By Trevor Busch
In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2015, students and citizens throughout the community will soon be participating in the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project.
As part of Taber’s contribution, there will be a free painting event held at the Community Centre Auditorium May 31-June 2, in which registrants will be able to paint an individual tile as part of a larger community mural, as a contribution to an even larger national mural which will be on virtual display in Ottawa in 2017.
“We’ve got all the schools contributing at least some students, so that’s about 300, and people are still trickling in,” said FCSS youth empowerment coach Amanda Lawrence, one of the organizers of the event. “We’re hoping to get about 550 people. The whole thing will be taken care of in those two and half days. We’re doing all the painting and everything that day.”
Taber is one of 150 communities across Canada which will be participating in the Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Project. All ages are welcome and no painting experience is required.
“It’s a patchwork overall design, if that makes sense,” said Lawrence. “What the artist has done, in all 150 communities that this is happening in, is created a picture based on the community. So ours is going to be the cornstalks. So it’s already going to be somewhat painted on the designs, and people are going to paint over it. So a kind of paint-by-numbers concept.”
On April 13, 2015 town council passed a motion to approve the funding of $12,500 for the Canada 150 Mosaic project, provided that the Town of Taber was selected as a candidate for the project. The project will allow the community to participate in a painting workshop, where 750 tiles will be painted for a mural to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
A location for the mural in the community, once completed, has yet to be determined.
“So the actual mural will get to stay in Taber,” said Lawrence. “Council hasn’t decided on a spot where they’re going to put it yet. Once that is decided, then we’ll have an unveiling. There will be images taken, and then it will be virtually put on the website, and they think somewhere in the big Parliament buildings via pictures. The concept is one big train — all of the communities pictures are on train cars. Virtually when it’s all finished, you can go online and scroll through the train, so then everybody will be able to see all 150 community designs.”
Painting times will be 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 3:40-4:40 p.m. on May 31, 6:40-7:40 p.m. and 7:50-8:50 p.m. on June 1, and June 2 from 9-10 a.m., 10:10-11:10 a.m., and 11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Lawrence is still taking registrations for the project and can be contacted at 403-223-7230 ext. 2571 (leave a message and contact information) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.