September 16, 2016 - 4:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - Public art can liven up a space, give it life and character. An initiative by the province is doing just that in Kamloops.
A total of $19,000 in provincial funding was given to a work experience project that's transforming back alleyways in Kamloops into public art, according to a media release from the B.C. government.
Two people received work experience while "beautifying the downtown core alleyways," the release says. The hope is the project will encourage pedestrian traffic and reduce vandalism by placing art in high graffiti areas.
This year, murals will be painted behind Red Collar Brewing Co., Service Canada and Carlos O'Bryan's Pub.
The participants started on July 18, 2016 and have since gained experience in large-scale design and mural painting methods, as well as communications and networking skills.
"Creative, fun, exciting. These are three words I would use to describe working as a mural artists' assistant," project participant Erica Crowe says in the release. "Having the opportunity to paint murals has been amazing. I never thought I could get paid to paint. I have always loved painting and was thrilled when I was hired for this job."
Over a dozen murals have been painted throughout downtown Kamloops since 2013.
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