Vernon art gallery designs art kits to teach students at rural schools

Art kits for rural schools

The Vernon Public Art Gallery is launching a new educational art program for schools in the North Okanagan.

The program is called 'Regional Outreach' and it aims to bring art education to rural North Okanagan schools.

"We felt the need to create a travelling art education kit that all teachers and students in School District No. 22 and the surrounding communities within the North Okanagan regions can utilize," says VPAG in a press release. "Although some schools nearby can participate in school tours and workshops at the gallery, high bus costs and other barriers effect outlying schools in the North Okanagan region creating lack of access to the VPAG’s art education programs."

Regional Reach is a travelling art education kit that gets delivered to schools, and this year's focus will be contemporary Indigenous artists. These kits will allow teachers to tailor their lessons to their class' abilities while maintaining focus on the course material.

Each kit contains all the materials for select printmaking art activities, and are cross-curricular in art education, social studies, language arts, and science.

"This year’s Regional Reach kit focuses on five Indigenous artists whose work explores identity and culture and asks us to consider Indigenous peoples’ rights and world views," says Kelsie Balehowsky, Learning and Community Engagement Curator. "The artists and artworks in this guide have been chosen to inspire creative inquiry and critical thinking about the effects of colonialism through engagement with art."

For more information or to request a booking date for Regional Reach, you can visit the VPAG website.

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