PITT MEADOWS, BC – Culture Days celebrations are kicking off this weekend across Canada and Pitt Meadows is showcasing arts and culture in the community with a number of activities for the public to participate in, including the unveiling of a community crane project and a community yurt project, a Katzie First Nation history presentation, and a BollyX fitness class, as well as events at the Pitt Meadows Museum and the Blue Heron Gallery.
“Culture Days in Pitt Meadows this year offers a variety of arts and culture activities for people to get together and participate,” said City of Pitt Meadows recreation manager Diane Chamberlain.
“We’ve been lucky to have dedicated artists and volunteers who have worked with us to have a robust schedule throughout the weekend, and Council has been very supportive of the City’s participation in this national initiative.”
Held on the last weekend of September each year, Culture Days raises the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of volunteer groups at the national, provincial and local levels, hundreds of thousands of artists, cultural workers, organizations and groups, volunteers and supporters self-mobilize to host free participatory public activities that take place in hundreds of cities and towns throughout the country.
The community crane project was spearheaded by local artist Brad Dinwoodie, who worked with local students to create hundreds of paper origami cranes, which have been installed in the lobby of the Pitt Meadows Family Rec Centre. The project will be officially unveiled and the public invited to try their hand at origami on Saturday, October 1 from 1pm to 4pm.
At the same time and also at the Rec Centre, former Pitt Meadows artist-in-residence Rebecca Fisher, a textile and fibre artist, is inviting residents to join the unveiling of the felted reading yurt she has been working on with members of the public, before it heads on a tour of schools and libraries in the area. Participants can also try spinning with a rock and pencil.
A free BollyX fitness class is open to the public at the Rec Centre, also on Saturday from 2-3pm, and residents are invited to have fun dancing to Bollywood music in a heart-pumping dance and fitness class.
The Katzie First Nation will be sharing their history and storytelling on Saturday from 1-4pm at the Katzie Public Health Building located at 19700 Salish Road.
Also on Saturday, students from Edith McDermott Elementary school created a model of a First Nations site that will be on display at the Rec Centre.
Other activities include historical games at the Pitt Meadows Museum on Sunday from 1-4pm with everything from Tiddlywinks to Jenga, and kids can make their own checkers or x’s and o’s set. Live painting at the Blue Heron Gallery will run from 11am to 2pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and children will be able to create and decorate their own bookmark.
The full schedule of Culture Days activities in Pitt Meadows is available on the City’s website at pittmeadows.bc.ca.