About Us

 Vision Statement:

The Red Deer Arts Council will continue to be a leader in a dynamic community that celebrates the arts.

Our History:

Since 1964, the Red Deer and District Allied Arts Council had been working to promote art, artists and art programming, including developing an environment where they acted as a hub to provide support to the art community.

Since 1994, Cultural Charter Partners of Red Deer and District has been an integral part of the arts and culture community, helping to ensure continuity and a voice in discussions, events, and planning pertaining to arts and culture in the Red Deer community.

Since 2003, the Cultural Development Association of Red Deer has existed to be the organization that leads and inspires our community to become the cultural centre of Alberta, including arts and heritage in every aspect of living.

Together they joined in the spring of 2010 to form the Red Deer Arts Council.


Red Deer Arts Council Mission Statement:

To make Red Deer a better community by stimulating, developing, and promoting the arts through education, advocacy, and programming.

Goals of the Organization

• Promote and market the arts in the community to ensure awareness and acceptance and to raise the profile of art and artists in the community

• Promote ongoing networking to share knowledge and experience

• Develop a stronger voice for the literary, performing, and visual arts community

• Encourage cooperative planning and partnering of arts groups, businesses and others in the community

• Continue development of a long range vision for the role of the arts in Central Alberta

Programs and Services

• Gallery. Eight to ten different exhibits are hosted at the non-profit Kiwanis Gallery at the Red Deer Public Library per year providing Alberta artists a great opportunity to show their work. The Gallery provides space to exhibit artwork that is not necessarily commercially viable in a small community providing original and contemporary art for Red Deer and area. The public has access to the Gallery seven days a week as per the Library hours of operation. A Salon Show and Sale provides a venue for artists to sell their work and as a fundraiser for the Arts Council.

• Artist Education. Provide emerging artists an opportunity to learn about the art business and to help establish art careers through encouragement and assistance in developing portfolios, artist statements and proposals for the exhibition of their work.

• Support to Local Artists and Groups. Provide a monthly newsletter with opportunities, workshops, and continue with “I am the Arts” campaign; build on the artist directory, direct enquiries to and about arts organizations and individual artists.

• “Where’s My Tribe?” As part of ongoing communications strategies, “Where’s My Tribe?” will be a series of social events and communications forums which allow arts and culture practitioners from all walks of life the opportunity to share ideas, communicate with each other about issues that are of concern to our community, and promote upcoming events.

• Public Education and Workshops. Provide various workshops available to the public, the arts community, as well as to members, to increase awareness of the arts and to provide valuable information.

• Website. A priority will be to provide a single user friendly website to artists, groups and the community. Through online tools, we will be able to increase the profile of the arts and culture by acting as a liaison between organizations and the community.

• Scholarship Programs. Administer the Princess Margaret Scholarships; adjudicate and award the Canada Centennial Scholarships to Secondary and Post-Secondary students. Adjudicate and award the Emerging Artist Award of $1,000.00 yearly.

The Princess Margaret Scholarship of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student. 

The Centennial Scholarship for Post-Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a post-secondary student in a media other than that awarded to the Princess Margaret Scholarship. 

The Centennial Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student.

The Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Scholarship for Secondary Students of $500.00 is awarded to the top scoring submission from a secondary school student studying music and continuing their music career in a post secondary school. This award was started in 2016.

Format for website for Mike June 2013

One Response to “About Us”
  1. Sherrie Wood says:

    This is to inform the Red Deer Art Council that I am a returning member to Writers’ Ink and I am interested in creating an article for the newspaper in regards to “Artist of the Month”… My name is Sherrie Wood, former student to RDC where I attended the Art & Design Program, and am familiar with the Art & Drafting Supplies store. I realize the deadline is drawing very near and would appreciate more info on what is expected of this article. Please contact me at (403) 586-4627 or by E-mail: swood78@live.ca Thank-you!

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