Fair 4 Youth creates vibrant Valley Line SE mural
July 23, 2019
Festival season brings colour and life to Edmonton’s streets and this summer the underground Churchill pedway is also seeing some love.
Members of Fair 4 Youth recently took a section of Valley Line Southeast LRT hoarding in the Churchill LRT pedway and brought it to life with a mural of modern interpretation of “the city and future harmony” from the view of four indigenous youth artists—Jonathon (JCAT) Cardinal, Mehkwan Lynch, Destry Roan (Wanahae) and Dana Belcourt.
“It’s a way to show my Indigenous self from street poverty to future progress,” said artist Mehkwan Lynch. “I’m excited by the size of the project and our freedom of creativity on display in the public art.”
After graffiti issues emerged in Churchill, Transit Peace Officers approached the Fair 4 Youth organizations (iHuman, Youth Empowerment & Support Services, Boyle Street Education Centre, Old Strathcona Youth Society and Native Counselling Services of Alberta) to explore ways of solving the problem.
“Through the City’s collaborative work with Fair 4 Youth, Transit Peace Officers and Edmonton Police Service, we came up with a public art project that would beautify the space and pay homage to both modern and traditional Indigenous culture,” said Cheng-Hsin Chang, coordinator with the Community Standards Peace Officer Section. “The new mural is a testament to the talents of our local youth artists, and the ongoing spirit of partnership between themselves, the City and local law and transit enforcement.”
Funding for the project was provided by TransEd Partners, the consortium responsible for building and operating the new Valley Line Southeast LRT and the Fair 4 Youth organization through End Poverty Edmonton.
“We’re pleased to sponsor this creative work in support of youth artists,” said Andy Gillespie, TransEd Design-Build Project Director. “It is going to add wonderful vibrancy to the construction hoarding and provides a great opportunity to showcase local art.”
The mural will be completed over the next several days. Edmontonians are invited to stop by and enjoy the artwork.
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For updates on the Valley Line Southeast LRT, please visit transedlrt.ca.
Valley Line SE Communications Lead
City of Edmonton
City of Edmonton