YPAV floats tsunami memorial artwork

Group hopes to receive Rotary Arts District funding for the project.

Following the success of their Dry Creek Community Garden, the Young Professionals of the Alberni Valley are gearing up for their next project.

“The Young Professionals of the Alberni Valley are applying for Rotary Arts District funding for a piece of public art which will mark the 50th anniversary of the tsunami,” said YPAV executive member Cameron Oscienny.

The YPAV have applied to the 2015 Arts District Grant Program, funded by the Arrowsmith Rotary Club through the Alberni Valley Wine Festival which took place on Sept. 20.

In 2014, $8,500 in grants was made available to a variety of organizations including the Rollin Art Centre, Art Rave and the Capitol Theatre.

“We are excited about the chance to co-fund a piece of public art which will commemorate the 1964 tsunami, will be produced by Shayne Lloyd—a young local artist—will use local materials, and will add to the vibrancy of the Rotary Arts District and Uptown Port Alberni,” Oscienny said.

The YPAV will also be hosting a special Movember event at the Westwind Pub on Nov. 30. Anyone interested in helping organize the event can e-mail youngprofessionalsav @gmail.com.

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