Upcoming Art Programs!


ArtBoxes & Art PenPals for Seniors!

To deliver free quality art supplies and instruction to seniors in the Greater Trail Area and safely connect them to their communities through local student ‘Art PenPals‘.
During the winter and Covid-19, many seniors are not able to attend in person classes and workshops due to risks and restrictions. We have heard from input gathering that many seniors do not have the means to take online art classes or can feel overwhelmed by online offerings. Our input also indicates that seniors either have a hard time allocating limited funds to art supplies or are not able to source art supplies due to stores being back ordered.  

Project Funder
Thanks to a BC community grant allocated by the LeRoi Foundation in Trail, our project plans to offer free ArtBoxes to seniors during 2 mid-winter months. One ArtBox delivery in either Jan/ Feb and one in Feb/March. 

Art PenPals portion of project
 We aim to connect with local 6th-8th grade classes in Rossland, Trail, Warfield, and Fruitvale, to coordinate a drop-off of art project supplies and instruction for the class to do a one day art project. The class will be told about the overall Seniors’ ArtBox project and create artwork with their name and little note attached on the back to be sent to local seniors in order to create connections and caring. VISAC staff are going to collect the completed works from the classrooms and keep them in a safe spot for a minimum of 5 days before adding them to the ArtBoxes to be delivered to seniors. Seniors will have an opportunity, if they like, to create a bit of art to send back to the student whose art they received. 

About the ArtBoxes
 Each ArtBox will contain:
- Quality art supplies of a certain medium/theme. 
- Instruction on how to use materials and art project instructions.
-Art-focused enrichment materials
- A little piece of art created by a local student to be sent in an ArtBox to a senior
This Month's ArtBox Theme: Weaving!

This month's SIGN UP DELIVERY FORM IF NOW FULL for the deliveries. 
You can however still up for just the Art Pen Pal Program (as explained below)

We will be putting up the next months ArtBox Sign Up Form for  'Water Color' Feb 12th.

Please email us at director@visacgallery.com with any questions. We understand not all seniors have access to the internet, so are up for getting feedback on how we can reach these seniors who are interested in a delivery but are not able to fill out the quick online sign up form.

We have a limited amount of ArtBoxes per month and hope to distribute them out fairly as best we can around the Greater Trail Area. If you think your network, senior housing, etc would like to be allocated a certain amount each month let me know asap so we may reserve some and get back to you when details are confirmed and the delivery sign up is ready.

Sign Up for the Art PenPal art gift program only:
We will have more Art PenPal art gifts to send out than we do ArtBoxes each month. If you, or someone you know or a group of seniors may wish to sign up for the Art PenPal program, please fill out this very short form: https://forms.gle/tuN81eDXVjvoHbBs6

We would like to thank some local supporters for their generosity and support in this program:
@Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works,
@Rossland Healthcare Auxiliary (Thrift Store),
@Silverfern Framing in Trail, 
Rebecca Weatherford and the Beaverdale Guides,
Laurie Broadhurst for all her hard volunteer work,
@Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre (a place to work while VISAC is closed.), 
And of course the project funding body; the LeRoi Foundation

The Following Courses and programs are held at the VISAC Gallery located at 1501 Cedar Ave, downtown Trail. Lower Level Selkirk College Building.
Please email director@visacgallery.com with any questions or for registration

Executive Director,
Nov 4, 2020, 3:46 PM
Executive Director,
Nov 4, 2020, 3:46 PM