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Press Release: Words and Images: Public Art in Downtown Barrie

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Words and Images: Public Art in Downtown Barrie Supports Community

Public art installations are appearing all over Downtown Barrie. Part of the Downtown Barrie Mural Project, these installations make up Words and Images: Responding to this Place, a project made by local artists for locals.

Led by the 320 Collective with their partners at the MacLaren Art Centre and the Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA), Words and Images reminds the community that we are truly stronger when we stand as Barrie Together.

Each installation reflects the beauty of the written word by past and present Poets Laureate of Barrie, Bruce Meyer and Victoria Butler. Their words were read and responded to by local artists Katie Green and Leandra Almeida.

Adding to the cultural and community experiences of downtown Barrie, the installations can be found at:
- “Centennial” at Dunlop St E, alleyway beside Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery
- “Holy Land” at former BMO building adjacent to Meridian Place, south wall facing Simcoe St
- “Kempenfelt Drive” at Collier St at Clapperton St, alleyway between 19 and 21 Collier St
- “The Future” at Dunlop St W at Mary St, southeast corner

Click here to access a map of the above locations.

The arts are vital to building vibrant communities. With these installations, wider sidewalks, a beautiful streetscape, downtown Barrie has become a canvas upon which the arts and business community can collaborate.

This Saturday, November 7th from 7am until 11pm, head downtown, support local and explore these beautiful installations with a pop-up Open Air Dunlop. Dunlop St E between Mulcaster St and Clapperton St will be open to pedestrians and bike-traffic only!

See you downtown!

Kelly McKenna, Executive Director
Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA)

For more information about the Maclaren Art Centre, visit