As of last night at 9 pm, the mural I’ve been working on with youth from Central Neighbourhood House can officially be counted as complete!
Our process began back in December, with a series of consultations with the youth programs under the direction of Raymond Koyo, Franclyn Clement, and Chantel Guthrie. We asked kids what sort of images came to mind when thinking about community with a capital C. Dozens of sketches came forth, and together we isolated highlights and commonalities of these until we had two or three final ideas. I arranged these into two different drawings, the youth voted, and one was chosen to represent the collective. “Community”, “Love”, and “Respect” were distilled as the most important themes, and so these words became directly included in the proposed work.
In January, I and a slightly terrifying ladder (I’m a bit wibbly on heights) set to work laying out…
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