Exhibit aims to foster cultural understanding

Traditional Arts: the story behind the surface promotes inclusion

The Hope Inclusion Project (HIP) is teaming up with Free Rein Associates for a new exhibit this fall.

Traditional Arts: the story behind the surface is a project that seeks to explore the history, traditions, culture and the changing realities of Hope’s residents through traditional art forms.

“Art transcends culture,” said project coordinator Jodi McBride. “So the idea is to look deeper into art from different cultures and understand why it was created in the first place. That will help people understand each other’s cultures better … promote inclusion and build bridges so that people feel more like one community rather than different little microcosms.”

Traditional arts are often rooted in cultural necessity and evolve as changing times bring new perspectives. McBride points out that understanding, witnessing and exploring traditional art forms can reveal a wealth of meaning and understanding among diverse populations.

Sponsored by the province, through Embrace BC Arts Engagement, HIP is looking for art that displays a story of multiculturalism, change and adaptation and represents who the artist is, as a result of their story.

Youth (16 years and under) and adults are encouraged to apply. Categories include: two-dimensional art (paint, photo, collage), three-dimensional art (sculpting, pottery, installation), and fiber art (weaving, crochet, sewing).

First, second, third place and public favourite will be chosen in each category for both youth and adult entries. Prizes range from $25 to $300.

A $5 entry fee is required and must be submitted with the art piece and entry form between Oct. 14-18 to McBride at Free Rein Associates (895 3rd Ave.).

Entries will be juried and artists will be notified of their acceptance on or before Oct. 31.

All accepted submissions will be featured at the Traditional Arts: the story behind the surface exhibit and final winners announced. The exhibit at the Hope Legion on Nov. 9 will include live music, food and the “Tales & Trails of the Canyon” play by Hope Performing Arts Community Theatre.

Artist entry forms are available at www.hopeinclusionarts.com or by email at jodi@freereinassociates.ca.

For more information, contact McBride at 604-869-2279.

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