Artists from across the Foothills are invited to meet under one roof tonight in a region-wide collaboration.
The Okotoks Arts Council is hosting the first of what may be several Foothills Arts Collaborative Evolves (FACE) events to build a database of the region’s artists, art facilities and art events.
The initial meeting kicks off at the Elks Hall in Okotoks tonight at 6 p.m., and invites dancers, musicians, visual artists, writers, photographers, actors, poets, singers, quilters, hairstylists, videographers and various other artists.
“I’m hoping that we’ll gets lot of people tonight so we can start the ball rolling and keep adding to it as people connect with us,” said Linda Macallum with the Okotoks Arts Council. “It’s really going after people who are interested in collaborating within the arts.”
Macallum said the Foothills-wide database will be accessible across communities.
“There seems to be a real disconnect with the arts amongst the towns,” she said. “We think it would be a real advantage to get some of their events out as well, and some of the facilities. Some people don’t know all the facilities in all the towns.”
The event will kick off with presentations by half a dozen speakers from country musician Tanya Ryan to the Foothills Tourism Association, and will end with networking at 8 p.m.
“If somebody is hosting a festival, they can go to this list and find local people who have this particular skill,” she said. “The more we talk and spread the word the easier it’s going to be for the musicians, the easier it’s going to be for artist.”
Macallum said she’s been spreading the word via social media and the council’s own personal contacts.