Arts & Culture

At Red Deer Public Library, one of our key values is the Arts. The library supports arts and culture in our community in many ways, including the following:

First Thursdays in the Snell

One of Red Deer Public Library's signature programs, First Thursdays is an ongoing series of classical music concerts offered for free. On the first Thursday of each month, a concert is presented in the Snell Auditorium at the Downtown Branch from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Library Café is a sponsor of the series: they'll be providing free coffee and tea for each event. Bring your lunch (or buy one at Library Café) and get re-caffeinated while you acquire a little culture.

The concerts are also streamed live on our YouTube page.

Kiwanis Gallery

Our foyer gallery is located adjacent to the Snell Auditorium in the downtown branch. The gallery offers 53 linear feet of wall space and has café tables and lounge furniture. Gallery hours are the same as the downtown library hours. 

In 2009, Red Deer Public Library and the Red Deer Allied Arts Council (now Red Deer Arts Council) became partners in the Kiwanis Gallery exhibit space. The Red Deer Arts Council’s Visual Arts Committee programs and oversees the exhibit space and is involved with the gallery community's First Friday events. The visual arts exhibits range from 2D to 3D works in a variety of media. Two exhibits showcase the talent of five Middle Schools and two High Schools in Red Deer. There is a yearly Red Deer Arts Council Visual Arts Members Exhibit from mid-February to mid-April. There are eight exhibits per year.

Check out the Red Deer Arts Council website at for a list of exhibits and the call for entry for this space under the Visual Arts and Kiwanis Gallery tabs.

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