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St. Albert Cultivates the Arts: 2020 Culture Days Events

This year has brought many changes, chief among them is how we enjoy gatherings and events. St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society (SACTAS), however, is no stranger at being agile. With a mission to help locals and tourists celebrate local artists, this year’s event schedule has gone mostly online.

The 2020 lineup brings you everything you know and love about the annual Culture Days, in a new, interactive, digital format. Here is what you can look forward to over the month of September:

Visual Arts and Crafts

Learn a new skill for free! The Visual Arts and Crafts series includes a photo workshop miniseries presented by Dawn Kawahara. No special equipment is required. Follow along with your camera, smartphone, or even your tablet. You can also do a flower beading project, thanks to Michif Cultural Connections. They will provide step-by-step instructions along with facts about Métis beading. Several painting and watercolour classes are also offered, as is a wood transfer class, a DIY colouring pages tutorial, and two online art exhibitions.


Ever wanted to play the ukulele? Now you can! Ukulele 101 is just one of the many musical events. Get your tiny tot involved in a pre-school singalong; enjoy a free music lesson in voice, piano, guitar or drums (music lessons are online or in person); or create a Caxixi Rattle, which is a percussion instrument native to Africa and South America. Materials are provided for the rattle and can be picked up curbside ahead of time.


Here’s a secret you won’t want to keep. It’s the hidden poetry walk with Poet Laureate Julia Sorensen. She’s hidden five poetry boxes for you to find along the river trail. You’ll find them if you can solve the riddles and clues provided. The St. Albert Library will host a literary jam session, and a writing and filming documentary session. Both of these events feature writer-in-residence Connie Massing.

African Food & Dance

African food and cultural dance are both memorable for their vibrancy and sense of excitement. Take part in a puff puff dessert class taught by local Germaine of Africans & African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert. Get moving with a high energy Afro-fusion dance class, then recharge with a big bowl of delicious, traditional jollof rice.

Theatre & Film

From age 8/grade 4 to adults, there is something for every dramatically inclined family member. Musical theatre workshops, filmmaking, livestream improv – you’ll have a blast learning more about acting and filming. A two part session called Interview History: Marie Madeleine (by Rooney and Punyi Productions) lets you view the film at your convenience, then tune into a live interview where the playwright and performer discusses how the film was made.

Registering for Events

Learn more about these events on SACTAS’ website, by clicking on the 2020 Events List page. Each event has a link that will provide more information, or take you to a site to register. Some events’ registration takes place on Eventbrite.


St. Albert Cultivates the Arts is a volunteer-based society that helps showcase the city’s talented artists, and the cultural scene. SACTAS encourages everyone to discover and experience these artists and programs during Alberta Culture Days. Learn more about SACTAS at

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