Arts Umbrella

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Since 1988, the Van Go program has provided free visual arts workshops to Metro Vancouver elementary schools.

Arts Umbrella teaching artists bring creativity-inspiring activities and arts supplies into local elementary schools over the course of three days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and deliver two workshops per day to participating classes. Workshops run for a maximum of 75 minutes and are offered at 9:00am and 10:30am each day. Each elementary class explores a curriculum-relevant topic through Visual Arts – experiencing the arts through drawing, painting, and more. School children have the chance to embrace diversity, explore artistic expression, and nurture community spirit – all while having fun!

A generation of children have experienced these incredible workshops – directly benefiting from free, high-quality arts programming in their schools.

To apply for the BMO Van Go program, please email Kelsey Lee, Coordinator, Vancouver Community Programs at, and include "BMO Van Go" in the subject line. Schools in areas demonstrating high economic, social, and cultural vulnerability will be prioritized. Successful applicants will be notified in 2-5 business days.

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