Over the course of eight weeks, our music exploratory class of 8th grade students at Arbutus Global Middle School have been working in partnership with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria on a DJ workshop under the guidance of Tera, also known as DJ Nova Jade.
By Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator, AGGV and Amy Smith, Community Engagement Coordinator, Legacy Art Gallery
For three Sundays in October, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and the Legacy Art Galleries held Collective Grief, Collective Futures. This series of discussions gave space for emerging artists to grief the losses that have been experienced during the pandemic and discuss methods of adapting to share a creative future.
by Regan Shrumm, Assistant Curator of Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
In December 2018, Libby Oliver approached me with an idea inspired from a new movement of intergenerational living happening between arts organizations and care homes. She pitched a program where artists would help bridge the ever-expanding gap between young adults and seniors.
With school being quite different from the norm during the pandemic, the AGGV is excited to lend a helping hand with our Teacher Resource Guides.
By Regan Shrumm, AGGV Assistant Curator
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be hard to stay motivated on the things we use to enjoy, such as staying in touch with friends, making art, and working out.
By Nicole Stanbridge, Curator of Engagement
Field Trip: Art Across Canada is a new online initiative that emerged when galleries and museums across the country closed their doors in the wake of the pandemic.
By Tasha Henry, Teacher at Cedar Hill Middle School.
As part of the New Extreme program, the wall of the Art Gallery building facing Moss Street gets a new mural installed every spring. This year, the group called Melanin Magic from Cedar Hill Middle School created the mural “How We Fit Together”, mentored by artist Andrea Searle.
This year’s New Extreme Program involved 3 groups of insightful, creative and inspiring youth who created inquiry projects with 3 local artists. They had to stop just short of completion, due to COVID 19. Here is a sense of the important work they did together, in their own words.
The Family Sunday team saw out the last decade with a bang, thanks to special guests, Persi Flage, Pop Tart and Used Victoria of Staches and Lashes Collective, whose high energy and warm fuzzy feelings brought love in every colour of the rainbow into the Gallery!
By Sherry Willing, AGGV Education Coordinator
The AGGV is launching a new series of free artist-led workshops for teens, beginning this spring and leading to the creation of a Youth Council in the fall provided twelve teens become involved.
By Danielle Pope
To me, writing — like so many art forms — is where imagination and creativity find themselves at a junction with the body. The mind unfurls storylines and possibilities, beautiful sentences and striking imagery, while the heart skips a beat when just the right word is chosen; a lump grows in the throat when a line strikes with might.
Family Sunday gives the AGGV a chance to showcase current exhibitions to young visitors and their families through hands-on activities. It also allows us to collaborate with some amazing community members who have so much to share, through their vocation, life experiences and vibrant personalities.
By Hilary Potosnak, AGGV Exhibition Facilitator
“Open Doors to Art” is a new recurring program that I am running at your Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV). The intention of the series is to clear away inhibitions and help expand the public’s experiences with the art on display by offering everyone a memorable and engaging experience with the works.