Arts, Culture & Heritage in Pitt Meadows
Five-Year Strategic Plan
The City of Pitt Meadows is engaging with the public to build a new Arts, Culture, & Heritage Strategic Plan in the community. The new Strategic Plan will be a guiding document that will provide the groundwork for the development of the City’s first Cultural Plan. As part of the process, the City will be conducting a community wide dialogue through surveys, Cultural Roundtable discussions, Cultural Cafés, and more. These will be held throughout the community to examine issues, trends, and gaps, and to explore what residents would like to see as part of the City’s cultural services.
Canada 150 Mural
The Canada 150 Mosaic Mural is a nation-wide program including cities, towns, and villages from all provinces and territories creating individual community murals - 150 in total, made up of 80,000 individual tile paintings. The community submitted ideas on what the Pitt Meadows mural should look like, and the Mosaic Mural team created the design. Over 800 residents participated in the painting event at Pitt Meadows Day 2017, each person painting a 4”x4” tile that became part of the mural. The Pitt Meadows mural was made possible through Canada 150 grant funding from Heritage Canada. It now hangs permanently on the exterior of the City Hall building.
Artists in our Parks
Artists in our Parks is a new initiative that brings art events to specific parks in Pitt Meadows and facilitates neighbourhood engagement. The program encourages community building and enjoyment of local parks, and offers art events for residents and visitors of all ages. Artists can set up a pop-up display or performance in City parks for people to enjoy; these events may include visual art, performance, dance, music, theatre, film, community-engaged work, or temporary installations by artists or art groups. The program also allows artists to create and sell their works in specified parks with a City permit from May through October.
City Hall Foyer Gallery
The gallery space in the foyer of City Hall exposes the public to art in a non-traditional environment, creating an inclusive environment that enriches and encourages interaction in the community. The inviting atmosphere of the open concept foyer lends itself to a designated gallery-like space for artistic works, and will be a community art space increasing and broadening opportunities for artists to display their work and to promote the development of visual arts in the community. The renovation of the space will also include a permanent glass display for the Katzie First Nation and Pitt Meadows heritage artifacts or other arts, heritage or cultural pieces.