Canada Day Together Festival

Tile Painting as Churchill Meadows Celebrated Canada’s 150th!

By Shazia Aman

Thousands of people came from across Mississauga and beyond to celebrate Canada 150 at the Canada Day Together Festival in Churchill Meadows. It was estimated that at least 5,000 people attended the July 1st birthday bash!

The Canada Day Together Festival was organized by a steering committee comprised of four local organizations. The CMRA was proud to be one of them! The Festival took a year to plan. Early on, we knew we wanted to do something special to mark Canada 150. One idea was for the community to participate in a tile making activity that would culminate in a mosaic art installation for the new Churchill Meadows Community Centre. With support from the steering committee and a local business, Crock a Doodle, the CMRA took the lead on the tile painting activity.

The tile painting pavilion was at peak capacity for the duration of the activity – even during the downpour! Six tile painting work stations were setup in the CMRA booth.  Participants used a six-colour palette and black and white “fun writers” on ceramic tiles expressing what Canada means to them.  We attracted over a 1000 children and the young at heart.  In the end, we surpassed our goal of 700 tiles.

We want to thank Lora of Crock a Doodle Meadowvale and her team for collaborating with us on the project. We also want to thank our participants, the steering committee, the CMRA Directors and the many Festival volunteers in helping us to make the activity a success. The countdown is now on to seeing the community’s work displayed at the new Community Center when it opens in 2019!

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