Ponoka to join commemoration of Canada’s 150th birthday

Ponoka is one of 150 towns invited to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 with a special mural that speaks to each community.

Residents are invited to take part in a mural mosaic to celebrate Canada's 150th in 2017. Workshops are set for May 12 to 14 with artists from Mural Mosaic helping create the mosaic using six-inch tiles.

Residents are invited to take part in a mural mosaic to celebrate Canada's 150th in 2017. Workshops are set for May 12 to 14 with artists from Mural Mosaic helping create the mosaic using six-inch tiles.

PONOKA NEWS STAFF

Ponoka is one of 150 towns invited to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 with a special mural that speaks to each community.

To help get the project going, three community workshops have been set with host artists from Mural Mosaic coming to help out.

When complete, Ponoka residents will have helped create a mural that celebrates the culture and diversity of Ponoka, which will eventually be displayed permanently in town (location yet to be determined).

Those who take part will paint a six-inch by six-inch tile illustrating what Ponoka means to them. Helping them get there will be three Mural Mosaic artists.

The first workshop is set for Thursday, May 12 at St. Augustine Catholic School from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students and then open to the public from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The next day the artists will be at the Ponoka Christian School with the same schedule.

The last workshop is open to the public on May 14 at the Kinsmen Community Centre from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“If the 150 murals were to ever be connected, the result would be a gigantic mural that mirrors the soul of our nation and stretches more than 365 metres wide (four football fields) and 2.5 metres (8 feet) tall,” states a press release from the Town of Ponoka.

When completed artists will take a photo of each community’s mural and post it on the Mural Mosaic website at www.canada150mosaic.com.

Mural Mosaic’s work has been featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. as well as at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.