More back-alley murals, such as this one behind Can-West Travel, will be painted this summer before the City of Red Deer holds it Meet the Street arts and culture festival in September. (Advocate file photo).

More back-alley murals, such as this one behind Can-West Travel, will be painted this summer before the City of Red Deer holds it Meet the Street arts and culture festival in September. (Advocate file photo).

City of Red Deer seeks more mural artists

Creating 10 more back-alley murals is the goal

Mural artists can share their creativity during the Meet the Street arts and culture festival.

The City of Red Deer is seeking visual artists to create vibrant, outdoor murals as part of a new arts and culture festival taking place in September.

The creation of up to 10 downtown alley murals will precede a three-day festival and kickoff the month-long celebration of Alberta Culture Days in Red Deer.

According to a city release, “The murals will enhance the vibrancy of the city’s downtown spaces, contribute to the creation of community landmarks that foster civic pride and provide an inspiring backdrop to future outdoor events in the downtown core.”

The goal of Meet the Street is to encourage people to visit the “underused downtown spaces” through music, visual art, performances and “meaningful partnerships,” said Bobby-Jo Stannard, community development superintendent.

“We look forward to inviting the community to explore the new murals and experience all the festival features in a new downtown event space. We don’t yet know what events will look like later this year, but we are working towards a plan to ensure Red Deerians can participate, either in person, virtually, or a combination.”

Artists and artist collectives representing a variety of styles, disciplines and cultural backgrounds are invited to apply. Consideration will be given to artists based in central Alberta.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. Selected artists/collectives will be invited to design an outdoor mural for one of 10 downtown, back-alley locations.

More information and an online submission form are available at www.reddeer.ca/MeetTheStreet.

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