The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford

The Reach Gallery in Abbotsford offers virtual exhibits and learning activities

New online resources developed during period of self-isolation

The Reach Gallery Museum has launched a new online resource to keep audiences connected through cultural activities in this time of self-isolation.

While the doors of The Reach have been temporarily closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff have developed a way to share a wide range of virtual experiences with the public.

Laura Schneider, executive director of The Reach, said the new resource at thereach.ca/athome has already attracted significant interest.

Art lovers have the chance to “tour” and learn about current exhibitions from curatorial staff.

Local history buffs can explore online collections of archival photographs.

Guided art-and-history learning activities will support educators, parents, and students during the final months of the school year.

The Reach invites everyone who uses the resource to circulate what they make and learn through a series of online sharing opportunities.

“At a time when many of us are passing our days within our own four walls, we wanted to create a resource that would be entertaining, educational, and useful both within our community and for audiences further afield,” Schneider said.

“There are so many examples around the world right now of how culture is connecting us and giving us a sense of hope and solidarity. We just really want to focus that at the local level to remind us of the value that history, art, and culture bring to our lives every day here in the Fraser Valley.”

The Reach @ Home will continue to populate the online resource with new content each week. The content will also be featured regularly through The Reach’s social media channels.

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