Ladysmith Public Art Strategy 2019

Project Highlights:

  • Creative Community Engagement Strategy: Over the course of six months I led, with the help of a small team, an engagement strategy that would suit a variety of community members. We created two online surveys, a prepaid postcard project, hosted a back alleys walking tour, held pop-up info booths at the community centre and high school, held 3 Public Art 101 Info Sessions, conducted over 31 interviews, held key stakeholder workshops, presented to Stz'uminus First Nation Chief and Council as well as a dozen other community organizations, and more.

  • Inclusive and Transparent Process: Since the arts and cultural institutions represent the broader community and district we ensured that our process included members of Stz'uminus First Nation, emerging and professional artists, elementary and high school teachers and students, the local business and non-profit community groups. The comments received via all methods of the community engagement strategy were captured in the final report and ultimately shaped the final recommendations.

  • Acheivable Implementation Framework: Coming into the project there was a lack of trust from members of the arts and culture community with regards to actually funding arts projects in the Town. To ensure Council would adopt the strategy and would endorse recommendations we focused on broad-based community buy-in. Additionally, a thorough case study review of best practices was captured in the report and the implementation framework was acheivable and manageable by Town Staff.

Ladysmith PAS 2019 - final from PRC webs

Key partners on this project were the Town of Ladysmith Parks, Recreation, & Culture Department and the Arts Council of Ladysmith & District.

Hul'qumi'num Signage Project 2018

While working for the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games as the Operations Manager, myself and a small team created an Indigenous Visual Storytelling initiative to be showcased throughout the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Thanks to a partnership with Cowichan Tribes we were able to secure funding through First People's Cultural Council to create large signs with archival images of local First Nations athletes with territorial land acknoledgements and welcoming phrases in Hul'qumi'num. We worked with Dr. Luschiim Arvid Charlie, a respected Cowichan Elder and fluent speaker to translate the welcomes properly. We followed protocols throughout the process and gifted the signage back to key families and communities at the end of the Games.

Key partners on this initiative were Cowichan Tribes, First People's Cultural Council, Richelle Williams, Jen Williams, Stuart Pagaduan, and Dr. Luschiim Arvid Charlie.

Lacey McRae Williams,  Founder & Principal

Thoughtful Place Design

Public Art. Community Planning. Urban Design.

Ladysmith, BC Canada

lmw@thoughtfulplacedesign.com