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New initiative on lookout for Artists in the Community

City hall is inviting local artists to submit applications by May 2 as the city launches its first-ever Artist in the Community program, with an initial focus on the grounds of the West End Community Centre.
“This program is an exciting new opportunity for artists in Guelph,” said Sally Wismer, chair of the city’s public art committee.
“We look forward to seeing the creative ways applicants propose to use a space in our city that isn’t generally thought of as a cultural space,” she said in a news release.
The outdoor space at the West End Community Centre is underused, and Wismer said she’s hoping it can be transformed into “a lively and welcoming community space.”
Emerging and established Guelph artists who work in various mediums are invited to apply for the program by May 2. The 2014 Artist in the Community will be selected by the public art committee in early May.
The successful applicant will be asked to make the centre’s outdoor space more welcoming and enjoyable. The artist will also involve the public in creative activities that explore the physical challenges and opportunities of the site as a community gathering space, the release said.
The Artist in the Community program is a new cultural initiative designed to encourage artistic activity in a variety of community spaces such as municipal buildings, parks, and other community venues, it said. Application information is posted on the city’s website guelph.ca/living/arts-and-culture/special-projects.

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