As local arts institutions go, the fact that the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC) is one of the younger kids on the block may come as a surprise.
This year marks the EAC's 25th anniversary — the same year the Fringe celebrates 40 years, the Citadel Theatre turns 56, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is now over 100. It's celebrating with a city-wide scavenger hunt that encourages citizens to interact with local art every day, be it by seeking out public sculptures, checking out albums by homegrown talent, or sharing thoughts about prolific arts producers online.
"We hope that people come to realize that their city is alive with arts and culture, whether it's neighbourhood concerts and parades, or public art pieces at their closest transit station," the EAC's executive director Sanjay Shahani told Taproot.
"We've had some fantastic thoughts shared with us so far – one person said they've been attending the Fringe for 40 years, and someone else had just moved to Edmonton and was volunteering at their first Fringe."