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King County public art co-ordinator to kick off Lulu Series

Cath Brunner is director of 4Culture’s public art program in King County, Wash. -
Cath Brunner is director of 4Culture’s public art program in King County, Wash.
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Cath Brunner has spent the past 25 years making the infrastructure around Seattle not only perform well but look beautiful as well and she’s looking to bring that same passion to Richmond when she speaks at city hall as part of the 2014 Lulu Series.

Brunner, director of 4Culture’s public art program in King County, Wash., will deliver a talk in council chambers at Richmond City Hall Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m. It will be preceded by a short spoken word performance by slam poet Johnny MacRae.

“I’m focusing my talk on (the benefits of) art infrastructure,” Brunner says, “having projects like transfer stations, sewage treatment plants and highway infrastructure becoming as much of a community amenity as they are a functioning infrastructure project.”

But more than just enhancing the communal aspect of infrastructure project, Brunner also hopes to improve how “green” the city is.

“There’s the environmental benefits; artists and design teams working together to promote innovative new types of green infrastructure which will go a long way towards protecting the environmental benefits we enjoy in King Country and that you enjoy in Richmond.”

Brunner is also hoping to get the whole family involved.

“We’ve done art projects where we’re working with school children, we’re making short films and videos that are shown on public television. A lot of the work that we do with artists is designed to create an opportunity for families to come together and learn something about these issues.”

Brunner is the first speaker in the 2014 Lulu Series: Art in the City. To find more information and to RSVP as the event is free but seating is limited, visit www.richmond.ca/culture/about/events/lulu.htm.

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