Arts Council in dire need of volunteers

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

If the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Arts Council (RAC) wasn’t small enough already, it’s about to get a whole lot smaller. The Leader hears that one of its board member positions has opened up, leaving the three-person team down to two.
“Our president has stepped down because she is moving away,” says RAC secretary Megan McNeil. “Although we’re only losing one person, it makes a huge difference and will limit what we can do.”
RAC had the bare bones of a board, meaning the three mandatory spots and directors at-large spots were filled.
“I don’t think people know how much work we have to put into our activities,” says McNeil. “For instance, two of us planned the ‘zombie fun run’ and it took months! There is so much work that goes into events – if we have a few more people it would make it easier on us and help us offer more arts programming to the community.”
McNeil says the time commitment isn’t too daunting and usually would consist of attending an hour-long meeting once per month and helping at events.
“We’re in the middle of creating a membership plan,” she says. “The gist is that it’s a free membership and we would feature you on our website (which is in process).
“One of our strategic planning goals was to create a directory of local artists, so RAC members would be able to be advertised on this. Instead of paying a monthly or yearly fee, we would instead ask them to commit to volunteer at one event.”
McNeil adds, “Other membership perks include early-bird access to RAC events and a discount off tickets.”
Speaking of upcoming events, McNeil says RAC is still planning on being involved in the Santa Claus Parade.
“We’ll be entering in a float,” she says. “We have a ladies’ craft night happening in December as well – the craft is do-it-yourself winter signs and ornaments. Tickets will be on sale next month.”
If you’re interested in becoming a part of RAC, McNeil says the group meets month on every second Thursday.
“Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. upstairs of the Tervita arena in the Slave Lake multi-rec centre,” she says. “Our Facebook page is the best way to contact us now.”

Pictured above are three zombies that participated in the first annual zombie run, which RAC hosted last month at Schurter Park in Slave Lake.


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