City supports crowd funding to pay for public art; will ward council member use a tin cup to help out?

theartsBy Staff

February 23, 2015


Expect to see the Councillor for ward 1 on a street corner in Aldershot as soon as the weather warms up enough.

Rick Craven has gotten his community, the city and one of his more important election campaign donours to come together and raise the funds for some “public” art that will improve the look of Aldershot.


Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven is shameless when it comes to promoting Aldershot.

If there is just one thing that Councillor Craven does – that is improve the look of Plains Road. Many will disagree with some of his thinking and the policies he promotes but you can’t take away from the guy his continued efforts to make Plains Road a nicer looking road.
And one has to give him credit – he has come up with some impressive results.

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The art selected will be placed on city owned land adjacent to the Jazz project now under development on Plains Road.

“Residents of Aldershot Village have been working together to create a great neighbourhood for decades. Recent efforts to improve Plains Road have made significant progress towards increased pedestrian access and beautification of the street. To compliment this work, an exciting new public art project is now taking shape.

“Driven by the community, this project is an innovative partnership between local residents, businesses and the City of Burlington. The public art installation will help to beautify Plains Road and create a year-round neighbourhood hub for all to enjoy.

“The artwork will be located adjacent to the Branthaven Homes’ Jazz condominiums, engaging Plains Road and the neighbourhood.

“An open competition will be held to get proposals from professional artists from across Canada. Three short-listed designs will be selected for public viewing and comment. A community jury comprised of local residents, business owners and artists will select the winning design.

“The artwork will be installed in the summer/fall of 2016 along with a community celebration and artwork unveiling!

“To make this project a reality, a fundraising target of $75,000 has been set. The City of Burlington, Branthaven Homes, Aldershot Village BIA and Plains Road Village Vision have already raised $60,000. We are now reaching out to corporate sponsors and community members for the final 20%.

Their goal is to raise $5,000 through an Indiegogo campaign. 100% of all donations will go towards the artwork commission. All donations over $25 will be issued a tax receipt from the City of Burlington.  With is bitterly cold weather people must be saving a bundle on those expense lattes they don’t get out to buy.  Click HERE and send some of that saved cash to help fund this initiative.

The mission of the City of Burlington’s Public Art Program is to enhance the quality of life in Burlington through the rich context of the arts. The program strives to bring artwork by both established and emerging artists to the city centre and the neighbourhoods throughout Burlington, Ontario. The Public Art Program provides cultural opportunity, guides the evolution of a vibrant artistic character for the City’s emerging public places, and ensures a visual legacy for all to enjoy.

Jeremy Freiburger of Cobalt Connects advises on the public art program for the city and is facilitating this program.

The art selected will be placed on a piece of property adjacent to the Jazz project owned by the city.

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