Canada 150 mural mosaic project needs community involvement

Katrina Owens
Lakeside Leader

There’s another mural coming to Slave Lake and the Town wants your input on where it should go and what it should look like.
In a recent media release, The Leader learned that the TOSL is partnering up with the federal government to create a unique cross- country mural to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
“We’re very excited to be participating in the mosaic mural project and to be one of the 150 murals that are being created across Canada,” says Town project co-ordinator Jill Shepherd. “There will be lots of opportunities for community members to create a tile of their own in October.”
In the above-mentioned media release, Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, says Slave Lake is helping get younger generations involved with Canada’s special birthday by participating in the mural project.
“Communities are at the heart of the Canada 150 celebrations,” she says. “Thanks to the Town of Slave Lake’s Canada 150 mosaic project, multiple generations will get involved in the community to showcase the region’s cultural identity through art. I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to strengthen the ties that unite us, reflect on what it means to be Canadian.”
Director of community services, Ruth Rolfe, says that this is a fantastic opportunity for Slave Lake to be part of a national-wide mural.
“The Slave Lake mural will be a unique piece of art legacy of over 80,000 mural mosaic tiles created across Canada,” she says.
Shepherd echoes Rolfe, “We’re very excited about the mosaic mural project and getting the community involved in a legacy project to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” she says.
More information will be available to the public in the upcoming weeks; however the TOSL has a survey up already discussing potential locations and themes.
“It would be great to get the community’s feedback on our survey so that we can make sure the theme and location to display are a good representation of what people want,” says Shepherd. “We are still looking for funds to make up the remaining amount of funds not covered by the grant. If any groups or organization would like to sponsor please give me a shout at 780-849-8028 or [email protected]
You can find the survey online at Canada150th-Mural-10.

The mural that is currently housed at the Slave Lake MRC.

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