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Children’s festival will focus more on the arts

The Fort Macleod Allied Arts Council is once again inviting the community to participate in its upcoming children’s festival — which this year will sport a new name.
What was formerly the Children’s Festival is now the Children’s Arts Festival, the new name reflecting the focus Allied Arts wants to maintain.
Allied Arts had hoped last year that some other community organization would take over sponsorship of the festival. Since there were no takers, it has now decided to rename the festival more in line with its own mandate.
“We are adding ‘Arts’ to the name of the festival because it is the arts council’s mandate to promote and encourage arts in the community,” Allied Arts executive director Carmen Drapeau explained. “We are adding more hands-on arts activities and performances to the format of the festival.”
Drapeau wants to assure all organizations and groups that have participated in the festival in the past that they are still more than welcome to join in again.
“We want to emphasize the arts, and creativity,” Drapeau said. “But all previous participants are still encouraged to take part. We are looking for community organizations again that would like to participate by setting up and manning their information and activity stations.”
Organizations participating in the festival already started promoting the arts in their activity stations last year, Drapeau said.
“Last year organizations helped us to promote the arts by including arts-related activities at their tables. This year we will continue to do the same.”
Allied Arts is looking for volunteers for the festival again this year.
“Everyone that helps out at the festival is a volunteer, including all of the community organizations that set up their information and activity stations,” Drapeau said. “But additional volunteers are needed to help at all of the arts council activity stations, and to help set up and take down. And volunteer dancers and performers are needed for stage performances as well.”
Allied Arts is also seeking financial support for the festival.
“This festival is not a fund-raiser for the arts council. It’s a celebration of and for children,” Drapeau said. “So we are again looking for donations from the community to help pay for the costs of the festival.”
Now in its 12th year, the festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at the Fort Macleod and District Sports Centre.
Last year about 1,000 people attended.
For further information or to volunteer contact Carmen Drapeau at 403-553-3300 or by e-mail at barcar29@telus.net.

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