Published June 8, 2022

Seven-foot tree sculptures being installed at businesses in Craighurst

The hope is that the art will boost foot traffic to shops and restaurants

The Township of Oro-Medonte is pleased to announce that our Craighurst Public Art Project was selected for the My Main Street Community Activator program and has received $40,000 to install unique and beautiful seven-foot tree sculptures at business locations in the village of Craighurst. The sculptures will reflect the natural assets and rich history of Oro-Medonte.

Through the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator, delivered by the
Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), Oro-Medonte will enjoy a more vibrant neighbourhood setting
that will draw visitors and increase foot traffic to local shops and restaurants.

The Township of Oro-Medonte is supported by My Main Street—a two-year, $23.25-million investment by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
(FedDev Ontario), delivered by CUI and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO).

The Craighurst Public Art Project will provide a reflection of the four seasons of beauty and
recreation one can find in Oro-Medonte, while incorporating the community’s culture and history.
Oro-Medonte is a well-known place for outdoor recreation and beautiful forests. The tree sculptures represent our township and will add beautification and restore vibrancy in the village of Craighurst for local residents and visitors. They will also create a connection to local assets, while adding a unique attraction for local businesses.

“Our government is committed to helping communities bring their main streets back to life. My
Main Street is providing vital support to projects that will reanimate neighbourhoods through
installations, events and activities that are inclusive, innovative and engaging to create jobs and
drive economic growth for local economies.” – The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister
responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev

“On behalf of members of Oro-Medonte Council, thank you to the Government of Canada,
through FedDev Ontario, and all participating agencies, for providing this exceptional opportunity
for the Township of Oro-Medonte, and communities across southern Ontario. Through federal
government funding, the Craighurst Public Art Project provides a palette for local talented artists
to create reflections of our beautiful rural community, while providing enhancements to local
businesses in the village of Craighurst, and a cultural experience for local residents and visitors to
the area.” – Mayor Harry Hughes, Township of Oro-Medonte

“As a local resident of Oro-Medonte, who has the great pleasure of working with the business
community, I am very excited about this project and showcasing our pride of Oro-Medonte. The
Craighurst Public Art Project provides a special opportunity to bring Oro-Medonte’s art and
culture communities together, while supporting and enhancing pedestrian traffic to local
businesses in the village of Craighurst.” – Jennifer Whitley, Economic Development/
Communications Advisor, Township of Oro-Medonte

The Craighurst Public Art Project will form community collaboration including local businesses,
local artists, residents and the general public, as well as partner organizations. The project will
greatly benefit the rural village of Craighurst— which similar to many communities, has been
impacted by COVID-19—with increased opportunities for social activity and stronger community

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