A New Path to the Waterfall

With A New Path to the Waterfall, the Contemporary Art Gallery situates a new satellite gallery space within a Vancouver elementary school. Developed out of Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher’s 2015 residency at the Burrard Marina Fieldhouse, the project places local artists in MaryAnn Persoon’s grade 6/7 classroom re-shaping the ways in which we consider contemporary art, gallery spaces and public schools.

Over the course of six-week periods, each artist will collaborate with students to explore different issues and investigate a variety of topics connected to the grade 6/7 curriculum. Each artist’s tenure at the school will end with a public presentation that could take many forms.

A New Path to the Waterfall will be presented to the public through exhibitions, interventions, performances and public programming at six week intervals throughout the school year. The public are welcome to attend these events and programs during set hours provided on the project website. Please see the Exhibitions and Events page for more details.

Lord Strathcona Elementary School

Located near the heart of Chinatown, Lord Strathcona is Vancouver’s oldest elementary school. Since its beginnings, the school has drawn a diverse population, forming a community that is multicultural and deeply connected to its surroundings, especially the Strathcona Community Centre with which it shares its site.

A New Path to the Waterfall is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board, the City of Vancouver, The Vancouver Foundation, TELUS Community Board, the Hamber Foundation and Artstarts/Artists in the Classroom.

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