The Reach Gallery Museum will receive over $20,000 in funding from the federal government, announced Abbotsford MP Ed Fast, minister of international trade, on behalf of the minister of Canadian heritage on Friday.
The funding is provided through the Museums Assistance Program and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.
“Centres like (The Reach) help strengthen our collective identity and also contribute to Canada’s economic vitality,” said Fast.
With this funding, The Reach will host “The Navy: A Century in Art” from Sept. 26 to Jan. 5, 2014. The travelling exhibit – circulated by the Canadian War Museum – features paintings from the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. The Reach will also offer community-engagement programs, including a series of public lectures and artists talks.
From Jan. 1 to July 23, 2014, the museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident, when the arrival in Canadian waters of a steamship carrying more than 300 people from India challenged the Canadian immigration laws of the day. Activities will include literary readings, artist displays and tours of the Gur Sikh Temple – a national historic site of Canada – and more.
For more information, visit thereach.ca.