A new municipal program to promote arts and culture in the Drumheller Valley paid off big time this year.
The Town of Drumheller's Arts and Culture Grant recipients included the Drumheller Public Library for their initial Cosmicon in late October and the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce for their pop-up arts day downtown to start October.
"The event was a pop-up arts and culture showcase and we had six arts and culture type stops scattered throughout the downtown," explained the Chamber's Marley Henneigh. "People could stop and experience art education, watch art pieces being made by locals or, in some stops, they could create some artwork of their own."
"Actually, we got funding from the Town and from Alberta Culture Days, so that worked out really well so far as getting matching funding, because they both want matching funding," she noted. "It's great to see funding, both locally and provincially, for art events and funding that supports local artists."
Not only did the October 1 event showcase arts and culture in the community, it also filled some empty downtown storefronts, at least on a temporary basis.
"I think we had good feedback and I know the people that did attend really enjoyed it and the artists enjoyed being a part of it, so I can't say for certain, but I wouldn't be surprized if as long as the funding is still available next year, that we could pull something off like that again," concluded Henneigh.