Halifax Common Community Art Project
This summer, a new creative initiative will begin in Halifax to feature artwork from the Aboriginal, African Nova Scotian and LGBTQ communities in the city. A design from an artist in each community will be sandblasted into concrete at entrances being built on the Halifax Commons as part of the North Park Intersection Redesign. Over the summer, the selected artists will participate in collaborative gatherings with The Mi'kmaw Friendship Center, Black Learners and Leaders Advocacy Collective (BLACC), and The Youth Project to gain insight, inspiration and connection to produce a design that represents their respective communities.
The project aims to "cement" the presence of these communities by giving their various traditions, celebrations and struggles a permanent place in the city. In an interview with Metro, Sheena Jamieson of The Youth Project said the initiative is "not something you just expect to happen, that people want these visual representations of communities within our community … It’s pleasantly surprising.” Keep your eyes peeled in September, when the designs will be revealed publicly in Halifax.