City Launches Four Culture Plan Initiatives

The City of Fredericton recently launched four new cultural initiatives, which include public art, poetry, and summer art programs for youth.   

The City of Fredericton’s Municipal Culture Plan, approved by City Council in 2014, aims to integrate Fredericton’s art, culture, economic development, heritage, and sense of community.

“These quality projects and initiatives epitomize the objectives and purpose of the Culture Plan,” said Councillor Steven Hicks, Chair of the City’s Community Services Committee. “Fredericton’s public art is free and accessible to everyone, and we encourage you to seek them out to enjoy.”

The four projects include:

A free, self-guided online public art guide, featuring nearly 30 notable public and private art installations across the city, is now live on the City’s website.  Users can click on the map to see details about each of the pieces, including the name of the artist, when it was installed, and a brief background.

‘Murmuration: Starlings on the St. John River’ a poem written by Fredericton’s Culture Laureate, Ian LeTourneau, along with artwork created by Chris Tompkins, Ignite Fredericton’s Artrepreneur-in-Residence, is now publicly displayed on a panel mounted on the pedway. The poem celebrates movement of the starlings, a common sight on the River.

‘Art on the Move’ is a series of free art lessons designed by Peggy Holt, a local art educator, to teach art techniques to children of all abilities attending Zig Zag, the City of Fredericton’s unique drop-in playground program offered in parks throughout the City all summer long for kids ages 6 through 12.

Local artist, Ruby Allan, was selected to paint bike racks. Triangle-shaped sheets of metal were attached to each end of ten of the City’s existing bike racks to allow a space for art. Allan’s images depicting active transportation include rollerblading, cycling, running, and skateboarding. The racks are now in use across the city.

About Fredericton’s Public Art Tour

The City of Fredericton has created a free virtual, self-guided tour of some of Fredericton’s public and private art. Some of the city’s earliest pieces are gifts from politicians, others are gifts from groups, and other works are specially commissioned from local and New Brunswick artists. Since 2014, four new pieces have been added to the City’s collection: Memoria Address, by Stephen Cruise (Canada), at the Fredericton Convention Centre; Rhodo, by James Boyd (New Brunswick), at the Fredericton Botanic Garden; Rendez-Vous, by Catherine Leva (France), at the waterfront, along South Side Trail, near the Westmorland Street Bridge, (a gift to city by the New Brunswick Medical Society); and Watermark, by Gerald Beaulieu (Prince Edward Island), the high water marker located on the South Side Trail next to the pedway. To find out more, including details on the virtual tour of Fredericton’s public art, please visit http://www.fredericton.ca/en/community/art-culture/public-art

About ‘Murmuration: Starlings on the St. John River’ by Ian LeTourneau

Ian LeTourneau, local poet, editor, and instructor, is the City of Fredericton’s first-ever Cultural Laureate. Since being selected to represent the artistic voice of the city, Mr. LeTourneau has created five poems, including ‘Murmuration: Starlings on the St. John River’. The poem has been translated, and paired with an illustration by Chris Tompkins (Ignite Fredericton’s Artrepreneur-in-Residence) then installed on the pedway for all to enjoy. To find out more about our Cultural Laureate, please visit http://www.fredericton.ca/en/community/art-culture/cultural-laureate-ian-letourneaucultural-laureate-ian-letourneau.

About Art on the Move

‘Art on the Move’ is an exciting pilot project that adds an art component to Zig Zag, the City of Fredericton’s unique supervised playground program for youth ages 6 through 12. Designed by Peggy Holt, a local art educator, ‘Art on the Move’ is a series of free, drop-in art activity lessons to teach art techniques to children of all abilities. Some techniques include watercolour and acrylic painting, clay landscape on paper, mixing colours on the colour wheel, and textures and depth. To find out more about ‘Art on the Move’, including location details, please visit http://www.fredericton.ca/en/recreation/city-programs

About Painted Bike Racks

To add colour and creativity to our surroundings local artist Ruby Allan was selected to paint triangular sheets of metal fixed to the ends of 10 City bike racks. There are four designs in total: skateboarding, running, cycling, and roller-blading. Each bike rack has two painted side panels, which were welded on by Fleet Division staff. You can find these bike racks throughout the downtown, and on the city’s north side at Mitch Clark Park, and the Northside Youth Centre at Willie O’Ree Place.

Bike Racks painted by Ruby Allen.