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New West Cultural Crawl returns Oct. 16 and 17

Visitors of all ages can enjoy a self-guided tour of studios, civic venues and galleries around New Westminster
Cultural Crawl New West
New Westminster residents will once again be able to enjoy the work of artists around the city, as the New West Cultural Crawl returns Oct. 16 and 17.

Whether you're an art aficionado or a newbie to the world of art, the New West Cultural Crawl is beckoning.

The 18th annual New West Cultural Crawl is set for Oct. 16 and 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

“Art connects us,” said Cultural Crawl coordinator Laura Grady in a press release. “In a time of continued distance and isolation, art offers a shared experience. Art brings us together – even when we are six feet apart. I am thrilled that the New West Cultural Crawl is going ahead as planned. This event has the opportunity to be a source of joy, comfort and rejuvenation.” 

Stretched across five neighbourhoods in New Westminster, the Cultural Crawl takes visitors on a self-guided tour of studio spaces, civic art venues and galleries. From pottery to jewellery artists and acrylic painters to photographers, each crawl stop offers something new. 

The event includes a number of public spaces, such as Anvil Centre, River Market and Van Dop Gallery, and it also gives visitors a chance to take a peek into private home studios and visit with local artists, both professional and emerging, in the spaces where they live and work.

The tour is family-friendly and open to all ages.

Crawl organizers note that each venue and artist participating in the crawl has been updated on all health and safety protocols, as determined by the provincial government and B.C. health authorities. Visitors can expect standard COVID-19 procedures including hand sanitizer, mask wearing and social distancing. Civic venues require pre-booking. 

This year’s Cultural Crawl guidebook has gone digital so that visitors can easily plan their tour from their phone or computer.

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