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Tenth anniversary celebration for casa features arts for everybody

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It’s hard to believe casa has been home to local artists for the past 10 years.

So Saturday, May 13 is a great day celebrate that milestone with a variety of free, family friendly activities, culminating with a concert from Latin musician Oscar Lopez, who also performed at the official opening of the downtown community arts centre.


“ Everything is free,” enthused Allied Arts Council Executive Director, Jana MacKenzie, adding a lot of people have been using the facilities at casa.


Oscar Lopez returns for the tenth anniversary celebration of casa this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery

There will be an open house  from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. featuring a variety of activities including gallery and facility tours, studio demonstrations in the clay studio, wood-shop, 2D studio and textile studio, art  documentaries. There will also be dance demonstrations in the dance studio.


 There will also be fun for families including face painting, corpse drawing, a cupcake  cake at noon, button making, community painting and chalk drawing in Rotary Square, where Oscar Lopez will be performing at  7 p.m.


 The event will also be the debut of the new shade sails over Rotary Square, where Oscar Lopez will be performing.

“We have 200 tickets available, but because it looks like the weather is looking fantastic, we’ll be releasing 200 more,” she said, noting tickets are free, but need to be obtained  in advance.


“This is a chance to get a look behind the scenes  even for people who go there and especially for people who have never been there. You never know what will catch your interest,” MacKenzie continued.

 “It’s amazing that it has been 10 years. I was working at the Bowman Gallery and we were at capacity then, so we knew the need was there for casa,” she continued.


“We have facilities that you might not have at home like the wood turning shop. Anybody can rent the studios,” she said, adding creating casa was the culmination of 20 years preparation work.

“It was wonderful when it opened,” she said, adding there are also classes to sign up for to perhaps find a new interest. 


 Casa has partnered with Tourism Lethbridge for the event.


“It’s going to be a great party. It’s great to partner with Tourism Lethbridge,” she said.


“ And after Covid, we’re all ready for a party,” she said.


“ Even if you aren’t an artist, come on down because you never know what will catch your interest,” she said.


 The tenth anniversary of casa celebration is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. Admission is free.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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