Terrace Arts Festival brings home the Governor’s Award

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The Skeena Salmon Arts Festival Society was recently awarded the prestigious Lieutenant Governor’s Arts and Music Award for Visual Arts in recognition of the Society’s work in promoting public art in northwestern BC

Eight awards, which were planned before the death of Queen Elizabeth II. to coincide with its platinum jubilee celebration, recognize BC individuals and groups for their leadership and mentorship in the visual arts, music or performance fields.

Terrace resident Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en artist Stephanie Anderson, along with Métis and Sto:lo artist Amanda Hugon, attended a ceremony at Government House in Victoria where she received the award in September from BC Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin.

“It was an honor to represent the Skeena Salmon Arts Festival Society,” said Hugon, who also serves on the First Nations arts collective’s board of directors. “It’s an honor for our organization to be recognized for the work we do to bring quality public art to Northwest BC.”

The Skeena Salmons Arts Festival is a non-profit organization founded in 2018 that focuses on public art in Terrace and the Northwest. Over the past five years, the society has worked with property owners, corporations, the City of Terrace and others on projects such as murals, sculptural installations and banners.

The annual art show features artists who focus on the Northwest’s connection to salmon.

Society president Dave Gordon said the award recognizes the group’s commitment to social justice, equality, inclusion and improving the well-being of communities.

“We’re just looking at all areas of art and artists in our community and trying to include them in our work and we’ve had success with that,” Gordon said, adding that there is more to see in future works.

“Before it started there were very few terraces in terms of representing First Nations in public art and I think we’ve been pretty successful in changing that.”

The Society has been so successful in this regard that communities as far away as Montreal, Quebec and beyond have contacted Kitimat, Smithers and Prince Rupert for feedback.

Gordon added that this was thanks to professional artists from the North West who joined and engaged with the Society.

“It just happened that way. We have graduates [the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art] here in Terrace, and to other artists who have graduated from Emily Carr and other art schools.

“Working with the professional art scene was a real win for us.”

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