With the E.A. Rawlinson Centre turning 10 this year, the Prince Albert arts community is celebrating more than just the building.
The arts community decided to celebrate the entire artist community, including lone artists, art groups and performers of all ages during a 10-year anniversary on Sunday afternoon.
“It is a celebration event of the 10-year anniversary of the Rawlinson Centre and we are also celebrating the arts community in Prince Albert,” Roxanne Dyck of the Prince Albert Arts board said. “We will have performers in the lobby and we will have different artist groups and artists set up around the lobby and centre. The gallery will be open and the theatre will be open for tours.”
From 1 to 3 p.m., there are tours of the theatre and Mann Art Gallery while Rich Miller, JavaTime, and the Saxophone Ensemble from the Prince Albert City Band will be performing in the lobby.
Not only will there be tours and entertainment, there will even be a couple clowns and about 35 different art groups from the community with booths set up in the lobby.
“We have music groups, writer’s groups, visual artists,” Linda Jensen of the Rawlinson said. “It is really just a great showcase of the arts community. It is not just the theatre or just performing arts … It gives you an idea that this is a real representation of the arts community in Prince Albert.”
At 3 p.m. they will be moving into the theatre for a half hour show by former Search for the Stars performers as well as performers from Voices of the North and Northern Spirits, Jensen said.
“I thought that showcasing our young performers -- just incredibly talented young people we have in our community (was important),” Jensen said. “These young people are certainly taking part in all sorts of things in this community and I’m sure beyond as well. The six performers in that half hour that we will be showcasing will be putting on what we can expect will be an amazing show.”
The six performers are Relan Meeks, Search for the Stars 2013 Junior Star, Shania Cabilao, Search for the Stars 2013 Senior Star, Kyle Morris Search for the Stars 2013 Songwriter of the Year, Samantha Burnouf, a singer/songwriter and guitarist, Allison Rae Strong, singer/songwriter and guitarist, and Tristen Durocher, a fiddle player from La Ronge and Search for the Stars 2012 Senior Star.
At 3:30 there will be an audio-video montage looking both back in time and toward the future, Dyck said. After the montage, the arts board will be making an announcement about a new initiative they are spearheading.
“We want to really acknowledge the legacy of the arts community in Prince Albert so part of the new initiative will be doing just that,” Dyck said.
They are looking forward to people coming out to the celebration and seeing the rich arts community the city has to offer.
“We really want people to come, network and see what kinds of art groups are out there and get information on what everyone is doing in town,” Dyck said.
“Yes, we want to celebrate this wonderful building, but we also want to celebrate the arts community and really wanting to get the community to come in and celebrate with us,” Jensen added. “It is an opportunity for the community to see and appreciate the wealth of artists that we have out there and how vibrant the arts community is.”