Three gateway plazas have been built on the Halifax Common as part of the North Park Intersection Redesign. These plazas are known as the Cogswell Gateway, Creighton Fields Gateway and Armoury Gateway plazas.
The Halifax Regional Municipality has partnered with the Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Center, the Youth Project, and LaMeia Reddick of The Black Leaders and Learners Advocacy Collective (BLLAC) and artists Teresa Marshall, Margot Durling and Marvin Nelligan respectively to include community-driven artwork that reflect the importance of the Aboriginal, the LGBTQ+ and the African Nova Scotian communities in the neighbourhood.
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Eymu’ti’k: Aboriginal Community Art Project
Teresa Marshall is originally from Truro/Millbrook, Marshall 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. Her work is installed at the Creighton Fields Gateway location.
LGBTQ+ Community Art Project on the Halifax Common (Cogswell Gateway)
Artist Margot Durling is developing a design concept for a community art project that celebrates the LGBTQ2S+ community. The art will be installed at the Citadel Gateway on the North Commons.
Concrete Legacy: African Nova Scotian Community Art Project on the Halifax Common (Armoury Gateway)
The Concrete Legacy artwork was designed by local artist Marven Nelligan and uses hieroglyphic symbols to reintroduce the tradition of storytelling. It represents the past and present of African Nova Scotian communities, as well as a vision for the future. This community art project was created in partnership with the Black Learners and Leaders Advocacy Collective (BLLAC).