The WFN Public Art Committee (PAC) established the WFN Public Art Program in September 2014. The Program is a collaborative, collective, creative process between WFN, practicing artists, and community members. Public art creatively addresses the needs and aspirations of the WFN community while also acknowledging WFN and syilx/Okanagan heritage.
The PAC promotes syilx culture through the arts; provides advice and supports activities that advance public art; and administers a selection process for commissioning and/or purchasing public art.
Vision: Promote syilx culture through the encouragement of local artists and the display of art throughout the community, both on and off reserve.
Public Art & Heritage Brochure
Annual síyaʔ Celebration
Community Profile Book
Sncəwips Heritage Museum
Since September 2014, WFN and the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) have worked closely together to develop awareness about syilx language and culture through the installation of interpretive signs along park trails, including Glen Canyon, Kalamoir, Rose Valley, and (upcoming) Black Mountain / sntsk’il’nYn (including pictures). The new signs acknowledges the cultural significance of the lands by explaining the historical syilx usage of a specific area and providing the nsyilxcen translation of the trail’s current name (e.g. “Bitterroot” to “spitƛ̓əm”). The cost of this project was paid for by the RDCO.
Please browse through the brochure below to learn more about WFN's public art & heritage, or download a PDF copy of the Public Art & Heritage Brochure.
PAC Chair and WFN Curatorial & Heritage Researcher
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