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'Youth of Today, Cities of Tomorrow'


Location: S side bet. Spence & Young; at rear (visible from back lane); South Face

Occupant: Broadway Pawn

District: West End

Neighbourhood: West Broadway

Artist(s): Art City Youth, Jennie O'Keefe, Eddie Ayoub

Year: 2007

Sponsors: United Nations Association in Canada, Neighbourhoods Alive! (Manitoba), West Broadway Development Corporation, Western Economic Diversification Canada, City of Winnipeg

 

Jason Granger (Executive Director, Art City): "This whole program started off almost a year ago when a volunteer from the United Nations Association in Canada, Amanda Tetrault, came to us and asked us if we would be interested in partnering in a Mural project. And we said 'definitely, yes'! Over the last year, organizing all of the different aspects- the funding, the scheduling, the actual painting of the Mural has been a wonderful process, working with the United Nations Association in Canada on this initiative."

"The main themes in this Mural are the Learning City, the Resilient City, the Youth- Friendly city, the Planning City, the Ideal City, and the Secure City. This Mural represents all of these pieces. The process of creating this Mural involved brainstorming by all of Art City's participants: youth, teens and adults in a process of doing drawings and reflecting on all of these themes. All of those drawings were then projected onto the wall late at night by Art City staff. The Mural you see has the actual drawings that participants did, projected onto the wall and traced. We then painted the Mural over the summer. The result was a city of colour, a city of life, and a city of joy. We addressed a number of environmental issues, including mass transit and energy generation through windmills. It also reflects on bringing Art City and art into everyday life. Though it's easy to be burdened by the many issues that face our city today, according to the youth at Art City who worked on this project, the future is looking bright and colourful."