Street Art Banners coming back for next summer

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Festive street banners, like the ones seen this past summer, are set to make their way back to Fort St. John next year.

The Arts Council is looking at showcasing 92 banners or more next summer.

This year, the theme was “Take Flight,” to go with the 2015 Airshow.

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Next year, the theme of the banners will be “High Performance” – as the Performance Arts BC Provincial Festival is coming to Fort St. John from May 31st to June 4th.

This festival is expected to bring around 1,500 visitors to the city within just a few days.

The Arts Council inherited the Art Walk from the Peace Arts Gallery Society this past year.

“They decided they couldn’t handle it, it’s a big undertaking.” said Sue Popesku, with the Arts Council.

One local artist will be chosen to design 4 different banners, and she said they would like to choose an artist by the time Christmas comes around.

Popesku said they had a slot with the printing company that will help create the banners booked on Tuesday.

She estimates that it will cost around $9,000 for this project – and the Arts Council is not planning any specific fundraising events, instead asking for direct sponsors.

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The City Council and the Arts Council seemed to have a misunderstanding about funding; the Arts Council believed there was a stipulation that prevented them from making more than what is spent.

Popesku asked to have it taken off, but manager of community services Wally Ferris clarified in Monday’s meeting that there is no stipulation in place – instead, the city just requires there be transparency with regards to the funds raised.

Any extra funds raised in this program would go towards providing for more of the Arts Council’s programs.

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