COVID-19 has kept a number of community connections closed down but it could not do that to Alberta Culture Days.
The annual event will be coming back to the town of Stony Plain and city of Spruce Grove Friday through to Sept. 27. It began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day and each year communities across the province have normally offered a variety of free activities for people to enjoy. Last year there was a creative writing workshop and a harvest festival at the Parkland Pioneer Museum and, this year, similar items are on deck but with a mindfulness in place about the current health restrictions intended to prevent people from getting the virus and spreading it.
“Physical distancing guidelines will be in place and some events [like those at the Spruce Grove Public Library] will be provided in a virtual format to enjoy from home,” a release ahead of the activity reads. “Residents are reminded to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms.”
Events that can be attended in-person in Stony Plain include a discussion with Alberta author Mark Ivanic at the library as well as pottery demonstrations and Indigenous storytelling with local artist and publisher Dianne Meili at the Parkland Potters Guild. Multiple events highlight the First Nations community and their contributions to Canada and officials have said that looking to those who led society in the past and how they lived is one of the key things they hope people who come out end up taking away from that which they go attend.
“We do like to take into account our Indigenous cultures,” library assistant Courtney Entner said last year. “Along with settlers as well.”
Ultimately, while things will look a little different than last year, it is hoped that 2020’s programming inspires, uplifts and makes residents of the Tri-Region aware of the great things that they have available to them. Whether they call the county, Spruce Grove or Stony Plain home, diversity and heritage remain strong and new things are added to the culture of the area each and every day of the months in any year.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural diversity and heritage of Stony Plain,” Mayor William Choy said. “We are home to a number of different voices and these celebrations bring all of us closer together while teaching us more about Alberta’s unique history.”
The full schedule of events in Stony Plain can be found on the Town website calendar.
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