Halifax repaints BLM mural without community involvement | News | Halifax, Nova Scotia
LLast summer, in the wake of the violent and public murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer (and the pent-up anger of many similar events over the years), Black Lives Matter became a movement on the scale. from the continent.
Here in Halifax, after rallies staged on Spring Garden Road, outside the police station and elsewhere, the town hall reacted in its own way by throwing a pair of large murals in yellow lettering on the sidewalk, stating the obvious: Black Lives Material.
When painted last September, the murals – one on Brunswick Street and one on Alderney Drive in Dartmouth – came under fire because the city took over the idea from local BIPOC artist Aaliyah Paris and the followed, leaving her out of the process. Instead, the lettering was painted by the Lower Sackville construction company, Gramac Limited.
HRM does not consult the community on the BLM mural project: The nearly $ 10,000 project was led by the CAO and the mayor, not the black activists who came up with the idea first.
HRM does not consult the community on the BLM mural project
The nearly $ 10,000 project was led by the CAO and the mayor, not the black activists who came up with the idea first.
By Victoria Walton
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We love Halifax to know that Black Lives Matter
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Today, after almost a year of crossing, words fade and the city announces that it will repaint what it calls an “art installation” on either side of the port. The initial project cost almost $ 10,000 and the price is expected to be similar this year. A request for a quote will be posted on the city’s public website in the coming weeks, and HRM says the decision to repaint was apparently made in February 2021 by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion / Office of integration of African Nova Scotian affairs.
But like last year, HRM once again failed to consult with the community whose ideas it uses. A municipal communications representative said that “conversations with community members who had requested similar initiatives have taken place and engagement with the Diversity and Inclusion office / Afro Business Integration office Municipality of Nova Scotia is underway. However, community engagement specific to these art installations has not been undertaken. ”
The original vision of Paris was that of an artistic project created by a group of Haligonians from BIPOC. “I wanted the mural to be a community work with the help of members of the BIPOC community, not municipal workers installing on the street,” she said at the time.
Local artist Bria Miller recalls how the city treated Paris last fall. “Although it has raised funds, the city has not allowed young people to work with local artists as planned to create something more meaningful,” Miller said in an email to The Coast. “They asked for permits and prevented from carrying out the brilliant idea.” Paris has even been warned that she could be charged with painting an unauthorized mural.
So while it is good for the streets to say Black Lives Matter – Miller agrees that the murals are encouraging for the young people at BIPOC who will see them – the way the city goes about it makes a different kind of statement. As Miller says, “the act of painting the street seems performative and disconnected from the statement itself. He is deaf and does not appear to be genuine.