Boosting public art

Murals like this one on the outside of the Prince Albert Indian Métis Friendship Centre could become more common thanks to the new Public Art Stimulus Partnership Fund. -- Jason Kerr/Daily Herald

More public art projects could be popping up around Prince Albert after the announcement of a new Public Art Stimulus Partnership Fund in October.

The fund is designed to help community organizations, businesses and artists complete public art projects like murals and sculptures. Successful grant applicants will receive a maximum of $2,000 per year for their projects.

Prince Albert’s arts and cultural coordinator Judy McLeod Campbell said decision to start up a fund grew out of the Public Arts Policy that was created last year. She’s hopeful it can give artists a helping hand as they work in the community.

“A lot of times, arts organizations and artists themselves are struggling to either find those matching funds or come up with any kind of funding to be able to provide community public art (and) community public projects,” she explained. “While we have some (public art), it’s still relatively new to Prince Albert, so it’s really exciting to get this going.”

The fund is open to Prince Albert professional arts organizations, or local non-profits, schools and businesses partnering with professional artists. The art must be placed in a public location. The fund is designed to be complementary, so applicants must already have funding in place before applying.

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