New programs coming up at The Reach

With three of the key winter exhibitions coming to an end later in April, The Reach has scheduled several public talks, tours and workshops

The Reach Gallery Museum.

The Reach Gallery Museum.

With three of the key winter exhibitions coming to an end later in April, The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford has scheduled several public talks, tours and workshops.

The programs start on Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m. with a free talk and tour of the exhibition “Decolonize Me” with curator Heather Igloliorte and artist Jordan Bennett.

“Decolonize Me” features six contemporary aboriginal artists whose works challenge, interrogate and reveal Canada’s long history of colonization.

On Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m., The Reach features a free panel dialogue on “Decolonize Me: Empowering Indigenous Women through Visual Arts,” moderated by Dr. Wenona Victor, indigenous studies scholar at University of the Fraser Valley.

Panel presenters include scholars Dr. Michelle LaFlamme and Dr. Geoffrey Carr, and artists Theresa Warbus, Lauren Krenz and Carrielynn Victor.

On April 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Reach holds two activities in celebration of indigenous knowledge.

Carman McKay – artist, cultural teacher and member of the Sto:lo nation – will lead participants in a drum-making workshop.

Participants will make their own fir-frame, deer-hide drum following the teaching of the Four Corners area of America.

This workshop is open to participants six years and older (children ages six to 12 years must be accompanied by an adult). Visit the reach.ca for cost details and to register.

On April 19 from 1 to 5 p.m., there is a free First Nations Teachings workshop with Darla Rasmussen and friends.

First Nations learning supports the well-being of self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits and the ancestors.

Share this learning experience that begins in a sacred circle of flowing energy focusing on the traditions and sacredness of the talking piece and healing circles.

Then gather around the big drum for words of teachings passed down from elders and to drum for spiritual awakening.

The Reach Gallery Museum is located at 32388 Veterans Way.