The Canmore Public Art Committee works to foster an appreciation for the role of public art in our community, and advises Council on the planning, placement, acquisition, maintenance and de-accessioning of public art.
Public Art committee meets the second Thursday of each month. Meeting dates, times and locations will be advertised on this page with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Meetings are held in the public.
The committee consists of up to 5 public members. 1 member appointed by the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation, and 1 member of council. Public member terms are 2 years for the first term and 3 years for subsequent terms. Committee members are appointed by Council in late October every year. For more information about applying visit Apply for a Committee.
2016/2017 Public Members
- Conrad Habing - term expiry 2018
- Melanie Busby - term expiry 2018
- Tony Bloom - term expiry 2018
- Suzi Froese - term expiry 2017
- Heather Walter - term expiry: 2017
- Afton Aikens
- Councillor Esme Comfort
Public Member Biographies
Born and raised elsewhere but grew up in Canmore, starting at age twenty-three. He has had a studio practice in Canmore since 1970, co-founding Stonecrop Studios in 1974 with Bart Robinson, Les Manning, Bonnie Lebowitz, and John Borrowman. With Stonecrop as his studio base since that time, he has continuously produced sculptural works sited in the public realm, as well as in corporate, institutional, and municipal settings.
Melanie Busby has over 30 years’ experience as a senior manager in marketing and communications, with expertise in image building/positioning, visual identity, crisis communication, media relations, public relations, special event co-ordination, partnerships, employee communication, publishing, and fundraising. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at The Banff Centre. Other positions previously held in the arts include Public Affairs Officer for Saskatchewan Culture and Assistant Promotions Manager for Oxford University Press.
Melanie has a master’s degree from Trent University in art and archaeology, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario. Melanie has served on many volunteer boards, including the Brian Webb Dance Company in Edmonton, the Banff Community Foundation, and the Alberta Winter Games. As part of the Midsummer Ball committee, Melanie helped to raise funds for artists from around the world, enabling them to attend Banff Centre programs which will help advance their careers or create new work.
Suzi has been in Canmore since 1991, she raised her 2 kids here and plans on living here forever. Contributing to this town through her business, lifestyle and volunteering is our top priority. Suzi owns an Interior Design consulting company and for the last 11 years has given her plenty of opportunity to help Canmorites' homes interiors match the beauty of their surroundings. She is Metis and looking for ways to be a positive role model and make a difference to other Metis.
Her work experience includes; Manager of avalanche movie co,1996- 2004 owner/operator of space design studio since 2005, Education Mount Royal College and SAIT, EMR at SAIT emergency medical responder and Interior design at Mount Royal College.
Heather Walter has lived in Canmore since the 1990s where she has followed a career in the creative arts — writing, music and video. She is honoured and humbled to serve on the Public Art Committee which brings her closer to the many fine artists in Canmore and beyond, and builds her awareness of the power and potential of public art.
Afton Aikens is a communications professional with a love for storytelling. She has six years of experience in the field in areas such as travel media, arts and events marketing, recruitment marketing and news reporting--across traditional, digital and social media platforms. Afton is driven by building relationships and brands. She has had roots in Canmore since 2007, and first got involved in the Bow Valley's arts community through working at The Banff Centre. She is also on the board of the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation, and has been an artsPlace ceramics program participant, as well as an artsPeak (now known as the Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity) volunteer.
Conrad has worked as a Graphic Designer for over 40 years. He was the Art Director for a company that designed campaigns and projects for national clients and retailers in Ontario before moving to Alberta. In Banff he was the Marketing Director for a helicopter skiiing company, as well he designed merchandise for local retailers. For the last 15 years, he has runs a design firm that designs marketing materials that meet the needs of local companies. Conrad currently focuses on painting, as well as teaching painting and drawing.