The Town of The Blue Mountains (TBM) and Events for Life (EFL) are teaming up for a new community mural project.
“Staff believe this is an excellent opportunity to bring the community together during what has been a very difficult year,” stated Shawn Everitt, CAO for TBM during a committee of the whole meeting held on Tuesday.
“The enthusiasm and participation in the town’s first mural project led staff to believe that involvement in a similar mosaic mural project would be just as successful,” he continued.
In 2017, the TBM community came together to create the apple tree mosaic mural that was placed on display to the east of town hall in Thornbury as part of the Canada 150 celebration.
For the project, each participant painted their own design on a four-inch by four-inch tile, which was then combined to form a larger picture mural.
Everitt explained that he was recently approached by the Mural Mosaic group, the same organization behind the 2017 mural, about a new project aimed at bringing Canadians together amidst the struggles of community lockdowns and social distancing caused by COVID-19.
“They were considering doing a similar event that would help us reflect on how the community came together in the trying times of COVID,” Everitt said, adding that the mural undertaking in 2017 did require quite a bit of staff time to coordinate, so this time around the town thought a community partnership would be a better route.
“I reached out to EFL, as a group that often is looking for projects and as it was one of our key partners,” he continued. “I just thought that this is something that they would be interested in and where they have the resources to actually help manage and take the lead on coordinating the mural.”
EFL is a local non-profit charity offering educational, recreational and social day programs for special needs youth and adults living in Southern Georgian Bay.
Everitt said EFL will be coordinating and recruiting community participants, while the town 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, consisting of 400 tiles painted by individual participants.
TBM council approved the project funding from the town’s special events budget.
“This sounds like a terrific idea. It brings together a lot of elements that I think would be very worthwhile and allows us to reach out beyond the walls of the town facility. I would wholeheartedly support this,” said TBM deputy mayor, Rob Potter.
The final mural will be required to remain indoors as it will not be weatherproof, as such, Everitt anticipates it will be displayed in the town hall atrium.
Jennifer Golletz, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, CollingwoodToday.ca