40th Anniversary Arts Festival Friday Is Deadline for Participation
Victoria – This year is Cool Aid’s 40th Anniversary (1968-2008) and the society’s first major celebration is a free, summer Arts Festival & 40th Reunion – “Cool Aid Culture”, which will be held in Centennial Square on Saturday, August 16 from 1 pm to 7 pm. Creative works such as music, visual arts, crafts, spoken word, poetry, dance, theatre, comedy, performance art and others will be featured.
If you have had a relationship with Cool Aid, such as benefiting from its services, working as staff, volunteering, donating or partnering, you are welcome to share your talents at the Arts Festival. The deadline for submissions is this Friday, July 18. To make an arts submission or to volunteer contact Cool Aid at 250-590-1931 orvolunteer@CoolAid.org.
The artists currently signed up will present works in photography, oil paintings, watercolours, sculpture and other media. Well known local artist Mike Lewis, a long-time Cool Aid employee, will be exhibiting. Cool Aid staff are also a musical group and will be participating in a half dozen bands on the stage including Children of Celebrities, with long-time Cool Aid employee and Spiral Café owner Mike Raymer. Other acts include street Marimba band Street Patrol, plus Zolabud and The Essentials.
A variety of colourful characters including Oak Bay Mayor Chris Causton, Ken Kelly of the Downtown Victoria Business Association and Cool Aid’s Manager of Housing John Crean will Emcee the show. Some spots on the stage will be reserved for mystery guests.
Cool Aid is also producing a documentary video this year. If you have any Cool Aid memorabilia, such as photos, film or a story to share for the 40th Anniversary documentary film and historic archives, please contact Cool Aid at 250-590-1931 or video@CoolAid.org or submit online at www.CoolAid.org/40 .
The Government of Canada has contributed funding to this initiative.
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been building hope, lives and community in the Capital Region for 40 years, since 1968, through a wide range of programs including supported housing, community health and dental services, emergency shelter, and a casual labour pool. For more information visit www.CoolAid.org or call 250-383-1977.
Kathy Stinson, Executive Director
Alan Rycroft, Community Relations Coordinator