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Open House Friday to celebrate Red Deer’s new Culture Services facility and gallery space


From The City of Red Deer

Join us downtown for a special First Friday event featuring the official reopening of Culture Services in a new location, 5205 48 Ave (former Central Intermediate School).

Culture Services Open House & First Friday Celebration
5205 48 Avenue, Red Deer (former Central Intermediate School)

Friday, July 5, 2019
5 – 8 p.m.

There are many activities to participate in! You can:

  • Take a tour of the new facility and check out all the program and rental spaces.
  • Experience locally made, original art work at the Official Re-Opening of the Viewpoint Gallery. Local artists include the Viewpoint Gallery Collective and Teena Dickerson.
  • Take a free arts & culture sample class from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and learn about upcoming program opportunities and First Friday activities
  • From 5 – 8 p.m., enjoy live music by local musicians, Art Samuel Barker and Old Man Marley on the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza.
  • Enter for a chance to win one of two $100 “Culture Bucks” certificates, which may be redeemed for arts & culture program registration. The winners will be announced Monday, July 8.

It’s free to attend and fun for all ages!

The facility includes an art gallery, multi-purpose room, visual arts studios, performing arts studio, a flexible-use activity space in the former gym, administrative offices and meeting spaces as well as a large outdoor plaza suitable for special events. The new location will host visual and performing arts programs, including summer camps, and will offer a larger space for the Viewpoint Gallery, which features a variety of art exhibits, including those of local artists.

“We are excited to invite the community to come downtown and see our new space,” said Tara O’Donnell, Culture Superintendent. “Though we will continue to offer similar programs and services asin our previous location, the new studio and gallery spaces are sure to inspire instructors, participants and guests alike. The proximity of the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza allows us to expand this eventoutdoors and host live music performers right outside our doors.”

The open house event will feature a reception for the official re-opening of the Viewpoint Gallery, with artists in attendance. Two exhibits are on display, including A New View by members of the Viewpoint Gallery Collective and a guest exhibit from the Harris-Warke Gallery, Biophiles by Teena Dickerson.

Guests can also enjoy tours of the facility, free sample classes in ceramics and dance, and live music on the Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza featuring Art Samuel Barker and Old Man Marley.

More information on Culture Services can be found at

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Free Live Music at the Ross Street Patio Party Friday Evening




The Ross Street Patio is back for another summer of free live music performances, hosted by The City of Red Deer and the Downtown Business Association.

We’re pleased to present Amanda Franklin and Justine Vandergrift as our performers Friday, July 12. The show starts at 6 p.m.!

Events continue through Saturday, September 14 on the following schedule:

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday Patio Parties, 6 – 9 p.m. June 14, July 12 & August 9
Saturday Socials, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. July 20, August 17 & September 14

Please note: In the event of inclement weather, Friday Patio Parties will relocate to The Hub On Ross.

For more information, visit

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Time to Meet your Museums!



From Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG)


This summer the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG) and friends are excited to get Red Deerians involved with art, history, and culture around the city through a “Meet Your Museum Red Deer” social media campaign. Visit a Red Deer interpretive centre or museum in July and/or August, use hashtag #MeetYourMuseumRD, tag the location you’re visiting and the MAG on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and be entered into a random draw for one of six gift baskets! Each basket is themed around the locations participating, plus there is an additional grand prize gift basket. Visit the following museums or interpretive centres this July and August: Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Fort Normandeau, Sunnybrook Farm Museum, Norwegian Laft Hus, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and theRed Deer Museum + Art Gallery (MAG). Giveaway runs from July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019. Don’t forget to tag the place you are visiting and tag the MAG to be entered into the draws.

Receive one entry into the #MeetYourMuseumRD giveaway for each interpretive centre/museum visited in Red Deer, AB, by taking a photo during your visit, and tagging that organization and the MAG on social media. Include your “I Met My Museum” pin in your photo (available at the MAG & participating organizations), and receive a bonus entry! Three winners will be drawn for 3 random gift baskets on July 31stand another 3 on September 3rd. There is a maximum of 2 entries into the monthly draw per visit, per organization. All entrants will also receive 1 entry into the grand prize gift basket. There will be a $50 gift card to the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery present in each basket, plus additional items from and/or themed around each participating site. All visitors to participating organizations will have the opportunity to enter into the grand prize giveaway onsite, as well. Full details can be found at

The MAG is hopping on a provincial #meetyourmuseum campaign that is organized by the Alberta Museums Association. This summer, museums across Alberta are inviting their communities to meet their museums, and we want Red Deer to be a part of it! The campaign is designed to increase awareness of Alberta museums, boost attendance, and promote joy and collective celebration of Alberta’s culture and heritage. Red Deer’s museums and interpretive centres are a significant contributor to our community. Museums like ours are leading contributors to the social, cultural, and educational fabric of Alberta, and 93% of Albertans feel that historical resources contribute to a greater quality of life in Alberta.

For more details, contact us at 403-309-8405; email museum@reddeer.caor go to the MAG website:

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