FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is applying for a Canadian Heritage grant to fully fund a temporary art exhibit in the downtown core.

The Celebration and Commemoration Program Reopening Fund provides 100 per cent funding for projects providing celebrations and commemorations highlighting Canada’s diversity, topics of national significance, or that contribute to building a sense of pride and belonging to Canada.

The proposed Celebrate Community Exhibit will be an interactive outdoor art installation rented from a series of travelling winter art exhibits. It will be free of charge and located in a vacant lot downtown for two weeks.

The city is hoping the exhibit will encourage more residents to go downtown and visit its businesses in the process while celebrating “the reconnection of our communities in the aftermath of the
pandemic.”

“This project directly supports free, accessible delivery of arts and culture programming to the community while enhancing the downtown core,” said a January 24th report for council.

The city can apply for up to $100,000 and must do so before the end of March 2023.

Council directed staff to apply for the grant on Monday, January 24th.