The Lacombe Performing Arts Centre has received a total of $2,850 from the City of Lacombe’s Recreation and Culture Grant Program for two exciting new and inclusive programs. 

$1,600 of the funding will be going towards the organization’s Family Dance program which will give the community the chance to get together and bust a move.  

“Maddox Dance Company approached us at the LPAC  to provide some general entertainment for family members to come together as part of the community and just move together,  connect together, and have a good old fashioned time,” said Rosanna Kerekes, Executive Director of the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre.  

In addition to dancing Kerekes says families can expect to play some games and participate in a few contests as well. 

“We're going to be having some food trucks on site. We're going to be working with Maddox Dance to have some contests whether it's a hula hooping contest that the whole family has to participate in or something and just find contests with dancing for the kids and the families. [We hope to] get everybody participating and having a fun night,” added Kerekes.  

The Family Dance will be held on June 10, 2022.  

Music for People with Dementia

The remaining $1,250 will be going towards a new program called ‘Music for People with Dementia’. The LPAC will be offering inclusive and interactive programming for people living with dementia.  

“We’re basically going to be looking at working with different instruments providing singing, name that tune songs, performing through piano or anything like that but working with different musical programs. It’s going to be a 12-week course essentially that will give us the opportunity to kind of get the dementia community out and in the community,” explained Kerekes.  

She added that people with dementia often experience loneliness and she hopes to provide a way for them to have a space to connect and be active community members.  

Kerekes says she is working on providing more inclusive programming at the LPAC. ‘Music for People with Dementia’ is only the start of inclusive programming. Currently, she is looking to diversifying other programs at the LPAC as well. 

“I’ve actually just finalized an arts management program where my whole project is based on building inclusive and divisive programming. That’s kind of the start of all of this. I am wanting to work with our community to see what their needs are and what their wants are,” she added.  

The inclusive programming is also expanding into the Family Dance where families who have kids with sensory issues can make use of a ‘quiet room’. In the ‘quiet room,’ families will have a safe space if there is too much sensory stimulation on the dance floor.  

The Music for People with Dementia program is expected to start in late spring for more information you can reach out to the LPAC by clicking here.