In my role as Coquitlam’s Canada 150 Community Leader for FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) this project was brought to my attention as an idea. I’d never heard of it and our Tri-Cities neighbours – and many other cities – had already done one or had plans and funds in place to do one. Coquitlam was very late to the game. That said, I recognized the opportunity for our city to be involved in this unique and lasting project – one that is community-led, involves citizens, builds and celebrates community and results in a beautiful piece of legacy artwork. There was interest from residents and cultural groups and so I did what I could to “get to yes”.
I’m over the moon that advocacy, numerous conversations with umpteen people – including many from across our country – and creativity on behalf of city staff resulted in obstacles being overcome. At our last City Council meeting of the summer (July 31) the funding – a Spirit of Coquitlam Grant – for this project was approved! The project was awarded to the Coquitlam Public Library who is going to take the lead and work with the Canada 150 Mosaic team for the production of our city’s Canada 150 Mosaic. So awesome!
A sincere thank you to my Council colleagues for supporting my motion to move forward on this, to the Park, Rec & Culture staff for their work (this was not included in their 2017 work plan) and to the Coquitlam Public Library for their enthusiasm to embrace and undertake this unique and exciting project.
Approximately 600 people will be needed to participate in the creation of Coquitlam’s mosaic. If you are interested in being involved, please stay tuned. Information will be coming out via numerous communication channels on how and when to be involved. Happy Canada 150, Coquitlam!
To learn more about the project and view the gorgeous mosaics already done, click here: http://canada150mosaic.com/
And this is a fantastic video! https://www.facebook.com/cbccanada2017/videos/698952363631876/