By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - A giant hands-on painting project will add colour to downtown Cornwall Saturday.
© Adam Brazeau
Pictured are Carilyne Hebert, communications director for the Centre for the Arts Collective, Emily MacLeod, a visual artist from Maxville, Tracy Lynn Chisholm, a Cornwall painter , and Betty Heatley, incoming chair of Cornwall and the countiesâ€™ Your Arts Council (YAC).
The Centre for the Arts Collective is hosting its second fundraiser: a mural project named High Five for the Arts, on June 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pommier Jewellers' Square, corner of Pitt and Second streets.
The event is part of a multi-year grassroots community project to establish a centre for the arts in Cornwall in 2017.
Everyone is invited to participate in the creation of a mural that will one day find its home in the new arts centre. For a $20 donation, anyone can paint a square of this exciting project.
"This activity is for all ages and all skill levels, the more diverse the painted squares - the more interesting the mural will be in the end," said Tracy Lynn Chisholm, co-founder of Our Beautiful Obsession (OBO) Studios.
In case of rain, painting will continue at the TAG Cornwall art gallery across the road.
"We have so many wonderful artists and art groups in all disciplines in our community," said Carilyne Hebert, communications director for the Collective, "it's time we give them a proper home to excel in."
Hebert noted that an arts centre has been a part of the city's Official Plan as early as 1984 and was a major recommendation of the 2011 Culturescape Report.
In the 2013 Strategic Plan, council pledged to develop it and in June 2013, approved the opening of a dedicated bank account for the eventual centre.
The Collective is striving to make all levels of government recognize that Cornwall is a hub of artists and supporters that are deserving of major investment through a municipal multi-disciplinary arts centre.
Click here for the event's Facebook page.