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Museums, historic sites celebrate Alberta Arts Days with free admission, special programs

by NationTalk on September 3, 2009851 Views

September 3, 2009

Edmonton… Albertans can experience the province’s history and heritage with free admission to a number of museums and historic sites during Alberta Arts Days, September 18 to 20.“An essential part of our provincial spirit, and who we are as individuals, comes from our connection to Alberta’s past,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit. “I hope Albertans take advantage of this opportunity to experience our history and heritage during Arts Days.”

Provincially owned and operated historic sites and museums normally open September 18 to 20 will have free admission throughout Alberta Arts Days. This includes the Royal Alberta Museum, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, among others.

Alberta Arts Days is about discovering, experiencing and celebrating our unique blend of peoples and passions, and the importance of arts and culture to a healthy and vibrant Alberta. To learn more or to find out about other events happening in your community, visit


Backgrounder: List of activities at provincial museums and historic sites

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Keltie MacPherson
Culture and Community Spirit

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.

September 3, 2009

Arts Days programming at museums and historic sites

Activities at provincial museums and historic sites offering free admission during Alberta Arts Days. September 18 to 20:

Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton)
The museum is hosting a series of live music performances involving young Alberta artists courtesy of U22 Productions. There will also be music workshops, guided tours of the museum’s art installations and a series of visual artists-in-residence.

Royal Tyrrell Museum (Northwest of Drumheller)
A free, live web-cast of one of the museum’s most popular distance learning programs, Up Close & Paleo, will be featured. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum is presenting Palaeopalooza 2009. Visitors can take an art class by volunteers from the Badlands Art Gallery, become a star of the museum’s YouTube channel, prospect for fossils or watch a paleontology-themed mural come to life.

Provincial Archives of Alberta (Edmonton)
On September 19, the Provincial Archives of Alberta will be hosting an evening of performing arts, featuring the bands The Provincial Archive and Painting with Ella. The event is free, but pre-registration is required due to capacity restrictions. To obtain tickets, please call 780-427-1750 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access within Alberta).

Reynolds-Alberta Museum (Wetaskiwin)
The museum will feature a collection of 27 paintings by members of the Canadian Aviation Artists’ Association. Also featured is the “Flying Colours” Photo Parlour, where visitors can have their photo taken in front of a vintage 1928 WACO 10 GXE biplane.

Rutherford House (Edmonton)
Mr. and Mrs. Rutherford often included musical presentations when they entertained guests. Rutherford House will showcase music from the early 1900s. Visitors can also sample treats from a historic kitchen and create musical crafts.

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (East of Edmonton)
The annual “Kalyna Idol” talent show will take place on September 19. Also featured are displays of visual arts, textiles, exhibits and music art. A “Clothesline Art Exhibit and Bazaar” and “Paint Out” will feature artists painting and selling their works throughout the village. A Harvest of the Past and Taste of Heritage Food Fest will take place on September 20, featuring harvest activities, special foods and crafts and musical entertainment.

Remington Carriage Museum (Cardston)
There will be an art display and sale, quilting display and demonstration, carriage restoration arts demonstrations and live western music.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (Fort MacLeod)
An art show featuring local aboriginal and non-aboriginal artists will take place. There will also be an autograph session with Jonathon Brewer, the main actor in the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump film (Brewer also starred in Mel Gibson’s Apocolypto). Twice daily there will be First Nations drum and dance demonstrations.

Lougheed House (Calgary)
The Alberta Association of Artists exhibition opening will take place at the art gallery at Lougheed House.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (Crowsnest Pass)
There will be a watercolour exhibit on September 18, featuring works by artists from around the Crowsnest Pass area. The artist-in-residence from the Gushul Studio will be at Frank Slide, along with other artists. A mini film festival highlighting local talent will also take place.

Oil Sands Discovery Centre (Fort McMurray)
An event is being planned in coordination with the Fort McMurray/Wood Buffalo Arts and Crafts Guild.


Media inquiries may be directed to:

Alberta Arts Days:
Keltie MacPherson
Culture and Community Spirit

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village:
Jack King, 780-662-3640

Remington Carriage Museum:
Darren Marty, 403-653-5139

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump:
Quinton Crowshoe, 403-553-2731

Lougheed House:
Blane Hogue, 403-244-6333 ext. 108

Royal Alberta Museum:
Todd Crawshaw, 780-453-9186

Royal Tyrrell Museum:
Leanna Mohan, 403-820-6208

Provincial Archives of Alberta:
Jessica King, 780-427-0356

Reynolds-Alberta Museum:
Cynthia Blackmore, 780-661-4726

Rutherford House:
Carla Hedin, 780-427-3995

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre:
Cathy Pisony, 403-562-7388

Oil Sands Discovery Centre:
Nancy Dodsworth, 780-743-7167

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