In 2017, we partnered with Street Culture Project and Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective on a mural project aimed at developing skills, sense of belonging, and community pride among youth in our neighbourhood. The project was a huge success, and we are currently seeking funds to expand it in 2018/19.
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: