The Arts Community played its part in the 2020 BC Winter Games held in Fort St. John from February 20-23. It was a wonderful event and it was an opportunity for the Arts and Sport to work side by side for the benefit of the community. As BC Game staff member, Andrew Pitre, said after the Opening Ceremony, “I reflect on the similarities and difference between the performing arts and sport performance. The arts has such a unique ability to be so much more inclusive, engage people, showcase dance/movement/music and just reach such a wider audience. Its amazing how a show like this really does bring people together. “
The Gigantic Garage Sale was a huge success raising $4000 for the operation of the Artspost Arts Studios and Arts Council Office. Donations of household items, tools, books, toys, furniture, and more were arranged inside and outside. The weather held up for the entire weekend and we had a great time. Special thanks to Brian and Connie Surerus for the perfect location. The Rosemary and David Landry Family and friends and Surerus Family for all the help. Connie Desfosses, Sue Popesku, Carol King and Connie Surerus worked for days in advance to sort items. Thanks to Elaine, Bernice and Edward for sorted all the clothes and shoes. Thanks to all the donations from the community and to Blair Scott for helping to remove some remaining items.
THE FORT ST. JOHN COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) 4 images of a BC Winter Games theme for 2019 to be professionally transferred to street banners for downtown Fort St. John, B.C. The Banners will be mounted in May 2019 and remain on display through the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John in 2020.
The PROJECT TIMELINE is: October 16, 2018 Call for Artists
November 15, 2018 Deadline for Applications
December 2, 2018 Selection of Artist Announced
February, 2019 Artwork viewed by Arts Council and City
April 8, 2019 Final artwork submitted to Professional Banner Printing Company in Vancouver (4 designs)
THE PLACE The City of Fort St. John mounts street banners each summer on the light posts along the main streets. The Fort St. John Community Arts Council is partnering with the City of Fort St. John to display 100 banners with 4 images of a theme of “BC Winter Games”, for the summer of 2019 through the winter of 2020.
THE PROJECT Building on the success of the past 4 years, the Fort St. John Community Arts Council has partnered with the City of Fort St. John for 3 years (2018, 2019, 2020) to continue to create original banners by local artists.
One local artist will be selected to create 4 designs for 2019 that will be professionally transferred onto quality street banners to be displayed during the summer of 2019 and through the winter of 2020. The banners remain the property of the Arts Council and will eventually be transformed into other uses such as tote bags.