Art goes public thanks to new Trust program

Columbia Basin Trust commits $750,000 to help communities increase public art.

Share the Road by Alexis Mainland. Photo: Adrian Wagner.

Submitted by Columbia Basin Trust

Communities in the Columbia Basin already benefit from spectacular natural surroundings. Now they have the opportunity to enhance their aesthetic values by increasing the presence of public art. This is thanks to a new three-year, $750,000 program from Columbia Basin Trust, called Public Art Grants.

With support from these grants, Basin communities can purchase and install original works of fixed art. These may include artworks like murals, sculptures or mosaics, and must be created by Basin artists. They must be installed in well-travelled spaces that are accessible by all.

The Colours of Nelson Mural Project was created through a collaborative design process by 16 artists, ages 15-39.Photo: David R. Gluns Photography and The City of Nelson.

The program will enable the public to interact more with art, helping expand the impact of the arts in the region. It will also support and profile Basin artists.

“Public art benefits residents and visitors by creating a vibrant atmosphere,” said Wayne Lundeberg, Columbia Basin Trust Strategic Advisor. “Public art makes our communities more engaging, enhances our economies and adds to quality of life. It also helps communities showcase local Basin-based artists.”

Basin arts councils, local governments and First Nations are eligible to apply. The grant will fund up to
80 per cent of the cost of the artwork and installation, to a maximum of $30,000. The application deadline for this year’s intake is June 28, 2018. Learn more at

Osprey by Denis Kleine. Photo: David R. Gluns Photography and The City of Nelson

This program is the latest way the Trust has addressed its arts and culture strategy, and its arts, culture and heritage strategic priority. The Trust also offers an Arts and Culture Venue Grantwhich opens for its second intake on April 26 and is continuing its long term commitment to its popular Arts and Culture Program, delivered by the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance. Learn more at