Sunday family arts at The Reach

Popular free program offered at gallery museum in Abbotsford

Sunday Family Arts continues this year at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

Sunday Family Arts continues this year at The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford.

Prospera Credit Union has renewed its support of the popular program Sunday Family Arts at The Reach.

The program began three years ago, providing families with the opportunity to gather at the gallery museum and create an arts or heritage keepsake at no cost.

“We believe Sunday Family Arts has made such visible inroads in our community because it is so much more than drawing or cutting,” said Anna Williams, The Reach’s education programmer.

The program begins with families receiving a tour of the current exhibitions. Then they are taken to the studio for hands-on activity.

Some of the pieces created in the past year include Chinese rattle drums, 3D family trees, faux Ukrainian decorative eggs, Christmas cards, paper beads and a build-your-own creature. “As a community, it’s important for us to understand just how much arts and heritage stimulate children’s curiosity while also sharpening their senses and developing their critical thinking and decision-making skills,” said Bruce Howell, Prospera Credit Union’s president and CEO.

While Prospera sponsors Sunday Family Arts bi-weekly at The Reach, the Loyal Protestant Association funds the creative supplies for these and other activities.

Upcoming sessions for Sunday Family Arts are Jan. 11 and 25, Feb. 1 and 15, and March 1, 15 and 29.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford is located at 32388 Veterans Way. For more information, visit thereach.ca.