Township gets $40,000 to install tree sculptures in Craighurst
7ft tall sculptures ‘will reflect the natural assets and rich history of Oro-Medonte’, official notes from the Craighurst Public Art Project
Neighborhoods in Craighurst will be revitalized with federal funding.
The Township of Oro-Medonte received $40,000 for its Craighurst Public Art Project, which was selected for the federal government’s My Main Street Community Activator program.
The funding comes from the federal government, provided through the Canadian Urban Institute, and will allow for the installation of seven-foot-tall tree sculptures in commercial locations in the village.
“The sculptures will reflect the natural assets and rich history of Oro-Medonte,” the township said in a news release, noting that the public art will also create “a more vibrant neighborhood setting that will attract visitors and increase the foot traffic to local shops and restaurants.”
“On behalf of the members of the Oro-Medonte Council, thank you to the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, and all participating organizations, for providing this exceptional opportunity to the Township of Oro-Medonte and the communities in southern Ontario,” said Oro – Mayor of Medonte Harry Hughes.
“With federal government funding, the Craighurst Public Art Project provides a palette for talented local artists to create reflections of our beautiful rural community, while providing enhancements to local businesses in the Village of Craighurst and a cultural experience for local residents and visitors to the Region.”
The statement said the Craighurst Public Art Project “will form a community collaboration including local businesses, local artists, residents and the general public, as well as partner organizations.
“The project will greatly benefit the rural village of Craighurst – which, like many communities, has been impacted by COVID-19 – with increased opportunities for social activity and stronger community bonds.”