Celebrating Canada's 150th Through Art

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday we are working on two public art projects that will engage the Bow Valley Community through a series of idea gathering and creation workshops.  There will be one mural painted in Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Exshaw and Morley, as well as a temporary road mural installed in front of Canmore's Civic Centre.  Youth from the Bow Valley will work with the lead artists to generate the murals based on the area's history and its future by hearing stories from community members.  This mural project is inspired by the following themes:

  • belonging
  • inclusion
  • connection
  • reconciliation 


The Selected Artists

Jason Botkin - selected for the Banff and Morley locations

A graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997 (with honors), Botkin has been involved in the creation of over 200 murals internationally since 2009, while exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.  His body of work includes the co-creation and ongoing direction of the EN MASSE project http://enmasse.info/ and is a key project coordinator and international consultant for the PangeaSeed Foundation, http://www.pangeaseed.foundation/ , an organization that harnesses the power of art, science and creativity by generating awareness, stimulating dialoque, changing perceptions, and inspiring positive change around pressing ocean environmental issues.

To find out more about Jason and his murals that are around the world, visit http://www.jasonbotkin.com/

 Image courtesy of the Artist, Jason Botkin,  Aquarium of New Zealand


Jarus - selected for the Canmore, Exshaw and Lake Louise locations

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Jarus earned his degree at the Academy of Realist Art Toronto (2011).  His pieces are scattered throughout the walls on the streets of cities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Mexico.  To find out more about his murals visit http://www.widewalls.ch/artist/young-jarus/ 


Image courtesy of the Artist, Jarus. Wynwood walls in Maimi, Florida


Get Involved - Workshops & Unveilings

Interested in sharing your history of the Bow Valley, conservation, art making, or sharing your ideas for the future? Join us for a series of workshops and conversations focused on street art and mural making from around the world. Find out more information on workshop dates and times by visiting the Community Calendar.

April 24 - Origin,  808 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore  3:30 to 5:00pm

April 26 - Banff Library, 101 Bear Street 5:00 to 7:00pm

May 10 - Exshaw Community Centre, 14 Heart Mountain Drive 6:30 to 8:00 pm

May 25 - Canmore Library, 700 Railway Ave  5:00 to 7:00 pm

May 29 - Canmore Seniors Centre 600-9 Street 2:00 to 4:00 pm


Celebrate the completion of each mural at the official unveilings in each community in September. For more information on the unveilings visit the Community Calendar.

Road Mural Project

This mural will be designed with a theme of strengthening community bonds. The mural will be painted on the road in front of the Civic Centre on 7th Ave. Residents will have the opportunity to be involved with painting the mural on the road. 

Selected Artist: Lucie Bause

Lucie has studied Literature at Trent University in Ontario, Culture at Universidad de Granada in Spain, and Fine Art at the Alberta College of Art and Design.  She has also been granted the Mentor Artist-Educator Certificate from Learning Through the Arts, Royal Conservatory of Music.  She has lived in the Rocky Mountains for 25 years, before moving to Fort McMurray in 2014 to works as a Visual Arts Programmer.  Over the past 15 years, she has been involved in numerous group and solo art exhibits in Banff, Calgary, Canmore and Edmonton.  She has recently moved back to the Bow Valley and is excited to be part of the project!

Image courtesy of the Artist, Lucie Bause, acrylic on canvas


Get Involved 

Do you want to help the artist paint? The artist will be painting the mural between June 27 - 30 and members of the public are invited to help the artist paint. For more information visit the Community Calendar