New Kelowna Cultural District Street Banners Unveiled

A vibrant addition to Kelowna’s Cultural District, a new set of colourful street banners now line the lamp posts along the Rotary Centre for the Arts Commons and Art Walk. The Outdoor Banner Exhibition program features 13 original works by UBCO students and alumni, providing a unique opportunity for the public to engage with local art throughout the year.

For those interested in learning more about the artists behind this year’s banners, an exhibition opening celebration is scheduled for June 12 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The event will showcase banners from the past four years, unveil a new outdoor youth mural, and launch new indoor exhibitions.

Initiated in 2020 amidst pandemic-related facility closures, the partnership program between the City and UBCO’s Faculty of Creative & Critical Studies aims to support local artists and expand access to exhibition space in the city. Christine McWillis, Cultural Services Manager for the City of Kelowna, expressed excitement for the community to engage with the artworks in the Cultural District.

With 52 students, faculty, and alumni supported over the past three years, UBCO’s Department of Creative Studies Head Shawn Serfas highlights the importance of showcasing student and alumni works in a public setting. The inclusion of augmented reality (AR) banners for the second year allows for three-dimensional animations to enhance the viewing experience.

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