Community mural project to launch at Thompson Community Centre
03 March 2020
What does “home” and “community” mean to you? Combining your ideas about these two words with free community art activities could help inspire the design of the new mural recently commissioned for Thompson Community Centre.
Throughout March and April, community members are invited to participate in a series of activities led by artist duo, Popo and Lola, muralists April dela Noche Milne and Dawn Lo. Their first engagement activity is a zine-making workshop for nine to 18 year olds:
Date: Friday, March 6
Time: 6:30 to 9pm
Location: Thompson Community Centre, 5151 Granville Avenue
This is a free drop-in session with all materials provided. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to the March 6 session, Popo and Lola will lead art activities including a postcard-making workshop, participatory art installation and interactive social media campaign. Visit www.popoandlola.art.blog to find out when future activities will be happening. Contributions in the form of photographs, postcards, zines, paper and text-based stories and responses will be gathered and used by the artists to develop their mural design to be installed in summer 2020.
The community is also invited to connect with the artists through Instagram @popoandlola, where a series of fun, interactive activities and questions will be posted to solicit responses on the theme of “home” and “community.” Instagram participants will be entered to win prizes, including Thompson Community Centre gift certificates.
This project is presented in partnership with the Thompson Community Association and is part of the 2020 Engaging Artists in Community Program for Richmond Public Art. The program aims to support artists with socially-oriented practices and encourages the development of a wide variety of art forms for artists working within communities.
For more information about the mural project, visit www.popoandlola.art.blog.
April dela Noche Milne is a Filipino Canadian artist based in Vancouver. She studied Fine Arts at Langara College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) in Illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2014). Past illustration projects include The Imperfect Garden, a children’s book written by Melissa Assaly (2019), Cloudscape comics anthology, The Witching Hours (2019) and The Blue Road: A fable of migration, with Wayde Compton (2019). For more information, visit www.aprilmilne.com.
Dawn Lo is a Richmond-based illustrator. Most of her inspiration comes from little everyday moments and mixed cultural experiences. She welcomes people to share a good laugh with her, along with the many quirky characters and whimsical illustrations she creates. Dawn Lo holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2014). For more information, visit www.dawndawndawnillustration.com.