What we do
In 1979 the Town of Okotoks purchased the CPR train station for $1.00 with the goal of creating an arts and culture centre for the community. The 11-member volunteer council, was officially registered as a not-for-profit Alberta Society on February 6, 1981. Since then, we have geared our time, energy and fundraising efforts to preserving some of the town’s historical buildings to make art and culture available to the community.
Our ongoing success stems from our partnership with the Town of Okotoks to develop a Culture, Heritage and Art Master Plan (CHAMP). We are excited to implement the plan through three initiatives:
We will be the central hub for Arts and Culture in the Foothills area by developing relationships with and between the art, social, business community as well as Okotoks Town Council and Administration.
We will nurture positive, inclusive and engaging creativity atmosphere to inspire passion, thoughtfulness and awareness in and of art to the public.
We will lead in Art educational awareness in every initiative we undertake and aim to create an educational space that will include mentorship, workshops, lectures and studio space for all forms of art.
Partners & Friends
Okotoks Film Festival
Okotoks Culture and Heritage
Town of Okotoks
Lineham House Galleries
The Ridge Event Centre
Brian Fea Accountants
We're always looking for members for our council. Send us a note or download the OAC membership form.
Where we're going
One of our long-term goals is developing a regional Cultural Centre. In order to achieve this goal, the OAC is working toward demonstrating the economic impact on the community of cultural, recreational and tourism activities. The OAC would like to showcase Okotoks as both an amazing place to live and a unique cultural destination.
Our goals can only be achieved with the involvement of all sectors of the community. To help us realize our vision for the community, we welcome new members from a diversity of backgrounds.