Area residents and visitors are invited to get creative at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston this summer. The ‘Our Great Lakes: Celebrating our Freshwater Resource’ project features weekly arts-based workshops which will take place on Saturdays throughout the summer months.
In partnership with H’art Centre in Kingston, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston will host the workshops every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from July 2 to September 3, 2022. The museum announced this partnership earlier this year, noting that the organizations will be delivering a number of exciting initiatives that engage and empower as many individuals as possible to embrace the Great Lakes as a vital freshwater resource, while providing opportunities for accessible arts-based heritage programs and cross-cultural conversations
According to a release from the museum, this project “commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the USA by encouraging participants of all ages to connect with our local waterways through arts-based, educational workshops. The themes of each week are about the importance of these vital waterways and how they influence our lives, with a creative activity related to the theme.”
Starting with Indigenous History and understanding the impact of the colonial era, then diving into the marine world to learn about navigation, shipwrecks and life beneath the waves, each week holds something for everyone, the organizers stated.
The workshops are offered free of charge thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Kingston and Area. Donations are welcome to support future programs at the museum, according to the release.
The program runs from Saturday, Jul. 2, to Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, 55 Ontario Street. Interested participants can register online at marmuseum.ca/community
Learn more about the Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston on their website.