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Art in the Park returns to Canada Day

Art in the Park returns to the community on Canada Day 2022
art in the park
Art in the park

After a two-year hiatus due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Art in the Park makes its triumphant return to the community as a part of Canada Day 2022. A staple of Kamloops for over forty years, it is no surprise that Art in the Park is the largest arts event in the city, and The Kamloops Arts Council couldn’t be more delighted to bring this historic event back to the community.

On July 1st, guests can expect a bevy of artisan vendors, community art organization booths, and local performers, all of which are completely free of cost to the public. More specifically, about 70 artists will be set up in the Rose Garden in Riverside Park West, most of which are from right here in Kamloops, while others will be joining from the surrounding Thompson-Okanagan areas. Some artists hail from as far as Vancouver and Alberta. The art mediums range drastically from visual art to pottery to jewelry and clothing to woodworking and metalsmithing, so there is surely something for everyone to enjoy and to admire.

If engaging with art is more your speed, the Kamloops Arts Council will be fundraising at their booth with temporary tattoos and button-making, while the community booths and some other vendors have also prepared activities such as crafts, demonstrations, henna, games, and photo ops. Additionally, this year will feature roving performers. Those who are able to sing and dance on the move are encouraged to make full use of the Rose Garden by bringing their art to the guests. There will also be a stationary grass stage where guests can gather to enjoy a selection of the fifteen acts Art in the Park enthusiastically welcomes to the festival. Outside of musical performers, the special day will feature interactive science booths, character performers, and poetry readings as well.

The Kamloops Arts Council lives up to their mission statement of “Connecting Creative Communities” by bringing together such an impressive range of activities and artisans from all over the province and beyond. With a little something for everyone, Art in the Park is sure to be a spectacular event, and all are encouraged to attend to experience some of the finest artists Kamloops has to offer.

The Kamloops Arts Council would also like to extend a huge thank you to their sponsors for this year’s event, including Event Lead Sponsor Tim Hortons and Event Sponsors Senor Froggy’s, City of Kamloops, BC Arts Council, B100, and Canadian Heritage.

If you would like to partake in this historical holiday, Art in the Park runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 1st, 2022, in the Rose Garden in Riverside Park West, located behind the bandshell along Uji Way. For more information about Art in the Park, you can visit the Kamloops Art Council’s website at kamloopsarts.ca.