Art program receives funding boost

Clayworks for Seniors awarded $16,077 federal grant

Chilliwack-Hope Mark Strahl learns how to make a clay coffee mug from Billie Schauer at The Art Machine last Wednesday. The local program has received a $16

The Hope & District Arts Council has been awarded a $16,077 federal grant for its Clayworks for Seniors program.

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl announced the funding last Wednesday at The Art Machine. The grant will offset the cost of eight new Shimpo pottery wheels.

“Often times you see these announcements come out of Ottawa and you don’t really know what’s happening with those dollars. It’s great to see this sort of investment having a real positive affect in Hope,” he said.

“It’s very therapeutic to have your hands in clay and to get together as a group, and to make sure that our seniors aren’t isolated and have something to look forward to every week.”

Clayworks for Seniors runs Mondays 7-9 p.m. and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to noon at The Art Machine. The program is designed to help adults 55 and over learn how to throw pottery on the wheel.

The federal grant is  provided by the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports projects led or inspired by seniors who want to make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

The Art Machine is located at 777 Fifth Ave.