BY BILL PHILLIPS
Ottawa is contributing $276,000 to three Prince George projects that will celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary.
Two of the projects will involve public art installations and the third will be a public concert series in Canada Games Plaza, where the three projects were announced Thursday morning.
“We have some great events coming up,” said Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty. “We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to mark Canada’s 150th birthday … We all know the incredible 18 days we had here in 2015 were we celebrated (the city’s) 100 anniversary. We threw a party like no other and I think this year is going to be the same.”
The three projects are:
Canada 150 Patchwork – The Prince George Potter’s Guild will bring together artists, students, and the public to design a “patchwork” mosaic wall portraying diversity and originality, true to the community. Once complete, the commemorative piece will be displays at CN Centre.
Canada Heatwave – The Prince George Folkfest Society is partnering with the city to present an eight-day concert series starting July 1. The event will feature local and regional artists and musicians in Canada Games Plaza.
Canada 150 Mosaic – This is a national project, created by Mural Mosaic, and will take place in 150 communities across Canada. In Prince George artists are partnering with the city and the Two Rivers Gallery to showcase how Prince George and its people enhance the nation through creativity, spirit, and design. Local residents will be invited to participate in creating the mosaic during the Gallery’s KidzArt Dayz in early July. The completed mosaic will be displayed at the Kin Centre Atrium.
“On behalf of council, I’d like to thank the government of Canada for this investment in activities that will involve thousands of local residents,” said Mayor Lyn Hall. “These events will help to make Canada’s 150th birthday just that much more meaningful and enjoyable for all.”
All of the activities are being fully funded by the federal government.