If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the Public Works and Environmental Services Department and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!
Now in its twelfth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.
Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved more than 2,700 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 25 years, working on 85 projects across the city supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.
Applications for the 2021 Paint It Up! program are available on the Crime Prevention Ottawa website or by calling 3-1-1. The deadline for applications is Friday April 23 at 4 pm and the deadline to check on a location is Friday, April 9. Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth at risk in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.
The City of Ottawa, Crime Prevention Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health are working together to emphasize health and safety for all those who lead and participate in Paint It Up!, and to communicate any new information that may impact planned projects.
2020 Paint it Up! Funding Recipients
|Project Lead||Project title, mural location, and description||Number of youths involved||Funding|
|Richard Pfaff Alternate Program (Ottawa Carleton District School Board)||“Global Community Mural” 160 Perry Street This mural includes 6 panels depicting the diverse communities across Ottawa, Canada.||7||$5,500|
|Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre||“Four Corners Mural Project” 1034 Lola Street Inspired by conversations with youth in Overbrook. We chose two topics for the murals: “Community and Diversity” symbolized through a variety of butterflies (mounted on the wall outside the Lola Confectionery) and “The Power of Women and Feminine Energy” symbolized through a queen bee and its family (mounted on the wall outside the Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association).||15||$10,360|
|The Door Youth Centre||“Flowers of Asia” Community Mural Project 687 Somerset Street West Youth at “The Door”, with local artist Linnea McPhail, worked together on a mural in Chinatown, Ottawa. Youth chose the theme “Flowers of Asia” and helped with the researching, designing and completion of the art pieces. Youth were “hired” to complete the project, and received an honorarium for their time. Other youth assisted and received volunteer hours. We gained input from the community by circulating our designs and requesting feedback. All suggestions were then incorporated into our design.||5||$5,500|