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Our Year of Reconciliation Public Art recognized by international award

June 11 2015

“Council and I are proud that Vancouver’s City of Reconciliation initiative has been embraced by all City departments, and especially pleased our public art program has won this special recognition leading up to National Aboriginal Day,” said Mayor.

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Our public art project for the Year of Reconciliation was honoured today by Americans for the Arts as one of the outstanding projects created in 2014.

The prestigious award, granted by the Americans for the Arts’ Public Art Network, celebrates the most compelling public artworks produced in North America. The works were chosen from 308 entries and announced today at the annual convention in Chicago.

“Council and I are proud that Vancouver’s City of Reconciliation initiative has been embraced by all City departments, and especially pleased our public art program has won this special recognition leading up to National Aboriginal Day,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “The most engaging public art provides unique perspectives on our culture, and the Reconciliation artworks offer authentic insights into injustices perpetrated by the residential schools, as well as avenues for reconciliation and healing.”

What is the Year of Reconciliation?

The Year of Reconciliation was proclaimed by City Council to stimulate awareness of the historical impacts of residential schools and encourage reconciliation and healing.

The Year of Reconciliation public art project

Our Reconciliation public art project invited artists across Canada to propose two-dimensional artworks about reconciliation for temporary display at:

  • Transit shelters
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • The City Centre Canada Line statio
  • Downtown video screens

Project submissions

Submissions were reviewed by aboriginal artists and educators, and projects by ten artists, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, were selected:

  • Tania Willard with Gabrielle Hall and Peter Morin (BC)
  • Krista Belle Stewart (Vancouver)
  • Jeannette Sirois (Surrey)
  • Dionne Paul (Sechelt)
  • Brian Liu (Vancouver)
  • Alexa Hatanaka (Toronto)
  • Emilie Crewe (Vancouver)
  • Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Vancouver)
  • Jeremy Borsos (Mayne Island)
  • Sonny Assu (Montreal)

View Public Art Reconciliation projects

About Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America.The Public Art Network program is designed to provide services and tools to the diverse field of:

  • Public art professionals
  • Visual artists
  • Design professionals
  • Communities and organizations planning public art projects and programs

Since 2000, the Public Art Network Year in Review has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call for submissions.

Our public art program

The Reconciliation artworks are the third project by our Public Art Program to win the award. Earlier recipients were Fiona Bowie for Flow (2009) and Myfanwy McLeod for The Birds (2010). Janet Echelman’s Skies Painted by Unnumbered Sparks, a dramatic interactive project displayed at Vancouver Convention Centre during the 2014 TED conference, was another honoree.

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Learn more about the Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

Year of Reconciliation

In partnership with Reconciliation Canada, the City supported a Year of Reconciliation by acknowledging the negative cultural impacts and stereotypes that resulted from Canada’s residential school system.

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Public art

Explore and find out how the City and Park Board support public art by emerging and established artists in Vancouver.