RespectFEST 2017 Application Deadline Extended!

Applications for participation in RespectFEST 2017 have been extended until June 9, 2017. Community groups, workplaces and organizations interested in hosting a complementary event should complete the Complementary Event Application found here.

RespectFEST 2017 is also looking for food vendors and entertainers to bring the Multicultural Festival Experience to life! Food vendors can apply here while entertainers should fill out the form found here.

Participatory Public Art Design Awarded to Local

The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) and the City of Vernon have awarded the creation of a new downtown Participatory Public Art Piece to local ceramic artist, Gabrielle Strong, a Métis woman and graduate of Emily Carr University of Art + Design.  She has a studio at the Caetani Cultural Centre and was their first Ceramic Artist-In-Residence in 2015.

The public art is being created with funding from the DVA, the City of Vernon, and the Government of Canada as a legacy project of North Okanagan RespectFEST which commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s confederation and will be revealed during RespectFEST 2017.

The selection of this project was made following submissions of proposals from six proponents.  Ms. Strong’s proposal was selected because it best met the required criteria as adjudicated by a panel of judges.

Ms. Strong’s art work will portray a winding mosaic river inlaid into the sidewalk, beginning and ending at storm-drains ,symbolizing the cycle of flowing water. The design will incorporate a range of materials, including mosaic segments, etched line-work and staining various shades of blue and green with a process called acid-staining.   Ms. Strong’s says the water-themed mosaic, created by involving the public, becomes the fabric we weave together in mutual respect of our community and shared commitment to the environment.

“Vernon has given me so much since I’ve been here, and I am so honoured to be able to create this public art for the community and for RespectFEST. My hope is that this artwork will inspire momentum in all of us to care more and join together to respect and protect our waterways, as our need for water is the common thread that connects us all, regardless of culture, race or background,” says Ms. Strong.

The commission for the complete project including all expenses, materials, participatory approach, installation and artist’s time is $30,000.  Once completed, the art becomes the property of the City of Vernon which will be responsible for maintenance.

The week-long festival marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation runs from September 18-24, 2017 in Vernon.  North Okanagan RespectFEST 2017 is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.

 

Groups Invited to Join in RespectFEST 2017

May 8, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

Groups Invited to Join in RespectFEST 2017

(Vernon BC)… Dozens of community groups have started planning events as part of a RespectFEST 2017.  Walks and other activities that revolve around the concept of respect for nature, art, history, culture and education are being developed for the week-long festival September 18-24, 2017 marking Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Any groups interested in creating their own RespectFEST event are asked to complete an online application form by May 31, 2017 and submit it online to the Downtown Vernon Association (DVA). The form is available at www.respectfest2017.com/applications.

The DVA is coordinating many of the activities along with the Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Social Planning Council of North Okanagan.   Applications for performers and vendors are also available online and volunteers will be needed as well once events and schedules are determined.

Some of the events already in the planning stages include a multicultural food, music and dance festival, interpretive walks, outdoor excursions, a multicultural garden, and the creation of a public art piece.

An information session for any organization or group that would like more information prior to submitting their application to be part of the North Okanagan RespectFEST 2017 is invited to attend one of two information sessions:

  • Wednesday May 17  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm  OR  5:00 pm -6:00 pm
  • Downtown Vernon Association  #101, 3334-30th Avenue
  • Groups are asked to RSVP with their selected session time to events@downtownvernon.com

All RespectFEST events and activities are being designed to call attention to the Respect theme: respecting our land and environment, honouring our indigenous history and roots, understanding our multicultural history, and recognizing the strengths that diversity brings to our community.

The North Okanagan RespectFEST is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.  Details about RespectFEST are posted online at respectfest2017.com as they become available.

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For more information, please contact:                                                     

Hailey Rilkoff events@downtownvernon.com
Downtown Vernon Association
250.542.5851

Everyone is Welcome and Invited!


Please use hashtag #respectfest2017

Participatory Public Art Piece – Call for Artists

RespectFest 2017 – Participatory Public Art Piece

Call for Artist(s)

General Terms and Conditions

Deadline for applications: April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST

The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is issuing a call for artists (local, national and international) to submit a proposal for a Participatory Public Art Piece that will be revealed Saturday September 23, 2017.  The application deadline is April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST.

The DVA invites artists to create a Participatory Public Art Piece that will engage a range of community members in the design phase of the project.  The Participatory Public Art Piece will focus on the theme of Respect and will be located in the Downtown Vernon Business Improvement Area (See map for details).

