Council News

Did you know that your donation to the Red Deer Arts Council is eligible for a charity tax receipt?

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the office will be closed from March 24 to March 31, 2014. If you have any questions about the Emerging Artist Award, contact Wendy Meeres at the City of Red Deer. – or phone 403-309-3083


A New Award for Emerging Artists raises the profile of the Arts in Red Deer! 

The Red Deer Arts Council is excited to announce that it has established an award for emerging artists to support and encourage promising artists, early in their careers, while also serving to raise the Arts profile by stimulating, developing and promoting the arts in Red Deer and Red Deer County. Artists of all genres are encouraged to apply.

 The funds for this award are the result of the Legacy Fund from the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Arts Awards held in June 2013 in Red Deer .

 The Red Deer Emerging Artist Award will be awarded every year, beginning in 2014.  The Award consists of $1,000.00, a banner for the artist’s personal promotion and a certificate.

  The awards are not project grants, but are designed to support the unique development needs of emerging artists whether it is supplies further study or experiences, funding to travel for auditions, study or work, or even income replacement for non-arts related employment. Each applicant determines the investment need that would most advance his or her career.

 Eligible artists are:

* a Canadian citizen

* a landed immigrant of two years or more

* lived and practiced art in Red Deer or Red Deer County for two years or more

* spent a significant and formative period of their artistic development in Alberta

* have the intent or desire to contribute to the artistic community of Red Deer in the future

* agree to participate in a Pecha Kucha (20 images, 20 seconds) presentation in the Fall of 2014.

 For the purposes of this award, “Arts” includes:

The Performing Arts, including without limitation: the creators, composers, choreographers, interpreters, and performers in music, dance, theatre and opera;

The Visual Arts, including without limitation: painting, printmaking, sculpture, performance and installation of art, photography, new media and fine craft;

The Cinematic Arts, including without limitations: film and video drama, documentary and art/film video;

The Literary Arts, both English and French, including without limitation: fiction including novel, short story, blended genres, poetry and drama.

 Application Forms are available from the office or via email. Deadline for application is April 30, 2014. Click here to download the application form.  2014 Emerging Artist Award application-1 Form

 Click here to download the Appraisers forms2014 Emerging Artist Appraiser Form-1




Red Deer Arts Council presented our 2013 Scholarships at this year’s Mayor’s Recognition Awards on June 19th, 2013. Before a crowd of over 400 folks, we were honoured that Mayor Morris Flewwelling took the time to tell them about the Red Deer Arts Council and its scholarships. He was a gracious host and the evening was superb with lots of tears and laughter. We were proud to part of the event. All our recipients and their families were in attendance. Thank you everyone for such a wonderful evening.

Our 2013 Scholarship Winners were:

The Princess Margaret Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. Matthew Dane Peavoy was the recipient. (Music)

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary school student. Jamie Barnes was the recipient. (Literary artist)

The Canada Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student. Rebecca Epp was the recipient. (Music)

We are extremely pleased to be able to help these young students in their endeavours through our scholarship program.

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Community Events Committee offered a Sneak Peek on Wednesday, June 5 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The Hub on Ross (4936 Ross Street) to celebrate a weeklong events in our city in honour of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. Red Deer Artwalk Festival, held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm was the impetus for the City of Red Deer being awarded this prestigious event for the arts. 

Community Arts organizations and individual artists hosted a cultural showcase showcasing our diverse cultural landscape and the strength of the arts in Red Deer.

Red Deer Artwalk Festival Artist-About-Town, Betty Schnell, demonstrated her painting style, en plein air. A community of artists presented the exhibit, Celebration of the Ghosts, in the Hub’s gallery. The artists looked to the ghost sculptures located throughout the city for their inspiration and interpretation of our Red Deer heritage. They hosted a First Friday June 7 reception from 5 to 7 pm. The Ross Street Patio was alive with music during our Cultural Market. 

Mayor Morris Flewwelling brought bring greetings to the citizens of Red Deer at 5:00 pm. 

We had a steady coming and going of folks as they joined us to take a Sneak Peek celebrating Red Deer’s Arts and Cultural Community as a precursor to the Main Events the week of June 10 to 15, culminating in Red Deer Artwalk Festival and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala on Saturday, June 15th!

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Artist Awards Community Events Brochure 2013

March 21, 2013 was our AGM, with a Where’s My Tribe event! Following the AGM, Elvin Berthiaume performed his own music for your entertainment; a mix and mingle continues to familiarize yourself with fellow RDAC members should be fun! We welcome new members at all times! 

Council Board Members at Cafe Bistro on Gaetz

There are still postions available for our committees, if you are seeking to get involved with Arts and Culture in Red Deer. We love to share our work with volunteers and they have a great time helping in various capacities from committees to First Fridays Red Deer. Get involved, join today!

The Programming Committee is seeking volunteers to help with formulating plans for new workshops and events for “Where’s My Tribe” and working with the community to develop and implement workshops and special events geared to arts organizations and artists in Red Deer and area to promote ongoing networking to share knowledge and experience.

The Communications Committee is seeking volunteers to discuss the new Marketing Plan and help with guiding the plan to fruition. If you love Social Media and talking about the arts, this volunteer position is for you!

Contact Diana at 403-348-2787 

The Muskoka Chairs Fundraiser held at Artwalk Festival on June 18, 2011 was a joint fundraiser between RDAC and Artwalk. Unfortunately, rain fell by the bucket load and the Artwalk Committee were forced to close it down by 3:00 pm. They apologized for any inconvenience this caused potential bidders. All the Muskoka Chairs went to good homes. Perhaps one of them showed up in your neighbourhood!

Sharpie by Sally Towers-Sybblis

Sharpie by Sally Towers-Sybblis

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