Media Advisory: Unveiling of Ottawa’s Largest Mural

(Ottawa – October 31, 2018) – You are invited to the unveiling of Transformation: a welcoming Ottawa mural. This mural, the largest in the city, celebrates Ottawa’s diversity, underlines the importance of inclusion and enhances awareness of the contributions of newcomers to Ottawa. It will become a heritage component of Welcoming Ottawa Week an annual week of events created to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa residents to newcomers.

Date:  Saturday, November 3, 2018
–    Opening Ceremonies/Speeches – 1:00 to 1:30 pm
–    Reception – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Location: Southwest on Rideau Street at Wurtemburg

Speakers:
Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa
Hindia Mohammoud, Director, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer, Ottawa Community Housing
Barbara Fosi, resident at 215 Wurtemburg Street
Claudia Salguero, artist
MC: Matt Beutel, Executive Director, Lowertown Community Resource Centre

Background
The mural was created by more than 60 people, including newcomers of different cultures, languages, ages and genders, with the participation of Indigenous artists and under the guidance of professional multidisciplinary artist and community arts based facilitator Claudia Salguero. The mural was recently installed on the outdoor wall of an Ottawa Community Housing building at 215 Wurtemburg Street at Rideau Street. It was made possible through a partnership between Ottawa Community Housing, the Tenants Circle at 215 Wurtemburg, Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership, and the Lowertown Community Resource Centre. The funding for the mural came from Ottawa Community Housing, The City of Ottawa – Diversity in the Arts Fund and Crime Prevention Ottawa.

There will be a photo-op and scrum after the speeches. Please note if there is inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the lounge on the main floor at 215 Wurtemburg Street.

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For more information or to arrange for a media interview, please contact:

Jennifer McIntosh
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Ottawa Community Housing
613-914-9953 (cell)

Suzanne Charest
Communications Officer
Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership
613-406-7402 (cell)
suzanne@olip-plio-ca

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