One of the ways to build community is through art, such as painting and creating jewelry with
beads. As a result, we decided to host a community event where youth from all over the lower mainland was invited to attend.
Over the several weeks of planning, we continuously collaborated with one another to decide on different elements of the project, including dates, locations, materials, refreshments, and advertising. After debating between our choices, we decided to host the event at the Minoru Track on March 3rd and 10th. However, we were unable to facilitate the March 3rd session due to the weather. Since the project was held outside. We were afraid that it would be too cold for participants to enjoy painting or making jewelry. To overcome this, we decided to postpone and only host the event on the 10th.
Fortunately, this decision did not impact our actual event, as we received over 30 reservations. The large number of participants ultimately encouraged us to purchase more refreshments and supplies. Since we offered two types of crafts, we were able to entertain the participants and offer them an opportunity to express their creativity in different ways.
At the end of the event, participants signed a pride flag to show their allyship to the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and celebrate our hard work.
We would like to thank Neighbourhood Small Grants, and Richmond Cares Richmond Gives for the grant! Without their help, we would not have been able to host such an event.