wilson School of Highland Dance.
All are welcome to check out the Miller Street Art Workshop, where professional street artists will be teaching their craft on Sept. 28 and 29.
Alberta Minister of Culture Heather Klimchuk will be in Airdrie on Sept. 28 to check out the street art workshop as one of her many stops over the course of the weekend.
“I have to give accolades to what Airdrie is doing over their three days and what Creative Airdrie has been doing to promote arts and culture and make the community aware of what is going on,” said Klimchuk. “I think it’s especially great that Airdrie has taken Culture Days and grown it in to a 17-day celebration with ARTember.”
The City’s Waste and Recycling team will be at the park throughout the course of the weekend, promoting environmentally friendly art forms such as sculptures made from recycled materials as well as educational information at their Art from the Dump display.
“This was an initiative that was thought of by local artist Koos DeJongh and we at the City have offered to provide the materials,” said Airdrie Waste and Recycling Education Coordinator Paul Lyons. “We’re encouraging residents to bring any recyclables such as papers, yogurt containers, cardboard boxes and anything that can be used to create art.”
The Waste and Recycling department will have an education tent set up to inform residents of recycling programs in the City and to answer any questions as well as take suggestions.
Admission is free all weekend, though there will be works of art for sale, as well as food from an assortment of vendors including Amato Gelato, Family Fry Guy and Waffles & Chix.
For a full list and schedule of the weekend’s activities, check the green ARTember guide or visit