Youth come together to create an art piece that promotes diversity, inclusion and equality IG News

Irshadgul News report,

A new mural has officially surfaced in Prince Albert’s green space at the corner of Central Avenue and 11th Street.

Kistapinnihk “The Great Meeting Place” is an art by Regina-based artist, Bruno Hernani in collaboration with Community Building Youth Futures (CBYF).

“The goal of this art is to inspire people and spread that message of diversity, inclusion and equality and make it a better world for all,” Harnani said.

The mural is made up of several separate pieces made by 10 youths from the CBYF, which were later put into one piece.

Hernani said the mural has been working since this summer, with young participants taking part in a one-week workshop to help them create their own individual pieces.

“Each of them expressed the way they looked at the main themes and how they could really connect with everyone else and end up with a single piece.”

Young participants chose the name Kistahpinnihk, which is a Cree word. This reflects the collaboration that was carried out throughout the workshop.

“We felt this mural was perfect for engaging young people in the community and sharing their voices,” said Nicole Mathis, coordinator of the CBYF.

“The inspiration behind the piece is diversity, equity, inclusion, and so the young people took those words and decided what it looked like for Prince Albert and created pieces that went with that theme so they could incorporate their art “

CBYF has been at Prince Albert for two years and, Mathis said, they are constantly working with youth aged 15-30 to help them find jobs and education.

Funding for this project came from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, Global Affairs Canada, and The City of Prince Albert – Municipal Cultural Action Plan.

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