Visual Arts Program Highlights Region's Culture, History and Community

October 6, 2017, Wolfville, NS – Since 2008, Uncommon Common Art (UCA) has been educating Kings County students on visual art with their art education program while also promoting the region with their annual exhibition. If you haven’t yet seen the 20 UCA installations throughout the County of Kings, you still have time. “The exhibition will remain in place until the end of October,” says UCA Creative Director Terry Drahos. Now in its tenth year of exhibiting art pieces within the local landscape, UCA’s annual efforts help to promote visual art education and exploration within the community while celebrating the county’s rich culture, history, and geology.

The free, accessible exhibition by award-­winning artists runs for five months. It showcases and
promotes our region, drawing visitors including other artists from around the world.

"UCA’s visual art installations are accessible to all visitors and residents of Kings County. The
installations reflect our diverse history as well as current local and international topics," said Drahos. Through its annual exhibition, artist talks, workshops, summer camps and school programs, the non-­profit UCA fosters visual arts education and exploration throughout the region.

For local elementary schools, Drahos, who has a Bachelor of Education degree from Acadia and NSCAD universities, prepares a curriculum that aligns with provincial programming. In 2016 alone, UCA’s art education program reached over 1,500 students. Drahos wants to ensure Kings County youth have access to a cohesive visual arts program, and she relies on sponsors for the ability to do so. UCA has continued to educate students year after year, and for many of UCA’s young participants, the art programs have been around for their entire lives.

Nova Scotians clearly feel that the arts are important. In the 2016 Nova Scotia Culture Index Survey, prepared for Communications Nova Scotia and the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, 80% of those surveyed agreed that culture helps create community identity, while 76% agreed that culture helps connect people from different communities and backgrounds. A majority of Nova Scotians believe that culture makes them proud of where they live and should be supported by citizens, industry, and government alike.

The Honourable Scott Brison, Member of Parliament for Kings–Hants remarked, “Cultural projects like Uncommon Common Art demonstrate that world-­class art has a home in rural Nova Scotia and can be accessible to the entire community through education and public exhibition. When the arts flourish, our communities become more vibrant, liveable, and grow by attracting people to put down roots.”

About Uncommon Common Art
UCA is a community-­wide art exhibit that offers education that is multi-­generational and highlights two of Kings County’s greatest assets – the natural beauty of the Minas Basin Valley and the abundance of creative people who live in the area. Working cooperatively with school administration and staff, UCA creates programs that fit the grade school curriculum and structure, meeting a growing need for visual arts education in the Annapolis Valley. Descriptions and locations of the artwork can be found on the UCA website: http://www.uncommoncommonart.com/.
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Media Contact:
Terry Drahos
Uncommon Common Art
Creative Director
Email: tdrahos@mac.com
Phone: 902-­542-­3981

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