GP residents encouraged to show community pride through art

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The city is looking to local artists of all skill levels to create banners for its neighbourhood banner program.

Grande Prairie residents are welcome to submit their banner concepts that will show a unique design representing their neighbourhood.

“We want the neighbourhoods to feel like their individual identities are being reflected in the best way,” said Stacey Batt, city event and volunteer coordinator.

The city plans to hang 85 banners that will be divided between applicants, she said.

“This is the first time we're launching a program like this, so we're really just hoping to get as many (applicants) as possible.”

“We're accepting both digital and hand-drawn art.”

The unique banners will be displayed on light poles throughout city neighbourhoods representing that community.

The city says multiple banner designs will be accepted for each neighbourhood, with plans to have the banners displayed in October if weather permits.

“The Neighbourhood Program is being introduced to help promote community pride, beautify the city and make Grande Prairie a great place to live, work and play,” said the city.

The city is encouraging applicants to collaborate with other residents in their neighbourhoods to create a banner that best reflects their community.

“Anything we can do to encourage pride and really make people happy to be a part of their communities, that's what we're aiming to do,” said Batt.

She noted each neighbourhood in the city has a uniqueness of it due to the landscape and who lives there.

A community like Swanavon is proud of its trees and forestry areas, and trails in the neighbourhood.

“I would definitely not be surprised if gave us something that reflected that,” said Batt.

Applications have already begun to come in, but Batt is hopeful to see more.

Once an applicant’s work is selected, they will have the chance to work with an artist of their choosing who will then help build their artwork up with them, or they can do it themselves, said Batt.

“Applicants aren't required to work with artists.

“We did have a couple of people saying they did have artists in the neighbourhood that they would like to work with, which they are more than welcome to do.

“We just also wanted to have this opportunity for people who did want to work with other local artists.”

Artworks will then be printed on banners with the neighbourhood’s name, city logo, and artwork together.

The deadline to submit a banner is Aug. 5 at 4:30 p.m. with the application form.

For more information and the application, residents can go to cityofgp.com/bannerprogram.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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