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About the North Shore Art Crawl

The North Shore Art Crawl is a free community arts event that celebrates the creative energy of our local artists and enables cultural vitality. The objective is to feature artists in approachable and accessible art venues that encourage the community to connect and celebrate expression and diversity. We engage, inspire, and transform the North Shore through inclusive alliances among artists and the community.

North Van City Mosaic Project

As working group members of The Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective, North Van Arts is proud to present the North Van City Mosaic. The mosaic is one of five projects created to advance the City of North Vancouver’s social resiliency and connectivity during and beyond the ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery.

A community public art project developed by representatives from North Shore Family ServicesNorth Shore Neighbourhood HouseNorth Van ArtsNorth Vancouver School District and United Way, under the umbrella of the Mayor’s Healthiest Small City Social Resiliency Collective, convened by the City of North Vancouver’s Mayor Linda Buchanan in 2020.

PHASE I - DIGITAL MOSAIC

Beginning in the fall, of 2020, the North Van City Mosaic invited anyone who lives, works, or plays in the City of North Vancouver to contribute an image of a drawing, painting, or photograph, along with an optional description, that represented their experience living in the time of COVID-19.

Local visual artist Sandrine Pelissier and expressive art therapist Sophie Babeanu employed their original online mosaic concept, developed with the technical help of Relevant Software, to create an online digital mosaic with the community’s images. The North Van City Mosaic created a platform to share a ‘common’ thought, invite memory sharing, and experience multi-generational interactions, allowing for a wide audience to participate safely during social distancing. The digital mosaic can be viewed and explored on the project website.

Each of the responses to the digital mosaic project has been recorded in a flipbook, which you can browse below.

Phase II - Community Public Art Piece

Beginning in fall 2021, select images from the digital mosaic were collected to create a community public art piece, designed and created by artist Blake Williams, to commemorate the experience of COVID-19, and to serve as a place of gathering and reflection for years and generations to come. The public art piece, entitled At Home, is available for the public to visit at Grand Boulevard and 15th Street, on the Green Necklace in the City of North Vancouver.