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The Pas Arts Council: Over 25 Years & Counting

The Pas Arts Council has been promoting and supporting artistic culture in The Pas for over 25 years. They help in promoting local groups andtheir activities and by hosting professional performers and workshops.

Locally there are two choirs, an amateur community choir that does a Christmas Program each year and Aurora, an intermediate choir that this year will do a show celebrating the last 100 years of Broadway in January. They also have a very active local community theatre company.

Theatre 53 produces two plays a year and does improv shows when asked. Every other year they focus on the development of youth by producing a play for children, which is performed by local children. The Pas Music and Fine Arts Festival is one of this province’s longest running music festivals at 75 years. Over the years many of their young people have won scholarships to the International Music Camp for further training.

The Pas Arts Council also supports square dancing classes, and are pleased to promote the Art Guild which is remerging after a hiatus of a couple of years.

The Susan MacCharles Gallery is the temporary exhibit space at the Sam Waller Museum. This year there will be three exhibits starting with the Flin Flon artist Eila Duncalfe, followed by a rug hooking exhibit from the Bruce County Museum called ‘Memories of My Mother’. The last exhibit is ‘Diaries of a Mapmaker’ by Manitoba artist Don McMaster, who has created a series of paintings celebrating the work of David Thompson. The Sam Waller is also the host of the “Home Roots Concerts” that have become much anticipated events for local people.

The Pas Arts Council also supports the regional library in promoting their story time, and on occasion will host an author. This year The Pas Arts Council and Library are planning a one day children’s festival. Other performances the Arts Council are planning are a children’s show with Duffle Bag Theatre from Ontario, and Manitoba’s own Heather Bishop.

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