The Mural Project began in 2017, aimed at developing skills, sense of belonging, and community pride among youth in our neighbourhood. The project was a huge success, so this year we’ve expanded it.
From September 2018 to August 2019, we are thrilled to welcome Jamie Reynolds as our Artist-in-Residence and coordinator of our Mural Project!
Through our continued partnership with Street Culture Project and Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Jamie is working with youth throughout Heritage to build skills and confidence in visual arts, and then paint murals throughout the neighbourhood. Her residency is supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board‘s Artists in Communities Program.
We’re looking for businesses and organizations to partner on a mural on their building throughout Spring and Summer 2019. For more info, contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017/18 Mural Project:
With funding from the Saskatchewan Arts Board‘s Artists in Communities program, the Lorne & Evelyn Johnson Foundation, and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, we hired two local artists to work with youth to design and paint five public murals in the neighbourhood throughout the summer and fall of 2017.
Benjamin Ironstand and Jeremy “Jez” Diewold-Brenner were our two lead artists. Cultural Arts Advisor Keith Bird offered guidance and instruction to them and the youth. Together, this incredible team transformed 5 previously blank and boring walls into gorgeous works of art.
In response to the Sustainability Action Plan for the Heritage neighbourhood, our work was focused along 11th Avenue, which we envision as a commercial and cultural hub with public art, events, restaurants and shops that draw people from across the city.
Check out these stunning photos of the murals before, in progress, and after!
Treasure’s Cakes, West wall (overlooking Art Park):
Treasure’s Cakes, East Wall:
Thomson Community School – Main Entrance: