On November 13, 2015 art students and teachers from Hugh McRoberts, H. J. Cambie, and J. N. Burnett Secondary Schools came to the Richmond Art Gallery to see the exhibitions For All is For Yourself by Dr. Cameron Cartiere and the chART collective, and not by chance alone by jasna guy. At the gallery, students met the artists for a guided tour, and heard from guest speakers Lesley Douglas and Brian Campbell.
Lesley Douglas was Manager, Environmental Sustainability for the City of Richmond, and she spoke to the students about the Bath Slough Revitalization Project, which is part of the larger Border Free Bees project by Dr. Cameron Cartiere. Brian Campbell is a Bee Master and Seed Specialist with West Coast Seeds, and he presented students with a wealth of information about pollinator species and the seeds planted in the Pollinator Pasture. After visiting the Richmond Art Gallery, students and teachers visited and toured the Pollinator Pasture site at Bath Slough.
On June 4, 2016 student representatives from all four participating art classes hosted a booth to present their art projects at the Pollinator Pasture Picnic. Throughout the afternoon, students spoke to the public about all they learned by participating in this Outreach Project, including information about pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants. They also led hands-on activities for families and distributed seed-paper bees from the All is For Yourself gallery installation The event also featured tours of the pasture and highlights of future projects with the chART collective. Watch a video of the event here.
This project was made possible by a Richmond Community Foundation Impact Grant. Thanks to their support, the Richmond Art Gallery was able to partner with 3 schools, 6 artists, and 4 teachers to develop a year-long project that reached hundreds of local students and their families. Thank you!