Six sites slated for public murals

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City councillors discussed the merits of new public murals at this week’s parks, recreation and cultural services committee meeting.

Six mural projects were recommended through the city’s public art community mural program. The budget of the program is $30,000, and this year’s projects are also being funded by other sources. The proposed projects are as follows:

• Lehigh Hanson, a construction manufacturer on Mitchell island, is anticipated to cost $12,000, of which $6,000 will come from the mural program and $6,000 from a grant that supports the city’s environmental stewardship work on Mitchell Island)

• McMath secondary is anticipated to cost $17,000 of which $8,000 will come from the mural program funding and $9,000 from the school.

• Thompson elementary is anticipated to cost $6,200 of which $6,000 will come from the mural program funding and $200 from the school.

• Homma elementary is anticipated to cost $10,000 of which $5,000 will come from the mural program funding and $5,000 from the school.

• Westwind elementary is anticipated to cost $5,000 all from the mural program funding.

• Gateway Theatre is anticipated to cost $20,000 all funded by the theatre itself. This project was highly rated but due to its costs was only deemed feasible after Gateway said they could finance the mural with funds from a show cancelled due to the pandemic.

Several Richmond artists are being recommended to work on these projects: Fiona Tang at Thompson, Atheana Picha at Homma and Dawn Lo at Westwind (in collaboration with a second artist).

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel