Pembroke Youth Mural Project

Pembroke Youth Mural Project mosaic installed on exterior brick wall of the Winning Kid's Centre. People gather outside. Photo by Maureen MacMillan

The Pembroke Youth Mural Project follows the successful completion of OV-CAOS’s “The Dreamer” mural with the Yakka Youth Centre at the Salvation Army in Pembroke Ontario, and led by OV-CAOS artist Megan Spencer. At the request of the youth for more creative opportunities in the City of Pembroke, the creation a new mosaic mural with mentorship from Red Dress Productions was proposed by OV-CAOS for installation in the downtown area. In June 2018, this proposal was granted by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC).

Over 40 youth were engaged in the design and creation of this mural which was installed and unveiled in September 2019 at the Family & Children’s Services of Renfrew County’s Winning Kids Centre. This mural exists as an expression of how the youth artists of Pembroke are feeling inside, seeding ideas out into the world, connecting to the natural world and the places they live in.

Mentorship

Mentee: Megan Spencer

Red Dress Productions mentored community artist Megan Spencer through the process of creating a large-scale, outdoor mosaic mural. Megan works primarily as a community engaged artist facilitator and in her private practice as a multi media visual arts with a passion for story telling through puppetry. 

Pembroke Youth Mural Project mosaic - left half featuring artwork of a hand, river, sun rays, and floating seed pods. Photo by Maureen MacMillan
Pembroke Youth Mural Project mosaic - right half featuring artwork of a face, river, sun rays, and floating seed pods. Photo by Doug De La Matter

Project Partners:

Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio (OV-CAOS), The City of Pembroke, The Phoenix Centre, Renfrew County Youth Network and Red Dress Productions.

Project Facilitators:

Megan Spencer:  Lead Artist (OV-CAOS)
Anna Camilleri: Mosaic Artist and Mentor (Red Dress Productions)
Andy Trull and Anya Gansterer: Co-Artistic Directors and Project Coordination (OV-CAOS)
Kat Belaire: Youth Intern

in-progress open studio photo of the Pembroke Youth Mural Project mosaic build. Photo by Megan Spencer
in-progress open studio photo of the Pembroke Youth Mural Project mosaic build. Photo by Megan Spencer

Learn more about the project and see more photos on Megan Spencer’s website.