By John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The first of what the Family Resource Network hopes to be many family paint nights was hosted in Kinsmen Park last week.

Family and Youth Resource Network Specialist, Amrit Mathroo, said the event was organized as a joint venture with Strathmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) and with Trellis. 

The idea being that local youth have been asking for more opportunities to do something fun with friends and family that is out and about. 

“We’ve got a whole bunch of families here and it’ll hopefully give them a chance to get out, connect with other families, but also just have a fun thing to do during the summer,” said Mathroo.

Response to Wednesday’s event was quite positive, as it was filled to capacity, and some people had to be turned away from participating. 

The paint night had invited local Siksiká Nation artist, Dwight Farahat, who commonly engages in youth programming to help run the event. 

“We’ve invited him to do a little bit of a youth art program centered around the ‘Wreck This Journal’ book… We thought that would be a lot more fun than just painting a canvas,” explained Mathroo.

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