RAC annual kids’ arts camp cancelled; not enough volunteers

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

It sure seems as if the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (RAC) has been on a bit of a hiatus lately.
The Leader tapped into its RAC sources to find out what’s been happening and why the group has been so hush-hush as of late.
Firstly we were told that in an unfortunate series of events the annual YOUNG@ART summer camps will not be happening this year.
“The YOUNG@ART summer day camps provided by the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council will not be operating this summer,” says RAC director Robin-Lee Vance. “While this program has proven to be a successful summer program for youth, volunteers and workshop leaders, the incredible amount of volunteer time dictated that we discontinue the program in 2017.”
All is not lost, so to speak, as the Town is hosting an art-themed week during it’s Summer Splash program from July 31st to August 4th.
“This art week will provide art exploration activities for youths between five and 11 years old,” says Vance. “There are 26 openings still available at this art week. You can contact Summer Splash at the multi-rec centre or by phone at 780-849-8028 to register your youth.”
We also were informed about the cancellation of the upcoming masquerade ball which was set to happen on July 1st, 2017.
“A lack of ticket sales has made it ineffective to run the event this summer,” says RAC communications co-ordinator Josh Friesen. “The Lesser Slave Lake Regional
Arts Council is looking to host many other events for 2017 and will continue creating affordable and fun artistic adventures for all ages!”
Speaking of continuing to provide arts programming, despite the recent cancellations, RAC is participating in the upcoming Slave Lake and District Riverboat Daze celebration.
Board members will be walking in the parade and hosting a Canada 150 chalk drawing competition at the block party following the procession.

A music performance at the 2016 YOUNG@ART camp showcase.

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