Show­cas­ing di­ver­sity

Air­port dis­play­ing hand-painted mu­rals cre­ated by Is­land youth

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - HEALTH CARE

The Char­lot­te­town air­port is show­cas­ing 18 hand-painted mu­rals cre­ated by youth from ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory across the coun­try in recog­ni­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day.

The artists, aged nine and up, come from 30 com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions across the coun­try, in­clud­ing home­less shel­ters, un­der-re­sourced schools and youth agen­cies. The colour­ful mu­rals ex­press the spirit of Canada from the artists’ unique per­spec­tives honour­ing the di­ver­sity, cul­ture, char­ac­ter and strength of the coun­try.

“Our 150-plus mu­rals rep­re­sent the cre­ative abil­ity and lead­er­ship of 500 young Cana­di­ans, brought to­gether to trans­form pub­lic space and in­spire a na­tion through their col­lec­tive art mak­ing.” Julie Frost

In Char­lot­te­town, the art was cre­ated by youth from the Boys and Girls club of Char­lot­te­town in part­ner­ship with This Town is Small, a reg­is­tered non-profit en­cour­ag­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion among artists and the com­mu­nity.

“This im­pact­ful ini­tia­tive com­mem­o­rates our na­tion’s 150th birth­day and rec­og­nizes Canada’s fu­ture cul­tural lead­ers,” says Doug New­son, CEO of the air­port. “We want to cel­e­brate with our com­mu­nity by cre­at­ing a mem­o­rable art dis­play we can all en­joy.”

This project is part of “150+ Rea­sons We Love Canada,” an ini­tia­tive cre­ated by VIBE Arts, an award-win­ning char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion that en­gages youth from marginal­ized com­mu­ni­ties through free arts ed­u­ca­tion.

“Our 150-plus mu­rals rep­re­sent the cre­ative abil­ity and lead­er­ship of 500 young Cana­di­ans, brought to­gether to trans­form pub­lic space and in­spire a na­tion through their col­lec­tive art mak­ing,” said Julie Frost, ex­ec­u­tive and artis­tic di­rec­tor of VIBE Arts.

The mu­rals will be on dis­play un­til Oc­to­ber 2017.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Artist Ash­ley Anne Clark stands in front of P.E.I.’s sub­mis­sion for the “150+ Rea­sons We Love Canada” ini­tia­tive, which is a show­case of mu­rals cre­ated by youth from ev­ery prov­ince in recog­ni­tion of Canada’s 150th birth­day. This Town is Small com­mis­sioned Clark to work with the Boys & Girls Club of Char­lot­te­town to de­velop the P.E.I. sub­mis­sion, which is on dis­play at the Char­lot­te­town air­port.

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