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THUNDER BAY, ON  ---   April 2, 2011  -----  The Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Thunder The Vessel Marina ParkBay, is very pleased by the public comments on finalist proposals for the waterfront public art projects.  Some citizens have also voiced concerns about a perceived lack of representation from the local arts community.

With respect to the City’s public art program in general, there have been twelve competitions that have resulted in contracts for commissions.  Six of those have been won by local/regional artists.  There have been four competitions for public art on the waterfront, of which one has been awarded to a local artist and will result in three new art installations.  The other three competitions are in progress and one of the finalist teams includes a local artist. Local artists have never been excluded from responding to public art competitions, and are always encouraged to apply.

For over four years local artists have been consulted about the public art plan with respect to the waterfront.  Their input, along with that of members of the Public Art Committee, and representatives from the local arts community and arts organizations, has shaped the Plan for Public Art on the waterfront.  Throughout that consultative process, the City collected contact information from various local artists and arts organizations. Each time there is a call; the City posts an Open Call on it’s website, notifies a roster of local artists directly and advertises in various media.

It is the goal of the City and the Public Art Committee to secure the most appropriate, highest quality public art through a fair and competitive process as outlined in the City’s Public Art Policy.  The fact that seven of the thirteen awarded competitions in the City have been won by local artists is testimony to the depth of creativity and talent in the local arts community and their ability to compete at a national level. 

Details about the public art program and the acquisition process are available on the City’s website at www.thunderbay.ca/publicart

Bruce Stonehouse
Chair, Public Art Committee
City of Thunder Bay

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