Red Deer getting ready for Canada’s 150th celebrations

The list of Canada 150 events on the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery website is small, but it will grow as the celebration continues.

Lorna Johnson, Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery executive director, said the museum is in the process of launching a website that they hope lists community celebrations throughout the year.

The site,, only lists the Bower Ponds event so far, but it does include some of the city’s ongoing projects.

Among the projects, the museum has commissioned a Red Deer Mosaic Mural, in the spirit of Red Deerian Tim Van Horne’s Canada mosaic it will comprise portraits of Red Deer residents.

Who better to take the portraits and create the mural than Van Horne.

“His mural will cover six of the squares on the outside of the museum and art gallery,” said Johnson. “Each square will have its own theme.

“It will be a pretty remarkable piece of work.”

Johnson said 610 visitors came to the museum and art gallery’s megapalooza event over the Family Day Long weekend, getting their portrait taken by Van Horne.

Johnson gave a short presentation to Red Deer City Council Tuesday. In it she highlighted some of the projects that received funding from the Canada 150 Fund.

Among those that received federal funding were ReThink Red Deer’s Piper Creek Restoration, the Red Deer Native Friendship Society’s Celebrating Canada’s Strong Indigenous Culture and upgrading the Discovery Canyon water park.

The Friendship Society, Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, Red Deer Watershed Alliance, Treehouse Youth Theatre, Golden Circle of Red Deer Senior’s Society and Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society all received funding under the Canada 150 Community Fund, through the Red Deer and District Community Foundation.

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