A new initiative aims to beautify six graffiti hotspots downtown and in Victoria neighbourhoods with 10 colourful murals produced by professional artists in collaboration with local youth. Local artists and youth are invited to submit an application to be involved in the Create Community Colour Mural Program, a partnership between the City of Victoria and the United Way Greater Victoria.
The mural program is an art-based, proactive program designed to engage youth in the field of mural arts. The program is aligned with the United Way’s recent youth in action project where 23 young people came together to create a vision for their community which included the need for youth to find a sense of belonging through community art. All youth ages 15 – 24 with an interest in the arts are invited to apply.
Six locations have been selected and will feature one to three murals. The locations are:
- 506 Fort Street (Back of the building next to Open Space; two murals)
- 930 – 932 Pandora Avenue (Back of three buildings on Mason Street, east of Wildfire Bakery; one mural)
- 603 Pandora Avenue (Corner of Pandora Avenue and Government Street, across from the McPherson Theatre; three murals)
- 1211 Gladstone Avenue (Southeast sections of a housing complex’s perimeter fence, located across the street from the Fernwood Community Centre; one mural)
- 1550 Kings Road (Victoria Emergency Management Agency container, adjacent to the tennis courts in Oaklands Park; two murals)
- 835 Fisgard Street (Back of the building located on Cormorant Street, across from Ministry of Health building; one mural)
Artists are asked to name the specific mural location they would like to work on and describe how their creative concept fits with the characteristics of the neighbourhood. For larger murals, a Lead Artist can apply on behalf of an artist team as well as identify youth they would like to mentor. Artists must reside in the Capital Region, carry liability insurance, and complete a criminal record check.
Youth applicants are asked to describe their interest and experience in the arts. Youth who are identified in an artist’s application must also submit their own application.
The expected life span of a mural is five years. The United Way Greater Victoria is contributing a total of $45,000 for the creation, maintenance and decommissioning of the murals within a five year-term. Property owners will have the option to decommission their building’s mural(s) after five years or take over the maintenance. The City of Victoria is contributing $11,000 to the program and will seal the murals with an anti-graffiti protective coating.
Submissions will be reviewed by a juried panel and the process will follow the City’s Art in Public Places policy. Successful applicants will be announced in December, with work on the murals starting early in the New Year.
To learn more about the mural program and ask questions, artists and youth are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, October 13, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the City Hall Antechamber.
The deadline for submissions is Wednesday October 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. Submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed or dropped off in person at City Hall.
For more information: www.victoria.ca/publicart
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For More Information:
Director, Citizen Engagement and Strategic Planning
Director, Communications and Marketing
United Way Greater Victoria