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School Programs

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art offers a selection of unique and flexible education programming. Visit the gallery to learn how we are all connected through nature and art.

Our talented staff and dedicated volunteers will guide each group through storytelling and inquiry based learning. Participating students will develop a sense of their place in the world, and an understanding of how ancient knowledge can inform and impact their lives today. The transformative power of cultural treasures and Indigenous knowledge will engage students to cultivate a greater awareness of the interconnectedness of all things.

Storytelling in the Gallery
Suitable for Kindergarten to grade 3
Come and experience stories from the Northwest Coast and learn about the importance of identity..

Cedar Saplings
Suitable for grades 4 to 6
Discover cedar from root to tip! Cedar Saplings engages students in a hands-on discovery of the integral role cedar holds for Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast.

Cedar Roots
Suitable for grades 7 to 9
Delve into deeper understandings of cedar as a sacred resource and protected life form on the Northwest Coast.

Cedar Connections
Suitable for grades 10 to 12
Take a more nuanced approach in connecting the art of the Northwest Coast to preservation of the natural world, reconciliation, and contemporary Indigenous politics.

Coast Capital Interconnections Youth Workshop Series
Suitable for grades 7 to 12
Match students with Indigenous artists of the Northwest Coast in order to partake in a hands-on workshop that brings the gallery to life. Special rates apply.

Professional Development
Ask us about professional development workshops and teaching with Indigenous art and stories.

Exhibit specific educational programs
Ask us about special programs that may be available related to our current temporary exhibit.

Rates and Registration
Each program is 90 minutes in length from arrival to finish.
Cost is $7.50 (includes tax) per student for a 90 minute program
Payment is due upon arrival.
We require a minimum of 16 students and have maximum capacity for 35 students.
Cancellation of a group tour must be made within 2 weeks of the scheduled tour time or a cancellation fee will apply.
When booking your visit please advise of any special needs of your students.
Book your education program here or call 604.682.3455 ext. 229.

Gallery Considerations
Please keep in mind the Bill Reid Gallery is a small gallery and as such we are not able to offer space for your class to eat lunch.
No food and drink is allowed in the gallery.

Bus Passenger Drop-Off and Loading Zone
Buses can drop off passengers at the Loading Zone located on Georgia St. between Hornby and Burrard St. A wheelchair accessible path is located between Christ Church Cathedral and Cathedral Place. If requested, a Gallery staff member can greet your group at the loading zone.

Learn more about Getting Here including parking and public transit

Resources for Educators
The Raven's Call is the largest, most current and comprehensive website on Bill Reid, one of Canada's greatest artists. It is an excellent online resource for combined social studies and visual arts learning and a useful tool to prepare and follow up on your visit to the Bill Reid Gallery.

Thank you to Coast Capital Savings, BC Art’s Council, Vancouver Foundation and Telus for their generous contributions to our Education Programs.

By Jerry Grey, Visual Artist
BILL REID: "Mythic Messengers" 1984
Illustration by Jerry Grey

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