A SPLASH OF COLOUR BY THE WATER
Metro Vancouver Regional Parks will be launching a community mural project in Kanaka Creek Regional Park in the near future. The mural will be under the 240th Street bridge at the Fish Fence site – a popular area for strolls along the creek, especially to view spawning coho and chum salmon in the fall. The artwork will be in three interconnected locations: under the bridge, along a retaining wall west of the bridge, and on the bridge pillars.
It’s an ideal site for a mural. Many educational programs are conducted there to teach students and community members about salmon, and about the “fish fence” installed in the creek each fall to obtain broodstock for the nearby Bell-Irving Hatchery
The mural will add dynamic colour to the site. It will tell the story of the salmon lifecycle, their connection to our ecosystem, and the importance of habitat preservation and conservation.
TIMELINE & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Fall 2021: Online and in-class workshops, as well as in-park field trips, for surrounding schools, families, seniors, and community.
Winter 2021/2022: Community feedback on a draft mural concept.
Spring 2022: On-site painting by the Artist and community members – in a safe way, following any public health guidelines that may be in place at the time.
MEET THE ARTIST
Todd Polich is a public arts specialist with extensive experience engaging communities. In 2008, he founded the Earth Foundation to create large-scale public art that promotes environmental conservation, as well as the Art of Empowerment Program, which is designed to engage all ages, demographics, and artistic levels in each step of the mural process, from concept to creation. Todd has worked with over 5,000 youth on more than 50 large-scale projects.
COMPLETED: NOVEMBER 2021
Participating students explored Kanaka Creek Regional Park with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks interpreter and KEEPS for inspiration and to learn about the importance of what lives there.
COMPLETED: JANUARY 2022
Pictured below: Student work from Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School, Mr. Pasqualotto’s grade 12 art class, inspired from their visit to Kanaka Creek Regional Park.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2022
Are you an up and coming artist who wants to learn the business of creating independent art?
Todd Polich, the artist working on the Kanaka Creek Mural Project, is offering a free workshop that will cover topics such as strategies for starting and building a successful career as an artist, working with clients and potential clients, proposal writing, pricing of work, communication, delivery of product and marketing work for future projects.
Part 1: Feb 7, 6:30-8pm
Part 2: Feb 28, 6:30-8pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and indicate which days you’d like to participate in.
In-class art workshops with participating students.
MAY – JUNE 2022
Painting on-site with students.
Celebratory community event.
Note: More details to come, and dates may shift to adjust for covid safety measures