- Corporate body
The Hat Art Club was incorporated as a society in 1978. Its objectives are to seek to enhance the appreciation of graphic arts within the community by providing art instruction at minimum cost to anyone interested in becoming a member, by sponsorship of local and travelling exhibits and by offering annual public demonstrations and sales of locally crafted works of art. The Hat Art Club grew out of the Medicine Hat Art Association which had been established in 1946, and whose initial meetings were held upstairs in the City Hall council chambers and later, in the old Eagles Hall located across from Riverside Park on First Street S.E. Through the years, the Hat Art Club has carried out many worthwhile projects within the city including a large mural donated to the Public Library, assistance with the City's Centennial celebrations and annual programmes such as "Art in Action" and "Art in the Park" festivals, where members of the general public are invited to attend demonstrations and purchase many local works of art. With the establishment of the Cultural Centre adjacent to the Medicine Hat College, the Club has rapidly grown. Membership entitles local artists to unlimited access and useage of a large studio area and an opportunity to learn new skills and share their interests in artistic techniques and subjects with others. Courses are offered on a weekly basis by a variety of experienced artists. Operated jointly between the City of Medicine Hat and the Medicine Hat College, the Cultural Centre serves as the community's hub of cultural activity. So much so, that the Cultural Centre now houses not only the Hat Art Club, but a Fibre Arts Society, a Potter's Club (kiln on site), a Photography Club (lab on site), as well as a dance studio, a dramatic theatre and music instruction rooms.