Three entrance plazas are being built on the Halifax Commons as part of the North Park Intersection Redesign. Each plaza will include a sandblasted design in concrete of artwork create by the Aboriginal community, the African Nova Scotian community and the LGBTQ community in the neighbourhood.
The municipality is partnering with the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Center, the Youth Project and LaMeia Reddick of BLLAC. Three artists have been hired to work with the community to design the final pieces based on the message that the community has chosen for their piece. The final artwork will be sandblasted into the concrete of the three plazas in the Spring of 2016..
All people who live, work and recreate in the area between North Park St, Cogswell St, Barrington St and North St in Halifax are invited to participate.
Project artists Raven Davis, Teresa Marshall, and Marvin Nelligan, met on Friday, July 24th to take a look at the proposed sites. Meeting for the first time, the artists got a chance to share a bit about their community involvement and take a look at images of each others artistic styles. The three are welcome to collaborate and connect their projects together in some way if they chose, so this gathering was a great way to get the conversation flowing.
The site visit gave the artists an idea of the scale and layout of their "canvas". Of the three Plazas, only the Armory Gateway location is complete. This completed area offered a chance for the artists to scope out the type of concrete and surface areas and problem solve any potential challenges. The Citadel Gateway location was a flurry of construction and activity, which sparked creative energy and excitement over the finished result.
Parting ways with smiles and hugs, the artists are keen to begin their interaction within their communities and to learn more about the process that will translate their artistic designs into a legacy.
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The municipality is pleased to welcome local artist Raven Davis, selected for the community art project at the Citadel Gateway location, representing Halifax's LGBTQ community. Raven is an Aboriginal 2-Spirit, multidisciplinary artist and activist who uses performance, film, and traditional Ojibwa drumming and dancing as part of the art.
In the coming weeks Raven will take part in discussions to help inform, inspire, and connect with the LGBTQ community and ensure the final art design accurately reflects the voices of that group. These meetings will be hosted by the municipality in partnership with The Youth Project.
The muncipality would like to extend a warm welcome to local artist Teresa Marshall, selected to design the Creighton Field Gateway location, representing the local Aboriginal community. Originally from Truro/Millbrook, Teresa participates in a wide range of art related activities that focus on issues faced by Native Peoples, with a specific concern for the well-being and celebration of the Mi'kmaq culture.
Over the next month, Teresa will help host discussions to help inform, inspire, and connect with the Aboriginal community and ensure the final art design accurately reflects the voices of that group. These meetings will be hosted by the municipality in partnership with the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre. For more information, click here.
Halifax is pleased to welcome to the project, Marven Nelligan, chosen for the community art project at the Armoury Gateway location, representing the local African Nova Scotian community. Marven started off drawing portraits, painting murals, and airbrushing T-shirts. Marven then moved on to become a full time web developer and graphic designer. He resides in the same community in which he was raised, the north end Halifax community of Uniacke Square.
In the coming weeks Marven will help inform, inspire, and connect with the community through local gatherings, and ensure the final art design accurately reflects the voices of that group. These meetings will be hosted by the municipality in partnership with LaMeia Reddick of the Black Leaders and Learners Advocacy Collective.