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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • "Four Directions Canoe Garden", Creative Cafe Collective, 2021.

Whimsical Garden: Four Directions Canoe Garden Party


Agriculture Culinary & food Indigenous Sculpture & installation Storytelling
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William Cook Elementary School

William Cook Elementary School and Neighbourhood Park, 8600 Cook Road

Richmond, BC

Directions: The event will be situated in the garden within the school grounds and public neighbourhood park.



Offered in English.


Join artists of the Creative Cafe Collective: J Peachy, Pat Calihou, Tiffany Yang, Melissa West Morrison, Yolanda Weeks, Simon Winadzi James and special guest Ian Lai, Executive Director of Urban Bounty (formerly the Richmond Food Security Society) in a family-friendly event to celebrate the Four Directions Canoe Garden as part of Whimsical Garden, a year-long artist residency project in collaboration with grade 4 and 5 students at William Cook Elementary School. Family-friendly eco art-making activities and an Aztec Indigenous dance group will activate the garden. Visitors can also participate in a natural salve-making demonstration using local beeswax and native plants. The natural salves will be offered to the public by donation from Urban Bounty.

Artist-led tours of the garden will occur at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. Local and Indigenous inspired snacks and tea will be served. Family-friendly eco art-making activities with the art cart will be available.

Family friendly event for all ages. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will be outdoors, rain or shine. It is encouraged for attendees to wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the event area. Please stay home if feeling ill.


City of Richmond in Partnership with School District No. 38, Richmond

The Richmond Public Art Program sparks community participation in the building of our public spaces; offers public access to ideas generated by contemporary art; encourages citizens to take pride in public cultural expression; and creates a forum to address relevant themes and issues. The benefits of public art are numerous. It has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more welcoming and beautiful environments that invite interaction. Public art can make strangers talk, children ask questions and calm a hurried life. Beyond its enriching personal benefits, public art is a true symbol of a city’s maturity.