A new wave of innovative kids' arts workshops comes to New West

New Westminster, BC, November 19, 2014 - Local children will continue to have access to free arts-based workshops from innovative artists thanks to ArtStarts at River Market.

Each month, ArtStarts at River Market brings some of BC’s best artists to lead 45-minute workshops for kids, which explore a wide range of cultures and artistic disciplines. Past sessions include tap dancing, felt making, human beatboxing, and Bhangra and more.

The next workshop will be Think Bigg with Trent Arterberry on Sunday, November 30, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at River Market, New Westminster Quay. Think Bigg is an exciting blend of education and entertainment that encourages children to become aware of their bodies and their imaginations as powerful tools of self-expression and communication. Storytelling, mime, music and puppetry blend to create endearing, hilarious characters in this uniquely entertaining all-ages workshop.

Westminster Savings has renewed its funding for ArtStarts at River Market into 2015 with a $15,000 grant to support the monthly arts-based workshops.

"Thanks to Westminster Savings' continued support, we are pleased to be able to offer free, accessible arts experiences for families in New Westminster," says Navida Nuraney, ArtStarts Executive Director. "Since we launched this initiative last year, the response to our monthly series of interdisciplinary arts workshops has been really positive. Seeing kids and parents exploring the arts and spending time being creative together is really powerful."

"Westminster Savings is committed to increasing access to the arts in our communities by supporting programs like ArtStarts at River Market," says Gavin Toy, President and CEO, Westminster Savings. "Through these programs, we hope that many children in New Westminster will experience the benefits of participating in the arts, such as greater self-esteem, personal expression and growth, and enhanced creativity."

The ArtStarts at River Market sessions are interactive, requiring kids and their families to get involved in hands-on arts-based experiences. Admission is free and registration is not required, but participants are encouraged to arrive early because of the program’s popularity. For more information on upcoming workshops, visit artstarts.com/weekend.

Westminster Savings supports ArtStarts at River Market through its community investment program, Project Better Balance, which provides individuals and families opportunities to get active and engage with the arts. More information about Project Better Balance can be found at www.projectbetterbalance.com.

About Westminster Savings

Established 70 years ago, Westminster Savings is one of the largest credit unions in Canada with more than $3.0 billion in assets under management, over 430 employees, and 55,000 members. Known for its customer and community focus, people-oriented culture, and sound financial and operating practices, Westminster Savings provides a full range of retail, commercial, and wealth management solutions to its members and customers across metropolitan Vancouver. Westminster Savings offers a wide range of online and mobile banking services, access to global ATM networks and extended banking service through its contact centre located in New Westminster. Through its wholly owned leasing subsidiaries, Westminster Savings also provides auto, equipment, and fleet leasing solutions to its customers across the country.

About ArtStarts

ArtStarts in Schools provides innovative arts programs for young people, practical resources for teachers and artists, and leadership in advocacy for arts in education. Founded in 1996, ArtStarts is a not-for-profit organization that supports a wide range of arts based experiences that activate learning.

For more information

Cathryn Tucker
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
Westminster Savings
ctucker@wscu.com
604-519-4210

 

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