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Province puts up $100K to get more art into public places on P.E.I. –



The province has set aside $100,000 over the next two years to develop a public art policy for the province.

Michelle MacCallum, director of cultural development with Innovation PEI, says it will enable the province to commission and acquire public art for government sites such as hospitals, schools and parks.

“I love seeing artwork all over our province,” she said.  

“I think about how much it delights and engages and sometimes challenges people when they come upon public art.”

Different than art bank

MacCallum said it will also be another opportunity for Island artists to display their work and earn money from it.

She said it will be different from the provincial art bank.

“This is more specific to sites. So if we were building a new school or some kind of provincial government office building, if you think about it, the building in and of itself is a public entity. But there’s nothing, there’s no art around it. It doesn’t say anything about it, about the people that use it, about what it’s for,” MacCallum said.

“So public art is there to augment the site specifically rather than just acquiring a catalog of the best of art, which is what the art bank does.”

Selected by jury

MacCallum said they will consult with architects and developers of potential sites, then put out request for proposals. The art will be selected by a jury.

She said there are a few sites being considered, but it’s too soon to disclose the locations.

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Art Fx #3: "Waterlines" by Rob Stimpson – Huntsville Doppler – Huntsville Doppler



Art Fx is a year-long series on Huntsville Doppler featuring Huntsville-area visual artists.

“Waterlines” by Rob Stimpson is a 36″ x 24″ image on Hahnemühle Photo Rag archival paper. It is available for $650, unframed (limited edition run of five).

“Photography for me is more than copying reality,” writes Rob. “I look to see beyond seeing. You can achieve a far higher visual impact thinking the image through. One has to look at the potential abstractions within that context of creating the image then build your narrative around it. Waterlines is an example. First it is important to sit and look. From there I make the decision on what to include in the composition. The old saying ‘what you put into a composition is as important as what you leave out’ rings true in this image.”

“Waterlines” by Rob Stimpson

Artist bio: Rob Stimpson is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. His first commercial breakthrough came from selling images to Canada’s prestigious National Film Board. Rob has photographed for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada for many years. His work has appeared on the covers of Ontario Parks Guides, calendars, magazines and national ads for the province and Canada. He has garnered numerous awards, including a Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit. In October 2012 he was nominated and accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He has co-authored An Artists and Photographers Guide to Wild Ontario as well as contributed to numerous books. His work has graced Canadian Geographic, Explore Magazine, Cathay Pacific, Japan Air in-flight magazines. His fine art prints hang in private homes around the world. Travels have taken him to many places but his favourite are Antarctica and the Arctic where he works as an expedition photographer for One Ocean Expeditions. In 2014 Rob was part of Ice Tracks Expedition’s centenary celebration of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Trans Antarctic Expedition. In July 2016 he was selected by the Globe and Mail and Lexus to be showcased with nine others showcasing their professional lives.

Find him online at where you can also see details for his 2021 photo workshops and Zoom talks (email for a list of topics), on Facebook @rob.stimpson.9, or on Instagram

See more local art in Doppler’s Art Fx series here.

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‘When We Gather’ Collaborative Art Project To Celebrate Historic Inauguration Of Kamala Harris – Forbes



When We Gather is a multi-faceted art project celebrating the history making inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris, directed by Codie Elaine Oliver (Black Love, OWN Network) and performed by renowned artists María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Okwui Okpokwasili, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dell Marie Hamilton, Jana Harper, Lisa E. Harris and Samita Sinha. The performers have developed a three-minute art film to inspire reflection and celebration on this momentous day in United States history. “When We Gather offers an empowering moment to heal and unite the country through creative energy,” says Campos-Pons, who envisioned the project and brought the artists together. “The circle shows us how we can remain connected even while we are separated due to this pandemic or due to the state of the nation. All of these factors have informed the collaborative choreography and spoken word of this global collective experience.” 

Due to the pandemic limitations, performances have been woven together from the performers’ respective locations in Brooklyn, Nashville and Houston. The film stirs up feelings of relief and solidarity through imaginative work, in a time of great divide in the United States. It is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actress Alfre Woodard. The soundscape incorporates both lyrics and a poem written by Diggs for the project and features choreographed movements and gestures from diverse traditions.

The film will be followed by When We Gather: Together, a behind-the-scenes interactive program. It will feature a conversation about the film, interviews with those involved in it, and additional performances. This special program is co-produced and hosted by Dr. Nikki A. Greene, a professor of art history at Wellesley College. When We Gather is produced by an all-female identifying team of artists, scholars and producers. It is a collaborative artwork produced by Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco and Creative Time, a public arts non-profit based in New York.

When We Gather arrives at an inflection point—serving as both a moment of reflection and a galvanizing  call to envision, and enact, a better tomorrow. At this historic moment, the work speaks to the elemental  role that women have played in the progress of this nation,” says Justine Ludwig, Executive Director of  Creative Time.  

Everyone can participate in When We Gather by tuning into the online broadcast at on January 20 at 7 pm EST. The film and When We Gather: Together will be available at and streamed free worldwide from January 20 through February 15,  2021. The film and special will be screened at locations across the country on select dates thereafter.

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Artists sought for Five Corners public art project in downtown Chilliwack – BCLocalNews



The City of Chilliwack is looking for artists to submit their ideas for a new piece of public art to be installed at Five Corners.

The city issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the Five Corners Public Art Project on Jan. 11. The future artwork will be situated outside the front entrance of 46115 Yale Rd., located at the northeast corner of the intersection.

“The successful proponent will create and install public art that will add value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of the downtown core of Chilliwack,” reads the RFP document.

The proposed public art must:

• Fit in a footprint of 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres

• Be no more than 3 metres high

• Must be able to be illuminated

• Installation must be able to stand up to graffiti, natural elements

• Footprint must be secured to ensure the piece’s integrity and public safety

• Not impede traffic (ie must not be reflective)

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“The goal of the Five Corners Public Art Installation is to increase foot traffic on the street, animate Chilliwack’s historic downtown and draw attention to Chilliwack as a vital municipality which promotes arts, culture and tourism.”

There will be a mandatory virtual site meeting through Zoom on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 a.m. Proposals will not be accepted by the city from proponents who do not attend the meeting. (Link to Zoom meeting at end of story.)

Proposals can be submitted electronically (preferred) or as a hard copy. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.Submissions must include a technical proposal and a financial proposal. Electronic submissions are to be emailed to; hard copy proposals are to be delivered to:

RFP – “Five Corners Public Art”

City of Chilliwack

8550 Young Rd.

Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 8A4


The successful proponent will be notified within 30 days of the Feb. 17 closing date.

Further information on the Five Corners Public Art Project can be found on the city’s website: Five Corners Project document and mandatory virtual site meeting via Zoom.


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