events and programs



tour and try


To critically engage participants with artwork and historical content in the gallery and museum.

$5.00 per participant | Payment due 7 days prior to Tour & Try date.

Based on Visual Thinking Strategies. The Tour & Try program is our most popular program and consists of a one-hour, docent led tour of current exhibitions and a one hour, hands-on, exhibition-related art project in our studio, facilitated by an instructor, this program is a great option for fieldtrips.

Tour & Trys can be booked Tuesday to Friday, between 10:30am and 2:30pm (alternate time slots will be considered upon request) by  any group of 5 to 30 participants (requests for larger groups will be considered).
Complete a booking request form in person at The Reach or online here.Three weeks notice is required to book a Tour & Try.


An opportunity for kids to celebrate with friends and create imaginative take-home art projects in our artist-grade studio.

$125.50 Party of twelve or fewer participants
$150.50 Party of thirteen to twenty participants

Age: 4 and up

The Reach has two exciting birthday party themes to choose from: the Mini-Monster Making party or a birthday themed on the current art exhibitions (ask us for the current project).

The two-hour booking includes a one hour facilitated art project followed by one hour of free time that can be used to do cake, presents and games.
Birthday pARTies can be booked Saturday or Sunday, 1pm to 3pm or 2pm to 4pm.
Complete a booking request form in person at The Reach or online here.



To get messy and creative while gaining a deeper understanding of techniques used in current art or history exhibitions.

$125.00 for a two hour workshop for groups of 5 to 30 participants

The Reach offers facilitated art workshops based on the current gallery and museum exhibitions for any group of 5 to 30 people (pre-booking only).
Two-hour workshops can be booked from Tuesday to Friday, with start times between 10:30am and 2:30pm.
There are two ways to request a Group Workshop: complete a booking request form in person at The Reach or online here.

Genealogy 101
Hosted by The Reach and the Abbotsford Genealogical Society

May 28, 2016

10:30am - 12:00pm | FREE

This workshop will give the beginner a head start on the world of genealogical research. It will feature three subjects that provide the building blocks of this field and allow participants time to have their questions answered face to face by experts in the field.
-Kris Foulds will speak about the importance of using local Archives. Local archives are the repositories for history in their communities and often hold the archive of local newspapers, land title records and other primary source documents.
-Pat Confrey will speak on using various forms used in research
-Jim McQueen will speak on using Obituaries to grow your tree branches and knowledge of the deceased and Cemetery records to search for unknown members of your extended family. Join us to begin uncovering your family history today! Coffee, tea and light snacks will be provided.
Pre-registration required

Artist Workshop
Binary Beading with Rosemary Burden

May 28, 2016

1:00pm | FREE

Join artist Rosemary Burden to try your hand at binary beading, and stick around for a guided tour of the exhibition with Rosemary, Debbie Tuepah Westergaard and Judy D. Shane.
As space is limited, pre-registration is required.

Sunday Family Arts

June 5, 2016

| FREE | 1 - 3pm | All ages

Bring the whole family out for our fun crafts sessions in the studio. Our Projects are often based on our current exhibitions, Holidays or relevant themes. This is a great opportunity for little ones to practice their motor skills, and for parents to let loose and enjoy some art making!

Class capacity is 30 participants. Registration is required. In order to respect the timeframe for classes, latecomers can only be accommodated up to 15 minutes past class start time. At that point, no latecomers will be admitted.
Please call 604 864 8087 ext 0 to register.
June 5
June 26

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Broads Brunch @ Brambles Bistro
A Cultivating the Art of Living Tastefully Fundraiser for The Reach

June 11, 2016

11:00am | $40 Reach Friend | $45 future Friend

Limited number of tickets!
Includes: Sumptuous Brunch Buffet Mimosa Champagne Cocktail compliments of Nerma Shergill
Presentation on Spring Garden Art Container by Brenda Falk of Tanglebank and Kris Foulds of The Reach
Fabulous prize draws

Advance tickets only.
Purchase online, at The Reach or call 604 864 8087.

Artist Workshop
With Aimée Henny Brown

June 18, 2016

1:00PM | FREE

Vancouver-based Aimée Henny Brown leads a workshop combining archival imagery and collage. FREE | Pre-registration required

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reading Challenge

June 21, 2016

B.C. author, Jennifer Manuel from Duncan, B.C, wants people to take up the challenge to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) summary report. She has launched an online campaign, the TRC Reading Challenge, and aims to reach her goal by National Aboriginal Day on June 21.

There are three underlying principles behind the TRC Challenge:
• You care genuinely about the relationship between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in Canada.
• You believe that improving this relationship requires meaningful, respectful, mutual dialogue, and that you cannot contribute to this dialogue unless you have first listened to the truths expressed by First Nations people.
• You prefer to read the TRC Report yourself, rather than letting others interpret it for you, especially since they may not have actually read it themselves.

See more HERE
Go to the TRC reading challenge site HERE
Download and read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) summary report HERE

National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2016

4:00pm - 7:00pm | FREE

Celebrate Aboriginal Day in Abbotsford! Pow wow drumming, storytelling, Salish weaving and other crafts, face painting, free food and more.
Join us in Thunderbird Memorial Square (the plaza in front of Clearbrook Library) for National Aboriginal Day festivities.

Hatha Yoga @ The Reach
with Betty Baerg

April 4, 2016 - December 19, 2016

5:15pm - 6:15pm | $10 Friend of The Reach | $12 Future Friend

Yoga sessions continue every Monday  5:15 – 6:15pm with the exception of statutory holidays.
$10/session Friends of The Reach • $12/session Future Friends
Bring your mat, a towel and a light blanket

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