Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is announcing the selection of three Nova Scotia artists to take part in the community art projects for the new pedestrian plazas on the Halifax Common.
The three plazas, or gateways, are part of the North Park Intersection Redesign project. Each plaza will feature a design in the concrete created together with, and representative of, one of three local groups in north end Halifax – the Aboriginal community, the African Nova Scotian community and the LGBTQ community.
A public call for artists and arts facilitators went out last month and the three successful candidates were notified last week.
Raven Davis was selected for the community art project at the Citadel Gateway, representing the local 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.
Marven Nelligan was chosen for the community art project at the Armoury Gateway, 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.
Originally from Truro/Millbrook, Teresa Marshall was selected to work on the Creighton Field Gateway, representing the local Aboriginal community. 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.
In the coming weeks these artists will take part in discussions to help inform, inspire, and connect them with the respective communities 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 Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre and LaMeia Reddick of the Black Leaders and Learners Advocacy Collective.
The North Park Intersection Redesign is the first major municipal roundabout project of its kind. This is about more than just reconfiguring two intersections — it is a bold approach to a larger civic project that includes many disciplines, departments and goals. Redesigning these two intersections allows for significant neighbourhood improvements, including upgraded street, pedestrian, and cycling infrastructure, community art, and high quality public spaces.