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Culture Days

The Culture Days organization supports a Canada-wide network of arts, culture, and heritage organizers to facilitate free public events in their communities every year during the Culture Days weekend.

Celebrate 4 weeks of Culture Days from September 25 - October 25, 2020

Join us for a weekend of arts, culture and creativity. There are thousands of free, immersive and behind the scenes experiences across Canada that you can be a part of. Search for activities happening in British Columbia at culturedays.ca.

Check out the events happening in Abbotsford:

Reach Gallery Museum

There are currently 3 exhibitions that run from September 10 - January 3, 2021

Semá:th Xo:tsa: Great Gramma’s Lake 
For millennia, a vast lake existed between Sumas and Vedder mountains in the unceded territory of the Stó:lō people, in what is now known as the Fraser Valley. Teeming with ecological abundance, Semá:th Xo:tsa (Sumas Lake) was central to cultural, spiritual, and physical wellbeing of the Séma:th people (Sumas First Nation) and surrounding Indigenous communities. Between 1919 and 1924, settlers in the region lobbied government to drain the lake, thereby enhancing the agricultural capacity of the region. 
The exhibition is a life-sized rendering of a new children’s book to be published by The Reach in fall of 2020. The collaborative book and exhibition recall a time when the lake was thriving, using memory and story to allow the lake to on today. The project is illustrated by Carrielynn Victor and co-authored by Chris Silver, Carrielynn Victor, Kris Foulds, and Laura Schneider. 

Ever Elsewhere: Siting a Mennonite Imaginary
This exhibition brings together six contemporary Canadian artists of Mennonite heritage whose works share a common interest in the experience of actual and imaginary borderlands, and the impact of migration on notions of identity and cultural belonging. Mennonites have long characterized themselves as a migrant people – existing in relation to people, stories, and landscapes that are “ever elsewhere.” The exhibition explores issues of cultural nostalgia, the work of home-ing and rehome-ing, and the relationship between cultural migration and settler history in the land now called Canada. 

Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in British Columbia
This groundbreaking, interactive exhibition invites visitors to learn more about the state of Indigenous languages in BC. Winner of an Excellence in Exhibitions award from the American Alliance of Museums, Our Living Languages includes interactive stations, video, and audio that highlights the histories and complexity of 34 different First Nations languages, while also shedding light on the people and communities that are working tirelessly to document and revitalize them. 

Abbotsford Arts Council

Is taking applications for this year's Arty Awards which celebrate and highlight the achievements and contributions of local artists. More information can be found online.

Join artists Zaira Luis and Amanda Garcia on October 3, 2020 from 1pm - 4pm as they teach you how to make your own cyanotype art print. Learn about various Abbotsford botanical species and their importance to the environment. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Only 4-6 participants allowed in the space at one time, masks are mandatory, and the space and supplies will be sanitized between participants.
This project is in collaboration with the City of Abbotsford and the Abbotsford Arts Council. Reserve your spot by registering at eventbrite.  

Heritage Abbotsford Society

Stories to Spaces: Community Placemaking through Local Heritage Join Heritage Abbotsford Society Program Manager Natalia Deros for a webinar on how to create a community history project through placemaking. The project Stories to Spaces: Local Community Places was launched in the Summer of 2020 as a way for residents of Abbotsford to celebrate the places in the community that is important to them, their families, and communities. Half storytelling project and half place-based learning, the aim is to connect and root individuals within their communities, and to create belonging and inclusion for all.

Online webinar: Friday, September 25, 3pm - 4:30pm. View online.  

Fraser Valley Regional Library

 

Fraser Valley Regional Library is pleased to offer a variety of free virtual Culture Days events for 2020! Celebrate Culture Days with music! If you're happy and you know it, play along! Grab a ukulele, learn 3 simple chords, and jam with FVRL staff Jordanne, Leanna, Dana, Wanda, Julie, and Brandon. Don't have a ukulele? No problem! You View for more information.