Cochrane Integrated Arts Society

Creating - Connecting - Celebrating!

Varied arts activities in Cochrane

 CIAS links Cochrane’s artists to the community to showcase and share their exceptional talents.
From online visual arts, writing and photography courses to outdoor festivals, CIAS generates opportunities for learning, creating and entertaining.


Meet new friends in a fun, creative course!

Enroll your kids!
Enroll yourself!


Bridging Relationships between Cochrane and Stoney Nakoda people.

Revealing the truth and establishing mutually respectful relationships.


Cochrane Culture Days are coming!
September 10-11, 2022

We're planning our 3rd annual great weekend of activities - music, dance, literary arts, with face painting and balloon twisting, too. Fun for al! Check it out!



Future arts spaces for Cochrane are the vision. We're tackling the challenge!

In the Spotlight

This week the Spotlight is on Marla Blackwell. Although the prairie and the grain fields were her home as a child, she was drawn to the foothills and beautiful tree land west of Calgary, Alberta. Marla has a passion for the landscape and expresses it in her paintings. "There is endless inspiration and tranquility right here in this great land of ours".

Marla paints in a style which encompasses traditional to the abstract. Her desire is to pass on and impact the viewer with the same emotion she feels as she creates each piece of art.

Read more about Marla and learn acrylic paint application, composition, painting terms and how they relate to all styles by registering in Acrylic Landscape Painting.