The City of the Blue Mountains (TBM) and Events for Life (EFL) are teaming up for a new community mural project.
âThe staff think this is a great opportunity to bring the community together during what has been a very difficult year,â Shawn Everitt, CEO of TBM, said in a plenary committee on Tuesday.
âThe enthusiasm and participation in the city’s first mural project led staff to believe that participation in a similar mural mosaic project would be equally successful,â he continued.
In 2017, the TBM community came together to create the apple tree mosaic mural that was displayed east of Thornbury Town Hall as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration.
For the project, each participant painted their own design on a four by four inch tile, which was then combined to form a larger mural.
Everitt explained that he was recently approached by the Mural Mosaic group, the same organization behind the 2017 mural, about a new project to bring Canadians together amid community lockdown struggles and of social distancing caused by COVID-19.
âThey were considering hosting a similar event that would help us reflect on how the community came together in the difficult times of COVID,â Everitt said, adding that the mural business in 2017 needed a bit of time. staff to coordinate, so that time around town thought a community partnership would be a better way.
âI contacted EFL, as a group often looking for projects and as one of our key partners,â he continued. “I just thought it was something they would be interested in and where they would have the resources to help them manage and take the lead in coordinating the mural.”
EFL is a local non-profit charitable organization that provides educational, recreational and social day programs for youth and adults with special needs living in South Georgian Bay.
Everitt said EFL will coordinate and recruit participants from the community, while the city will provide funding and space to display the final mural.
The cost of the project is $ 4,500, which will produce an eight-foot-by-eight-foot mural, made up of 400 tiles painted by individual participants.
TBM’s board approved funding for the project from the city’s special events budget.
âIt sounds like a great idea. It brings together a lot of things that I think would be very useful and allows us to go beyond the city walls. I would wholeheartedly support this, âsaid TBM Deputy Mayor Rob Potter.
The final mural will have to stay indoors as it will not be weatherproof, as such, Everitt predicts it will be on display in the atrium of City Hall.