In August 2017, the District of Tofino passed a resolution to support the appointment of a Poet Laureate in 2018. The District has committed up to half of the annual artist’s fee for the Poet Laureate, matching funds have been raised in the community. Our businesses, individuals and organizations have the opportunity to participate and contribute toward this ground-breaking exciting initiative by helping to fund the annual artist’s fee, events and activities of the Poet Laureate, and administrative and promotional costs.
The Tofino Poet Laureate working group has been meeting for a number of months already, exploring the many possibilities of meaningful engagement with the community in all its facets – from schools to businesses to visitors to festivals to individual citizens. We have been asking: What does Tofino embrace wildly, passionately enough to declare it with poetry? And how can it celebrate that? And we have been developing the structure required to realize this program, including fund-raising and administration, defining the scope of the Poet Laureate’s role, and developing a selection process to choose the best candidate.