5052 community mural
Through a collaboration between eight local artists and eight youth, the 5052 Community Mural Project involves the creation and display of a Northern-inspired mural, which will be erected on the corner of 50th Street and 52nd Avenue (hence the name 5052), contributing to a more welcoming and culturally-relevant space.
The beautification of this downtown location with the addition of this community-led mural is important in improving the livelihood of the downtown core of our city. In addition, the process itself will be very important; the artists and youth will develop a mentor/mentee relationship over the span of the project, which is valuable for all involved.
The goals of the project include:
1) providing opportunity for youth to develop relationships with mentors, to develop new skills, to have an outlet for creativity, and to develop a new sense of purpose
2) creating a mural that will be visible in the downtown area of Yellowknife for many years. Murals can provide social, economic, and cultural benefits, and also promote positive mental health
3) promoting community engagement and collaboration between various groups of people.
Additionally, a secondary component of the project will include three public workshops led by the artists and youth together, and will be open to anyone who is interested in learning more about mural-making and developing artistic and creative skills.