Background Information:

The Participatory Public Art Piece will be part of RespectFest 2017.  RespectFest 2017 is an initiative funded in part by the Government of Canada, the DVA and the City of Vernon.  The lead agencies are Social Planning Council, the Downtown Vernon Association and Allan Brooks Nature Centre with letters of support from an additional 30 organizations.  The concept of RespectFest 2017 is to build on other local projects/initiatives that celebrate diversity and multiculturalism and to provide opportunities to learn more about First Nation history that predates confederation; acknowledging a history that goes back millenniums.

RespectFest 2017 events will take place September 18 – 24, 2017 and over the course of the week are expected to attract 12,000 participants of all ages.

The main themes for RespectFest 2017 are: respecting our land and environment; honoring our indigenous history and roots; understanding our multicultural history, and recognizing the strengths that diversity brings to our community and nation.

The DVA is leading the component that includes the creation of a Participatory Public Art Piece.

The City of Vernon has agreed to own and maintain the Participatory Public Art Piece and will work with event organizers on a final location, in the Downtown Vernon Business Improvement Area (See map for details).

The Participatory Public Art Piece will be an ongoing legacy to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

General Information:

  • The Participatory Public Art Piece is open to professional and up and coming artists (local, national and international) of all backgrounds.
  • The artist must demonstrate a connection to the city of Vernon.
  • The artist must demonstrate community engagement/involvement with the design phase the Participatory Public Art Piece.
  • The Participatory Public Art Piece must be created out of materials and with processes that make them suitable for outdoor, long-term display.
  • The Participatory Public Art Piece must be designed to incorporate safety considerations and engineered in accordance with regulations or codes.
  • The DVA will retain copyright for the Participatory Public Art Piece.
  • The artist is required to be present for the installation (if the Participatory Public Art Piece is not being created on site)
  • The artist is required to be present for the revealing of the Participatory Public Art Piece on September 23, 2017

Criteria for Selection of the Commissioned Artist

This is a Juried Public Art Call, so selection will be made on the merits of the artist, the quality of the proposed Participatory Public Art Piece including community engagement in the design phase and the artists demonstrated link to the community of Vernon.  The adjudication of proposals will be based on the following criteria:

  • The artist’s record of creating Participatory Public Art and support/evidence of previous art making and exhibition experiences.
  • The artist’s capacity to work with the materials and processes of the proposed outdoor Participatory Public Art Piece.
  • The design of the proposed Participatory Public Art Piece.
  • The plan for the Participatory Public Art Piece to meet all safety and engineering needs and process to engage the community.
  • Demonstrated connection to the community of Vernon.
  • How well the design concept addresses the Respect theme.
  • Creativity, public safety, and durability in an outdoor setting. The jury, with input from the City staff, will consider the proposals’ material, construction, durability, maintenance, public access and safety.

The jury will review and approve submissions with decisions being made on a consensus majority vote.

The jury may opt to not accept any of the submissions, in which case the selection process may be reopened.

 Honorarium:

The commission for this Public Art Call is $30,000 (including all expenses, materials, participatory approach, installation, artists time)

Timelines:

  • Deadline for submission of Proposals: April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST
  • Announcement of selected artist/proposal: May 12, 2017
  • Participatory Public Art Piece revealed Saturday September 23, 2017

Proposal Submission

Please include all of the following components in your Proposal:

  • Artist’s curriculum vitae/resume/portfolio.
  • A description of the Participatory Public Art Piece and how it depicts the concept of Respect.
  • An explanation of the proposed community engagement during the design phase including the range of community groups that will be engaged.
  • A brief explanation of the materials and processes that will be used to create the Participatory Public Art Piece.
  • A brief explanation of the artist’s link to the community of Vernon.
  • A brief budget.
  • Proposed location of the Participatory Public Art Piece in the Downtown Vernon Business Improvement Area (Refer to map).

The selected artist will enter into a contract with the DVA, that will address additional details related to this project.

Submission Options (Deadline April 28, 2017 @ 4pm PST):

The proposal can be mailed to:                                  Or emailed to:

Participatory Public Art Piece                                     respect@downtownvernon.com

Downtown Vernon Association

#101 3334 30th Ave

Vernon BC V1T 2C8

Contact:

If you have any questions regarding this Artist Call, please contact Carla Thachuk, RespectFest Coordinator, DVA, 250 542 5851 or respect@downtownvernon.com

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Art and History Walks

On February 21, 2017 18 members of the community met to discuss RespectFest Art and History Walks to take place between September 18 – 23, 2017. Representatives from Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, Mackie House, Centre Cultural Francophone de l’okanagan, City of Vernon – Vernon Councillor, Social Planning Council North Okanagan, Allen Brooks Nature Centre, and the Downtown Vernon Association.

