Raised in St. Albert and later returning to St. Albert to raise four daughters, all with strong interests in the arts, led to Heather’s involvement with numerous local arts organizations over the past 35+ years. In addition to personal interests, 20+ years at the St. Albert Public Library, particularly in the roles of Public Services Manager and Director of STARFest (St. Albert Readers’ Festival), resulted in many community collaborations and a strong focus on the literary arts. In addition to her involvement with the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society, Heather also currently sits on the Board of the St. Albert Chamber Music Society and in 2017 accepted the position of General Manager with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Heather was the recipient of the 2018 St. Albert Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts, Arts Leadership Award and in 2019 received a St. Albert Community Recognition Award for her Arts & Culture work.
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Kathleen is one of the City of St. Albert’s Community Cultural Coordinators and the St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society’s City liaison. Having coordinated the St. Albert Amplify Festival for the past six years, she joined SACTAS in 2019 when she started with the City full-time. She brings her experiences working for the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, the International Children’s Festival of the Arts, Spruce Grove’s yearly Canada Day Celebration and her background as an Arts and Entertainment Journalist to the table. She is currently pursuing her newly discovered passion for the aerial arts and, when she’s not in the air, she loves to take in St. Albert and area's growing cultural scene.
Julia Sorensen is St Albert’s Poet Laureate and a published writer, musician, and visual artist. She has performed spoken word and music at Edmonton Poetry Festival, SkirtsAFire, Seven Music Festival, Amplify Festival, and Berlin Spoken Word. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English, Arts and Cultural Management, and German from the University of Alberta and has experience organizing poetry events and running writing workshops locally and internationally. Though her previous involvement with slam poetry informs her expressive performance style, her work maintains a softness and ambiguity which ultimately leaves it to the audience to make meaning. You can learn more about her at julialsorensen.com.