Airport displaying hand-painted murals created by Island youth
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.
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.