Burnaby arts and culture facilities and programming reopening

Burnaby’s reopening plan is continuing next week with three city-owned arts and culture facilities set to open up, along with arts programming.

For the public’s safety, the programming and facilities will involve “enhanced health and cleaning protocols” to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

“The City of Burnaby is lucky to have wonderful arts and culture facilities in our community,” said Mayor Mike Hurley in a news release. “We’re taking special care to ensure Burnaby residents can stay safe and healthy when they return to these facilities.”

The three facilities and programs set to open up are:

Shadbolt Centre for the Arts - programs only

Fine arts programs restart at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts on Monday, July 13, but the facility will remain closed for general public use. Fine arts programs include visual arts, dance, theatre, writing and music programs for children, youth and adults. Advanced registration is required. Call 604-297-4440, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Programs include ceramics, dance, visual arts, literary arts and more. For program listings and what to expect visit the Shadbolt arts programs page on the city's website.

Burnaby Art Gallery

Starting Tuesday, July 14, the Burnaby Art Gallery will reopen with reduced capacity by appointment only. The current exhibition at the BAG features large-scale works by Burnaby photographer Brad McMurray. The BAG will be available for visits Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 604-297-4422 to book an appointment. For more information on checking out the gallery, go to its page on the city’s website. The art gallery will also be running adult arts programs this summer – namely a series of “printmaking and pinot” classes in August. For more information, check out the city’s website.

Burnaby Village Museum

You won’t get to ride the carousel, but the Burnaby Village Museum is set to reopen on Wednesday, July 15 with limited access to buildings and certain exhibits. Routes have been established to control traffic flow and maintain physical distancing. Due to public safety and the impacts of enhanced cleaning on the hand-painted carousel horses, the C.W. Parker Carousel will remain closed. The gift shop will also be closed. The museum will be open with free admission Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until September 6 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays). For more information on what to expect visit the Burnaby Village Museum website.

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