Canada 150 Cultural Mosaic
Start date: 1 July, 2017
End date: 8 July, 2017
“Canada 150-Cultural Mosaic” is a compilation of music, art and culture coming together as a community conversation exploring the diversity of Canada. It will engage the whole community from youth to seniors and the Lheidli T’enneh (First Nation Indigenous Group) to new immigrants.
This participatory program is an eight day event showcasing local, regional and national musicians while creating two commemorative mosaic art works, engaging up to 1500 local artists and aspiring artists with a lasting testament to the City of Prince George and its place in Canada. One of the artworks will explore the local community to our local history and the other artwork will tie the Prince George community to the greater community of Canada.
Both art pieces will be mounted at the CN Centre venue, a focal point in celebrating events over the past twenty years and has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Nature of the Project Reach
Canada 150-Cultural Mosaic target will be to reach and engage one third of the Prince George’s population, based on its longevity and different levels of engagement with the community. Firstly, all activities will be inclusive and open to anyone wishing to participate. The main goal is to be barrier free and inclusive, which is reflective of our national culture of being free, open, diverse and pluralistic.
The two murals will engage up to 1500 participants in their own creative expression of Canada. Small workshops and large events will target youth, seniors, First Nations Indigenous groups, Francophone groups, immigrant and multicultural citizens and more. Most of the participants will be local or regional. “Canada 150-Heatwave’s” target audience will be the remainder of the community that wish to celebrate this momentous occasion through music, culture and diversity at the Canada Games Plaza.
The free, outdoor live music festival will feature afternoon and evening performances from local, regional and national Canadian artists and will represent the best of Canadian music. During the performances, the Two Rivers Gallery located within steps from the Canada Games Plaza will invite the participants from “Canada 150-Heatwave” to partake in painting a tile as part of “Canada 150 Mosaic”. It starts and ends with the individual but it is all about our place and our collective roles and how we live together to create a greater whole.
Canada 150-Cultural Mosaic’s primary goal is to create opportunities for Canadians to participate in cultural events that are designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Each component of the project will inspire and encourage everyone in the Prince George area to embrace what it is to be Canadian and offer the opportunity to be part of this community celebration with their neighbors. Whether as a contributor to one of the commemorative murals or as a participant in Heatwave 150 in July, their memories of the festivities and the physical reminder of their creation of public art, will last for years to come.