This summer in Downtown Kamloops come on down to see the Back-Alley Art Gallery mural program! This public mural program was undertaken because we wanted to make our alleys part of the walkable, livable space downtown. There is now a total of 30 murals in Downtown Kamloops and rather than a single theme for our murals, we wanted to create a truly eclectic collection. It’s an outdoor art gallery and like all good galleries, it features a mixture of different artistic styles! The mural artists meet with the business and property owners and collaborate on a slew of different concepts. Sometimes this means having a mural design to fit the theme of the store or letting the group’s creativity run wild!

The Back-Alley Art Gallery is an integral component in the KCBIA’s Complete Streets Initiative: public spaces that are friendly, supportive, appealing, and safe. This program creates community partnerships between the local business and creative communities and provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents, diversify the downtown business environment, and beautify public space.

Project partners include the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Housing and Social Development and their Job Creation Partnership, the various property owners, Kamloops Arts Council, suppliers including Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, United Rentals and the BC Wildlife Park. Through coming together, we were able to take a dream and coax it into reality!

If you phone ahead of time, on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm during July and August, you can receive a tour of all the murals by your favorite CAP Team members. If you prefer to venture out at different times, you can always grab a map either online from our website or you can grab one from a CAP Team member on the street. So, this summer season, be sure to discover the works of art right around the corner!

This article was written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009. Email capteam@downtownkamloops.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!

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