© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
The Culture Days Project collage hangs on the wall in a room in the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery.
Celebrations of culture are headed to Moose Jaw once again, this year at the Western Development Museum (WDM) and the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre.
Culture Days are celebrated across Canada on Sept. 27, 28 and 29. All Moose Jaw events are free of charge.
“People tend to forget that there is a Canadian culture and it’s diverse and interesting,” said Jackie Hall, program/education officer at the Moose Jaw WDM. “There’s a lot out there to do that is related to culture.”
The museum will hold culture events on Sept. 28. Free admission will be offered to the museum and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be activities, interpreters and demonstrations.
Afternoon entertainment will be Terrence Littletent, world champion hoop dancer from the Kawacatoose First Nation at 2 p.m. and Olga & Friends will perform at 3 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. people can ride the WDM Short Line 101 free of charge.
Further there will be a barbecue concession from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and all proceeds will support the museum.
Hall said one of the requirements from Sask. Culture is that the activities are free of charge.
“We started doing it once the federal government declared Culture Days,” said Hall. “Across Canada we celebrate Canadian culture.”
Also, at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre (MJCC) there will be a drop-in event on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. called Creating Chairs with artist Gabriela Garcia-Luna. It will be held in the second floor north studio. Admission is free.
“The public is invited to help Gabriela turn ordinary chairs into exciting art pieces,” said Mandy Higgins, marketing co-ordinator at the MJCC. “People are welcome to help out or they’re just welcome to drop by and watch the action. If you come by to see what’s going on, you don’t need to get involved if you don’t want to.”
Materials used will include paint, cloth, paper and glue. She said the activity was Garcia-Luna’s idea.
The chairs will be auctioned off at a Chair-ity auction at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery in October.
“I think it’s a really neat idea because we’re going to be doing an activity that’s going to be helping out someone else in the long run,” said Higgins. “Gabriela’s a really creative artist. So this is going to be really neat process to see these chairs be transformed into art pieces.”
Higgins said this is the first year the MJCC is having a Culture Days event. In Saskatchewan, there are more than 185 Culture Days events registered.
According to the Culture Days website, this year is the fourth annual Culture Days in Canada.
For more information. visit www.culturedays.ca.
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