This weekend marks the official launch of ARTember, which is Airdrie’s city wide celebration of Arts & Culture. As this month closely precedes an important civic election, the Creative Airdrie Society (CAS) thought it would be a great to merge the best of both worlds by planning its first ever political forum.
The Forum will be held on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites. It will focus on Arts & Cultural issues that impact our city. The format will include set questions from various arts groups and organizations. And, open discussion and socializing will be encouraged afterwards.
“Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the candidates to introduce themselves and share their positions on Arts & Culture. Also, we wish to inform potential council members on what issues are important to the arts community. Our cultural visions are going to help shape the future of this city and it’s vital that there is communication of expectations from both sides. A fun and lively debate is the perfect way to achieve this and becomes a breeding ground for innovative ideas. It would be the best possible outcome to have both city leaders and residents walk away inspired and ready to get to work.” – Jennifer Benner, CAS Board Chair
CAS approached all (currently) declared candidates and sitting council members and were extremely pleased at the eagerness to participate. “We understand that we may miss some candidates that are waiting to declare, but due to the timing of ARTember and venue considerations we strongly felt that something was better than nothing.” – Jennifer Benner
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Mark Hopkins, an Artistic Director with Swallow a Bicycle Theatre, will moderate the event. He recently helped to conduct the hotly debated Arts & Culture forum in Calgary. Creative Airdrie is fortunate to have his wealth of experience in both politics and arts to help facilitate the evening.