A total of 60 painted murals (6 feet x 4 feet) were created on recycled advertising panels; 41 murals feature a welcome message for each of the visiting nations and 19 other murals feature a TO2015 inspired theme such as achievement, respect and sportsmanship.
All original murals will be installed in Toronto subway stations thanks to AFCY’s partnership with PATTISON Outdoor Advertising. In addition, large digital copies of each mural will be exhibited at Toronto Pearson for the duration of the Games and smaller digital copies will be included in the welcome package for the athletes, coaches and officials.
“Welcome 41 is our biggest project to date – it’s the first time AFCY has brought our programming outside of Toronto to creatively engage youth throughout Ontario. It’s amazing to see young people connect and become cultural contributors to the City through the Games, bringing them closer to events they may not otherwise have access to. My hope is that the youth will feel proud to have their stunning creations displayed and recognized in public spaces by thousands of people this summer,” says Julie Frost, AFCY’s Executive and Artistic Director.
With the support of generous funders and sponsors, AFCY engaged over 500 children and youth throughout Ontario in Welcome 41. Alongside 15 school and community partners in Toronto, AFCY also engaged 8 communities outside of Toronto in the creation of the murals: Ottawa, Windsor, Sudbury, Sault St. Marie, Mississauga, Beaverton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Six Nations.
AFCY wishes to thank the following partners for making the WELCOME 41 project possible: PATTISON Outdoor Advertising, Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, TO2015 and CIBC, Toronto Pearson, Griggs Family Foundation and Heart of Gold Fund. In addition, AFCY would like to thank and acknowledge the local and provincial schools, social agencies, lead artists and arts assistants.