A new art gallery space is opening in the Peter Lougheed Park Visitor Centre. Students from Rocky View Schools in Cochrane will dedicate their exhibit called Warrior Paint: A Culture of Caring on June 22.
First Nations, Metis and Inuit students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 created Warrior paintings and statements as part of the Roots and Wings cultural education program. The large, bright paintings depict cultural identity, landscapes features and ancestral photographs. The accompanying warrior statements are displayed in English, Stoney and Blackfoot.
Students sold printed art cards of the paintings to raise money for the Morley food bank - over $5000 in total. These art carts will be sold in the Peter Lougheed Park Visitor Centre retail store, with proceeds supporting the students' efforts to “fight hunger with art”.
Alberta Parks staff in Kananaskis Region worked with "Roots and Wings" students and teachers to develop the gallery exhibit so the art could be displayed for the public. The dedication ceremony is in the morning of Monday, June 22.
Watch a video of the students talking about the project then come see the art at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.