Arts Council busy planning new workshops, events

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

Despite having to cancel its annual YOUNG@ART summer camps, the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (RAC) has two sets of workshops coming up next month for local kids and youths.
“We will be offering bark carving classes, painting lessons and photography workshops in August,” says RAC secretary Megan McNeil. “The bark carving classes and painting lessons will be held together on Aug. 15th and 17th and is for ages nine to 13. Each day costs $25 and runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.”
McNeil says the day camps will be held at the local multi-rec centre and registration is now open.
“We can take 30 kids for each class they will get to do a wood carving and also a painting with some free play as well,” she says. “Campers are going to learn the basics then work on a bigger project. The $50.00 also includes lunch for both days.”
As for the photography workshops, McNeil says there are two sessions set up for two different age groups.
“It is $50.00 for each day – this price includes lunch and a disposable camera,” she says. “The August 22nd date is for ages nine–13 and they will be learning photography basics and portraits in the morning and then we will be taking them to Schurter Park to take outdoors pictures and practice with natural light. The August 24th session will follow the same sort of schedule and is for ages 14–16.”
According to McNeil, if everything goes as planned, the arts council has a few activities in the works for September and October.
“We are trying to organize a ladies craft night in September,” she says. “We still have some kinks to work out, but the craft will have something to do with pets and the proceeds from the event will be split between the Animal Rescue Committee of Slave Lake and In The Woods Animal Rescue.”
October is shaping up to be quite the busy one for RAC, as McNeil says the group is putting together a 5km ‘Zombie Run’ and ‘Scream Fest’.
“We’re putting together a night of Halloween-themed movies, dancing and singing performances,” she says. “It’s going to be held at the Legacy Centre in Slave Lake. We’re working out admission costs and we will be accepting donations for the Slave Lake Food Bank at the door. More details will be coming out in September.”
McNeil adds, “The ‘Zombie Run’ is something new we’re trying and we’re really excited about it! It’s a normal 5km route that participants can run or walk, but the only thing different is they’ll be able to dress up as their favourite zombie. These types of runs are big in the city and we hope community members have fun with it. It’s set to be on October 14th at Schurter Park and costs $20 per runner.”
Aside from the bigger events mentioned above, McNeil says RAC will be in this year’s Santa Claus parade and will be doing its best to provide consistent programming for kids, youths and adults throughout the winter months.
For more information on RAC and its events, visit or call 780-849-4380.

Megan McNeil (r) along side RAC president Katrina Owens (l) in the 2017 Riverboat Daze parade. The duo was also part of the ‘Rock the Block’ party and hosted a chalk drawing contest for kids and adults.


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