NE public art projects
With the removal of the Wishing Well public art piece at the Genesis Centre, Council directed administration to look for public art opportunities in northeast Calgary. In March and April of 2021, we engaged with a a diverse group of stakeholders, including community members, cultural groups and businesses on what public art is possible in the area and what they would like to see. Written engagement opportunities were offered in English, Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Vietnamese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Online workshops were hosted in English and interpretation services were available for Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.
A call for artists is expected to be released in late 2021. There will be another opportunity for northeast communities to provide input on art concepts, before they are approved by a public art selection panel that will include local community members. Some public art pieces may take longer than others to be completed.
Timelines are subject to change based on several factors, including the new direction of the public art program. The budget for this project hasn't been determined yet.