Mountain Pine Beetle Damage Turned Into Art in Nechako Valley

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With Innovations funding of $8,500, the Red and Blue Beetle Art Tour took on a life of its own, and kept expanding. The touring exhibition of art, writing and music was inspired by the mountain pine beetle and its impact on the landscape and the forest industry. The art travelled more than 3,500 kilometres to 13 venues in 11 communities for an audience of 3,000 people to enjoy. Artwork was shown in a variety of venues including libraries, schools, offices, recreaction centres, art galleries, and local colleges and universities. A colour catalogue of artwork and commentary was distributed throughout the region, with informational display panels on the mountain pine beetles on-site during the tour. The exhibit was documented at The tour has since been invited to academic conferences where it was viewed nationally at the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and FORREX conferences.

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.