Alberta Aboriginal Arts (AAA) is a professional Aboriginal Theatre and Performing Arts organization based in Edmonton, Alberta. It was co-founded in 2009 by Ryan Cunningham and Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, both Aboriginal (Métis) from Edmonton.
AAA annually hosts the Rubaboo Arts Festival: A Celebration of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Art in Edmonton, Alberta.
Our ambition is to foster a community of Aboriginal artists in Edmonton and across Alberta. We produce events that bring artists of multiple disciplines and Aboriginal traditions together. Our goal is to encourage and support collaborations in art and performance in contemporary and traditional styles and to bring these creations to audiences across Alberta. We strive to develop a strong Aboriginal theatre going audience in Edmonton and encourage non-Aboriginal audiences to attend our events as well. AAA provides audiences of all cultural backgrounds a chance to experience challenging artistic works that speak from a uniquely Aboriginal voice.
RUBABOO is a Michif (Métis) word for a stew that’s full of life, and food that feeds the spirit. This multi-disciplinary festival showcases new Aboriginal plays, music, dance, art, food, family and youth events, artist workshops, an Aboriginal farmers’ market, and two concert nights featuring Hip Hop and Blues. RUBABOO is open to everyone, and shares the opportunity for audiences who are not familiar with these artists to get a great taste of the amazing work being created by Aboriginals. This is the only Aboriginal Arts and Theatre Festival in Alberta.