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One of a series of 5 Murals commissioned for Manitoba Public Insurance to send an anti-auto theft message to everyone, particularly youth.

Location: N side between McKelvey & Wiens; South Face

Occupant: Weston Memorial Community Centre

District: McPhillips-Keewatin

Neighbourhood: Weston

Artist(s): Julia Wake (unsigned)

Year: 2006

Sponsors: Graffiti Art Programming, Manitoba Public Insurance

Painters: Weston Community Kids Project Facilitator: Mike Valcourt


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."