Art Created by Youth from Every Province and Territory
Unveiled Today at Charlottetown Airport
The Charlottetown Airport is recognizing Canada’s 150th birthday with the official unveiling of 18 awe-inspiring, hand-painted murals created by youth from every Province and Territory across Canada.
The national 150+ Reasons We Love Canada project was created by VIBE Arts, an award-winning charitable organization that engages youth from marginalized communities through free arts education. The artists, aged 9+ come from 30 community organizations across the country including homeless shelters, under-resourced schools and youth agencies. The breathtaking murals express the spirit of Canada from their many unique perspectives honouring the diversity, culture, c haracter and strength of our nation.
The original hand-painted murals (4’ x 6’) will be exhibited underground in Toronto’s subway stations with digital displays in 20 Canadian airports, 300 PATTISON Outdoor billboards and in 4 Canadian embassies around the world. After the exhibit, the original murals will return to the local community where they were created.
In Charlottetown, the art was created by youth from the Boys and G irls 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 Charlottetown Airport. “We want to celebrate with our community by creating a memorable art display we can all enjoy.”
“Our 150+ 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”, says Julie Frost, Executive and Artistic Director of VIBE Arts.
The murals will be on display until October, 2017.