ACAD honoured to be Calgary feature site for Alberta Culture Days 2018

For Immediate Release

Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) is thrilled and honoured to be selected as the feature site for Calgary’s 2018 Culture Days. ACAD will kick off Culture Days on September 28 with a special event celebrating the opening of the Illingworth Kerr Gallery exhibition: ​Unpacking IKG | 60 Years a Gallery​, and the Ceramics Conference ​1000 Miles Apart ​Opening & Silent Auction.  All the Culture Days activities at ACAD are free and open to the public.

“ACAD is honoured and proud to have been named the Feature Celebration Site for the Calgary Region in celebration of Alberta Culture Days 2018. The opportunity to reflect on our history as a cultural institution and showcase a wide range of creative programming is particularly significant as we begin the process of transitioning to a University.  We look forward to welcoming the community to our campus,” says ACAD President & CEO Dr. Daniel Doz.

“Alberta Culture Days is an opportunity for the Alberta College of Art + Design to show the province what makes Calgary a hub for art, music, dance and more. There are hundreds of amazing family-friendly events happening this weekend, showcasing how our communities, our history and our culture are important parts of our identity. I encourage everyone to join the party, try something new and learn more about your community during Alberta Culture Days!” says the Honorable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

While the launch to celebrate ACAD as a feature site will take place on September 28, the rest of the weekend is packed with family friendly programming to celebrate culture in the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta.

The programming for the remainder of the weekend will include Indigenous cultural teachings and drumming in the Lodgepole Centre, button making, origami lessons and a workshop that focuses on unpacking public art with a visit to the legendary ACAD graffiti stairwell.

>>> Check out a full schedule ACAD's Culture Days Activities

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For media inquiries contact or more information about ACAD and Culture Days, please contact:

Steven Hodges
Community Engagement Strategist

About Alberta College of Art + Design

Founded in 1926, Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) has been a major contributor to Canada’s visual culture in the 20th century, with many of its graduates gaining significant national and international reputations as artists, designers and creative leaders. ACAD provides accredited degree standard education and learning opportunities to 1,200 students enrolled in full- and part-time studies in a wide range of art, craft and design studio disciplines. In addition to credentialed undergraduate degrees in a variety of program areas, the College offers a Masters of Fine Art in Craft Media, making it the only institution in the province to offer and confer university-level undergraduate and now, graduate degree programs in art, craft and design. ACAD achieved university status on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

About Alberta Culture Days

Alberta Culture Days began in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day, a one-day event to recognize the value of Alberta's arts and cultural communities. There were 100 events held in 30 communities across the province, and a flagship celebration at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.

Since then, it has expanded into a vibrant, three-day, provincewide celebration that has helped inspire the creation of Culture Days - a pan-Canadian movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.