Has your workspace been looking a little bland lately? Then Art in Public Spaces is for you!
Run by the Kamloops Arts Council, Art in Public Spaces provides local businesses and organizations with fresh artwork on a rotating basis. Paintings, photography and other works by local artists are displayed where Kamloops citizens and tourists congregate — places such as health care and transportation centers, reception areas, restaurants, coffee shops and hotel lobbies. Art in Public Spaces makes the Kamloops community more vibrant, showcases our local talent, enhances cultural tourism, activates public spaces, creates economic development and even promotes health and healing.
How does it work? The ideal display space is in a secure but high-traffic area such as a public hallway, front office or lobby. The KAC will visit the site and discuss gallery display options, the types of artwork the organization wishes to display, security and frequency of a rotation and any hanging/display restrictions. If the space is suitable, the KAC will begin programming the space on a 3-month to one-year rotating basis. The next step is to do a call-out for your space! Venues can set a theme and can specify certain artwork sizes. For example, if you are a coffee shop, you can request coffee-themed artwork to liven up your shop! The KAC reaches out to our members with a call out and you’ll have artwork in your workspace in no time!
What are the benefits? Displaying artwork in our everyday environments has many benefits, including; Aesthetic benefits & an enhanced community – Artwork has the power to energize public spaces, transforming the places where we live, work, and play into a welcoming, beautiful environments. Economic development & tourism –The arts are a proven method for economic and community development. Public displays of art increase tourism, provide a stronger sense of place, identity and pride, and promote liveability and investment. Public art is a symbol of a city’s maturity. Health & healing - According to the Wall Street Journal: “because of a direct link between the content of images and the brain’s reaction to pain, stress, and anxiety, hospitals are considering and choosing artworks based on the evidence and giving it a higher priority than merely decoration for sterile rooms and corridors.” Families of patients, too, report art in hospitals as being a calming, grounding and centering force in the midst of chaos.
Excited about the artistic possibilities? Head over to kamloopsarts.ca for more information and to apply to our Art in Public Spaces program or email firstname.lastname@example.org.