Jamestown Pop-up Art Hive and Mural Project

A citizen helps out painting a planter during one of the Jamestown revitalization projects (Photo by Dan Gray)

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Local community members attended an event to paint flower boxes in Jamestown.

Members of the community were invited to get dirty and paint, chalk and help out wherever they could in Jamestown square. The goal was to help beautify the square by adding a splash of colour.

Maria Parrella-ilaria is the project coordinator for The Art Speaks project. She says they were invited to help facilitate the event today.

“Our hope is that folks will come to our tables, sort of think about how they want their neighbourhood or the community reflected in terms of design and colour, just real basic kind of shapes, basic kind of colours, just to sort of brighten things up,” said Parrellla-ilaria. “It seems that Jamestown has had, you know, it’s run of bad luck. So we’re trying to help sort of improve this improve the environment in general, right. So we’re hoping that this is the start.”

FutureSSM has taken this project as a way to help revitalize the Jamestown are and engage the public according to Todd Fleet Arts and Culture Coordinator for FutureSSM.

“(We wanted to) invite locals out to participate in the mural project in helping to beautify the area and engage them so that they’re part of the process,” said Fleet. “We’re also supporting arts and culture organizations like Art Speaks and our other partners in the Downtown Association while getting together to help support the other city initiatives that are going on to help revitalize Jamestown.”

The event is supposed to run again on September 24 from 12-4 if the weather co-operates. It is located in Jamestown Square if you are interested in helping out.