The Mural Project
The mural project was a multi-year collaborative effort which included both a youth employment and revitalization strategy. Initial core funding came from Human Resources Development Canada as part of a job creation program.
Over 54 youth were hired and gained valuable life skills and real work experience. Many of these youth have gone on to rewarding careers. Two of the youth, Steven Skolka and Tyler Toews have created their own company called Canadian Murals. They were recently contracted to paint Vernon’s only winter mural celebrating the history and success of the Sovereign Lake Nordic Club.
The mural project created pride in our heritage and was a catalyst for the revitalization of the character of Vernon’s downtown business center. The City of Vernon and downtown merchants each contributed approximately 1 million dollars respectively to restore the streets and landscape of the downtown core.
The Vernon Mural Project was made possible thanks to The Government of Canada and the City of Vernon along with the support of the community and the businesses of Downtown Vernon.
Special Acknowledgment goes to: Michelle Loughery, lead artist on most of the murals.