As part of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Mural Mentorship Program, the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre is organizing an opportunity for local Indigenous youth to work with Edmonton artist AJA Louden to complete a mural at the Borealis Skate Park in August. 

Louden is a visual artist of Jamaican-Canadian heritage based in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Treaty 6, Edmonton, Alberta) and works primarily as a muralist, and also founded and directs the Aerosol Academy series, teaching people of all ages about art-making and art history through the lens of graffiti and street art. To learn more about the artist, visit www.ajalouden.com.

How Indigenous Youth Can Take Part:

In order to attend the Borealis Skate Park Mural development, youth need to attend the Mural Academy workshop on July 31. This is a two-hour workshop with AJA Louden to teach participants how to safely use aerosols and other tools on temporary walls. The workshops start with a 30-minute lecture, and safety instructions and are followed by a technique and tool demonstration. All materials will be provided. Limited to Ages 12+. Youth will also attend a two-hour program to determine the mural concept on August 5.

REGISTER FOR THE MURAL ACADEMY + BOREALIS SKATE PARK

Contact the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre’s Students Coordinator at studentsupport@nistawoyouafc.com to register for both. Please note: There are 15 spots available.

IMPORTANT DATES AND LOCATIONS: 

Mural Academy: July 31

Time: 4 PM to 6 PM

Location: Municipal Parking Lot, in front of the Bridgeport Inn (Biggs Ave. & Morrison St.)

Mural Concept Development: August 5

Time: 4 PM to 6 PM

Location: Unifor Local 707A (10019 MacDonald Avenue)

Borealis Skate Park Mural Installation: August 6 & 7

Time: 11 AM to 6 PM

Location: Borealis Skate Park

PROGRAM COLLABORATION: The Mural Mentorship Program is proudly presented by Public Art Wood Buffalo in partnership with the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre and the Wood Buffalo Integrated Youth Network. Click here to read the full news release online.