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From the GM: Arts and culture heating up as summer comes to an end

Publish Date 14/03/2017

As we farewell summer’s tourism high tide, the drop in mercury is a great excuse to experience everything our Port Stephens libraries have to offer.

Wayne Wallis

In an increasingly digital world, libraries play a more important role than ever as community and cultural centres. Our Raymond Terrace, Tomaree and Tilligerry branches, as well as our mobile library, along with the experienced and friendly staff who coordinate them, focus on art, literature, music, children’s activities and building community interaction.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a day out to one of our branches, why not use this cool weather as an excuse to discover
everything our libraries have beneath their covers?

This week we are also celebrating a very important first for the Raymond Terrace community with the unveiling of its very first
community public art project ‘Botanica’, located in the arcade off William Street.

Over the past several months, Council‘s Community Development and Engagement team have worked with enthusiastic local artist Debra Liel Brown and long standing local business owners George and Elizabeth Prosczkowiec, to rally a team of local volunteer artists who contributed to ‘Botanica’ and each display their own signature styles.

This project is the first of many improvements to Port Stephens‘ public places, not only with murals, but with the consideration of making places for people to be able to enjoy and reflect.

This one arcade is a wonderful example of how an ordinary space can be transformed through the involvement of locals with support from Council.

We’ve seen countless amazing examples of the transformative power of public art, especially for our neighbours in Newcastle, Maitland and Cessnock, and I’m excited to work together with you all to uncover Port Stephens’ artistic potential