Murals, pride and history help prevent graffiti

City of Edmonton ‘Famous Five’ mural is part of an anti-graffiti grant program

The act of covering blank walls with murals to deter graffiti isn’t new, but it continues to be a positive move. One such move took place recently in Edmonton (AB, Canada) on the side of a parking garage.

The new mural depicts Alberta’s Famous Five – Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy and Louise McKinney – as well as scenes of women’s rights marches. Artist Kris Friesen was one of the smiling faces (real, not mural!) included in the ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The City of Edmonton’s Community Mural Matching Grant Program offers up to $2000 to non-profit community agencies for murals. The goal is to “deter graffiti and create a shared responsibility for graffiti prevention.”

Murals round the world are spreading positive messages. They are the perfect backdrop to honour our people and remember our history. More positive effects: they showcase talented artists who can offer a hugely visible canvas. Equally valuable is how a mural’s creation and unveiling brings together the community. Good, good and really good!

The Famous Five brought a voice to their community; the art and act of creating this Edmonton mural brings distinction to that voice.

What kind of murals are in your neighborhood?

[Photo credits:

Screenshot: City of Edmonton website
Valiant Five statue: Thivierr on en.wikipedia]




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