MURALITY promoting artists and beautifying neighbourhoods

About MURALITY

While some invest in building projects and other exciting ventures that will undoubtedly help to revitalize the area, creative initiatives can do this too.

Downtown Vancouver Eastside heritage buildings often have very visible and very unexciting exterior walls that need a splash of colour. In contrast Mexico City also has parts of the city that are neglected in a similar fashion, however, even the most derelict areas of this massive city are vibrant and full of colour, due to the murals that decorate the exteriors of buildings there.

Murality is a non-profit with a mandate to make changes that will enhance the lives of people and neighbourhoods. Through the creation of beautiful murals, Murality will bring color and vitality to once derelict areas of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside while promoting the talents of artists from Mexico.

“Art isn’t art without a little drama”, says Amalia, Founder of Murality. To make this project exciting and also to involve the community, the mural artist will be found through a contest.

Though still in its early stages, Murality has grown from being a tiny seed in one innovative lady’s head into becoming a large project that will allow artists from Mexico to share their culture with Vancouverites bridging culture gaps while revitalizing the downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

How did the idea of Murality arise?

While some invest in building projects and other exciting ventures that will undoubtedly help to revitalize the area, creative initiatives can do this too.

How will the winning mural be selected?

Any artist from Mexico City can submit their entry for the wall. The citizens of Mexico City will initially select the top 10% entries and these will go before a panel made up of a select group of arts aficionados, public figures and Murality staff who will select the finalists. One talented artist will be selected as winner of a significant cash prize and be given the opportunity to paint their mural in Vancouver.

Where will it be located?

The project is located in Chinatown, in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside. 161 East Pender Street in Vancouver is the first location ready to exhibit public art. Murality has reached out to Mexico City to find the artist for the project.

Why is Murality tapping into the creativity of Mexican artists?

Vancouver is all about diversity. Murality seeks to celebrate this diversity by putting art from Mexico on public display in downtown Vancouver.

What will it do?

The aim of Murality is to create opportunities for artists from Mexico, create a colourful space within the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, and to enhance the exchange of art and ideas across country borders.

Murality’s mission

Murality has a mandate to make changes that will enhance the lives of people. Murality will bring color and vitality to once derelict areas while promoting the talents of artists from Mexico in a unique way.

Valerie van der Gracht

About Valerie van der Gracht

I am a Boomer, mom, wife, foodie, wine novice, and I love to travel. Experiencing life and dividing my time between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Freelance blogger for HelloVanCity.com and VancouverIslandStyle.com. Connect @Valvdg @MyVanCity

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