Burlington’s Culture Days celebration needs artists for Beachway Park installation


Published June 28, 2022 at 10:54 am

Local artists are needed for a series of temporary signs at the Beachway for Burlington’s annual Culture Days celebration.

About 10 writers and 10 visual artists are needed to create artwork that will be displayed on temporary signs along the Beachway’s multi-use path. This project will give path users a safe, accessible way to enjoy art and to learn more about writers and artists in the community.

The call is open to Burlington-based writers and artists and all art forms that can be presented in a sign format. This includes, but is not limited to: visual art, graphic art, photography, poetry, short story, non-fiction, etc.

This year, Culture Days will feature three weeks of arts and culture experiences outdoors, indoors, and online from Sept. 23 to Oct. 16.

“Every year, I am blown away by our local artist and community groups who come together for Culture Days without fail,” said Denise Beard, acting director Recreation, Community and Culture.

“After the success of Burlington Culture Days in 2021, we are excited to start planning for this year’s event by inviting local writers and artists to submit their work for the Beachway installation. The City of Burlington is proud to be a part of this initiative that aims to raise awareness, provide accessibility and encourage participation in the arts and cultural life of Burlington.”

The theme for the 2022 Culture Days is Re-emergence. Canada is ready for a re-emergence of arts and culture, and so is Culture Days.

As the world navigates to past norms and designs new solutions for everyday life, organizers believe arts, culture, and expression play a vital role in a healthy, thriving society. Culture Days is an opportunity to champion a life enriched by arts, culture, and creativity.

Artists submitting proposals for the Temporary Public Art Sign project should take inspiration from the re-emergence theme.

The artwork will be installed along the Beachway’s multi-use path. This two-km route of lakeside trails runs from Spencer Smith Park to the canal. In addition to the path, the Beachway features a natural sandy beach, an outdoor pavilion, playground and seasonal concessions. The public art signs will primarily be located near the playground, pumphouse and pavilion.

Submissions are due by Aug. 2 and the successful applicants will be chosen by Aug. 12 Final artwork files are due by Sept. 6.

For more information or to make a submission, visit the city website.

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