Phase II of the Tapestry on Spirit Square Begins with Unveiling
Kamloops, BC – Instead of a traditional ground-breaking ceremony, ARPA Investments unveiled a community art project today as they begin Phase II of the Tapestry on Spirit Square, a 38-unit market condominium with ground floor commercial space.
The Tapestry on Spirit Square is a mixed-use development located at the intersection of MacKenzie Avenue and Yew Street on Kamloops’ North Shore. The developer, ARPA Investments, brought the community together to beautify the construction site fencing, while infusing a renewed sense of pride for the area.
The community art project called “Bring Your Colour” is a collaboration of the North Shore BIA, the Kamloops Arts Council, and ARPA Investments, and consists of 150 plywood boards between 4 and 6 feet high, painted by community members to look like people. These boards have been affixed to construction fencing around the development site to create a linking art project.
“As you can see, Tapestry is being developed on land that has been under-utilized,” says Joshua Knaak, a partner at Arpa Investments. “It promises to be a diverse and inclusive project that will enrich and revitalize this neighbourhood.”
Participants of the Bring Your Colour community art project have brought fun, personality, and definitely colour:
- Megan Campbell, Thaia Sales, and all the kids at the Boys & Girls Club
- Alexandra Inglis from SD73 and all the kids in the After-School Programs
- Yenny Yao – Community Connections, and the families at Kamloops Immigrant Services
- Lorel Sternig and Terri Hadwin from the Kamloops Arts Council
- Jeremy Heighton and the North Shore BIA
- Ashley Kotai and the families that joined the YMCA paint event
- Members of the Kamloops Innovation Centre
- Our Arpa Investments family
- We also participated in the National Culture Days events led by Barbara Robinson, Vice-Chair, McDonald Park Neighbourhood Association.
“From the beginning, this development has been about community engagement,” said Knaak, a partner at ARPA. “The success of our projects is linked directly to understanding what is needed in a community, and building partnerships to deliver those needs together.”
“It’s an amazing project and we all know these type of community projects have an impact which will last past the fence boards that were painted,” said Susan Wolf from the Kamloops Arts Council. “Art has a way of connecting and impacting those that are part of the creation process as well as those just passing by and are moved by seeing the results.”
Once construction on The Tapestry on Spirit Square is complete and the fencing is removed, the McDonald Park Community Association is interested in repurposing the art project for their community garden.
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