The Shelburne County Arts Council will launch its Public Art Policy on Thursday November 24, 7-9 pm by hosting an evening of brainstorming about the possibilities of public art in Shelburne County.
While the evening will begin with the official launch of the policy, this part of the event will be quick so we can get to the brainstorming activities. These activities will include guided discussions meant to generate ideas about public art in our community, including locations, art concepts for those locations, inspirational examples, recommendations of talented artists, fundraising methods and other topics.
SCAC encourages anyone interested in art, public art, community development and beautification, planning and related issues to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas ready to discuss. The evening is meant to be fun and inspirational, as well as a next step in building a public art gallery for our community.
SCAC developed its public art policy for its own purposes. The policy will help us create a public art program through which we hope to bring more art to our region. Staff member Darcy Rhyno wrote the policy after extensive research into the development and use of such policies across Canada and beyond. He's also been gathering examples of public art on his travels and from communities with public art programs. A slideshow of photographs from this research will loop during the evenings events.
SCAC will make hard copies of its new policy available to take away for free. We wish to make the document available to any person or group that might find it useful. We encourage local municipalities to use the document as a template for the creation of their own public art programs.
This free launch and brainstorming takes place in the Osprey Arts Centre theatre on Thursday November 24, 7-9 pm.