By Jimmy Baptiste, Artist and Art Facilitator

Last year I was asked to help develop a project proposal for the P. Lantz Initiatives in Arts Education. The proposal was for an outreach mural project that would connect the department with the local community.

The original objective was to create a series of small murals on the Education building’s exterior walls with teenagers from local community centres and a local artist who was invited as a facilitator for the project. However, because of logistical reasons, the commission evolved to a triptych wood panel mural that will hang inside the lobby of the Education building (3700 McTavish).

This shift in the concept allowed me to reorient the objective of this activity. I was now able to offer to the participants a quality art project to add to their art resumes. In total, 15 people showed interest and 7 talented artists ended up committing to the project. Our theme is pretty broad but we are inspired by graffiti, street art, and pop surrealism. We had a couple of very productive creative workshops where we came up with the idea, collaborated on the visual composition, and, best of all, got to know one another.

I am thankful for the artistic liberty that the McGill Department of Education and the P. Lantz Initiative for Excellence in Education and the Arts have allowed for this project. I would also like to thank the Department of Integrated Studies in Education for helping with the logistics and details regarding the project (yes you both Michelle and Maria) and the Faculty of Education IT Services for their support.

We are definitely excited to see what will be our final result!