Kenora has an active community with many civic groups and cultural arts organizations. Local residents, acting as volunteers, operate the vast majority of these arts groups and organizations, donating both time and resources in the promotion and preservations of Kenora’s cultural arts. As well as, working to educate and entertain residents and visitors about community groups. These various groups represent many different types of artisans and crafting talents and serve as proof that Kenora does in fact have an active arts and performing arts community.
Take a walk along the downtown core of the City of Kenora and witness the Public Arts Project known as Heritage Townscape Murals or the Kenora Arts Project art exhibit Muskies on Main. You will find examples of unique artistry created by locals. Depending on when you visit, you may also find crafters, performing arts events and attractions scattered about the City of Kenora.
Kenora Arts Organizations
Lake of the Woods Arts Collective (LOWAC)
Often referred to as LOWAC, this group formed by artists and patrons of the arts seek to ‘inspire unity, joy and opportunity through the arts in Kenora and the surrounding area’.
LOWAC produces a monthly newsletter, Synergy.
Community Arts Hub
Provides access to inclusive, accessible, arts-related activities that are open to the public. We strive to compliment local arts activity by providing space and hosting activities in music, visual arts, writing and gardening.
Lake of the Woods Centre for the Arts Charitable Organization
The Centre for the Arts is comprised of members of the Community Auditorium and Convention Centre Committee, the board of the Lake of the Woods Arts Collective and the board of the Kenora Community Arts and Heritage Arts Project. The group works together to determine the needs and assess the viability of building and refurbishing community space where all disciplines of art can be experienced, showcased and studied.
Try Light Theatre Group
Those who share a love of acting, drama, produce and perform plays twice a year
Contact: Gordon Day Janz, First Baptist Church
Kenora District Festival of the Arts Website: www.kdfa.ca As a group, Kenora District Festival of the Arts promotes development of performing talent in music, dance and speech arts for the advancement of the performer and cultural development of the community.
Contact: Len Marks
Lake of the Woods Concert Group
Provides professional concerts and entertainment to the public.
Contact: Len Marks
Sunday Smiles Family Entertainment Series
Non profit group dedicated to bringing quality children’s entertainment to Kenora.
Contact: Gaylyn Holmstrom, Lakewood School
Kenora Scottish Dance Group New Horizons Seniors Centre
Contact: Alex Coates
Kenora Scottish Pipes and Drums Scottish music and cultural heritage by way of traditional Scottish pipes and drums.
Keewatin Legion upper hall
Contact: Theresa Burns
Sunset Country Handbell Ringers New Horizons Seniors Centre
Contact: Arlene Nelson Litt