PUBLIC PLACE : SACRED SPACE incorporates place-naming, public art installations and an Indigenous garden. This undertaking by the Comox Valley Art Gallery in partnership with the K’omoks First Nation community and City of Courtenay, aims to unearth the significance of the land upon which the Centre for the Arts plaza has been constructed.

The project involves a place-naming process for the Plaza, the creation and installation of two traditional welcoming poles, carved by local Artists Karver Everson and Randy Frank under the cultural/artistic mentorship of Master Carver Calvin Hunt; the sculptural public art work, Crossroads, by artist Andy Everson; and the development of a full-circle tea garden holding traditional Indigenous tea and medicine plants – designed under the guidance of Traditional Knowledge Keeper Elder Barb Whyte.

The integrated themes of welcoming, place-naming, gathering and healing run through the components of PUBLIC PLACE : SACRED SPACE.

Together, these projects are seen as a step toward reconciliation and recognition of the historic relationship the K’omoks peoples have had with this Valley for thousands of years.



This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.



The Comox Valley Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts Engage and Sustain program + New Chapter program, BC Arts Council, Government of Canada, Province of BC, The Kòmoks First Nation, City of Courtenay, Town of Comox, Comox Valley Regional District, BC Gaming, Elder Barb Whyte, Master Carver Calvin Hunt, Artists Andy Everson, Randy Frank, Karver Everson, Phillipa Atwood Architect, and our local businesses and community partners. We especially thank all of our volunteers, donors, and members. CVAG is located on unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.