415 Stella Avenue
This unsigned piece was rendered by Julia Wake for the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg- one of a series of 5 Murals commissioned for Manitoba Public Insurance to send an anti-auto theft message to everyone, particularly youth. Julia was assisted by the Boys and Girls Club (Aberdeen), with further facilitation by Graffiti Art Programming. The Mural was removed in 2015.
Original notes follow:
Mike Valcourt: "One of the things this project achieved was to bring an awareness about
auto crime and all the facets of the dangers and damages that accompany it to the
residents and kids around each community centre where these are located."
"The Murals were done for kids and by kids. The kids designed them. They came up
with the concepts for them. And in each case, they chose the slogan for that particular
piece. They'd brainstorm and come up with these ideas. They were all painted at the
Graffiti Gallery because we have the space here. So in every case, the kids came down to
the Gallery and did a workshop where they learned all about the project. We had a
representative from MPI (Marcy, I believe) who gave a speech and told the kids about
auto theft, crime and vandalism. There were 5 groups; and the workshop was held for
each group separately- Art City, Rossbrook House, GoJo Gym, Boy's and Girl's Club
(Aberdeen) Teen Stop Jeunesse and Weston Community Centre. Based on the meeting
and speech, the kids would develop ideas and concepts; and then the next time we met
with them, it would be sketches. From those ideas and sketches, the artist came up with a
final sketch, which in each case was approved by MPI and then transferred onto the
crezone and then painted by the kids. Each Mural involved four sheets so that each is 8
feet high and 16 feet across. They had a lot of fun- we gave them smocks and food and
let them go nuts. After the kids were done, the artist would do some minor detailing and
cleaning up the lines as well as the logos."
"Julia Wake was well suited to this project and brought to it a lot of experience in
working with kids."