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Shadbolt to feature adult student showcase on Thursday

The Winter
The Winter's End showcase includes a dance performance at James Cowan theatre.
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An arts centre, unlike a traditional art gallery or museum tries to be multiple things to multiple people.

It’s a gallery, a performance space, and a place for meetings and large assemblies. This makes the experience at the arts centre quite different than a visit to the Burnaby Art Gallery, for instance, where visitors interact with a work of art or have an exchange with an artist or curator.

This interaction with culture is different again than an hour or two spent at the Burnaby Village Museum, where history comes to life, and where you can ride a 100-year-old carousel or engage in a much more tactile way with objects and artefacts.

Your reason to visit the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts will be quite varied. You may be taking a class, attending a live performance, meeting a friend for coffee, waiting for your child, or participating in a special meeting or event. Or you enjoy being in the space, looking at the Jack Shadbolt paintings on display, and the beautiful scenery of Deer Lake Park.

But the Shadbolt Centre is much more. Its studios are also incubators for creation in the visual and performing arts. And these creations, by the 3,500 adult students enrolled in the winter session, will soon be displayed at Winter’s End, an Adult Student Showcase on April 10.

This event falls right on the heels of Adult Learner’s Week in Canada, launched by UNESCO in 2000. During Adult Learners’ Week the world celebrates adult learners around the globe who have found the desire, time and energy to pursue their dreams for education and learning.

The focus of this year’s activities (observed March 29–April 6) is on participation, inclusion, equity and quality.

How fitting it is that our Winter’s End showcase on April 10 will celebrate the participation of our adult students with visual arts and ceramics exhibitions throughout the facility, voice and instrument recitals and a dance performance in the James Cowan Theatre.

For more information about Winter’s End and other activities at Shadbolt Centre, visit or call 604-291-6864.

Geraldine Parent is the arts services manager at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.

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