Port Colborne flower pots to celebrate diversity

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Published July 22, 2021 at 5:41 pm

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Even the dull-brown flower pots in Port Colborne are about to get colourful this summer as the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum has launched a new initiative this summer called “Digging for Roots: Diversity Garden.”

To celebrate community diversity, both past and present, the initiative is asking local artists to paint flower pots showcasing what diversity means to them.

In a release, the museum said, “Once completed, the flowerpots will be filled with beautiful flowers and displayed for the public to view starting July 31, at the Museum’s Marine Park.”

And there’s a musical note to the artistic endeavour, the museum added. “While residents enjoy strolling the Museum grounds, admiring the various artistic flower pot creations during the Civic Long Weekend, they can also enjoy live music by musicians from the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.”

They added the goal of this project is to learn more about the people who shaped Port Colborne’s past and celebrate our community’s diversity and differences today.

“Thanks to a grant from the Niagara Region, ‘Digging for Roots: Diversity Garden’ will showcase local artists and bring together community members to celebrate culture and diversity,” the museum said.

Project Coordinator, Dario Smagata-Bryan, has assisted various artists in finding inspiration by digging into the archives and finding key stories and messages to share.

“Some of the artists have come up with an idea of what they want to celebrate on their pots and some are using the information sheets that were researched and put together by Dario to paint their pots,” the museum added.

The Port Colborne Public Library, Port Colborne Garden Club and Roselawn have partnered with the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum on this initiative.

With more than 30 flower pots distributed to local artists, the Museum looks forward to showcasing the creative work and filling the pots with flowers starting July 31.

(Photo courtesy of Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum)

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