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Back Alley Art Gallery gets boost

September 5, 2015 8:26 A.M.
KCBIA manager Gay Pooler and MP Todd Stone in back alley.

Back alleys aren’t everyone’s idea of a good place to hang out, but the ones in downtown Kamloops have an artistic flair.

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association has been decorating the walls in alleys since 2010 as part of its Back Alley Art Gallery initiative.

This week, the program got a $19,000 boost for this summer’s project thanks to a provincial government cheque from Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone.

Two local artists and two artist assistants have spent the summer painting murals in the alley between the 200 block of Lansdowne and Victoria Streets.

Among those supporting the program are the Ministry of Housing and Social Development and its Job Creation Partnership, property owners, Kamloops Arts Council, suppliers including General Paint, United Rentals and the B.C. Wildlife Park.

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