Public Art – Policy and Provision

Unlike museums or performance spaces, public art traditionally doesn’t sell tickets, or attract “audiences” who can easily be counted, surveyed, or educated.

A public artwork’s role in economic revitalization is difficult to separate from that of its overall surroundings. Traditional economic indicators of success may leave out important factors like the intrinsic benefits of experiencing art in one’s everyday life. Beautifying the community, engaging youth in societal and personal transformation, and giving expression to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialog are often overlooked.

The biggest values for a public art project could all fall within the ‘health and well-being’ of our community and its individuals. Community art, a form of public art, can create attachment to one’s community. Studies have looked at the economic development benefits of art, but only just recently have there been wider examinations of the effect of art on a community’s sense of place.

We run annual and bi-annual projects that fulfill these goals.

The Mural Project

 Public Art and Community – The Mural Project in Action The Mural Project installs new murals every 18-36 months at designated public buildings in the Comox Valley Regional District. Most recently, in summer 2014, we installed one at Woodcote Park led by artist Tracy Kobus and one at Puntledge Park led by artist Helen Utsal. CVCAC has installed 8 murals over the past several years, in partnership with the City of Courtenay and other project partners including ComoxRead More -->

Mural Map of the Comox Valley

Click a location on the right to show it on the map!