The pristine glass-and-marbled Anvil Centre in the heart of Downtown New Westminster stands as a landmark for the potential of the city’s close-knit and burgeoning community to support and encourage arts and culture. Though the studio spaces appear immaculate in these early days of use, a lively up-and-coming arts and cultural hub thrives within its walls. Here, children, youth, adults and seniors from all walks of life can feel welcomed, included, challenged and inspired. This is your centre for the arts in New Westminster.
As newly appointed Arts Programmer for the City of New Westminster, I come to arts and education by way of years spent as a student in one program, degree or another (of course I also consider myself a life-long learner and the world around me as the ultimate classroom). What stood out – and sustained me – throughout my education was not the size of the studio, the view from the window, or even the subject of the course, but the qualities and abilities of the faculty. Even the most inane Business Math class can be exciting and inspiring, given the right instructor; compound interest calculations!? Yes please! Continue reading “To Teach is to Learn Twice”