Mission, BC—A familiar hallway along the westbound Lougheed Highway downtown will soon be transformed with original contemporary art thanks to an upcoming student mural project facilitated by the City of Mission, School of the Arts creatives from UFV and the Mission Downtown Business Association.
“We have long been looking for a suitable work of art to serve as a gateway to our community,” said Mayor Paul Horn. “It’s even more exciting because this piece was created by up-and-coming local artists.”
The painters are students enrolled this summer in Chris Friesen’s Community Arts Practice course through UFV’s School of Creative Arts. As part of the course, students worked in teams to research and develop mural concepts based on criteria outlined by the city’s review board. This panel was made up of local artists, arts administrators, event planners, community members and downtown business owners.
“Art tells the story of what a community’s values are,” Friesen said. “I set up this course as an opportunity for students to prepare for real public art calls. Students have the chance to collaborate and present their concepts to stakeholders based on the specific needs of a community. The winning design did an excellent job of balancing all of the concerns presented by the review board and space constraints.
It was not easy for the review committee to select the final concept from the four designs submitted, but in the end, the chosen design presented a calm and contemporary take on the four seasons of Mission. The scene includes mountain views, trees, water and agriculture and will be brought to life with a color palette inspired by tones found in Mission’s natural and built landscapes.
“Art has the power to pave the way for a thriving, vibrant and unique community,” said Miriam Bozman, executive director of the Mission Downtown Business Association. “I think that’s what Mission is all about and I’m thrilled to be a part of the growing construction in our downtown through projects like this.” »
Students will begin painting, weather permitting, on Friday, June 17 and will continue every Friday for eight weeks.
To ensure a safe workspace, lane closures will occur on the Lougheed Highway during the day.
Progress photos and updates will be shared on the City’s social media as the project comes to life.
This isn’t the first time Friesen’s course has worked in Mission, with previous projects having taken place in partnership with Mission Public Schools.
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