Editorial — March 15, 2014

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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It’s a wonderful thing when a terrific idea meets a terrific opportunity.

So it was good news for the city when the Prince Albert Arts Board announced that its first five Hall of Fame inductees will be inducted during SaskCulture Days.

The inductees -- who include Margo Fournier, John V. Hicks, Ed Rawlinson, Bernice Sayese and Annabel Taylor -- will all be posthumously honoured on the evening of Friday, Sept. 26.

It’s a terrific idea that will help mark the absolutely thriving arts and culture scene in Prince Albert.

Skeptical?

How about the amazing assortment of classes put on by instructors at the Arts Centre? Or the authors brought in to speak at the library?

How about the vibrant theatre in the community, with a pair of adult theatre groups to complement that which is going on in schools? (By the way don’t forget that the Odyssey Productions presentation of Five Women Wearing The Same Dress continues through Sunday at Wesley United Church.)

There are thriving clubs devoted to things like writing, photography and art.

There are amazing art shows displaying work by local artists. There is a thriving local gallery with a talented staff.

There are choirs and professional singers.

There is the E.A. Rawlinson Centre, bringing in a wide assortment of talented acts to the John and Olive Diefenbaker Stage.

But it’s important to remember that a cultural scene as amazing as Prince Albert’s doesn’t begin with spontaneous combustion. Like all good things, it’s the product of hard work.

And that’s why it’s so important to honour the five people named above. All of them contributed in a massive way.

The Daily Herald’s Matt Gardner spoke to arts board chair Roxanne Dicke about the upcoming ceremony.

She told him that the arts board used three categories in choosing their first inductees; a supporter of the arts, a builder of the arts or a contributing artist. The people they picked were chosen to provide a solid foundation for the hall of fame.

“For this first year, we wanted unanimous agreement of the arts board,” Dicke said.

“Another criteria was that they made a significant impact on the arts in Prince Albert … This first year we are awarding the first honours to those who have come before and left us the legacy on which to build.”

While the plans include a walk of fame -- a terrific idea -- -- there is also a visionary element in cyberspace

Organizers are creating a virtual hall of fame that will offer biographical information, anecdotes and samples of the artists’ work.

“We’re going to try to make it very interactive so it can be accessed and we hope that schools in Prince Albert access it and we hope the public can go online and access it,” Roxanne Dicke told Matt Gardner.

The entire idea of the hall of fame deserves a nod from the city. And while I would imagine that the five inductees would all be thrilled with the honour, they would likely be just as happy with the state of arts in this city.

 

Prince Albert Daily Herald

Organizations: Prince Albert, Prince Albert Arts Board, Arts Centre Daily Herald E.A. Rawlinson Centre

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