Al­lied Arts to cel­e­brate 60 years

Coun­cil to launch fundrais­ing cam­paign for en­dow­ment fund

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Dave Ma­bell LETH­BRIDGE HER­ALD dma­bell@leth­bridge­herald.com

Over 60 years, the Al­lied Arts Coun­cil has cre­ated quite a legacy. Many Leth­bridge-area peo­ple have learned to de­velop their artis­tic abil­i­ties — and count­less more have en­joyed their work.

But now, to help cel­e­brate those six decades, the coun­cil is set­ting up an en­dow­ment fund. The goal, says coun­cil spokesper­son Ke­laine Devine, is to help the next gen­er­a­tion of young artists find their niche as well.

A fundrais­ing cam­paign will be launched Feb. 10, dur­ing a fes­tive “60 Years Young” cel­e­bra­tion at Casa.

The en­dow­ment fund is be­ing cre­ated with the as­sis­tance of the Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion of Leth­bridge and South­west­ern Al­berta, she says.

“This en­dow­ment will help pro­vide sus­tain­abil­ity for fu­ture years, and as­sist us as we carry out our mis­sion of pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship in ad­vanc­ing and en­hanc­ing the arts in Leth­bridge,” Devine says.

The 60th-year cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude con­tri­bu­tions by “our tal­ented play­ers and per­form­ers,” she says, as well as an “art cre­ation mo­ment.” It will also of­fer “scrump­tious bevvies and bites.”

Par­tic­i­pants will also be in­vited to bid in a silent auc­tion, or pur­chase a lim­it­ededi­tion art work which will in­clude en­try into a draw for a diamond neck­lace or an orig­i­nal wood sculp­ture by Leth­bridge artist Roger McMullen.

There are still op­por­tu­ni­ties for more do­na­tions to the auc­tion, Devine says, or to vol­un­teer to as­sist dur­ing the evening.

Tick­ets for the evening, priced at $60 per per­son, are in lim­ited sup­ply. They’re avail­able by phone at 403-320-0555 or in per­son week­days at the Al­lied Arts of­fice, 318 7 St. S.

All funds raised at the event will go to the en­dow­ment fund.

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Her­ald photo by Ti­jana Martin

Al­lied Arts Coun­cil of Leth­bridge ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Suzanne Lint shows off an orig­i­nal wood sculp­ture by Leth­bridge artist Roger McMullen, which will be raf­fled off dur­ing the “60 Years Young - Cel­e­brate the AAC” event at Casa in Fe­bru­ary. @TMart­inHer­ald

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