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Arts Foundation hoping to create community mosaic mural

Alberta Culture Days grant would help create unique piece of art
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If a grant application is successful, local artist-in-residence Eric Spoeth will be helping create a unique community mosaic mural, alongside the St. Paul & District Arts Foundation. File photo.

ST. PAUL - The St. Paul & District Arts Foundation has municipal support as it moves forward with applying for an Alberta Culture Days grant that could see a community mosaic mural created this fall.

Events for Alberta Culture Days can be scheduled for anytime in September, with the St. Paul event scheduled for the first week of the month, if successful. The Town of St. Paul received a request for a $500 donation, a one-day lane closure on the road when the mural is unveiled, and a letter of support for the grant application.

"It's quite the project," said Mayor Maureen Miller, as council discussed the request at the July 13 regular council meeting. Coun. Brad Eamon made the motion to approve the request, subject to the approval of the director of potective services regarding the lane closure.

The foundation is hoping to invite an artist to the community for a week-long mentoring workshop. About 10 to 15 community members will have the opportunity to take part in the project, creating a 35 square foot community mosaic mural, which will be installed on the side of a building.

The exact location of the building has not been determined, according to a letter from the arts foundation. Any donations or grants received for the project will go toward paying the guest artist and local artist-in-residence Eric Spoeth, who will also be involved with the project. Funds will also be directed at materials needed for the project.

"The project will be carried out with COVID guidelines as required by the Province of Alberta," states the letter. 

On July 14, the County of St. Paul also approved a similar request from the arts foundation. A motion to provide a letter of support and commit $500 if the group is successful with its grant application was approved.