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Library to Coordinate Coquitlam’s Canada 150 Mural Project

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, August 1, 2017 – Coquitlam Public Library will coordinate a Canada 150 legacy project this fall that will engage hundreds of residents in creating a permanent mural for the community.

City Council awarded the library a $16,604 Spirit of Coquitlam Grant on July 31, following the City’s call for applications in June for a partner to lead Coquitlam’s involvement in the Canada 150 Mosaic project.

The nation-wide public art project aims to create murals in 150 communities across Canada, each consisting of hundreds of four-by-four-inch tiles that are painted by community members and assembled by artists from Mural Mosaic, the Alberta art firm leading the project.

Every community’s mural will be its own story within a larger story. Each mural will be designed as if it were a section of a Canada-wide mural with an over-arching railway theme – acknowledging the railway’s role in uniting Canada – while also being a stand-alone public art piece reflecting additional themes chosen by the community. If the Canada-wide mural was ever connected, it would be more than 365 metres wide (four football fields) by 2.5 metres high (eight feet).

The special Spirit of Coquitlam Grant for the mural project was provided in addition to this year’s regular spring intake of applications for the grant fund, supported by the City’s Casino Hosting Agreement proceeds. Grants are awarded to local organizations twice a year to support their initiatives, host events, purchase equipment or complete capital projects.

For the mural mosaic project, the grant funds will cover the production of the art piece, artist fees and materials, installation, and costs related to the community painting workshops and closing celebration.

Coquitlam Public Library plans to include as many residents as possible in the project, including people of all ages and abilities, various cultural groups and associations, local schools, and original inhabitants such as the Kwikwetlem First Nation, the French-Canadian community, and those involved in early industry (forest, lumber and gravel).

The library anticipates 400 to 600 people will take part in one-hour painting workshops currently scheduled for Oct. 20, 21 and 22. Participants will paint the primer-coated aluminum tiles with images that reflect their experience living in Coquitlam, using a colour palette directed by a Mural Mosaic representative.

The City has not yet decided where the completed mural will be installed, but the two Coquitlam Public Library branches are among the options being considered. The mural’s size will depend on the number of participants.

Details about the mural project will be publicized in the weeks to come through advertising and on the City of Coquitlam and Coquitlam Public Library websites and social media.

About the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program
The Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program was created in 2002 to assist local organizations in purchasing equipment for their use and development, hosting events, and realizing capital projects to advance community goals. Since 2002, the City of Coquitlam has awarded over $8.07 million through the program to approximately 199 different community organizations. Funding for the Spirit of Coquitlam Grant Program is derived from the Casino Host Agreement revenue. Full program details are available at coquitlam.ca/spiritgrant.


Media contact:

Mary Morrison-Clark
Manager, Community, Recreation and Culture Services
City of Coquitlam