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Two Rivers Gallery hosting new Community Art Days event

The expanded event was formerly known as KidzArt Dayz
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The event will take place on July 8 and 9 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Canada Games Plaza.

Two Rivers Gallery has announced its hosting BMO Community Art Days this summer which is a familiar summer event formally known as KidzArt Dayz.

The event will take place on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 in Canada Games Plaza and at Two Rivers Gallery.

It will focus on building community through the intersection of art and family-friendly activities, workshops, performances, community vendors and food trucks.

Art workshops and activities include artist Francisco-Fernando Granados’s project True Colours, inviting individuals to paint personal flags that represent Pride and LGBTQ2S+ identity, ultimately creating a collective flag of many colours representing the diversity of our community.

Other activities include Citizen Pong, featuring ping pong tables designed by local artists, available for free play by participants as a means of making personal connections.

The theme for this year’s event is Unity in Community.

Each day will feature a diverse and exciting group of local entertainers, including Shooting Stars Theatre and a set musical performance programmed by Mad Loon Entertainment, providing the event with a rich culture of performance.

Event-goers can also expect the return of familiar, family-friendly art stations with fun crafts for all ages, such as paper rocket making and paint spinning.

“BMO is delighted to continue to support BMO Community Art Days at Two Rivers Gallery, an annual summer event that strives to bring people together and build community through art,” said Aaron Kueng, regional vice president.

“We are excited to enjoy the many activities, performances and vendors that will help make this year's event the best yet!” BMO Financial Group has been a title sponsor of BMO Community Art Days since 2007.

Notable community partners include the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum, the Prince George Public Library, the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern B.C., and the Prince George Urban Aboriginal Justice Society.

Food vendors will include various local restaurants and trucks, such as Frozen Paddle and White Goose Bistro, and will offer exchange with customers via a food voucher system in addition to cash.

Organizers say the food voucher system is designed to help build a sense of community through the sharing of meals, both anonymously and interpersonally, as participants can purchase a voucher for a friend, family member, or stranger.

“We hope to really shine a light on the people and organizations that make up our community, and how their actions intersect with the expression of art,” says Alexander McLauchlan, Community Art Days Coordinator.

“The goal of the event is to foster unity and new relationships that are built where art and community gather.”

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both July 8 and 9.