Boys and Girls Club reveals new mural
The Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie centre in the Ron Ebbesen Arena has three new additions.
The three 14-and-a-half by 12-foot murals are meant to bring colour to the space and inspiration to the children.
“Creativity is a big thing for us,” said Kacie Dougherty, manager of youth services for the Airdrie Boys and Girls Club.
“It has a positive and friendly message and it is welcoming.”
Local artists Zach Abbott, Michelle Pickering and Jessica Bennett worked on the mural with Boys and Girls Club members for a total of about 100 hours in February.
A message in the mural reads: “We Create, We Empower, The Centre.”
“The kids get to see a sense of themselves,” said Denisa Sanness, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie.
“We want the kids to feel engaged and this mural does that. It will be here for a very long time and it says ‘create’ and ‘empower’ and that’s what we are all about.”
Abbott has taken part in a number of community art projects including the mural on the side of the Miller Trucking building on First Ave. and the painted boards that adorn the old skateboard park on Main Street.
“The Boys and Girls Club is a wicked organization,” he said.
“The mural is stimulating and positive and possibly inspiring.”
Pickering said it is important for the kids to see themselves in the work.
“They get to see a piece of themselves up there and see a public art space. That is very positive for them,” she said.
Sixteen-year-old Bennett jumped at the opportunity to get involved.
“With all the grey in here, it looked too much like a prison and we need to make it brighter,” said the George McDougall High School student.
“When you think of youth, you should think of bright and happy. It brings out the child in you.”
Haleigh McGrath, 15, has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club for five years and she said the mural really makes the space belong to the youth.
“It’s really artistic and it makes us, as a group, stand out more,” she said.
Bailey Bourget, 15, agreed.
“The words are my favourite part,” she said.
“It’s true that’s what the Boys and Girls Club does.”