On November 2 and 3rd, more than 400 Steinbach residents will take part in painting workshops to create a community mural to commemorate Canada's 150th Birthday in 2017. The Canada 150 Mosaic Team will work late into the night so that on November 4 the completed mural can be unveiled at the grand opening of Steinbach's newest gathering place - the Community Plaza, located in front of the T.G. Smith Centre.
"We've had a great response from the community and people are really excited about this project. It's a unique opportunity to be part of the mural, a piece of artwork that will remain in the community for a long time," said Heather Chambers Ewen, Communications Coordinator for the City of Steinbach, "We have families, pre-schoolers, seniors, businesses and community groups all coming to paint a tile."
The finished mural will have the windmill as the central image, but will contain hundreds of smaller images paying tribute to the diverse backgrounds of Steinbach residents. It will also be a link to the approximately 150 other Canadian communities participating in the Canada 150 Mosaic project. Each community's mural incorporates a train car that symbolizes the connection of people across Canada.
Although its permanent home will eventually be the Jake Epp Library, the mural will spend some time at City Hall and the Mennonite Heritage Village until after Canada Day 2017.
The city encourages everyone to come out and experience the new community plaza (in front of the T.G. Smith Centre) and be part of the mural unveiling on Friday, November 4 at 1:30pm.