The Red Deer College Arts Centre is marking 25 years of showcasing a range of arts and entertainment, and a number of events will help to mark the milestone over the next year.
Built in 1986, and designed by the late Arthur Erickson, the Arts Centre is the base for RDC’s theatre, music and motion picture arts programs and the Conservatory of Music and Dance.
It has become a hub of activity for community groups, schools, dance and ballet programs, bands, orchestras and community education programming.
Over the years, it’s also housed the training of more than 40,000 actors, technicians, musicians, filmmakers and dancers.
“The Arts Centre is more than a beautiful piece of architecture – it represents the pulse of the arts in Central Alberta drawing in learners, performers and patrons from all across Canada for 25 years,” said Steve Sherman, music instructor at RDC.
“By honouring the contributions of the community, and valuing the many thousands of musicians, technicians, artists, volunteers and patrons that have graced our halls over the years, we ensure that RDC remains a leader in providing artistic opportunities for the future.”
The official opening of the Arts Centre in October of 1986 marked both the culmination of the hopes and dreams of community members, educators and students, officials say. Since then, there has been remarkable growth in the extent to which the facility has been used.
“Our Arts Centre welcomed over 75,000 visitors last year which demonstrates its importance to our community and our college,” said Joel Ward, RDC president.
“Without the vision and support of the City of Red Deer and RDC officials over 25 years ago, this great facility would never have been built,” he said.
He hopes those who have enjoyed the Arts Centre over the years will take part in activities planned over the next several months. A variety of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the RDC Arts Centre will be held from this September through to June of 2012.
“We welcome all of the folks of Central Alberta to join with us in celebrating 25 years of excellence in the visual and performing arts.”