Through the month of July 2017, the provincial arts organization the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange is providing an artistic outlet this summer for youth in the northern community of La Loche, SK.
As part of the Outreach program which seeks to bring art to remote and rural areas, the organization has hired artist Josh Goff to work with residents of the community in designing a large mural that will be prominently displayed on Main Street in La Loche.
Since the tragedy at the La Loche Community School in 2016, community leaders have been calling for more opportunities for youth. They will be a special focus in assisting in the design and creation of the mural.
“We are lacking arts programs in this community and this project will be a positive way for our young people to express themselves,” says La Loche educator Holly Toulejour.
Goff will collaborate with community Elders in confirming a final design. The community’s youth will paint the mural itself.
This mural project is part of the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange’s Artists in Communities program, which is possible thanks to the generous funding of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This project in particular was helped by funding from SaskTel. The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange also thanks SaskCulture for their continued funding and support.
The Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange would like to thank the La Loche Community School and the community of La Loche for welcoming and facilitating this project.