About the project
On June 6th, our province and country was shattered with news of an Islamophobic attack in London, ON. Three generations of a Muslim family were killed by a 20 year old white man in a truck, his mind poisoned by hate.
Following this attack, and with a nation reeling from the discovery of 215 bodies of Indigenous children at an unmarked grave in the Kamloops residential school, one thing was clear: communities facing the brunt of violence and racism want action, not just statements of solidarity.
Motivated by this call, we are working with local Muslim community leaders to create a project of art pieces spreading the message of anti-hate and anti-Islamophobia across our city. This was inspired by Yumnah Afzal, the teenager who was among the four family members killed. Yumnah was an artist herself, who painted a mural in her school (pictured above) which was an attempt to communicate a positive vision of Islam, and inspiring messages to reach children.
We are seeking local artists to help us with this project, to create art pieces depicting a message of community and anti-Islamophobia. Artists will need to dedicate some time to consult with local muslim leaders on what such a piece should look like.
Artists will need to provide their own supplies and a plywood to paint on.
If you are interested in participating in this project, please send an email to [email protected] with your expression of interest, a sample of your work if available, and a sample quote of costs for your time and supplies.
- 3 hours: community consultations
- Unspecified hours: planning and painting of mural (to be determined by artist, based on work and size).
- Art supplies and plywood for art
Our budget for this project is able to accommodate a fee of $200-350 per hour of work.