Public art plays two roles in a community: It helps to create an authentic sense of place and serves as a tool for revitalization. Quality of place is one of the defining issues of the creative economy. Places that are aesthetically pleasing help to attract innovative, creative talent. The arts can also help play a role in revitalization. Investment in the arts (galleries, public arts, common spaces, etc.) provides public leaders with a viable alternative to the large capital investments such as stadiums, convention centers, and so on.
2010-2011 Fred Ross 1948 War Memorial Mural Re-creation
The Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation’s investment of $50,000 in this re-creation project is a commitment to the power and importance of public art. More on mural event. More on mural. Biography Video on Fred Ross.
1991-2010 A Permanent Collection of works by Strathbutler Winners at the New Brunswick Museum.
Beginning with donations of work from the personal art collection of Sheila Mackay, this collection of art works continues in partnership with Canada Council of the Arts
2007 Philip Iverson Memorial Fund
The installation and maintenance of the Iverson mural at Leo Hayes High School
1996 The Kennebecasis Sculpture
A public sculpture by Marlene Hilton- Moore erected in Rothesay to commemorate the 1867 victory of a team or rowers known as the Paris Crew in the World Rowing Championships held on the Seine River during the Paris International Exhibition. The sculpture honors the past and celebrates the renaissance of competitive rowing in the Kennebecasis Valley.