Art in the community
Yvette Cuthbert, local artist and Portage School Division trustee, is shown creating an art piece on a post near her home on Crescent Road on Monday. Cuthbert wants to see more art in public spaces in Portage, and is getting a head start with her own project. (Angela Brown, QMI Agency)
A local resident who wants to add more art to Portage la Prairie decided to take up the project on the weekend.
Yvette Cuthbert, a local artist and Portage School Division trustee, took the opportunity to turn a common street pole near her home on Crescent Road into a piece of art on Monday.
Cuthbert hopes to see more art created in public spaces in Portage, and is getting a head start with her own project.
“It’s part of community involvement, and pride too,” she said. “It just adds another element and layer to our city.”
She hopes to see more public art initiatives developed along the proposed walking and bicycle paths now in the planning stages.
The local artist recently took a three-hour walk around many of the proposed biking/walking paths, including planned paths for the north end of Portage, and saw a great deal of potential to incorporate art into the landscape.
“For tourism, it would be great too,” added Cuthbert. “I think there are ways we can use it to direct people to some of our little gems in our city.”
She hopes to see other artists, as well as school children in the classroom get involved in extending the project to make art a part of the community and environment.
“It would probably be better if we could organize something to make a bigger impact,” she added. “That would be great.”
Cuthbert said this fall she will be bringing the idea forward to the committee of Positively Portage, which is a city enhancement initiative that was first launched in 2010.