Submit Art From The Heart To Support Flood And Fire Victims
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – Feb. 28, 2022… Artwork from Port Coquitlam residents is being collected this spring to help lift the spirits of those affected by last year’s devastating floods and forest fires.
The City’s new Art from the HeART project, in partnership with artist Diane Moran, invites Port Coquitlam residents of all ages to create and submit heartfelt artwork and optional written messages for B.C. residents affected by natural disasters in 2021. Submissions must be received by May 13.
“Port Coquitlam is a very caring community and I know many residents are looking for ways to encourage and support B.C. residents who are still dealing with the aftermath of last year’s floods and fires,” Mayor Brad West said. “This community art initiative is a great fit with our other PoCo Has Heart projects that encourage residents to support or brighten the spirits of those who are struggling during these challenging times.”
The project was conceived by Moran, a former Port Coquitlam resident who has been involved in a variety of local arts and culture projects over the years. Moran has been leveraging the power of art to engage communities and bring comfort and healing to those affected by natural disasters since 2005.
To participate in Art from the HeART:
- Download the two-sided template at portcoquitlam.ca/artwork or pick up a printed copy at Port Coquitlam City Hall, Port Coquitlam Community Centre or Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.
- Create your artwork, either hand-drawn or designed on a computer (must be a single two-sided page if printing at home).
- Drop off a printed copy by May 13 to the locations noted above, or mail to: Port Coquitlam Arts and Culture Administration, #110-2248 McAllister Ave., Port Coquitlam BC, V3C 2A5.
Moran will ensure the completed artwork is delivered to residents in B.C. communities affected by forest fires and floods last year. A gallery of the completed artwork will be posted at portcoquitlam.ca/artwork and shared on the City’s social media pages.
“Art is a language of its own – it has the power to uplift spirits and help people find the strength within themselves to carry on,” said Cllr. Nancy McCurrach, Council’s delegate for arts and culture matters. “We encourage people of all ages to unleash their inner artist and help spread healing and positivity from Port Coquitlam to those who desperately need it.”
Visit portcoquitlam.ca/artwork for the template and more information about Art from the HeART and artist Diane Moran.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam