The recently approved Public Art Master Plan noted that a public art program contributes “…to the creation of a healthy, vibrant and connected community through achieving cultural vibrancy and social well-being.”
The sentiment supports the municipality’s slogan of ‘small Town living at its best’, recognizing the relationships between economic prosperity, culture and tourism that contribute to a high quality of life.
A tool to set out processes and procedures to guide the Town in building and managing its public art collection, the plan was endorsed by Council on July 17. The move demonstrates the Town’s commitment to being a leader in the delivery of cultural services and takes a strategic approach to implementing the Public Art Policy developed a few years ago.
“Public art generates discussion, beautifies spaces and creates gathering places,” said Mayor Bonnette. “This plan is a major milestone in the Town’s cultural efforts and illustrates the close connection with economic development and tourism.”
Integral to the development of the Public Art Master Plan was public consultation – expected to continue as appropriate per individual public art installations. Comments about public art are welcome and can be made on the Town’s online engagement platform: visithaltonhills.ca
Building on its existing collection of six public art pieces, the Town anticipates securing the first piece of public art under the new master plan in 2019.
The concept of public art is not exclusive to the Town; in fact, a new initiative of the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) invites comments on chalkboard paint storefronts on Main Street to make temporary use of the space prior to the commencement of the McGibbon construction. The BIA calls the idea a ‘community journal project’ noting that contributions are self-censored so that people who deem comments inappropriate can erase them.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.
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