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Commemorative Canada 150 photo mosaic to be unveiled on Friday, Dec 29 at 11:30 a.m. in the Montrose Cultural Centre.
This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th; a collaboration between Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.
“The Canada 150 Commemorative photo mosaic will bring the excitement and pride surrounding Canada’s 150th into a local work of art that will be permanently and prominently displayed in our community, and accessible to all,” says Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta CEO Tracey Vavrek. “Integrating elements of diversity, inclusiveness, and reconciliation into arts and cultural projects is a powerful step to improve our shared sense of belonging.”
The installation is a partnership between the City of Grande Prairie’s Canada 150 Committee, chaired by former councillor Helen Rice, Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, the Art Gallery of Grande and the Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services. “Your Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the collaborative effort to bring this wonderful photo mosaic to our community.”
The Mosaic is a community legacy piece to celebrate the Sesquicentennial of Canada for years to come. “We looked at different monuments and clock options but the Photo Mosaic was chosen as an inclusive and interactive way to recognize Canada’s 150th,” says Robin White with the City of Grande Prairie.
Photos taken at the City of Grande Prairie’s Canada 150 enhanced events are incorporated into the art work, creating a unique, local piece. The “Big 5” Canada 150 events in 2017 were Family Day (Monday, Feb 20), Municipal Government Day (Wednesday, June 28), Canada Day (Saturday, July 1), Heritage Day (Monday, Aug. 7) and Alberta Culture Days (Friday, Sept 29 through Sunday, Oct 1, 2017).
Canadian Artist Robbie Craig’s painting, The Subarctic Bear, is the image chosen for the mosaic in consultation with the Art Gallery or Grande Prairie and the Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services. The bear has a connection to two of the four Canada 150 themes: Diversity and Inclusion; and Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
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