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Richmond elementary students launch flood protection comic book with free event

Students worked with artist Andrea Hoff for six months to learn about local biodiversity.

A group of young Richmondites is holding a free creative community event tomorrow to raise awareness about flood protection and local biodiversity.

On June 11, community members are invited to join Dixon elementary students and artist Andrea Hoff at a launch celebration for their multi-authored comic book, Hidden Stories of the Bioverse.

The comic book is the product of a six-month project led by Hoff as part of the City of Richmond's Engaging Artists in Community Program and features cyanotype prints and drawings completed by students. 

“How we look at the world changes how we see it. This community-centred project, Hidden Stories of the Bioverse, is a testament to our collective vision. It aims to challenge how we see the world and ourselves in it,” said Hoff. 

The celebration will feature eco-poetry and cyanotype print workshops and a walking tour where students will teach participants about flood protection at the Williams Road pump station and the biodiversity in the area. There will also be a new public art display showcasing art from the comic book.

The event is being held in Dixon elementary's gymnasium at 9331 Diamond Road and will run from 2:45 to 4 p.m. on June 11.

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