RBC grants $5,000 to Young Contemporaries

Abbotsford-based project that aims to create a more vibrant, creative and dynamic city for its young people has received a grant

Jeff Starchuk

Jeff Starchuk

An Abbotsford-based project that aims to create a more vibrant, creative and dynamic city for its young people has received a $5,000 grant from the RBC Foundation.

The Young Contemporaries started mid-2013, said Gabe Kirkley, who created the project at The Reach Gallery Museum. The goal will be reached through an awards program, exhibitions, events for young artists and more.

“One of the main areas that RBC looks to support is emerging artists in our communities,” said Doug Turner, vice-president of RBC Fraser Valley. “It can be very difficult for young artists to make the transition to the professional world and so we are very happy to support The Reach in helping make that transition easier.”

The grant will help with showcasing the new exhibition – which runs until March 30 – at The Reach called Drain, in recognition of the 90th anniversary of the draining of Sumas Lake.

It features the work of 11 young, local artists and the exhibit asks people to consider the wider implications of a major undertaking like a mass drainage, and how such a project affects communities culturally, politically and environmentally.

For more information visit youngcontemporaries.ca.