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Public art forum set for April 6

Tamaka Fisher, arts and heritage coordinator for the city of Abbotsford, is helping to organize a public art forum on April 6. - JOHN VAN PUTTEN
Tamaka Fisher, arts and heritage coordinator for the city of Abbotsford, is helping to organize a public art forum on April 6.
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With three new public art pieces on the horizon, the city of Abbotsford will host a pair of experts to discuss the benefits of the program.

Cath Brunner and Buster Simpson, both from Washington State, will be at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on April 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., to explore the role of public art in cities and the role of artists in society.

“It’s an opportunity for people to find out more about public art and ask questions,” explained Tamaka Fisher, arts and heritage coordinator for the city.

In February Abbotsford established a public art policy which dedicates one per cent of the cost of all new capital facilities projects – with a maximum of $300,000 – to public art.

Abbotsford’s first piece was also revealed in February. The $64,000 sculpture, by First Nations artist Raphael Silver, signifies the life of a salmon, and is located at the new McCallum Road Interchange.

Other pieces will be created for the Clearbrook interchange, the public library at Abbotsford Collegiate and the new West Abbotsford Fire Hall.

Cath Brunner is the director of Public Art 4Culture and manager of public art projects in King County. Buster Simpson is a well-known, award-winning public artist who has taught in universities across the U.S.

Matsqui Centennial Auditorium is located at 32315 South Fraser Way. Admission is free. To register email tfisher@abbotsford.ca.

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