Pennies for Playgrounds opens at The Reach

The exhibit raises funds and awareness for a playground in Tanzania.

An exhibit starting Thursday, Dec. 6 at The Reach Gallery Museum is based on the theme that all children deserve a safe place to play and the freedom to use the space around them to express themselves creatively.

“Pennies for Playgrounds: Urban Planning, Children’s Rights and Climate Change” is sponsored by University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

A reception to launch the exhibition takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pennies for Playgrounds is a collection of work that showcases UFV student projects with an emphasis on the child’s voice and the right to play.

A central theme will be children’s perspectives on play and safe places due to relocation following flooding in an informal settlement in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Students from UFV intern every year in Tanzania. This exhibit and fundraiser is being put on by previous interns to give back to the area they studied and worked.

They hope to raise enough funds to build a safe playground in Tanzania.

The exhibit will run from Dec. 6 to 13 in the studio at The Reach (32388 Veterans Way).

For more information about Pennies for Playgrounds, visit indiegogo.com/penniesforplaygrounds.