Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Community Housing is excited to announce a new mural that was unveiled at Bellevue Community Centre on Wednesday August 24. The mural was painted by local artist Ryan Sweeton and funded by Paint it Up!, a Crime Prevention Ottawa initiative, working in collaboration with Carlington Community Health Centre (CCHC).
Six youth from the community were directly involved in the creative process. They provided the sketches from which Smeeton drew inspiration for the mural. The vibrant mural represents unity and diversity between all cultures and individuals who live in the Caldwell community. Themes of community, peace, love and togetherness are present in it. Through Paint it Up!, Crime Prevention Ottawa and the City of Ottawa donated $3,700 to this mural.
“This mural is a reflection of the people who live in OCH communities. The artist, Ryan Skeeton, drew his inspiration from a sketch that was created by the youth from the Caldwell community. From its conception this project has really been a collaboration of love and diversity. Not only does is reflect our tenants but it speaks to our commitment to continuing to build healthy, safe and inclusive communities both within OCH and throughout Ottawa.”
“The beautification of our properties creates a sense of engagement among the tenants of Ottawa Community Housing. It also provides them with a sense of community belonging. We want to provide our tenants with places they can enjoy and be proud of, and this mural is a great example of that. We are very grateful to our partners, Crime Prevention Ottawa and Carlington Community Health Centre for making this possible”
“Paint It Up” is a positive, pro-active response to graffiti which engages the community and beautifies the neighbourhood. Crime Prevention Ottawa is proud to be part of this project.”
“It was a great experience working with the kids’ designs as inspiration. I found that across all the sketches there were themes of community, peace, love, and togetherness. This gave me a solid base of ideas to work from. In working with the unique space ratio of the wall, I created one main focal point in the center, which I think is more impactful to the viewer than having to read a long group of images across the entire length of the wall. The group of hands embracing each other represents those themes mentioned earlier, and are meant to be a symbol of inclusivity and togetherness. It was an absolute pleasure creating the piece because I got to interact with the community as I worked, and received an overwhelmingly positive response.”
About Carlington Community Health Centre
Carlington Community Health Centre helps individuals take control of their personal health, and works to improve the health and wellbeing of our community as a whole. The Centre provides a wide range of health, mental health and addictions services to parents and children, youth and teens, and seniors. We deliver these services through workshops, drops-ins, support groups, community meetings, training, outreach, counselling, and education programs.
The Centre also helps Carlington residents resolve problems and advance concerns in the community by providing organizational support and advocacy assistance to local groups and associations.
About Crime Prevention Ottawa – Paint it Up!
Crime Prevention Ottawa, in partnership with the City of Ottawa, offers funding for outdoor mural projects that support graffiti prevention, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The Paint it Up! Program empowers youth through community arts.
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH) provides approximately 15,000 homes to over 31,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCH houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCH is the largest social housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario.