It's been an exciting year for public space in Vancouver, with boosts to the City's arts programs, parklets, and more!
Vancouver is home to more artists per capita than anywhere else in Canada and in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the City’s Public Art Program, Council approved a $1.5 million ‘public art boost’ this summer. So far, our Public Art Program has resulted in over 400 pieces of public and community installations throughout the City. What's your favourite piece?
First Nations Art
Vancouver's Aboriginal community is an important part of our history and our present. A key element of expanding the public art program will be to provide more opportunities to integrate local First Nations artwork, with $100,000 dedicated to integrating Musqueam culture, art, and design into public spaces in South Vancouver.
This past weekend Vancouver hosted its first ever Mural Festival, featuring local and international artists, that created 40 new permanent murals along Main Street between Prior St and 16th Ave. The City is proud to have been a partner in this inaugural event, contributing a $200,000 grant.
Patios & Parklets
To help Vancouverites take full advantage of the summer weather, the City released an interactive map of all patios that have extended hours (open til 1am). The City's Parklet program - made permanent this year - also enables creative use of parking spaces to add more outdoor public space.
Keys to the Street
The public pianos are back! Painted by local artists and located in outdoor spaces, Vancouverites are invited to tickle the ivories and create a more vibrant, engaged, and interactive city. Started by CityStudio in 2013, the City of Vancouver is proud to continue to support this innovate and creative program.