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the 2013/14 year the Vancouver Art Gallery provided more than 30,000 visitors with educational
programs for children, teens and families. As the largest art museum in Western Canada,
the Vancouver Art Gallery has a mission to provide access to the best educational programs
for its audiences.
In January, the Vancouver Art Gallery launched a new program to provide free Gallery
admission for all children ages 12 and under every Sunday. This exciting philanthropic initia-
tive was launched alongside an enhanced version of the Gallery’s popular Weekly Family

Program, including in-gallery activities led by our Art Agents and hands-on workshops in The
Making Place. It is anticipated that more than 50,000 children and their families will benefit
from this program in its first year.
The Gallery’s Family FUSE Weekends continued to inspire, excite and educate our family
members and visitors. Held on three occasions this past year, these exhibition-themed, two-day
interactive events featured a diverse group of artists, performers and educators, including

Corey Bulpitt (T’aakeit G’aayaa), the Vancouver Lego Club, Veda Hille and her Swell Band,
The Contingency Plan Collective, Malaspina Printmakers, Sonic Playground and the Legion of
the Flying Monkeys—to name just a few. Close to 6,000 children and their families participated
in these spectacular weekend extravaganzas.
Once again this year the Gallery was proud to participate in BC Family Day (February 10,
2014), providing free admission to all children and full access to a number of free educational
performances and activities, including the interactive Shadow Forest by Mind of a Snail, inspired
by the exhibition Emily Carr: Deep Forest . In March, the Gallery offered two weeks of Spring

Break Programs for more than 1,000 children, engaging participants with the exhibitions
A Terrible Beauty: Edward Burtynsky and Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary .
Every year the Gallery’s highly respected School Program works closely with elementary
and secondary schools, colleges, universities and other organizations to create thoughtful,
education-based activities that introduce tools to foster visual literacy in students, encouraging
them to find pleasure and meaning in art and to think critically about the array of images that

surround them. This past year more than 15,737 kindergarten to grade twelve students from
across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland participated in tours led by highly experienced
docents and education staff, along with workshops set against exhibitions such as A Terrible
Beauty: Edward Burtynsky and Out of Sight where, for example, students experimented with
large-scale photography, stop motion video and installation.

OPPOSITE: Performance by DB Boyko and the Voice Over Mind Choir as part of FUSE , underneath Kimsooja’s installation Lotus:
Zone of Zero in the Gallery’s central rotunda

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