Supporting public art

Selkirk Comp students Ramsey de Chalais and Julie Stevenson (far right) stand in front of the Murray Sinclair mural alongside international muralist Charley Johnston (second from left) and Selkirk MLA Alan Lagimodiere. (Brook Jones/Selkirk Journal/Postmedia Network)

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Public murals have been popping up throughout Selkirk during the past few years.

These works of art just got a major boost in funding to ensure that more murals can become reality.

Selkirk MLA Alan Lagimodiere announced at the Selkirk Comp on Nov. 14, that the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund will be providing $24,000 for murals in Selkirk.
Lagomodiere made the announcement while standing next to a giant mural of senator Murray Sinclair, which is prominently display at the local high school.

“The Selkirk mural program provides a tremendous benefit to our city,” Lagimodiere said in a prepared statement.

According to the Interlake Art Board, the Selkirk Mural and Public Art Project is positively changing the streetscape of Selkirk.

Selkirk Comp students were involved with the painting of the Sinclair mural.

“I had a huge honour in doing this mural and helping out,” Selkirk Comp Grade 12 student Ramsey de Chalais said.

Grade 11 student Julie Stevenson spent three schools days working on the mural.

“It’s kind of magical how we positioned everything,” Stevenson said.
Funding for this particular grant comes from the department of municipal relations as part of the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.

For more information visit gove.mb.ca/mr/bldgcomm/neighbourhoodsalive/programs/nrf.html.

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