A new art program connects young people in Prince Rupert with mentors through a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern British Columbia (BBBSN) and Rain or Shine Art Studio.
The six-week initiative, titled Connect: Create and Inspire, begins April 7 and is available free for ages 10-12 on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m.
“It’s an opportunity for children to be with other young people in a peer support model. They are there, they learn from each other, they make friendships,” said BBBSN Executive Director Tim Bennet.
Being able to connect after pandemic isolation is especially important for many children, Bennet added.
The inaugural installment will be led by Rain or Shine Art Studio owner Carly Allen with one mentor for eight children and will meet once a week.
“It will be an exploratory, playful and artistic approach to creating and using different materials,” Allen said.
Children will be able to use all kinds of materials and techniques such as painting, watercolour, sculpture, collage and clay to create works of art.
“There are so many areas that [art] can be positive for children. I think on the therapeutic side of things, it’s almost like a peaceful process and using your hands to do something and work with materials,” Allen said.
This first run of the program is a step toward increasing the in-person program with more activities in the planning, Bennet said. In a previous survey of Prince Rupert, BBBSN heard “loud and loud” the demand for more in-person programming. Although no new initiatives have yet been announced, outdoor projects for young people are in the works for the summer, he said.
Visit www.bigsnbc.ca/connect for all the info or to register your child now.
Normand Galimski | Journalist
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