Alberni art district reaches next phase

Port Alberni’s art district has taken a step closer to reality.

District officials unveiled their draft strategic plan to the public on Tuesday night at an open house.

The plan is comprised of three aspects: the physical attributes of the district, what it requires to make it happen, and finally attracting people there.

The plan has already been revealed to the community arts council and Portal Players for their input.

“Wednesday was the community’s chance to look at the plan and give their input,” Arrowsmith Rotary member Theresa Kingston said.

Arrowsmith Rotary is working towards creating a dedicated arts district uptown that would stretch along Argyle Street from Harbour Quay to the Rollin Art Centre.

The initiative will see banners, murals and art pieces installed incrementally over time, Kingston said.

“It will be a vibrant corridor where the community and businesses can celebrate art and recognize artists,” Kingston said.

The banner project, which sees banners with an art theme hoisted along Argyle Street, is running again this year, Kingston said.

The Rotary Club is providing the banners for the project, which they hope artists, organizations and families will sign up to paint.

Anyone interested in painting one can call Kingston at 250-720-2506 or pick up a registration form at the Rollin Art Centre at the corner of Argyle Street and Eighth Avenue.

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