District of Tofino Art Policy & Program
In 2014, the District of Tofino was approached by a group of citizens who encouraged the District to acquire the renowned “Weeping Cedar Woman” as a public art piece. Artist Godfrey Stephens was inspired to carve the “Weeping Cedar Woman” in 1984 to aid the protest against logging ancient rain forests of Clayoquot Sound and Meares Island. The artwork has come to symbolize the defining 1988 victory of the environmentalists to protect the Clayoquot Sound from logging.
Dovetailing the recently adopted cultural plan, which included Public Art planning goals, Patricia was hired to work with the community in creating its first Public Art Policy and Program. The program, “Point of View,” was enhanced by a handbook Patricia drafted for District staff and related committees for administering the program. By encouraging respectful dialogue among community representatives and guiding the process, the program was unanimously adopted by Council in October 2014. With the Public Art Policy in place, “Weeping Cedar Woman” was successful acquired by the District.