There's an opportunity for Cochranites to play a role in the selection of commissioned artwork and displays in the downtown core that will be a major highlight of the Cochrane Crossing Civic Plaza.

The town is seeking six public-at-large members for the task force that will play a short, but important role.

Community Services director Mitchell Hamm says it's a great opportunity to involve residents in the selection of some public art.

"We're hoping to hit some notes in terms of community engagement, innovation, truth and reconciliation, and a few other things, and it's just an exciting opportunity for the public to get involved," says Hamm.

He says the hope is to get a well-rounded group of people that would be looking to have input on all aspects of the community and all aspects of the community's history.

Hamm anticipates the task force will meet three or four times, followed by one in the spring for the launch.

"And then when we do the ribbon cut, we would want the committee to be involved in that process as well, which will be pretty exciting."

He says the optimal art opening would be near the end of next March but it's all based on submissions. He says the town expects to post the call for art submissions by the end of August.

The application deadline has recently been extended until Aug. 21.

To apply, click here.

In the spring, the Town of Cochrane was awarded a federal grant from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund to enhance the features of the new public plaza.