Media Release: Public Arts Forum

September 13, 2022

Have Your Say Smiths Falls – Town to Host Public Arts Forum

Smiths Falls, ON – The Town of Smiths Falls in partnership with the Smiths Falls & District Arts & Culture Council (SFDACC) will be hosting a Public Arts Forum on Wednesday, September 28, from 6-8pm at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls. The Forum will provide a platform for residents and stakeholders to learn more about public arts and give feedback which will inform and assist in creating a Public Arts Master Plan.

“As the Town continues to grow, Council believes it is important we look at fostering community pride and inclusiveness. Building policies related to art and placemaking initiatives is one of the ways the Town can support future projects that tell our unique story and expresses the spirit and creativity of our residents,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow.

The development of a Public Arts Master Plan comes from recommendations outlined in the Smiths Falls Municipal Cultural Plan which was adopted in 2021 by Council, including working to build partnerships with the Smiths Falls & District Arts & Culture Council (SFDACC) and the Station Theater as well as developing a plan for mural installations in key locations.

“The forum is meant to educate residents and stakeholders on the important role of public arts in the community and to provide feedback on aspects of the plan such as the type of art and where pieces should be located”, said Julia Crowder, Manager of Economic Development & Tourism. “It is important to produce a Master Plan that reflects community priorities, celebrates local art and culture and provides benefits to local artists, residents and visitors.”

Local participants will engage in hands-on activities designed to gather insights and ideas on where to showcase local art and events in town, the Town of Smiths Falls role in supporting future arts and culture endeavours, and the types of art residents would like to see in the community.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the Town of Smiths Falls to create a plan that will encourage and support arts and culture in our community for years to come. This is an important tool that will benefit many organizations and it’s something we have been looking forward to for some time now,” said Sheldon Giff, SFDACC Secretary & Treasurer.

Residents and stakeholders are also encouraged to participate by taking a short Public Arts Survey and by taking pictures of potential public art locations in Smiths Falls and uploading the images and ideas here Smiths Falls Public Arts Master Plan. The public arts survey will be available until Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Those interested in attending the Public Arts Forum can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/publicartregistration or contact Leisa Purdon Bell at lbell@smithsfalls.ca.

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Media Contact

Julia Crowder,

Manager of Economic Development and Tourism

jcrowder@smithsfalls.ca

613-283-4124 x 1107