New West artists are invited to help build community. Here's how.

Local artists are being invited to help build community in the Hyack International Parade.

The Arts Council of New Westminster and the Hyack Festival Association are teaming up to hold neighbourhood float workshops, which will allow people of all ages to come together and build community floats to showcase in the yearly Hyack International Parade.

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A write-up about the plan notes that the workshops will be suitable for all ages and skill levels and give people a chance to make intergenerational connections and learn new skills. The free workshops will be offered by residents associations and at community centres.

The organizers are now looking for artists who can lead the workshops and spearhead the process of creating the neighbourhood floats.

Artists are invited to send in CVs and images of their work and identify their preferred neighbourhood. Artists need to apply by Feb. 15, and a peer jury will choose artists by Feb. 22.

The first neighbourhood float workshop is expected to be held in late February, with another in March and a third in April, all leading up to the parade on May 25. An honorarium will be paid to chosen artists.

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