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Police team up with street artists, businesses & youth to help beautify North Bay

June 29, 2017

Area residents may remember last summer’s Mac’s StreetArt Program, a collaboration between the North Bay Police Service, Near North Crime Stoppers and Mac’s Convenience Stores that saw street artist Magic Finnga Wong work with sketches from local secondary school art students to produce a dynamic mural on the back wall of the Mac’s Convenience Store at the corner of Cassells and O’Brien. We are pleased to announce that the Mac’s team is back in North Bay to spray paint another mural with the help of area youth!

Event: Tag the base of the mural!
Date: Monday August 28th, 2017
Time: 10 am-12pm
Location: Mac’s Convenience Store, 2606 Trout Lake Road
Cost: Free! All materials will be provided.
Open to: All welcome!

New this year!
This year, the North Bay Police Service is partnering with White Water Gallery, Black Water Arts Collective and Akawe Dadaakokii, who are providing outdoor wall spaces for local youth to get together to get creative over the summer months. Local youth are invited to join them in their efforts to beautify the downtown core! Come help design and create a new mural on the wall of Cheapskates on Main Street, and a new mural panel responding to questions of reconciliation to be installed downtown. Learn from artist and muralist boy Roland of Thunder Bay (pictured), as well as Chief Lady Bird and Aura based in Toronto, who have been invited to share their expertise.

About the Mac’s/CircleK StreetART Program
The Mac’s/CircleK StreetART Mural initiative creates strategic partnerships in an effort to help prevent crime and strengthen community relationships. The program builds a community-based shared responsibility to prevent crime, such as graffiti, shoplifting, and robbery incidents–not only at the store, but on the property as well. Engaging the community, especially the youth, will empower them to make a positive difference and also strengthen relationships between the community and each Mac’s/CircleK store.

This unique concept caught the attention of Katy DeCelles, a Professor from Harvard University and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. In 2015, Mac’s received an educational study grant from Harvard University to implement additional StreetART Murals as part of a Harvard Business Study. To better understand the program, please watch the documentary https://youtu.be/sVqJNvzVTiM.

About the White Water Gallery
White Water Gallery is a not-for-profit artist-run centre located on Main Street in North Bay and celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Members are committed to supporting artistic practices that are innovative and relevant. Understanding the need to advance the public's threshold for viewing contemporary art, the gallery encourages outreach programming that promotes accessibility and shared knowledge.

About the Black Water Arts Collective
The Black Water Arts Collective was formed in August 2015, by and for new generation artists. With a focus on guerrilla and urban art, their activities have included performative interventions in public spaces, visual and media arts installations, and a monthly poetry slam that has become a favourite community event. This summer Chelsee Lefebvre will be working with Imogen Clendinning to facilitate the graffiti based mural project.

Join us on Wednesdays! Come learn how to do graffiti and stencil work on our practice wall behind the White Water Gallery at 122 Main Street East on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit the collective’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bwacers.

About Akawe Dadaakokii
Akawe Dadaakokii is an Ojibwe expression that means “first steps,” and was chosen by emerging artists here on Nipissing territory as their collective name. These emerging Indigenous artists that are learning to live in a good way, together, through the arts. This summer, Paige Linklater-Wong will be facilitating the creation of a public mural with the support of Tessa Linklater.

Join us on Thursdays! If you are a young Indigenous person who has something to say about improving our ways of living together, come on out on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the White Water Gallery at 122 Main Street East! Check out the Akawe Dadaakokii’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/akawedadaakokii.

Thank you to our supporters and sponsors
We thank Home Hardware on Algonquin Avenue, North Bay, for their generous contribution of protective masks to be used by young artists throughout the summer to help keep them healthy. Thanks also to the Downtown Improvement Area for working with local businesses to secure walls to paint so that these young people’s voices can be heard!