UBCO hosts WFN art forum Friday

Five of the banners designed by artist Janine Lott hang on Bernard Ave. near the Richter St. intersection.

KELOWNA – A public forum examining the impact Westbank First Nations art has had on the revitalized downtown is taking place at the Alternator Centre this Friday.

The hour long forum, part of a monthly series called Alterknowledge that looks at social issues in the Okanagan, is organized by faculty at UBCO in partnership with the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art.

“It’s not a typical academic talk,” he says. “We get 30 to 40 people sitting in a circle trying to start conversations around social issues relevant to the community.”

Jordan Coble of the Westbank First Nation and Pat MacCormack of the City of Kelowna will initiate the talk, which will look specifically at how First Nation art has been incorporated into the revitalization of downtown Kelowna.

In November 2013, the Westbank First Nation and the city teamed up to hang eight banners featuring WFN art along the eastern start of Bernard Ave.

The public forum is free to attend and starts at 7 p.m. at the Alternator Gallery.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was corrected on Saturday Nov. 15, 2014 to say the event is a collaboration between UBCO faculty and the Alternator Centre not WFN and the City of Kelowna.

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