New art program for youth

Workshops will bring students to MacIsland

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

Representatives from the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and the Royal Bank of Canada joined together for a cheque presentation to announce the launch of the ‘Artist in Studio’ pro- gram. Supplied photo

Representatives from the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and the Royal Bank of Canada joined together for a cheque presentation to announce the launch of the ‘Artist in Studio’ program. Supplied photo.

A new installment is enriching creativity in our youth and connecting them to public art as the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) has recently announced its latest program.

The ‘Artist in Studio’ program will allow students the opportunity to work hands on with some of the region’s most top potential. Due to a donation provide by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), students will be brought to MacDonald Island to take part in workshops with local artists.

“Art plays a critical part in building rich, vibrant communities and strong economies,” said Tana LeBlanc, Market Manager of Fort McMurray’s RBC. “RBC cares about investing in the places where we live and work, and our support of the arts is a long-standing priority as we recognize and value the role it can, and does, play.”

According to a release, the program’s sole purpose is to connect education through an artistic interactive approach. Its goal for students is to not only help them gain a better understanding of the importance of arts in a community, but have the opportunity to create masterpieces of their own.

“We are so grateful to RBC for this kind donation and their support of this new program,” said Annette Antoniak, Chief Executive Officer of the RRC. “The Artist in the Studio program will allow local youth to connect with artist mentors to explore their creativity while also developing new skills and relationships.”

– Connect Weekly –