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Township gets $40K to install tree sculptures in Craighurst

7-foot-tall sculptures will 'reflect the natural assets and rich history of Oro-Medonte,' official notes of Craighurst Public Art Project
New Craighurst Gateway Signage - Township of Oro-Medonte
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Areas of Craighurst will be spruced up thanks to federal funding.

The Township of Oro-Medonte has received $40,000 for its Craighurst Public Art Project, which was selected for the federal government’s My Main Street Community Activator program.

The funding comes from the federal government, provided through the Canadian Urban Institute, and will allow for the installation of seven-foot-tall tree sculptures at business locations in the village.

“The sculptures will reflect the natural assets and rich history of Oro-Medonte,” the township stated in a news release, noting the public art will also create “a more vibrant neighbourhood setting that will draw visitors and increase foot traffic to local shops and restaurants.”

“On behalf of members of Oro-Medonte council, thank you to the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, and all participating agencies, for providing this exceptional opportunity for the Township of Oro-Medonte, and communities across southern Ontario,” said Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes.

“Through federal government funding, the Craighurst Public Art Project provides a palette for local talented artists to create reflections of our beautiful rural community, while providing enhancements to local businesses in the village of Craighurst, and a cultural experience for local residents and visitors to the area.”

The release stated the Craighurst Public Art Project “will form community collaboration including local businesses, local artists, residents and the general public, as well as partner organizations.

“The project will greatly benefit the rural village of Craighurst — which, similar to many communities, has been impacted by COVID-19 — with increased opportunities for social activity and stronger community ties.”