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Port Coquitlam artist urging residents to send letters of support to B.C. flood and fire victims

Many still suffering from extreme weather events that struck Merritt, Princeton and Abbotsford in 2021, says former local artist, who is organizing Art from the HeART letter-writing campaign with the help of the City of Port Coquitlam
Letter for flood victims from child
A kindness art project will see hundreds of letters from Port Coquitlam residents delivered to B.C. flood and fire victims.

Artwork from Port Coquitlam residents is being collected this spring to help lift the spirits of those affected by last year’s devastating floods and forest fires.

Diane Moran, a former Port Coquitlam resident, is launching a new public art project designed to help people affected by last year’s floods and forest fires.

Called Art from the HeART, the project is in collaboration with the City of Port Coquitlam and aims to boost the spirits of B.C. residents whose homes and livelihoods were impacted last summer and fall.

Port Coquitlam residents are encouraged to create uplifting art and messages by May 13:

  • Download a two-sided template via portcoquitlam.ca/artwork (or picking up a hard copy at city hall, PoCo Community Centre or Hyde Creek Recreation Centre)
  • Create a hand-drawn or computerized piece
  • Return it to a civic facility, or mailing it to PoCo arts and culture staff (110-2248 McAllister Ave.)

Moran, who has worked for many years on arts and culture projects in the area, said she reached out to the city out of concern for Abbotsford flood victims and Merritt fire victims.

“The project is more important than ever as i know that many who have been impacted by the floods and fires are still struggling and receiving a message from a stranger can make a difference,” she told the Tri-City News.

Now a Port Renfrew resident, Moran was responsible for the Help For High River book donation and art initiative in 2013 to help the flood victims in High River, Alta.

A gallery of the completed artwork will be posted and shared on the city’s social media pages.

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