5052 Community Mural - Yellowknife 2020
The project involved creative collaboration between five local artists and nine local youth in Yellowknife. Together, the artists and youth produced 10 separate pieces of art that were installed on the corner of 50th and 52nd, hence the project name (5052). The beautification of this downtown location with the addition of this community-led mural is important in improving the livelihood of the downtown core. In addition, the process itself was be very important; the artists and youth were able to develop a mentor/mentee relationship over the span of the project, which was valuable for all involved.
The goals of the project included: 1) providing opportunity for youth to develop relationships with mentors, to develop new skills, to have an outlet for creativity, and to develop a new sense of purpose, 2) creating a mural that will be visible in the downtown area of Yellowknife for many years. Murals can provide social, economic, and cultural benefits, and also promote positive mental health, and 3) promoting community engagement and collaboration between various groups of people.