Calling all of you artists

The metal utility boxes in our downtown may be necessary but they can also be a base for sharing some of our community’s amazing talent.

The metal utility boxes in our downtown may be necessary but they can also be a base for sharing some of our community’s amazing talent.

Thanks to funding from Telus and support from the City of Courtenay, the Comox Valley Community Arts Council has announced a call for entry to local artists to turn those gray cubes into lively public art.

Dallas Stevenson, the CVCAC’s executive director, says the project will celebrate the wealth of culture in the Comox Valley.

“This area has the highest number of artists per capita in Canada,” says Stevenson. “This project will turn these plain boxes into showcases for local artists and help raise their profile in the community.”

The City of Courtenay says the project will provide multiple benefits.

“We are really grateful to Telus for providing this funding,” notes Randy Wiwchar, the City of Courtenay’s director of community services. “It’s going to support our artistic community and beautify our downtown.”

Twelve boxes are scheduled to be painted over the summer, and successful applicants will receive an honorarium for their work. The deadline for artists to apply is May 31. For detailed application information, visit

The CVCAC is a non-profit society and registered charity working towards promotion, facilitation and development of our community through the arts.

For more information, contact 250-338-4417, ext. 2 or sign up for e-news available on the website.

— Comox Valley Community Arts Council


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