Important Dates to Note: 

2nd working group meeting – May, 2017

All events/dates/times/locations confirmed – May 31, 2017

3rd working group meeting – August 2017

4th working group meeting – First week of September 2017

Walks – September 18 – 23, 2017

Debrief working group meeting – October 2017

*Timeline subject to change

Participatory Public Art Piece

On February 21, 2017 13 members of the arts community met to discuss RespectFest Participatory Public Art Piece to be revealed Saturday, September 23, 2017. Representatives from Caetani Cultural Centre, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Arts Council of the North Okanagan, Greater Vernon Museum and Archives, City of Vernon, Social Planning Council North Okanagan, Allan Brooks Nature Centre and the Downtown Vernon Association.

This is the first time that the Vernon Art community has come together to discuss public art.

Important Dates to Note: 

RFP for Artist Call to be distributed – March 29 , 2017

Jury Selection – March 31, 2017

Closing Date for Artist – April 28, 2017

Artist Selection – May 12, 2017

*Timeline is subject to change

Respect In Action

Gather 35+ people representing 22 local community agencies and partner organizations into one room with a collective focus and the result is a highly successful RespectFest launch.

On January 25th, at the Coldstream Women’s Institute Hall , the group came together for the first time with the following objectives:

  • to have an introduction to the history of the Okanagan people that goes back millenniums in this region;
  • to raise awareness about the variety of cultures in our community;
  • to increase understanding about particular learning styles and how that impacts interactions with others;
  • to contribute to a common vision for RespectFest 2017;
  • to develop personalized guiding principles

Mollie Bono, who has a deep and personal understanding of the history of the Okanagan/Similkameen and other Interior Salish First Nations people, provided a historical view of the Okanagan people. From pre-contact to the present Mollie impressed upon the group how the traditions of language and naming, marriage, death, and celebrations were of utmost importance.

Further meetings will be held starting in February to further discuss the four aspects of RespectFest; Respect Imagined Here/Respect Grows Here/Respect Starts Here/Respect Lives here.

 

Canada 150 activities announced for Vernon

January 9, 2017

Media Release

(Vernon BC)… A variety of celebratory and educational public events will be held throughout Vernon September 18-24, 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. Under the banner North Okanagan RespectFEST, there are four main themes and more than thirteen organizations coordinating and hosting the events with overall support from the Social Planning Council of North Okanagan.

The four themes are respecting our land and environment, honouring our indigenous history and roots, understanding our multicultural history, and recognizing the strengths that diversity brings to our community.

The Allan Brooks Nature Centre will spearhead the “Respect Lives Here” component with a raptor festival which will bring people closer to the land and indigenous culture through activities including hiking, paddling, and food foraging.

The Downtown Vernon Association will host“Respect Grows Here” a multicultural festival that celebrates food, music and dance. They will also organize cultural, art and live history walks for the “Respect Imagined Here” component of the festival.

The Social Planning Council will coordinate “Respect Starts Here” which will incorporate a youth perspective by engaging School Inclusionary Teams into the art and history walks.

“The North Okanagan RespectFEST will be a wonderful chance for Canadians to increase their environmental conscience and celebrate cultural diversity,” said the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.“It will also be an opportunity to highlight the important contribution of Indigenous people of the North Okanagan region. For the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I invite all Canadians to celebrate in their communities and strengthen the bonds that unite us!”

«Le North Okanagan RespectFEST sera une belle occasion de renforcer notre conscience environnementale et de célébrer la diversité culturelle, a affirmé l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du
Patrimoine canadien. Il sera aussi l’occasion de souligner l’importante contribution des peuples autochtones à la région de North Okanagan. En ce 150e anniversaire de la Confédération, j’invite tous les Canadiens à célébrer dans leurs communautés et à resserrer les liens qui nous unissent!»

In addition to the events, RespectFEST will create a permanent public art installation for the City of Vernon and a demonstration multicultural garden at Okanagan College, Vernon Campus as legacy projects.

The North Okanagan RespectFEST is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé
en partie par le gouvernement du Canada. Details about RespectFEST will be available online at respectfest2017.com

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