Alleys go artsy

More of Kamloops’ back alleys are going to be turned into art galleries.

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association is receiving $19,000 in provincial funding to continue its Back Alley Art Gallery job creation project, which gives two people work experience while helping to beautify the downtown core.

The project encourages pedestrian traffic and reduces vandalism in high graffiti areas.

“Not only is it an integral part of our complete streets initiative – public spaces that are friendly, supportive, appealing and safe – but it has become a great tourism product, welcoming thousands of visitors and art appreciators each year,” said Gay Pooler, general manager of KCBIA.

Mural locations for this year’s project are behind Red Collar Brewing Co., Service Canada and Carlos O’Bryan’s Pub.

The previous round of funding created murals at All Aboard Games, the Fremont Block building and at Hampton Gallery.

Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, said: “Two people are getting a great chance to play key roles in a project that will be an important factor in the beautification of Kamloops. I can’t wait to see the finished result and see these two residents become part of our growing economy.”

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