FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2016
POP-UP EXHIBITION AT THE GALLERY AT QUEEN’S PARK SHOWCASES HOW ART CAN HELP BREAK DOWN BARRIERS CAUSED BY DEMENTIA
THE EXHIBITION HOPES TO SPARK POSITIVE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF PRACTISING ART FOR THOSE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
New Westminster, British Columbia – July 11, 2016 – The Arts Council of New Westminster is proud to support Royal City Manor as they break boundaries with their pop-up art exhibition at The Gallery at Queen’s Park. An opening reception will be held from 6 – 8 pm on July 27, 2016, and members of the public are encouraged to attend. The exhibit runs from July 27 to July 31, 2016.
Royal City Manor Breaks Barriers Through Art features works from the residents at Royal City Manor, all of whom are living with dementia. Following the City of New Westminster’s efforts to increase public awareness about dementia, the Arts Council of New Westminster, along with Royal City Manor, hope to increase positive discussion around the disorder. Showcasing the talents that people living with dementia continue to have and foster allows a focus on more than just the artists’ struggles.
“Some of our exhibitors are lifelong artists and some are just discovering art for the first time,” explains Arts Council of New Westminster Executive Director, Stephen O’Shea. “The positive health benefits of practicing art can improve moods, assist with depression and anxiety. It’s said that art can even help improve some cognitive abilities.”
The Arts Council of New Westminster strives to be an inclusive organization, offering programing and shows for all New Westminster residents.
ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW WESTMINSTER:
Founded in 1967, The Arts Council of New Westminster is an umbrella organization built by individuals and member groups who share an interest in visual, performing and literary arts. The Arts Council’s role in the community is to advocate for the arts at all levels of government and to foster support for anyone engaging in artistic and cultural endeavors.
Royal City Manor Breaks Barriers Through Art
Dates: July 27- 31, 2016
Time: Wednesday 1pm – 8pm Thursday – Sunday 1pm – 5pm
Opening Reception: July 27, 2016, from 6pm – 8pm
Address: The Gallery at Queen’s Park 3rd Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 1V2
For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kaila Butler, Summer Promotions Coordinator The Arts Council of New Westminster
THE ARTS COUNCIL OF NEW WESTMINSTER
PO Box 16003, New Westminster, BC V3M 6V6