Arts and 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:

Art Lending Program


Red Deer Public Library is proud to offer a collection of art works for loan to our members. The collection consists of original, framed artworks in a variety of two dimensional media. A Library appointed Jury reviews submissions made by local emerging and established visual artists and selects pieces in accordance with the library materials budget and collection development policy. The inaugural collection of 42 pieces by student artists was seeded from a portion of the Cultural Capitals of Canada grant received by the City of Red Deer. The library is committed to nurturing and supporting local artists by purchasing and disseminating their art through this lending service. Each artwork is professionally framed and ready to hang in your home or office.

Artworks may be borrowed for a period of three months by members with an Individual or Corporate Library Membership. Due to the small size of the collection members may borrow a maximum of two pieces. You can place a hold on an artwork in the same way you would hold a book.

Unsolicited donations are not accepted. The library will announce "Calls to Artists" when the collection is expanding. Pieces may then be submitted for the Jury review process as outlined by the library in the official Call.

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. Café Noir is a sponsor of the series: they'll be providing free coffee and tea for each event. Bring your lunch (or buy one at Café Noir) and get re-caffeinated while you acquire a little culture.

The concerts are also streamed live on the Internet from our our Live! @ Red Deer Public Library page.

GalleryKiwanis 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 programs the exhibit space and is involved with the gallery community's First Friday events. These visual arts exhibits range from 2D to 3D works in a variety of media. Two exhibits showcase the talent of Middle Schools and High Schools in Red Deer. There is a yearly Salon Show and Sale and a special Celebration of the Arts exhibits in the fall to help promote and fundraise for the Red Deer Arts Council.

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.