The Nanaimo Art Gallery has announced a limited Festival of Banners this year. The theme for 2010 will be The Best of Nanaimo and celebrates community spirit! The gallery, like many other arts organizations, is waiting to learn of decisions regarding funding by the provincial government. So until further notice they are proceeding carefully. Thanks to some of their sponsors they are now able to get started on what they hope is the first phase of this years festival. This may be expanded as they hear about their funding and other various art grants they have applied for.
At this point thanks to sponsors such as Canadian Heritage Building Communities through Arts and Heritage, Thrifty Foods, Nanaimo Port Authority, and the City of Nanaimo’s Festival Fund the gallery is able to offer the banner festival to the district high schools, some public schools, and for the first time ever, free of charge, to underprivileged children and youth through local community groups. The gallery is also currently able to make 50 banners available to be painted by the general public. The number available may be expanded based on future funding news in late spring and early summer.
As it costs approximately $100 to produce a banner, the Nanaimo Art Gallery is dependant on funding to present this festival. Costs to the general public are being held steady at $8 per entry. Banners can still be pre purchased for $25. Entry forms will be available at both gallery locations at 900 Fifth Street and 150 Commercial Street. For more information, call 250-740-6350.