“Moments Made in New West” public art wall launched in downtown New Westminster
New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster has collaborated with Tourism New Westminster and the Downtown Business Improvement Association to launch a “Moments Made in New West” public art wall at the site of the recent fire on Columbia Street. Members of the community and visitors alike are encouraged to stop by the wall and write their thoughts on what New Westminster means to them.
“This is a great initiative that truly captures the spirit of our community,” said Mayor Wayne Wright. “While the fire on Columbia was devastating, this event has caused many to take a close look at what our community is all about and express ideas about where we are headed. The Moments Made in New West wall is an outlet for people to share their hopes and aspirations for their city.”
The “Moments Made in New West” public art wall is part of a two-month long campaign to attract people to New Westminster’s revitalized downtown in the wake of the fire. The wall incorporates the words “History, Celebrate, Future, Memories, Community and Experiences” and encourages visitors and residents to share their thoughts on what those words mean to them.
“We want the wall to not only be filled with kind messages to the fire-affected businesses, but also with stories of memorable moments people have had in New Westminster throughout the years,” said Tej Kainth, Executive Director of Tourism New Westminster. “The purpose of this wall is to celebrate the changing times of our historic Downtown.”
Representatives from the New Westminster Downtown Business Improvement Association and Tourism New Westminster will be on hand during this weekend’s Santa Claus parade (Saturday, December 7 from 11am to 1pm on Columbia Street) with markers to encourage parade-goers to add their thoughts to the wall.
“This community is amazing and we know that at the end of the day, this wall is going to capture the spirit that makes New Westminster so special,” said Kainth.
Contact: Blair Fryer
Communications and Economic Development Manager