Federal Funding Supports Celebration of Western Canadian Cowboy Heritage
Stavely, Alberta – The Government of Canada has provided the Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry and Music Society with $2,000 in funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program in support of the 15th edition of the Willow Creek Gathering.
John Barlow, Member of Parliament (Macleod), announced this today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Activities at this year’s gathering will include musical performances, poetry readings, and art exhibitions featuring the work of local artists and artisans.
- The Willow Creek Gathering will take place from July 10 to 12, 2015, at the Stavely Arena.
- The Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry and Music Society is a local, non-profit organization whose mandate is to celebrate the art, culture and artistic heritage of the community of Stavely and its surrounding communities in southern Alberta.
- The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
“Our Government is proud to invest in projects that preserve and honour our rich Canadian heritage. Congratulations to the Willow Creek Gathering on its 15th year of celebrating and keeping the legacy of cowboy culture alive.”
— The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
“We are pleased to support the Willow Creek Gathering, an event that highlights our forefathers’ rich legacy and the pioneers that helped build Alberta. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers for bringing the community together to celebrate history, art and Canadiana.”
—John Barlow, Member of Parliament (Macleod)
“Our Society is extremely grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support in supplying funding for our local festival. This festival allows us to commemorate and promote our western heritage and lifestyle through music and poetry which depicts the cowboy way of life, past and present.”
—Sheryl Fath, Treasurer, Willow Creek Cowboy Poetry and Music Society
(Department of Canadian Heritage)